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1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Andy Reid is putting his touches on this team and gets a franchise caliber left tackle in the process.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
“Ziggy” is an athletic freak that is worthy of the second overall pick as a raw talent. Imagine when he reaches his potential.
3. Oakland Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Floyd is a dynamic interior lineman who does everything well. An instant upgrade for a depleted defensive line looking for an identity.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan, LB, Oregon
Chip Kelly is very familiar with Jordan who has already proven he can thrive in Kelly’s defense.
5. Detroit Lions: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
I don’t think that the Lions can turn away from the ability to add an elite caliber tackle to their troubled offensive line.
6. Cleveland Browns: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
Warmack is a beast of an offensive guard that knows Trent Richardson well.
7. Arizona Cardinals – Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Cardinals need help on the offensive line and Lane Johnson represents the last of the top-tier tackles.
8. TRADE – Atlanta Falcons – Dee Millner, CB, Alabama
(Atlanta trades #30, #60, 2014 first to Buffalo for #8)
The Falcons lost Brent Grimes in free agency and had a depleted secondary last year. Millner has potential to be the next shut-down corner.
9. New York Jets – Barkevious Mingo, LB, LSU
Mingo is a pass-rushing monster who will thrive in Rex Ryans multiple-front defensive scheme.
10. Tennessee Titans – Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
This may be early for Vaccaro but he’s easily the top safety and the Titans have a legitimate need at the position.
11. San Diego Chargers – Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
The Chargers need help on the offensive line and Cooper is an athletic, versatile guard who can develop into one of the league’s best.
12. Miami Dolphins – Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
The Dolphins added Brent Grimes in the offseason but need some stability to a weak secondary.
13. New York Jets – Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
The Jets badly need a playmaker to make their offense dangerous, in Austin they grab the drafts best.
14. Carolina Panthers – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Lotulelei’s stock took a hit at the combine after a medical screening showed heart irregularities. Now he’s out to prove he’s dominant and the Panthers are lucky to nab him so late.
15. New Orleans Saints – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jones has become underrated in this draft somehow. A high-motor and elite pass rush skills will pair with above-average recognition to terrorize offenses.
16. St. Louis Rams – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Rams invested in Brian Quick and Chris Givens last year but both are developing slowly while the Rams need players now.
17. Trade – 49ers – Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
(S.F. trades #31, #61, #131 and #180 for Pittsburgh for #17)
The 49ers jump the Cowboys for Richardson who will be a pass-rushing phenom in a stacked defense.
18. Trade – Minnesota – Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
(Minn trades #25, #83 to Dallas for #18)
Minnesota gives up their first (25th)and third to jump the New York Giants for Ogletree who is a versatile defender with speed and toughness.
19. New York Giants – Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Giants need a tough linebacker who can anchor the unit into the future.
20. Chicago Bears – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Bears need to upgrade their right tackle position. Fluker is a nasty road-grading tackle who will help Matt Forte return to form.
21. Cincinnatti Bengals – Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida Int’l
Cyprien is a do it all safety who upgrades a defense that needs to be solidified to be true contenders.
22. St. Louis Rams – Matt Elam, S, Florida
Elam is a short safety but is fierce with good range. The Rams have needed stability in the defensive backfield and hope that Elam will be the answer long-term.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Kennan Allen, WR, California
The Vikings need to replace the production of Percy Havin. Allen is a big, speedy receiver who adds a dangerous weapon to a pass deficient team.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
The Colts are old on the defensive line. Werner gives them a special defensive end who can harass the young quarterbacks in their division.
25. Dallas Cowboys (From Minn) – Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
The Cowboys would have considered Williams at 18, so they’re happy he’s here now. Williams is a versatile lineman who can play the 1- or 3-technique and anchor this defense into the future.
26. TRADE – Philadelphia Eagles – Geno Smith, QB, WVU
(Philadelphia trades #35, #67 and #101 to Green Bay for #25, #88 and #167)
The Eagles have to give up bit but they get the best overall quarterback in this draft and get someone who can make Chip Kelly’s offense effective for years to come.
27. Houston Texans – Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Texans aren’t getting any younger at WR…
28. Denver Broncos – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Broncos need to start thinking about the future at the position. Trufant is a scrappy, physical young CB with great upside.
29. New England Patriots – Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
The Patriots need help in the secondary, they take the best CB available.
30. Buffalo (From ATL) – Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Bills get their guy and add an additional second round pick to help them build their team.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Steelers need help at the receiver position due to the loss of Mike Wallace. They’re happy they can still land Hunter after a risky trade down.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
The Ravens would have looked elsewhere if Rolando McClain didn’t’ get in more legal trouble. Te’o has issues of his own but the Ravens need to look at a replacement for Ray Lewis.
