MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 24: The North team takes the field during the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 24, 2009 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images for Under Armour)
Jerry Jones is among the throng of scouts and NFL brass who made the trip to Mobile, Alabama for the 2010 Senior Bowl, which serves as the preeminent pre-combine showcase of players headed from the college ranks to "the League." With over 80 prospects in town, the workouts began today with a weigh-in suggestive of a thoroughbred auction.
The general consensus seems to be that the Cowboys need--and will go and get--an offensive tackle in the first round. If this is indeed their approach, the team will likely have their eyes fixed on two small school behemoths for most of the weekend--Vladimir Ducasse of UMass, and Mike Iupati of Idaho.
Iupati actually spent his college career at Idaho at guard, but many scouts project him as a tackle. Ducasse spent his college career at tackle, though many see him as a guard in the NFL.
Both fit into Dallas's traditional mold for offensive linemen, which is to say they're immense in size. Iupati, a native of American Samoa, stand six foot six and weighs in at 325 pounds; Ducasse, a native of Port Au Prince, Haiti, is six foot five and 330.
Though he qualified his statement by saying it may have been mere coincidence, Gerry Fraley at the Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas scouts perked up at the sight of Iupati.
The game is set to be played at 4 PM on Saturday, and can be seen on the NFL Network.