Funny. Clearly your not a Cowboy fan so it clouds your thoughts. Pretty hard to determine a players potential before they take a snap in the NFL. With that its pretty strong to say they blew the pick. If in the next few years Elliott is a top 5 RB and returns the offense to 2014 form its hardly blowing it. Ramsey looks to be a great player too. But Dallas needed to put a top RB behind that OL before contracts split it up as much as a top DB. The RB helps crown the OL, reduces the QB hits and frees up the passing game. Ramsey may not have as big an impact in Jacksonville as Elliott will have in Dallas. We will see.........
These are the school's prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft by status * - denotes 2014 prospect ** - denotes 2015 prospect.
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Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 303. Arm: 32 1/8. Hand: 10. 40 Time: 5.23. Projected Round (2012): 3-4. 4/6/13: Hill didn't help himself at the Combine, but he didn't hurt himself either.
Hill recorded 64 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, an interception, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 2012. The pick came against Virginia. Hill was a very good run-defender for the Nittany Lions and helped free up their standout linebackers. He had a dominant performance against Wisconsin to end his collegiate career.
Hill performed well at the Senior Bowl. He won his share of one-on-ones and had success in run defense. Hill didn't dominate, but he showed that he can be effective against future NFL offensive linemen.
8/25/12: Hill benefitted from playing next to Devon Still in 2011, but Hill produced the most tackles on the defensive line, 59. He also had eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The junior was an All-Big Ten honorable mention.
Hill was mostly a backup as a sophomore, recording 36 tackles. He could use more size for the NFL.
Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State
Height: 6-1. Weight: 243. Arm: 32.08 40 Time: 4.78. Projected Round (2013): 3-5. 4/6/13: The team leader played really well with 109 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss, seven passes broken up, one forced fumble and two interceptions in 2012.
Hodges is a well-rounded linebacker with three-down potential for the NFL. He performed well at the East-West Shrine, but didn't stand out at the Combine.
8/29/12: Hodges led Penn State in tackles last season with 106 tackles, 10 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, one interception, four passes broken up and two forced fumbles. It was his first full season of playing time. He is a hard-nosed player who has good instincts and a nice physical skill set. The Penn Stater looks like a solid second-day selection.
Michael Mauti, ILB, Penn State
Height: 6-2. Weight: 243. Projected 40 Time: 4.79. Projected Round (2013): 6-FA. 4/6/13: Mauti played really well this year and helped his stock, but he blew out a knee late in the season. It was the third time that Mauti had a serious knee injury during his collegiate career. Mauti finished 2012 with 97 tackles, four tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. He had a 99-yard interception return against Illinois.
The knee injury points to a huge medical red flag. Mauti tore his right ACL in 2009 and his left ACL in 2011. If it weren't for the injuries, he could've been a second-day pick. As it stands, Mauti could fall undrafted, but he would be worth signing as an undrafted free agent and could compete to make the 53-man roster.
8/31/12: Mauti played in only four games in 2011, but made 21 tackles for one interception and three tackles for a loss. He had 66 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks in 2012. Mauti could contribute on special teams.