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Cowboys' Potential Draft Pick: Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU

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    Texas Christian University defensive end Stansly Maponga (90) tackles Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the first quarter at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas, Friday, September 2, 2011. (Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)

    TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga turned in a quiet 2012 season with only 6.5 tackles for loss and four sacks. In 2011, Maponga recorded 13.5 tackles for loss and 9.0 sacks.

    Scouting Report

    Maponga is an athletic defensive end who can get to the passer. A big reason for his drop in 2012 production was that he was double-teamed quite a bit. Freshman defensive end Devonte Fields benefitted from that, racking up 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

    As a pass-rusher, Maponga is quick off of the snap and displays a wide repertoire of moves. He relies on his speed rush, but he throws a really good spin move off of that—one of the best I’ve seen this year. Maponga is flexible and athletic enough to easily skirt his way around single blocks.

    In the running game, Maponga is stouter than his 6-2, 256-pound frame suggests. He uses really good leverage to hold his ground, although he has some trouble disengaging from blocks. The biggest concern for Maponga right now, hands down, is his height. The most predictive trait for success at the defensive end position in the NFL is height. At 6-2, Maponga could have real trouble fending off blocks as a professional.

    The good news is that Maponga’s arms are 34 1/8 inches—slightly longer than average for his size. In comparison, Bjoern Werner—a potential top 10 pick—has arms that are a full inch shorter than Maponga’s.

    NFL Comparison: Darryl Tapp

    Another shorter-than-ideal pass-rusher, Tapp is a bit thicker than Maponga at 270 pounds. Ultimately, I think Maponga has Tapp-like potential as a five-to-seven type of guy.

    Projection

    Maponga could go anywhere from the third round to the seventh. The opinions on Maponga are mixed because, although he was productive for a time at TCU, he also has some bad tape and he doesn’t have elite measurables (just a 4.83 40-yard dash to go with his 6-2 height). I think Maponga is a fourth-round talent, so he could offer value in the late rounds.

    Fit In Dallas

    Maponga would be a project for the ‘Boys—a cheap insurance policy for Anthony Spencer’s potential departure in a year. I think the Cowboys would be smart to look at pass-rushers in 2013; remember, it won’t be too long before they need to replace the guy opposite Spencer as well. They might be well-served gambling on a pass-rusher with elite length, however, if they’re seeking upside in the late portions of the draft.

    Other Scouting Reports

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    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

    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.