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April 16, 2010

Just CHILL: Jason Garrett likes Doug Free

Clarence Hill 

Ran into Cowboys offensive coordinator Jason Garrett at charity function last night and gleaned a few tidbits about tackle Doug Free and his bid to replace the released Flozell Adams as Tony Romo's blindside protector.

Garrett said Free has the makings of a quality left tackle. He said the Cowboys were really encouraged by his performance in place of an injured Marc Colombo at right tackle last year. But they clearly believe his best position is left tackle. He is athletic. He has good feet and he has long arms, which are necessary at left tackle.

Also keep in mind that this was not a fly by night decision by the Cowboys and if they didn't feel real good about Free, they would not have cut Adams.

According to another source, their decision was not just based on watching Free at right tackle in place of Colombo. But also two years of practices in mini camp, training camp and during the season as the back up left tackle going against the best pass rusher in the NFL.

He has gotten a trial by fire against DeMarcus Ware. So the Cowboys know a little about what they have in Free.

Still, Garrett acknowledged the Cowboys have been looking at tackles in the draft. He said there are several quality tackles, including many who will likely be gone when the Cowboys pick at No. 27.

One who could be there is Maryland tackle Bruce Campbell, whose play on the field does not match his off the charts size and workout numbers. Garrett doesn't deny that Campbell's so-so film doesn't jive with his measurables. But also doesn't shy away from the fact that Campbell's measurables make him an intriguing developmental prospect.

Campbell was in Dallas this week for pre-draft visit.

Will they pick him?

Garrett said he doesn't know what the Cowboys are going to do. It all depends who is available at 27 and they have no idea at this point.


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