Alabama LB Rashaan Evans Joins Dallas Cowboys List of 30 Visits
The Dallas Cowboys are the only remaining team in the NFL yet to sign an outside free agent, turning their attention towards what should prove a memorable 2018 NFL Draft from AT&T Stadium. Without filling any roster holes with top FA talent, the Cowboys' biggest loss of the offseason remains LB Anthony Hitchens - joining Matt Eberflus with the Colts.
The remaining market on free agent linebackers looks bleak, and without Eberflus on their sidelines the Cowboys may not feel as confident in their ability to acclimate newly acquired talent here. In search of another starter alongside Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith, the Cowboys will be hosting Alabama prospect Rashaan Evans for a pre-draft 30 visit.
Cowboys pre-draft visitors: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama OG Will Hernandez, UTEP OL Kolton Miller, UCLA (@TonyPauline) RB Nyheim Hines, NC State (@TheWolfpacker) WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa (@ConnorNFLDraft)
Evans is just the latest Crimson Tide defender to rise up draft boards as a hard-hitting linebacker that plays as a magnet for the football. This is a player with the ceiling to potentially step in for Lee or Smith should he be called on early in his Cowboys career, along with the talent floor to blend in with this team's projected starters at WILL and MIKE to add speed and tenacity to Rod Marinelli's unit.
The jostling for quarterback prospects at the top of the draft has already begun, with as many as five quarterbacks coming off the board before Dallas picks at 19th overall. Already planning on addressing their offensive line depth in free agency, the chances of an impact defender sliding to the Cowboys are increasing.
While there is no denying that Evans' presence would be felt from day one at The Star, I've already gone on record in naming him a "Player to Avoid at 19th Overall".
"Depth can be found at LB throughout this 2018 class, making Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds the only players I would consider with pick #19 at this position. Additionally, I've graded Evans as a third round player."
Should Edmunds or Smith be the linebackers that the Cowboys are in position to draft, this conversation changes entirely. Unlike Evans, these two prospects would be the "best available players at a position of need" that the Cowboys could target in the first round.
Rashaan Evans undoubtedly benefited greatly from the talent level of his surrounding Alabama defense - which will send multiple starters to the NFL again this season. Making enough plays to certainly be one such starter, Evans may prove in a tough spot to grab for the Cowboys come draft time.
This won't stop America's Team from doing their due diligence on a prospect that could help take their defense to another level, particularly against the run. Evans is officially on the Dallas Cowboys' radar, and could be their first LB selected in round one since Bobby Carpenter in 2006.
The Cowboys will also be meeting with Evans' Alabama teammate Calvin Ridley. Amazingly, they have not selected any player out of Alabama since 2001 (Tony Dixon). Planning valuable meetings with the draft's top receiver and one of its best linebackers gives SEC fans of the Cowboys hope that this streak will end next month.
2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
The Dallas Cowboys have been
frustratingly unsurprisingly quiet through the start of free agency, as their opportunity to improve at the AT&T Stadium hosted 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Offensive line depth remains a team need for the Cowboys, one they're actively looking to address by visiting free agent Guard Marcus Martin while planning a pre-draft visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller.
I'm told UTEP Guard Will Hernandez is another of Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors. Hernandez joins Alabama WR Calvin Ridley and UCLA G/T Kolton Miller on the list of reported visitors for the #Cowboys. Since 2014, 14 of Dallas' 35 picks (40%) have been pre-draft visitors.
Protecting one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft in Josh Rosen through college, Kolton Miller absolutely blew up the Combine in Indianapolis - entering the draft as one of the most athletic available linemen.
It is this athleticism and versatility that the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be looking for, if trying to add another "blue chip" player to an offensive line already featuring LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, and RT La'el Collins.
Kolton Miller with the broad jump world record for an offensive lineman at 10 1 wow
Tyron Smith's health (along with the level of play the Cowboys received at his spot in his absence) and the FA status of Jonathan Cooper are both reasons the Cowboys should consider adding a new, controllable option to their dominant offensive line. Whether this is with the 19th overall pick, or later on with a prospect like Miller, will depend on how the board falls through the first 18 picks of the draft.
With ten total picks coming in, the Cowboys could be positioning themselves for a move up the board to land an impact defender, or an additional piece for Kris Richard to work with in the defensive backfield. Staying home at 19th overall and selecting a player capable of playing swing tackle would not only be a safe option for the Cowboys, but a smart one with Ezekiel Elliott returning full-time to the lineup in 2018.
Without Elliott for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed nine wins. This is a point lost to most of Cowboys Nation, especially those watching the entire playoffs without their team in it, only to watch the Eagles hoist the Lombardi. Elliott's impact on each's week game plan for Dallas is hard to understate, and the Cowboys' trust in him begins up front.
Testing as an elite athlete with the film to match at tackle in the Pac 12, Kolton Miller should be a welcome addition to America's Team - getting the opportunity to learn the Cowboys' way with a trip to The Star in his future.
Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?
There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.
Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.
The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.
@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!
To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.
In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.
All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.
The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.
The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.
It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.
Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
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