September 8, 2012; Palo Alto, CA, USA; Duke Blue Devils quarterback Sean Renfree (19) is sacked by Stanford Cardinal linebacker Trent Murphy (93) and defensive end Ben Gardner (49) during the second quarter at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: In The Seventh Round, The Cowboys Select DE Ben Gardner

The Dallas Cowboys have five selections in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Three of those picks are compensatory. So far in this year’s draft, the Cowboys have selected Notre Dame offensive tackle Zach Martin, Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, Iowa linebacker Anthony Hitchens and Pittsburgh wide receiver Devin Street. And now it’s time for Dallas’ newest addition.

In the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft, at pick #231, the Dallas Cowboys select…

Ben Gardner, Defensive End, Stanford

Here’s everything you need to know about the young prospect:

Height: 6’4
Weight: 262 lbs
40 Speed: 5.03
2013 Numbers: 19 tackles,  7.5 TFL,  4.5 sacks

Player Breakdown: High motor guy who  has a nose for the football. He has position flex. Not invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. He impressed scouts at Stanford’s Pro-day with 39.5″ vertical and 10-2″ broad jump. His nickname is “The Mullet”. Team captain his senior year. In October, torn his pectoral muscle and missed his last six games. But will be ready for Cowboys OTA’s next week.

Cowboys Analysis: Gardner will help on special teams. He’ll probably be used by Rod Marinelli as part of the rotation along the defensive line as a situational rusher. Many consider him a tweener who could move to linebacker.

Dallas Cowboys Seventh Round Picks Since 2008

2013 – None
2012 – Caleb McSurdy, LB, Montana
2011 – Shaun Chapas, RB, Georgia
2011 – Bill Nagy, OL, Wisconsin
2010 – Sean Lissemore, DT, William & Mary
2009 – Mike Mickens, DB, Cincinnati
2009 – Manuel Johnson, WR, Oklahoma
2008 – None

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