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July 16, 2007
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From: L. Lynch
Date: Jul 4, 2007 8:47 PM
Subject: (no subject)

On many of the 2008 draft board, Corey is listed outside of the seventh round range. Even tough he has more INT,S (18) than any one on the list, avgs more tackles (82) than all but two players, has more fumble recoveries and blocked kick then all but one. Don't forget two National Championships!. His speed, size, and ability are all at the top level. How do you win in all categories and not be at least in the pack? What gives?

Lou: Sometimes I get e-mails from people trying to hype up individual players who, realistically, are long shots at best to get a sniff in the NFL. But that's not the case for Corey Lynch, who deserves very close observation this year.

I've seen Lynch listed from 5'11"-6'1" and 200-205 lbs., which is in a good range for a safety. His 4.51-4.55 speed is okay; most high-end FS prospects post speeds in the 4.4-4.5 zone. Lynch certainly has proven that he can intercept the ball, to the point where coaches began game-planning around him. You normally associate that more with corners than safeties, but Lynch makes that much of an impact out on the field. He blocked three field goals in a four week span in 2006, one of which he returned for a TD.

Smaller college guys have an uphill battle when it comes to the draft for a variety of reasons: less exposure, the fact that they are often facing inferior competition relative to other players from major schools, in many cases geographic challenges, etc. Appalachian State is in Boone, NC, which isn't exactly in the media spotlight.

But Lynch will be watched closely by scouts this year at the I-AA level (or in the "Division I Championship Series" as they have ridiculously renamed that level of competition), particularly with App. State being back-to-back I-AA champs.

The guy is an athlete, and he has performed well since his freshman year in 2003. Lynch missed 2004 with an elbow injury, but he rebounded in 2005 and 2006 to post back-to-back impressive seasons. That injury could prove to be a blessing in disguise, as another strong year for him, and for Appalachian State, could propel Lynch right into the top tier mix.

From: Josh Obergfell
Date: Jul 13, 2007 1:48 PM
Subject: The boys

i was just wonderin what the chances of jerry jones flexin his wallet and go after the likes of dwight frennie of the lance briggs or tank johnson. or do you think the cowboys are done with free agents with them have a little over 13 million in cap room yet i beleive that is how much they have any way. as always thanks for the great sight

Lou: Since your e-mail was sent, the Colts signed Dwight Freeney to a long-term deal, so that's out the window. As it is, Freeney is a speed DE and probably wouldn't be as good of a fit in the Cowboys' 3-4 defense. But that's immaterial now.

Tank Johnson has a big BUYER BEWARE stamp on him, and I'm not sure that the Cowboys would be inclined to bring Tank on board for a big money deal. But he's a 300 pounder at DT, so it is possible that Dallas could give him a shot. I'd think that the Cowboys would be set with Jason Ferguson and Jay Ratliff, who have similar size to Tank, but you never know.

As for Lance Briggs, the deadline passed today for the Bears to sign him to a long-term deal, and I don't see Chicago dropping the franchise tag on him. Odds are that Briggs will play for the Bears for $7.2 million in 2007 and that will be that.

Realistically, the big free agent deals have been struck (Dallas' big splash was landing offensive lineman Leonard Davis), and I'd expect Dallas to concentrate more on the players they have now and building for the season.

The big thing for the Cowboys' defense should be how quickly they can work Anthony Spicer into the OLB position (he played DE at Purdue) and how effective he will be in conjunction with DeMarcus Ware at bringing the blitz.


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