Everyone, including me, was predicting a tackle or safety with the second round pick for the Dallas Cowboys. But the Cowboys made a slightly surprising move by going for a middle linebacker, Sean Lee out of Penn State. Keith Brooking doesn't have more than a year or two left so the pick isn't a total surprise. I thought before the draft that the Cowboys needed to pick a middle linebacker. I just didn't think they'd place such a high priority on getting one.
It is always a good thing when you can get a linebacker from Penn State, a.k.a. linebacker U. A lot of the draft gurus had Sean Lee rated as the top middle linebacker in the draft. He looks athletic and instinctive. The concerns are durability. If the Cowboys can get him to stay healthy he looks like a guy who could man the middle for 10-12 years.
It wasn't a flashy pick like the move to get Dez Bryant but it is hard to argue against drafting a potential 10-12 year starter at middle linebacker. The Cowboys went into this draft a little shorthanded with picks but it looks like they have landed a couple of potentially great players so far.