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Cowboys on the Clock: Felix Jones, #22 Overall

Sean Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys on the Clock: Felix Jones, #22 Overall

The Dallas Cowboys have drafted 5 running backs since 2008, with only one of them coming in the first round. It came with the 22nd overall pick in that 2008 draft, when they selected Arkansas product Felix Jones.

The Cowboys actually left that draft with two running backs, as they took Tashard Choice in the fourth round. Jones and Choice, particularly Jones, were brought in to compliment Marion Barber - who was coming off of a career year.

Barber was a key player for Dallas' 13-3 season, which ended in the first round of the playoffs. The Cowboys would regress to a 9-7 team in Jones' rookie year, which was basically the story of his Cowboys career.

Let's take a closer look in this edition of Cowboys on the Clock.

Felix Jones

Jones' first career carry would go for an 11 yard touchdown in a Cowboys win over the Browns, as his role as a "home run hitter" was off to a good start in 2008. He saw just 30 carries, but averaged 8.9 yards per carry. He also added a 98 yard kickoff return for a score, which came in a divisional win over the Eagles.

Cowboys Nation would get to watch Jones in a larger role during the following 2009 season, as the team returned to the playoffs. Jones handled 116 carries very well throughout the year, as he rushed for 685 yards (5.9 YPC). Marion Barber added 932 yards, the second best output of his career, and the three headed rushing attack for the Cowboys turned out 1,966 yards of offense on the ground thanks to 349 yards from Choice.

As was the case throughout the end of the season, Jones started as the featured back over Barber in the team's first playoff win since 1996. He would set the franchise record for the longest run in a playoff game by scampering 73 yards to the end zone, and Dallas won the game 34-14 at home against the rival Eagles.

The Cowboys hot streak would end abruptly though, as Brett Favre and the Vikings derailed their season the following week in the NFC Divisional Playoffs. Still, things were looking up for Felix Jones and the Cowboys offense.

Jones began 2010 at the top of the depth chart ahead of Barber, and went for a career best 800 yards. While Barber still added 374 yards on 113 carries, the team felt confident enough in the suddenly-durable Felix Jones (who played in a full 16 games for the first time in his career this season) to release Barber that off season.

DeMarco Murray was added in the draft to be the newest back behind Jones, and would quickly get thrown into the fire when Felix sprained his left ankle in week 5 of 2011. Murray started four games in his absence, before he was then lost for the season due to injury. Jones was ready to come back at the time of Murray's injury, as he finished out his season with just 127 carries. It would be his second to last season in Dallas.

After missing the 2012 off season program due to a shoulder injury that required surgery, he failed the conditioning test that would set him up as nothing but a change of pace back to Murray for the year. His career worst 3.5 yards per carry did little to motivate the team to re-sign him, as they were ready to move into the era of DeMarco Murray - who of course started through 2014.

Jones went on to be picked up by Philadelphia before being traded to Pittsburgh, where he appeared in every game but saw just 48 carries. It was the last we've seen of Felix Jones in the NFL.

The following players have also been selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 22nd overall pick:

Charley Young, 1974, RB

Young was selected with one of two first round picks the Cowboys had in the 1974 draft. The first selection was Ed "Too Tall" Jones. The 22nd overall pick was used on Young, who served only as a reserve player for three seasons as a Cowboy. A torn ligament in his left knee during training camp in 1997 would effectively end his NFL career.

David LaFleur, 2000, TE

The Cowboys traded up for LaFleur in the 2000 draft, passing on Tony Gonzalez to grab the tight end out of Lousiana State instead. He would have one notable year in Dallas, which came in 1999 when he led the NFC in receiving touchdowns from his position - catching 7 scoring passes and going for 322 yards on the season.

Cowboys on the Clock is going Beyond the Clock tomorrow, as Dallas has never selected with the 21st overall pick. Look for our story of a Cowboys undrafted legend right here on Inside The Star!

Thank you for reading this series, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! To contact me, just leave a comment below this article, or feel free to email me at! We will be taking you right up until the night of the draft with "Cowboys on the Clock".

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Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Pleasant NJ, no we're not how you think we are. Host of "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. You may @ me: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?

Brian Martin



Can Powers of Persuasion Make Will Hernandez a Dallas 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.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

@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.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

Huge blessing being surrounded by players like this 👊🏽👊🏽

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.

Do you read anything into Will Hernandez hanging out with Cowboys players?

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Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley

Mauricio Rodriguez



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With NFL Free Agency buzz at full speed this week, Dez Bryant is one of the most intriguing names in the Dallas Cowboys world. We all know the story. We've been talking about it since last season. Bryant, who was once among the "Top WR of the league" conversation, doesn't look like an elite player anymore.

That doesn't mean he is a bad football player, but the problem is that he's getting paid big time.

