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January 25, 2011

The lovable Outland Trophy winner

Jerry Jones has said the Cowboys will look strongly at offensive linemen in the April draft and there are four tackles in Mobile who are projected as first or second round picks -- Colorado’s Nate Solder (6-9, 315), Boston College’s Anthony Castonzo (6-7, 308), Wisconsin’s Gabe Carimi (6-7, 327) and Derek Sherrod (6-6, 305).

If personality equates to performance on the field, Carimi would be an excellent choice -- especially if the Cowboys could get him in the second round. Although Carimi won the Outland Trophy as the nation’s top lineman, scouts are not sure he can play left tackle in the NFL. Right now, he is projected as a late first or second round pick.

But there is little doubt that he has an outlook that is good for a linemen. When asked how he was performing this week, Carimi said: “I was throwing a lot of people down yesterday, threw a couple of people down today, but a little less than yesterday.”

On improving his draft position in the NFL Combine next month in Indianapolis, where there are numerous speed, power and agility tests:

“This is my combine right here,” Carimi said. “For offensive linemen, it’s all about performing here. What we’re  going to run in the 40, nobody really cares a hoot about that. It’s working against other great players that makes a difference.”

And on which teams might be interested him him:

“I don’t have to worry about that,” he said. “All I have to worry about is playing my game. It’s worthless to try and look at other people and see if they need me. I’m going to be the same person and someone is going to love me.”

-- Jan Hubbard

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