Cowboys draft picks: OL Bill Nagy


Ht., Wt.: 6-foot-3, 318

School: Wisconsin

Round (overall): Seventh (252nd)

To learn more about Cowboys draft pick Bill Nagy, we talked with Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad. Here’s what he had to say:

How important was Nagy’s versatility?

Bostad: He played center for us. He played guard for us. He played tight end for us. Playing center and guard is one thing, then having him be at tight end in some of our heavier stuff I think says a lot of about his athleticism and ability and commitment. It takes time to learn those things. I’d say versatility is No. 1. No. 2 is that he’s a great kid. He’s committed. He’s going to be there. He’s going to study. He’s going to know the different positions. He’s going to put in the extra time.

Did you ever have to kick him out of the film room?

Bostad: I never did. He was just really consistent in that he had his times and these guys had their times. School is pretty demanding but he came in here and watched; him and those guys would follow right up after practice and watch more film.

How did the moped accident affect him his junior year?

Bostad: That one year it never really went away. It never did as much as they thought it would. It kind of nagged him. That was real tough. He lost a lot of time there.

Did it ever get him down?

Bostad: It was real tough for him not being part of the unit. Going into the deal, he had every expectation to be that guy. I think we did, too. A kid that cares and is passionate about the game, sure, he was devastated but he wasn’t a guy that was a moping dog about it. It was just too bad, but he never wavered, never stopped working out. I know we were coming into the season and some of our coaches went downstairs to the weight room wanting him to back off a little bit and he said, ‘Hey, I can’t back off.’ That’s just the type of kid he is. Tough guy. Reliable.”

Jason Garrett has talked about offensive linemen being able to finish plays. How does he finish?

Bostad: There’s a lot of plays where he went all the way there to the whistle and finished the job. There’s no question he’s a finisher. I don’t think he’d do what he did for us and get to where he’s gotten without doing some things exceptionally well on film.

Wisconsin has put out some top lineman. Is he in that mold?

Bostad: Absolutely. He’s a team player. One thing about all these guys, they don’t get a big head. They stay pretty steady and I think that allows guys to become better players and improve. They’ve got a lot of good examples around here.