Orlando Scandrick : Speed Kills

Coaches and trainers can develop a lot of attributes in athletes, but one that an athlete is born with is pure speed. Sure, it can be improved slightly through improved conditioning and running technique, but in most cases, an athlete either has it or doesn't.

Boise State cornerback Orlando Scandrick (5-10, 192, 4.32) has speed – great speed, having posted the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of all cornerbacks at the NFL Combine. After trading down repeatedly in the first, third and fourth rounds, Dallas traded up to get Scandrick, a three-year starter with the Broncos who declared for the draft after his junior season.

Scandrick needs to get stronger, but he could end up being a real steal for the Cowboys. He only had four interceptions in three years at Boise State, including two in 2007 and one in each of the two previous seasons, but those numbers are deceiving, as teams quickly started throwing away from him.

One area in which Scandrick should help the Cowboys is on special teams. Has the speed and shifty running style to be a legitimate kick returner candidate, and showed a knack for splitting blockers to block kicks.

At this point, he's a role player who will help on special teams and provide insurance at cornerback, but if he pans out, he also might accelerate the suggested move of Anthony Henry to safety.

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