Draft 2011: Third Day Live Blog

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Cowboys 4th Round pick David Arkin

6:24The Dallas Cowboys finish their draft day by picking Wisconsin offensive lineman Bill Nagy.

The NFL Network, by chance, had Wisconsin head coach Brent Bielema on set when Nagy was picked.  He described his guy as a lineman who missed a season after injuring a foot.  Nagy played a variety of blocking spots for the team — tight end, guard and center.  He’s 300 plus pounds and strong.

Nagy tested well at the Badgers pro day and offers Dallas another interior offensive line developmental option.  Bielema named center as Nagy’s best position.

4:55 — The Dallas Cowboys select FB Shaun Chapas from Georia. Here’s the fullback. The fourth fullback on the board and one the Cowboys clearly preferred to Henry Hynoski. He’s another solid member what appears to be a solid fullback class. It does appear that all the Cowboys picks thus far have a legitimate chance to make the team. Chapas will give Chris Gronkowski a run for his job.


2:56 — The Dallas Cowboys select WR Dwayne Harris, from East Carolina.


Tyron Smith’s pick put Marc Colombo on notice. Demarco Murray’s told Marion Barber time is likely up in Dallas. This pick spells the end of Sam Hurd’s time and maybe Kevin Ogletree’s. Harris is a bigger receiver in the Cowboys’ template — 6’0”, 205 lbs, and is a smooth router runner. He lasted until the 6th because he lacks deep speed, but he’s quick off the line and knows how to get loose in the short zones. He’s shifty with the ball in his hands.

This guy can play early as a slot receiver. He will push to be the next Patrick Crayton.

1:18 — The Dallas Cowboys select CB Josh Thomas, from Buffalo.
Here’s a small-school player brought up in our early draft chats. He was a standout at the East-West Shrine Game. As with any small-school, late-round prospect, he’ll need a lot of coaching, but he appears to have the skill set to stick. He’s a fearless corner who will throw his body around. That’s what you want to see in guys playing press on the line of scrimmage, coming up in run support and on special teams.

1:04 — The Patriots draft TCU OL Marcus Cannon. If there’s a team that can wait for Cannon to recover from his treatment, it’s New England.

12:51 — Stephen Jones has taken Jerry’s trade card away.

12:45 — 4th round winds to a close. Most intriguing late 4th pick? Cleveland selecting Stanford FB Owen Marecic. This has Mike Holmgren’s fingerprints all over it. His club will have a true WCO-style running attack. Marecic and Peyton Hillis is ’70s Miami Dolphins-like. Could these guys be the modern-day Csonka and Kiick?

12:10 — The Eagles just picked K Alex Henry, from Nebraska. Does this put David Akers on the market? If I’m Dallas, I’m all ears. He’s 36 years old, but he’s been 82% or better the last three years and has kicked his entire career in cold, windy Philly. Put him in a dome…

11:40 — The Cowboys pick Missouri State G David Arkin. Well, here’s the mid-round guard. I don’t think it’s the one anybody outside the war room expected. He is in the more athletic lineman mold. He’s a left tackle who will kick inside. ‘As we’ve discussed the past few months in the Bunting draft chats, that’s a good sign. College OTs generally have better feet than the guys who played G at their level and can transition to the NFL’s speed better.

He’s in the 302-305 lb.range right now, and will need some time to add strength and bulk. Most Gs in this part of the draft are in the same boat. He’s a very different physical specimen than Robert Brewster. This is a much more agile guy.

The Tyron Smith and David Arkin picks strongly suggest the big, sluggo-type O-linemen are out. Jason Garrett wants a more Packers-style offense, with speed and agility at every position.

11:38 — Denver takes SS Quinton Carter. They’ve taken two safeties high. Good idea for an old secondary, but wrong draft to do it?

11:32 — Getting a vibe that the Cowboys may go WR here.


11:29 — The Vikings pick DT Christian Ballard. Three picks between the Cowboys and their next pick.

11:26 — The Redskins get their back, taking Roy Helu Jr.

11:21 — The fays’ first deal, as the Bucs move up to select TE Luke Stocker, one pick after the Cards pick Texas OLB/DE Sam Acho.


11:15 — Cleveland takes USC TE Jordan Cameron.

11:13 — The ever fast-picking Bengals (is there any other team that picks quicker?) take G Clint Boling at pick 101.

11:11 — Butch gets to gush about Da’Norris Searcy, whom the Bills have just picked. Come on Mike Mayock, ask about his other guys.

11:07 — Seattle takes LB K.J. Wright. Enjoying Butch Davis’ comments on the NFL Network. I hope that at some point in the next hour he’s asked about his players, and gets to add his two cents on Bruce Carter.

11:02 — The Panthers start round four with DB Brandon Hogan.


11:00 CT — And we’re back for the final day. Cowboys drop a bit, picking 110th overall here.

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Rafael Vela

Rafael Vela

Started covering Dallas Cowboys @ TheBoys.com in '95 and '96. Two more stops along the way and here I am. Senior Analyst for SportsTalkLine.com