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Cowboys on the Clock: Terence Newman, #5 Overall

Can you feel the excitement in the air? The 2016 NFL draft is just FIVE days away! The buildup to this year’s draft has been especially exciting for Cowboys Nation because the team holds a top 5 pick for the first time since 2003. That year, they selected Kansas State’s Terence Newman, who is today’s Cowboys on the Clock profile player: Terence Newman Newman would play nine very solid seasons as a Cowboy from 2003-2011 following his selection with the fifth overall pick by the team in the 2003 draft.

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Can you feel the excitement in the air? The 2016 NFL draft is just FIVE days away! The buildup to this year's draft has been especially exciting for Cowboys Nation because the team holds a top 5 pick for the first time since 2003.

That year, they selected Kansas State's Terence Newman, who is today's Cowboys on the Clock profile player:

Terence Newman

Newman would play nine very solid seasons as a Cowboy from 2003-2011 following his selection with the fifth overall pick by the team in the 2003 draft. As a senior for Bill Snyder's Wildcats team, he won the Jim Thorpe Award as a unanimous first team all-American.

Terence would start all 16 games for the Cowboys in 2003. During a week 14 blowout win over the Redskins on the road, Newman intercepted three passes - tying a team record for picks in a game.

Dallas won two of their last three games, driven by their defense, in route to a Wild Card playoff loss to the Panthers.

Still, Newman appeared poised for long-term success with the Cowboys, as he followed up his rookie year with another 16 game campaign in 2004. The athletic corner intercepted 4 passes and recorded 68 tackles.

While the team as a whole was struggling over these seasons, Newman took another step up going into the 2005 season, in which he did not give up a single touchdown in coverage.

Newman would have to battle through some injury concerns in 2007 for the first time in his Cowboys career, but was able to do so on his way to his first Pro Bowl appearance. Starting 11 games, he again intercepted 4 passes and added 3 forced fumbles.

The Cowboys were back in the playoffs for the second straight year, but again lost in the first round to the Giants at home in crushing fashion. While this loss ended a spectacular season for the Dallas Cowboys, it did not end Newman's run with the team.

He would sign a new 6 year extension in 2008, and again record an even 4 interceptions despite starting just 10 games.

The veteran was known for bouncing back when he was rarely knocked down, and Newman did just that in 2009 as well. The Cowboys returned to the playoffs with an 11-5 record good enough to earn them the NFC East title.

Terence Newman played a large role on defense, as he made his second career Pro Bowl. The Cowboys season would unfortunately come to a bitter end to the Vikings in the Divisional Round, following a win over the Eagles at home during the first round of the playoffs.

For Newman, this also began to mark the end of his run in the silver and blue. While he played two more years with the team, starting 30 of a possible 32 games, his consistency was a big concern.

Terence battled through these issues once again to record a career high 5 interceptions in 2010 followed by a team high 4 in 2011, but the team would miss the playoffs in both seasons.

In March of 2012, Newman was released by the Dallas Cowboys to create cap space. He would join former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati, playing three years as a Bengal before following Zimmer to Minnesota - where he started 16 games in 2015.

The following players have also been selected with the 5th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys:

John Niland, G, 1966

For more on Niland's career with the Cowboys, check out this profile of him from June of 2015, when our Inside The Star Staff Writer RJ Ochoa named him the greatest player to wear #76 in team history:


Craig Morton, QB, 1965

Morton would take over the starting role for the Cowboys in 1969 following the retirement of Don Meredith, but would immediately have to deal with Roger Staubach - who replaced Morton during much of his time with the team up until joining the New York Giants in 1974.

Tomorrow on "Cowboys on the Clock": 1964 first round selection Scott Appleton

Until then, make sure you are prepared for the upcoming draft over these next few days by checking out our draft content here on Inside The Star. You can leave your feedback on this post or any of the previous editions of "Cowboys on the Clock" by replying below or emailing

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2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller

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2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
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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.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

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 Longest Offensive Lineman Broad Jump 2018 NFL Combine

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.

Tell us what you think about "2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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