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February 21, 2014

Courrier: Mavericks stay in line with recruiting plan


If more NFL teams spent the high draft picks on offensive and defensive linemen, there would be fewer busts. Teams like the fan appeal of the flashy picks, taking quarterbacks or running backs or receivers. But though some take longer to develop, linemen are much safer and better for the long-term.

The Mavericks will continue to have successful football teams because of recruiting decisions made four years ago and the smarts to continue stockpiling the big guys.

If the Mavericks continue to run the ball so effectively and stop the run with even more proficiency, there will continue to be playoff games at Blakeslee in December.

Chad Courrier is a Free Press staff writer. To contact him, call 507-344-6353, e-mail at or follow his Twitter feed @ChadCourrier.

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