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Post Draft Series IV: Sam Young


The surprise release of Flozell Adams just a couple of weeks before the draft instantly made depth at offensive tackle an immediate concern for the Cowboys.  They have Doug Free, Pat McQuistan, and last years pick Robert Brewster on the roster.  The only one that had any significant chance or taking over for Adams is Free.  Free played eight games on the right side last season filling in for an injured Marc Colombo.  He showed lots of promise and was very effective on the right.  Unfortunately, the Cowboys did not have many chances to see him on the left side.  With some uncertainty there, the Cowboys drafted Notre Dame’s offensive tackle Sam Young.

Young was a four year starter at Notre Dame.  It was not until his final season for the Irish did he start to stand out.  Young has a ton of upside.  He is a mammoth of a man.  At 6’8, 320 lbs., Young has the size needed to guard Romo’s backside, or even be  a swing tackle.  He has tremendous lower body strength and can dominate in the run game.  He rarely has trouble against bull-rushers.  He has massive legs that keep him grounded and continually drive when run-blocking.  He is an intelligent player and had no trouble grasping the offence under, former Patriots offensive co-ordinator, Charlie Weiss.

The knock on young is his pass protection.  That may become a serious issue if he doesn’t adapt well to the Cowboys pass happy offence.  He is not the fastest guy, and he has weak agility, which means speed rushers will have little problem getting around the big man.  He will need to sharpen up his skills if he is going to stick as a swing tackle.  He has the potential to become a great tackle in the league but will need a little bit of work.

Young’s arrival likely means the end for four-year man McQuistan.  McQuistan has had a real hard time breaking through the Cowboys depth chart.  With every opportunity it seems he gets leap frogged.  With Brewster being picked up in last years draft and then missing the season with a torn pectoral, the Cowboys will want to see what he can do.  All this, likely means that McQuistan doesn’t make it out of camp.

The Cowboys are always looking for stronger depth on the line, and they may have found a future standout in Young.


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