Cowboys Take James Marten In Third Round
Nick Eatman - Email Staff Writer
April 27, 2007 8:38 PM
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Offensive tackle James Marten possesses great size at 6-7, 303 pounds.

IRVING, Texas - After a hectic first round in which the Cowboys traded out of the first round and then back in to pick up Purdue defensive end Anthony Spencer with the 26th pick, the Cowboys waited more than three hours to pick again.

But when their turn arrived with the 53rd overall pick, the Cowboys made yet another move, trading out of the spot with Cleveland again to add more picks.

This time, the Cowboys sent the 53rd pick and the 195th selection (sixth round) to the Browns for picks in the third (67th), fourth (103rd) and sixth (168th).

In the third round, the Cowboys took their first offensive player, drafting Boston College offensive tackle James Marten, a 6-7, 310-pound lineman who has started at both guard and tackle in his career. Marten started 38 games in his career, 25 at left guard and 13 at tackle.

The Cowboys originally had the No. 22 overall pick but traded it to the Browns, who wanted Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn. The Cowboys picked up Cleveland's No. 36 pick in the second round, along with next year's first-round selection.

But the Cowboys didn't stay out of the first round for too long, trading three picks to the Eagles for the 26th pick. The Cowboys sent Philadelphia the 36th overall pick (from Cleveland) in the second round, along with the Cowboys' third and fifth this year.

Despite not taking an offensive player in the first round since 1997, and even with owner Jerry Jones hinting earlier in the week that he might draft on that side of the ball with his first pick, the Cowboys couldn't help but grab another defensive player in the first round.

Spencer (6-2, 261) looks to be another ideal fit as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. He had 10 ½ sacks and five forced fumbles, along with a nation-leading 26 ½ tackles for loss last season.

Spencer was a three-year starter at Purdue, earning All-Big 10 honors his last two seasons.

He will likely compete with Bobby Carpenter and Greg Ellis for the starting outside linebacker role next season, opposite DeMarcus Ware.

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