During the bye week, there isn’t a lot to cover as far as the Cowboys go. So, rather than just post for the sake of posting, I decided to take a few days of film study to find a candidate for the Cowboys DL. Drastic times call for drastic measures, and it never hurts to churn the roster. It’s hard to say how Joe Sykes will perform at the NFL level, but I believe he is worth a look.
Height|Weight: 6-5 280
40 low: 4.92|40 high: 5.16
Exp: NFL 1 year|AFL 3 years
Joe Sykes attended Grenada High School in Grenada, Mississippi. He lettered at both basketball and football. Sykes began his college career atÃ‚Â Holmes Community College in Mississippi. After 2 stellar seasons there he became an NJCAA All-American. He was considered a 4 star recruit by Scout.
On July 8th 2003, Joe Sykes committed to West Virginia University despite receiving football scholarship offers from Auburn, Louisiana tech, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss and Temple University. However, his senior year he transferred to Southern University. Joe Sykes was named All-SWAC. He lead the conference with 9 sacks.
In April of 2006, Gil Brandt, of NFL.com, reported Southern DL Joe Sykes measured a height of 6-2 7/8 and a weight of 267 pounds at his Pro Day. He ran the 40-yard dash with times of 5.16 seconds against the wind and 4.92 seconds with the wind while finishing the short shuttle in 4.58 seconds and the three-cone drill in 7.63 seconds. He measured a 33 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-4 broad jump.
Joe Sykes has become a household name in the AFL and has achieved the highest honors a defensive lineman can achieve.
UFL official player bio.
2013: Joe Sykes was named Game Tape Exchange Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned First Team All-Arena honors after he recorded 34.5 tackles and 14.5 sacks in 18 games with the San Antonio Talons…2012: Named Riddell Defensive Player of the Year, Game Tape Exchange Defensive Lineman of the Year and earned First-Team All-Arena honors after leading the League with 18 tackles for loss and recording an AFL record 16 sacks with the San Jose Sabercats…2010: Appeared in three regular season games as a rookie with the Milwaukee Iron, recording five tackles and returning a fumble for a touchdown…
College Experience: Began collegiate career at Holmes Junior College, earning All-State honors as a freshman and Preseason All-America recognition as a sophomore… Transferred to West Virginia in 2003, where he tallied four tackles and one sack in 2004… Finished his collegiate career at Southern University in 2005, where he led the team with 53 tackles and 9.5 sacks.
When SHENY SALGADO of the AFL asked:
“What was your favorite football team growing up?”
Joe Sykes said:
“The Dallas Cowboys. I liked Emmitt Smith growing up. We played the same position and wore the No. 22, so I was a big fan.”
He also told Salgado that his favorite Cowboys player was Deion Sanders.
Joe Sykes possesses good athletic ability and quickness. He is light on his feet which can be attributed to the fact he is a former running back. This helps him to make quick cuts when in pursuit or trying to get around a blocker.Ã‚Â He is versatile enough to play either the defensive tackle or defensive end position. He gets off of the ball well and has a good motor. Has good instincts and read/react skills. Joe Sykes does a nice job of shedding blocks and uses his hands well. He plays a bit off balance at times when he is moving laterally and his foot work could use a little improvement. He has good upper-body strength and does a nice job of getting to the edge. He carries the blocker outside and then uses his quickness to cut back inside and get after the QB. He has good speed and does a nice job in pursuit. His best quality is his persistence. He never gives up on a play and plays through the whistle. Joe Sykes has the quickness required to play in a Tampa 2 Defense. He is not an elite defensive lineman by NFL standards, but I believe with some coaching on his footwork and technique he could make an impact for a depleted Cowboys defensive line rotation.