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Cowboys' Potential Draft Pick: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU

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    NEWSLETTERS

    LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan teamed up with defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery to form the most devastating pass rush in the nation in 2012. He totaled 12 tackles for loss and five total sacks over the past two seasons.

    Scouting Report

    Logan is a shorter defensive tackle at 6-2, 309 pounds. He has long 34-inch arms, so a lot of defensive coordinators might see Logan’s height as a positive because it can help him stay low to gain leverage inside.

    Logan is very quick off of the snap and displays a nice combination of speed and power. He does a good job of using his strength to fend off interior linemen in the running game. Logan can stand his ground at the point, rarely getting driven back, and then use his long arms to shed blockers. Logan also has decent lateral quickness to chase down ball-carriers in short areas.

    As a pass rusher, Logan relies primarily on a bull rush. It can be effective, but he’s going to need to develop a quality second move at the next level. He shows spin and swim moves, but not enough to really keep offensive linemen guessing. If he can add a second move to his pass-rush repertoire, he could become a really effective interior rusher. The tools are there for Logan to be a starter in the NFL.

    NFL Comparison: Sedrick Ellis

    Saints defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is another short interior defensive linemen. Ellis and Logan are very similar players, although Logan can be had at a fraction of the price of Ellis—the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

    Projection

    Logan figures to go somewhere in the middle rounds, perhaps as early as the third or as late as the fifth. I like Logan’s upside and I think he should get drafted in the early portion of that range.

    Fit In Dallas

    The Cowboys have Jay Ratliff and Jason Hatcher to start inside, but it won’t be long before both of those guys are out of Dallas. That’s why defensive tackle is a position to watch throughout the draft, particularly in the later rounds. Since the Cowboys have a bit of time to develop a defensive tackle, Logan makes for an interesting selection due to his high ceiling.

    Other Scouting Reports

    Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU

    Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

    Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

    Jonathan Cooper, G, UNC

    Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU

    Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State

    Chance Warmack, G, Alabama

    Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon

    Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia

    D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama

    Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia

    Barrett Jones, C, Alabama

    Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

    Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia

    Kevin Minter, LB, LSU

    Larry Warford, G, Kentucky

    Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

    Datone Jones, DT/DE, UCLA

    Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

    Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

    Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

    Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State

    Margus Hunt, DE, SMU

    Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

    Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn

    Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

    Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

    Kyle Long, G/T, Oregon

    Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State

    Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers

    Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse

    Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU

    Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee

    Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia

    Justin Pugh, G, Syracuse

    Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

    Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State

    T.J. McDonald, S, USC

    D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

    Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin

    JJ Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern

    Brennan Williams, OT, UNC

    Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

    David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado

    Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

    DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson

    Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati

    Jonathan Bales is the founder of The DC Times. He writes for DallasCowboys.com and the New York Times. He's also the author of Fantasy Football for Smart People: How to Dominate Your Draft.