Breaking Down How Teams Have Contained Cowboys DE George Selvie

October 8, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Dallas Cowboys need defensive end George Selvie to play at a very high level. That might seem like a lot to ask from a former seventh-round pick who has been cut from four different teams, but the truth is that Selvie has the potential to be a special player.
Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, I published an article suggesting that height is strongly correlated with NFL success for pass-rushers. But that doesn’t mean that being tall is the cause for success. Instead, I think height is correlated with something that’s really, really important for pass-rushers: arm length. Defensive ends need to be able to get off the blocks of offensive tackles, and that’s really challenging if their arms aren’t long enough to maintain separation.
If Selvie were coming out of as a rookie, he’d represent the perfect opportunity to acquire value by exploiting a marketplace inefficiency. See, Selvie is “short” for a defensive end at just 6&rs...

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