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

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DT Bennie Logan a Mid-Round Option

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GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 06: Bennie Logan #18 of the LSU Tigers forces Jeff Driskel #6 of the Florida Gators to fumble during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 6, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

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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.

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