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2017 Mock Draft: CBS Sports Predicts Cowboys Land Stud Cornerback

Brian Martin

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The 2016 regular season in the NFL is coming to an end, but despite the fact there are still a few games and the playoffs left to play, we are already starting to see 2017 mock drafts.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the recently released Pro Football Focus mock draft and who they selected for the Dallas Cowboys to take. They believed that the Cowboys would draft a defensive end with the 32nd overall pick in the first round.

This week Dane Brugler’s mock draft was published by CBSSports.com and he went an entirely different direction for the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.

For those of you that are not familiar with Dane Brugler, he is a draft analyst for CBS, and someone whose work I highly respect.

I not only like who he thought the Dallas Cowboys would draft, but where he has them slotted to pick in the first round.

32. Dallas Cowboys: Desmond King, CB, Iowa

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“Rookie Anthony Brown looks like a future starter, but Mo Claiborne is a free agent after the season, Brandon Carr hasn’t lived up to his contract and Orlando Scandrick has struggled to stay healthy. King isn’t the biggest or fastest, but his cover savvy and physical demeanor will be in high demand.”

First off, it may have slipped your attention, but Brugler has the Dallas Cowboys selecting 32nd overall in the first round, which means he has them winning the Super Bowl.

I don’t know about you, but I would be over the moon if that is indeed the way the Cowboys 2016 season plays out.

Secondly, Brugler thinks that the Dallas Cowboys can land a fantastic cornerback with the last pick in the first round, Desmond King.

Desmond King isn’t going to blow anybody away with his speed or athleticism, but he is a football player in every sense of the word.

King would have likely been an early round draft pick in the 2016 draft if he would have  entered, but he decided to return to Iowa for his senior season instead.

As a four-year starter at Iowa, King has registered 258 tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for a loss, 33 passes defensed, 13 interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Personally, Desmond King is one of my favorite cornerbacks that will be available in the 2017 NFL Draft, and I would love to see him with the Dallas Cowboys next season.

There is just something about his game that reminds me of Darrelle Revis.

King is rarely out of position and seems to know the exact route the wide receiver is running before they do. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and knows how to make a play on the ball when it is in the air. He also isn’t afraid to come up and help in run support.

Desmond King Highlights || “Nation’s Best DB” || Iowa

The best DB in the country. Led the nation in interceptions, 1st team all-american, and Jim Thorpe award winner. Desmond King is INSANE ____________________________________________________________________ 2015 stats: Tackles: 72 PBUs: 13 INTs: 8 ____________________________________________________________________ (All rights go to the Iowa Hawkeyes, the NCAA & its broadcasters, ESPN, and Fox Sports.

With Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in the last year of their contracts with the Cowboys, it certainly makes sense that drafting a cornerback should be a top priority for the organization.

Desmond King would be a tremendous addition to the secondary if he is indeed available once the Cowboys are on the clock. But, that’s just my opinion.

What do you think?

Take advantage of the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions about the likelihood of the Cowboys drafting Desmond King.

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8 Comments
  • Jeff Cook

    I would love for us to take King. I remember watching alot of his play last draft time hoping he would decide to come out last year. Now I haven’t really seen how he has done this season but I will definitely be updating my watch list with his new highlights

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Jeff. I kind of doubt King will still be around when the Cowboys are finally on the clock, but I really think he would be a good addition to the secondary.

  • Randy Martin

    I guess it depends on how Dallas treats free agency at the position and whether they re-sign Mo Claiborne. He finally showed us this season that he can be who we thought we drafted only to succumb again to injury. We can’t expect to strike lightning in the bottle again with a late round Anthony Brown selection so looking at a CB in the first round could be avprudent choice. Personally I think King will be gone before they pick at #32 and most mocks I’ve looked at have him going before #20. So if they truly cover that pick they would likely have to move up to snag him. I think there is a greater need at DE. Gregory has been a liability and while Lawrence is showing signs of coming around the sacks are yet to show up. There are some great prospects at the position with many off the board by the time they pick but 3 guys I think they have a realistic shot at are Solomon Thomas, DeMarcus Walker, and Takkarist McKinley. Depending on how all of them look in bowl games, all-star opportunities, and the combine, they, and the other 7 guys on my list could move up or down. Thomas plays at Stanford and has a pristine character and with past misses we could use a guy like that. He also grew up in Texas and graduated from Coppell HS which makes him a free invite. McKinley ran a 10.58 100 yard dash in high school but he was 30 pounds lighter at the time. He has been clicked at 4.56 in the 40 so definitely a burner for a big guy. We have a season of football to go but early draft talk is always fun and welcome!

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I agree that DE is probably the more pressing need, but like you said it all depends on who is still on the board when the Cowboys are on the clock. I’m kind of torn as to whether or not the Cowboys should re-sign Morris Claiborne. He was really good this season when he was on the field, but you simply can’t rely on him to stay healthy. I personally enjoy the entire draft process, but I don’t want to rush things along with the way the Cowboys are playing now. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  • Randy Terhorst

    Lots can happen between now and then.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I completely agree. It’s just fun to see who all of these draft analysts are already linking to the Cowboys.

  • eusdart

    He looks like an awesome CB (better than what we have now) and would really be great with a “healthy” Mo Claiborne. I doubt that he will be around when Dallas gets to pick – too many other teams will likely take him out of play long before the Cowboys are on the clock – but he is EXACTLY what we need at the CB position!

    • Brian Martin

      eusdart, it’s nearly impossible to predict if he will still be available when the Cowboys are on the clock. That’s what makes looking at these mock draft so much fun.

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Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

Sean Martin

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Sean's Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller A Needed Weapon For Cowboys
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Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

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With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

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…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

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…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

Byron Bell

Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell

There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

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Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition
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The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.

Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.

Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft.

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Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft:

The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft.

This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time.

With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.

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Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, Will McClay

This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.

Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.

Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.

The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest.

The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.

We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.

We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future.

So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too.

After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.

Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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