Cowboys future focus: DL Sean Lissemore


Position: Defensive lineman

Height: 6-4. Weight: 298

College: William & Mary

How acquired: Seventh round pick, 2010 (234th overall)

What he did in 2010: He was something of a surprise to make the 53-man roster out of training camp after being limited for most of training camp with an injury. He was inactive for the first six games and saw limited action in the next two before suffering an ankle injury that landed him on injured reserve. He finished the year with three tackles, a half sack and a quarterback pressure.

What to look for in 2011: With Marcus Spears, Stephen Bowen and Jason Hatcher all scheduled to be free agents, Lissemore will have the chance to earn a roster spot and be part of the defensive line rotation. In the final preseason game vs. Miami he was active and he was around the ball in his two games in 2010. He offers some position flexibility in that he can play nose tackle in a pinch, however, most of his time was spent playing end. Can he be considered a long-term fixture? Not at this point and the Cowboys could look to the draft and free agency to reload at the position.

Quotable: “He has average size but plays with quickness and motor. He’s more of a one-gap guy than a two-gap guy, so his size could be an issue if the Cowboys play more of a true 3-4 scheme. He can be overwhelmed at times but he flashes some pass rush potential.” – NFC scout.

Bryan Broaddus’ Scout’s Eye: What you saw in the Dolphins game was that he played with great effort. He probably needs a lot more technique work, but I liked how he was relentless coming after the bal. He’s probably more of a backup guy than would be a starter one day.