As the Cowboys wrap up the 2012 draft after 3 interesting and head scratching days, they decided to take a chance on Montana Inside Linebacker Caleb McSurdy with the 222nd pick.
McSurdy will compete with the likes of Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, newly signed Dan Connor, and last year’s rookie free agent, Orie Lemon. Not to mention, he will have to be able to play on special teams to officially make this team.
6′-1″ 245 lbs.
McSurdy was a force in the Big Sky Conference in his senior year, recording 114 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss. He is a thick, short inside linebacker who doesn’t have great speed but should be able to use his strength, instincts and tackling ability to find playing time early and often at the next level. He could be selected in the late rounds to a team seeking linebacker depth.
STRENGTHS McSurdy is a very instinctual linebacker who relies on his play recognition and pre-snap keys to put himself in a strong position to make plays. He is a quick-twitched mover once the ball is snapped and easily sniffs out run plays. He is a solid, reliable wrap-up tackler on the inside and shows a polished ability to dip his hips, fend off a low block and make a quick move towards the ball.
WEAKNESSES McSurdy is a bit undersized for the inside linebacker position. Given his inexperience with top-line collegiate play, he could struggle against bigger offensive linemen working toward the second level in the NFL. He struggles against tight ends.
The Cowboys will now prepare to bring in its rookie class for workouts next week, and along with being able to carry up to 90 players on the team through training camp, there will be a few more phones ringing to rookie free agents.