The Dallas Cowboys, who have struggled with cap space for many years now, may want to avoid paying $16.5M to a player who isn't justifying his paychecks on the field. Big name and all, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

His lack of production on the field the last three years is concerning, even though he's played with quarterbacks not named "Tony Romo." There are other receivers around the league who have played with bad quarterbacks and have still been able to produce.

Even still, it wouldn't be easy to replace Bryant on the offense just like that. Right now, top free agents are already off the market, so if Dallas wants to replace him, it'd have to be via trade or via the NFL Draft.

Jane Slater on Twitter

ICYMI: A few things to consider as we wait on news about Dez Bryant's future with the Dallas Cowboys

Right now, it seems that Dez is going to remain a Dallas Cowboy and after seeing the contracts other receivers in the league are about to get, who knows if a pay cut will even enter the equation.

Even if Dez keeps wearing the Star every week next season, wide receiver is still one of the team's top needs. Despite the fact that Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten are some very well-known names, the truth is this offense needs a guy who can create separation and be harmful as a deep threat.

This is a draft class with a lot of depth at wide receiver, and the Cowboys could find contributors at the second or later rounds. Even still, if they're on the clock at 19 and Alabama's Calvin Ridley is available, the front office should pull the trigger.

Yes, even if Dez is still on the team.

Despite last year's struggles, we shouldn't lose faith on the Cowboys' offense when it has a lot of talent. We believed in this group to take us to the Super Bowl. What they are missing could just be a new, dynamic wide receiver.

Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Set to Meet with Alabama WR Calvin Ridley 1

Alabama Crimson Tide WR Calvin Ridley (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Calvin Ridley is by far the best WR in the Draft this year and will be an impact player anywhere he goes. Despite a poor showing in the Combine, Ridley proves to be worthy of a first round pick on tape. Ideal route-running, great ability to separate and more than enough speed for the NFL.

This would certainly take a lot of pressure off Cole Beasley's shoulders, who was constantly double-teamed last year. Sure, he's still good, but if he continues to run into double-coverage, Dak Prescott and company will probably continue to struggle another year.

It's tough to imagine Calvin Ridley being available at 19, especially with the Baltimore Ravens holding the 16th overall pick. However, some people believe there's a 50/50 chance he's available once Dallas is on the clock. If that's the case, the Cowboys shouldn't pass on this prospect.

Ridley could very well end up being the most productive receiver for the Cowboys in 2018 becoming an essential "best friend" for Dak Prescott.

We've seen how other front offices have made friendly offenses for their young QBs and if Calvin Ridley is what it takes, why even think about it?

Tell me what you think about "Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley" 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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2018 NFL Draft: What Cowboys Look For In LBs

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft Target: BYU LB Fred Warner

As we continue to move through the Cowboys' positions of need and construct their overall draft board, we now take a look at what Dallas tends to look for in linebackers.

The Cowboys have some real questions to answer within their linebacker corps this offseason. Sean Lee is an obvious stud, but his injury history makes him a bit unreliable. Jaylon Smith began to come along later in the season, but how much better will he be in 2018? And then, of course, there is the impending free agency of Anthony Hitchens the team must deal with.

The Cowboys will certainly be looking at this somewhat-deep linebacker class in the upcoming draft, and after reviewing what their "type" has been in the past, a few prospects stood above the rest.

Kevin Brady on Twitter

And here it is for LB. Better set of training data so should be more predictive of future picks. LVE is a freak athletically.

For starters, Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds must have been built in a lab. At 6'4" 253 pounds he is much bigger and stronger than the typical Cowboys linebacker, but his athletic testing all exceed the normal thresholds as well. He is significantly faster and more athletic than the typical Dallas draft pick, and would be an excellent candidate with the 19th overall pick. Unfortunately, I don't anticipate him being their for the taking.

Iowa's Josey Jewell is an interesting prospect to evaluate. A rather reliable player on film, Jewell also passes each of the athletic thresholds set by Dallas in previous years. Well, besides his 40 time, which is nearly a full second slower than their average selection. Still, considering his tape, short shuttle, 3 cone, and broad jump, I expect him to be a potential target for the Cowboys on day two.

The 2 linebackers which fit the Cowboys' plan best, however, are BYU's Fred Warner and Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch.

As seen on the spreadsheet, Vander Esch is a certified freak by Cowboys' standards. He greatly exceeds each of Dallas' athletic markers, and does it all at 6'4" and over 250 pounds. Like I said, he's an athletic freak in the eyes of the Cowboys.

Warner is just below the average weight in previous years (by only 2 pounds), but he is much more athletic than players we've seen the Cowboys draft since 2011. He is converting from more of an EDGE-type role in college to being a full time off-ball linebacker, and so far he has looked comfortable doing so at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

Considering the struggles the Cowboys have had on defense as of late, finding these younger and faster players should be a priority. And, as indicated by the testing of their previous draft classes, the Cowboys should be able to upgrade on that athleticism during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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