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.........
2009 NFL Draft Prospects: <br> Philip Loadholt Profile
Strengths: Mammoth frame and strength with a relatively low body fat considering his position ... Extremely long wingspan ... An absolutely powerful, tenacious run blocker ... Finishes the play and buries his opponent ... Very strong hands ... Gets a push at the line of scrimmage ... Has improved penalty rate since junior season ... Good stamina and plays just as hard in the fourth quarter as he does in the first quarter.
Weaknesses: Guaranteed to struggle with speed at the next level ... More of a waist bender and not a natural knee bender ... Must improve technique to gain more leverage against more powerful defensive ends ... Sluggish feet ... Does not have the hips to recover when beat on the edge ... Struggles with pass rushing double moves ... Not versatile at all; will be relegated to right tackle ... Not very much upside because he lacks the athletic ability to be a great pass protector ... Not going to fit every scheme.
Summary: Loadholt has the potential to be one of the elite run blockers in the league at right tackle, but that is all you can expect out of him. Not many teams are going to have him high on their depth chart because he might not fit their scheme and he provides zero versatility. To be blunt, he is more big than talented.
Player Comparison: Tony Pashos. Pashos' bread and butter is in the running game and he also struggles with speed at right tackle.