Dallas finally adds OT help

The Cowboys draft Sam Young from Notre Dame to provide help at offensive tackle in the sixth round.

OL Sam Young Profile

Going in to the 2010 NFL Draft, many felt the Dallas Cowboys' biggest need was an offensive tackle, either to step in to replace Flozell Adams as the starter on the left side, or at least to provide much-needed depth.

Which role he fills remains to be seen, but the Cowboys finally addressed the need on the draft's third day, selecting Notre Dame tackle Sam Young in the third round.

Young comes to the Cowboys with as much experience as any draft pick in years.

A heralded recruit out of Florida, Young started immediately for the Fighting Irish, and is the only lineman in school history to start every game for four years. His 50 career starts are the most in Notre Dame history.

Young measured in at the NFL Combine last month at 6-foot-8, 316, and tied for 10th among offensive linemen with 29 repetitions on the NFL-standard 225-pound bench press.

He's not the most athletic blocker out there, but his frame and strength make him an imposing obstacle to anyone who wants to get to the quarterback. He has very long arms and strong hands, which when coupled with his size make him a capable blocker against bull rushes.

Because of his limited quickness, most project him on the right side, but he does have the advantage of having played in Notre Dame's pro-style offense. Young is a high-motor guy who gives great effort and will battle on every play. He can struggle sometimes with playing too tall, but offsets that with his strength, good feet and understanding of blocking schemes.

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