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The Draft Isn’t Over: Cowboys Take Josh Price-Brent In Seventh Round

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The Supplemental Draft took place today.  We hadn’t mentioned it because, well, it is really boring.  Each year, players who either missed the April draft or have recently been ruled ineligible for next season enter the Supplemental Draft.  Teams basically “bid” on players with future draft picks.

Earlier today, the Cowboys drafted Illinois defensive tackle Josh Price-Brent, making him one of two players selected.  They will yield their 2011 seventh-rounder for his services.

We really know next to nothing about Price-Brent.  He is apparently a three-technique defensive tackle who will likely move to defensive end in the Cowboys’ 3-4 system.  At 314 pounds, he has prototypical size to make the transition.  Below is a scouting report on Price-Brent, provided by Sporting News:

Athletic ability: Has a wide, thick frame with good arm length. Is a good overall athlete with good initial quickness and explosion from his stance. Has good agility on the move, but struggles to play with good lower-body flex. Too often played straight legged, up on toes. Appears to get lazy; loses stamina at times. Has ability to make perimeter plays when unblocked, but does not show consistent great lateral range.

Play against the run: Is strong, powerful run defender at point of attack, despite inconsistent pad level. Has strong hands and excellent upper-body strength to hold the line of scrimmage against a single blocker. Has the strength, quickness and power to split double-team blocks to tackle ball carrier. Can play with high intensity, but at times appears to get lazy, tired and sloppy with his technique. Can avoid cut blocks before joining backside pursuit. He wants to stand up and wrestle.

Initial quickness: Shows good initial quickness and explosiveness from stance. Pursuit/tackling: Is more of a power player than a speed player. Gives strong effort to finish. Is a strong, physical tackler.

Pass rush ability: Shows ability to use strength and power to push pocket. Has inconsistent finish effort, average lateral quickness, limited long speed to be highly productive. Is limited by inability to play with good leverage; has potential to improve. Shows excellent strength and power to collapse pocket as interior pass rusher. Mostly a bull rusher; flashes club-and-rip move. Can force QB from pocket, but lacks elite pass-rush ability. Provides consistent push.

Run/pass recognition: Is a smart, aware in all situations. Is best suited, most productive as short-area run defender; can provide push up the middle. Is quick to protect legs against cut blocks. Shows quick reaction to screen passes.

Bottom line: Price-Brent is a three-year junior and two-year starter at right defensive tackle. He should be considered for nose tackle and deserves third-round consideration. He should be an immediate rotational player who could develop into a starter in his second season. He is a better prospect than either Tim Anderson [third round, Bills] or former Barry Cofield, [fourth round, Giants].

Price-Brent entered the Supplemental Draft because he was declared academically ineligible this spring.  He also got arrested about a year ago for a DUI.

The ‘Boys must certainly like Price-Brent’s on-field play to take a chance on him.  He will presumably fight with Marcus Dixon and rookie Sean Lissemore for a roster spot, although either Price-Brent or Lissemore could be moved inside to nose tackle.  We had Dixon as the Cowboys’ fifth defensive end in our latest roster projections.

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5 Responses to The Draft Isn’t Over: Cowboys Take Josh Price-Brent In Seventh Round

  1. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Who?

  2. john coleman says:

    This certainly stirs the mix a little. It makes me wonder what they really think of Siavii. I’m also hearing that Lissemore has been practicing at end in OTAs. If so then that’s six bodies at DE and four at NT. Makes me wonder about the the incumbents at DE and the future of Dixon. It would seem it’s now or never for Dixon. Also Siavii may be one the hotseat. With the reports saying that this new kid could be a rotational player this year, Siavii better step it up. They must not be to pleased with Aumavae either, even though he and Price-Brent are about the same size. Our preseason games and camp might be pretty exciting. I do like the move as we may be getting a 3rd rd talent for a seventh rd pick.

  3. john coleman says:

    BTW my only concern is that we don’t end up letting good talent leave via the cut and reclaim route. Our cuts and practice squad guys end up making other teams. I have to think Buffalo would love to have this kid or another team with equal need.

  4. My favorite thing you said was camp and preseason games could get pretty fun. . .there are way more battles this year than any other I can remember. That usually is a bad sign for a team, but in this case, I think it is okay. Good players vs. good players=possible greatness from someone.

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