NEW YORK -- The Dallas Cowboys have improved their pass rush
by picking Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer with the 26th
selection in today's N-F-L draft. The Cowboys acquired the pick
from Philadelphia for second-, third- and fifth-round selections.
Spencer spent a large part of last season in the opposing
backfield, recording ten and a-half sacks and leading the nation
with 26 and a-half tackles for loss. He had 93 tackles as a senior,
batted down six passes and forced five fumbles. Before that,
Spencer had 56 tackles and ten and a-half sacks during his
sophomore and junior years combined.
Spencer made tremendous strides last season and plays with a
high effort. He possesses impressive closing speed and owns a
series of moves that allow him to beat blockers off the ball. The
six-three, 261-pound Spencer is a hard worker and a good team
player who showed impressive strength at the Combine.
Spencer has had trouble shedding blocks and creating separation.
He plays better in outside pursuit and can be stuffed inside.