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Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: RB Zac Stacy and S D.J. Swearinger

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My latest two scouting reports are on Vanderbilt running back Zac Stacy and South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger. On Stacy:

On film, it’s hard not to draw a comparison between Stacy and Ray Rice, although Rice is a faster player. The best comparison might very well be this one:

Zac Stacy: 5-9, 216 pounds, 3,143 yards, 5.4 YPC, 4.55 40-yard dash, 6.70 three-cone drill, 4.17 short shuttle, 27 reps

Player X: 5-9, 215 pounds, 3,431 yards, 5.6 YPC, 4.55 40-yard dash, 6.79 three-cone drill, 4.16 short shuttle, 28 reps

So who is Player X? Another late-round running back? Nope, it’s 2012 first-rounder Doug Martin—the same Doug Martin who rushed for 1,454 yards and caught 49 passes as a rookie.

When analyzing players on film, it can be really difficult give an accurate grade based on a limited sample size of games. You might watch a game in which a player was sick, hampered by injury, or whatever the case might be, and you won’t know it. That’s why we use stats and measurables; they provide a view of a player that’s not as susceptible to the ups and downs of subjective interpretation. While two scouts can watch the same play and see two different things, we can all look at 4.55 and know what it means. More often than not, those numbers lead us in the right direction.

So when we compare Stacy and Martin, we’re really seeing the same type of player, one of whom was hyped up coming out of college and one who wasn’t. Jumping on undervalued assets is what the draft is all about, and Stacy is as undervalued as any running back in this class.

Read the rest at Dallas News.

On Swearinger:

Swearinger is a short, stock safety at 5-11, 208 pounds. That size is obviously not ideal, but it allows Swearinger to play different positions, including in the slot. He actually started some games at cornerback as recently as the 2012 season. I don’t think he can continually man the slot in the NFL because he’ll probably get eaten up by bigger tight ends in man coverage.

Swearinger has the ability to play either deep or in the box, however. He’s a very physical player—a willing tackler who does a really nice job of bringing ball-carriers down in the open field. Swearinger has some trouble getting off of blocks, but he rarely misses tackles. He’s one of the better overall tacklers in this class.

Check out the whole report at NBC.

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