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Post Draft Series VI: Sean Lissemore

When the Cowboys entered the seventh round of the draft they were looking for depth.  They new the chances of finding another Jay Ratliff were unlikely.  Seventh round picks rarely turn into Pro Bowl caliber players.  The Cowboys have questions on their defensive line.  The biggest question is will Marcus Spears be back?  While we still do not have an answer the closer we move towards training camp the more likely it is apparent that Spears will stay.

The Defensive Line played quite well last year.  Players like Stephen Bowen, Jason Hatcher and Junior Siavii all performed admirably when called upon.  Now, you can add another name to the long list of hopefuls for a roster spot.  Enter Sean Lissemore.

Lissemore played at little-known William and Mary.  W & M is a division II school for football.  Lissemore will have a tough hill to climb to adjust to the size and speed of the NFL game.  The Cowboys made this pick with the future in mind.  Lissemore is also coming off a torn labrum injury that affected his sophomore and junior seasons.  Last year was a very strong year for Lissemore which likely helped his draft status.  He registered 6.5 sacks and 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.

Lissemore is a beast.  He is 6’3, 298 lbs., of muscle.  He benched 225 lbs., 36 times on his pro day which shows how strong he is.  He has amazing strength and great quickness of the ball.  His work ethic is unmatched and he has a really high motor that keeps going until the whistle has sounded.  While undersized for a defensive tackle, especially in a 3/4 defence, Lissemore has the drive to succeed.

The knock on him is his pass rush moves will not work well at this level and he doesn’t have the great size to plug throwing lanes.  He rarely leaves his feet to bat balls and is susceptible to the cut block.

Lissemore’s arrival at Valley Ranch puts pressure on Junior Siavii the most.  He is a cheaper and younger alternative.  The question is can he handle the NFL size and caliber offensive linemen.  He does bring more competition to a group of players that seem to thrive on it.

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