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Cowboys Draft: No Jalen Ramsey, No Problem

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Draft: No Ramsey, No Problem

If you're anything like me and have been paying close attention to different prospects that have been mocked to the Dallas Cowboys, you probably would've noticed that one name in particular seems to come up the most, Jalen Ramsey.

Jalen Ramsey has become the hands-down favorite for the Cowboys to draft in the first round with their fourth overall draft pick and if you watch any of his game film you can understand why.

Ramsey is one of the most physically gifted athletes to play the defensive back position in recent memory and the fact that many consider him to be the best at both safety and corner makes him that much more appealing as a prospect.

Unfortunately, because he is such an appealing prospect with the versatility to play several positions in the secondary, he is unlikely to be there when the Cowboys are finally on the clock at #4

Now, I could be wrong but it is going to be an excruciating waiting period to watch the first who the first three teams decide to draft and I find it difficult to imagine Ramsey not being one of the selections.

The Tennessee Titans are rumored to be trying to trade out of the #1 draft pick and are less likely then the Cleveland Browns and San Diego Chargers to draft Ramsey if they do stay put, but I wouldn't put money on it.

The Browns and Chargers however would find it really difficult to pass on a talent like Ramsey, especially since they have a huge void to fill in their secondaries.

The Browns recently released Donte Whitner and could look to filling the empty void by drafting Ramsey.

Like the Browns, the Chargers have an empty void to fill at the safety position left by Eric Weddle.

Both destinations make really good sense to become the final landing spot for Jalen Ramsey. That could be a huge disappointment for a lot of Cowboys fans wanting to add Ramsey to the secondary that is full of questions and that have yet to be answered thus far in the off-season.

Fortunately though, I think there is a player that the Cowboys could add to the secondary that could end up making fans forget all about Jalen Ramsey.

Kendall Fuller out of Virginia Tech is one of my favorite defensive backs the entire 2016 draft class, and I think he would be a tremendous prospect to add to the Cowboys secondary that is lacking in playmakers.

If not for a torn meniscus that cut his 2015 season short, Fuller would no doubt be a first-round prospect. But because of his knee injury he is likely to be available in the second round when the Cowboys on the clock  at #34.

The Cowboys have shown in the past that they are willing to take a chance on talented players coming off of injuries they suffered in college (Sean Lee & Bruce Carter) and I think Fuller is one of those players.

Fuller is 5'11" and 187 pounds. He may not be the tallest CB, but he more than makes up for it by being able to high point contested catches with his long arms and leaping ability.

In 28 career starts at Virginia Tech, Fuller was able to accumulate 35 pass deflections and bring down eight interceptions. By the way, that's nearly triple the interceptions that Ramsey ever accumulated in college (3).

Fuller stays low in his foot pedal and can mirror receivers down the field. He has smooth athleticism and loose hips, which helps them bracket receivers and pinch them off with the help of the sideline.

He has natural ball skills and shows a receiver like skill set that allows him to high point passes thrown his direction. He is also effective either in man-to-man coverage or off man coverages, which would allow defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to disguise his coverages and hopefully confuse opposing quarterbacks.

What is interesting though is what former scout and current staff writer for the Dallas Cowboys had to say about selecting Kendall Fuller at #34.

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter

Have as a S. See him more in 3rd. Probably should have him higher to be honest.

The fact that Bryan Broaddus sees Fuller as a safety is something that I find really interesting. Broaddus also admittedly says he should have them rated higher than the 3rd round, which is why I have come slotted somewhere in the 2nd.

I kind of like the idea of Fuller being able to play either CB or safety for the Cowboys, and adding another versatile defensive back like Byron Jones can hopefully solidify the position for years to come.

In fact, the idea of pairing him with Jones kind of makes me like him even more.

The added versatility to play anywhere in the Cowboys secondary makes him an intriguing prospect and someone I hope ends up wearing a star on his helmet in 2016.

Let me hear your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below so that we can further discuss the topic of adding Kendall Fuller to the Cowboys secondary.

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  • Rugan

    Totally agree, even if you get Ramsey in the first round, take Fuller in 2nd. One plays CB, other safety, and we are golden in the secondary with Scandrick, Fuller, Ramsey and Jones. Would instantly become one of the best secondaries in the league just like our OLine is.

    • Brian Martin

      I don't think Ramsey will be there when the Cowboys come on the clock and I don't see them drafting back to back defensive backs. I like Kendall Fuller in the 2nd and then maybe Maurice Canady in the 4th.

  • HammerUK21

    DB in my view is Cowboys biggest need, but I like DT Day Notre Dame in the 2nd round, He had a great senior bowl with the Cowboys Coaching Staff, and would give great depth at the DT spot with Tyrone Crawford Cedric Thornton and Terrell McClain and teaming them with the DE of Randy Gregory (after 4 game ban) DeMarcus Lawrence Benson Mayowa and Jack Crawford with give the Cowboys a young defensive front for the next few years. .

    • Brian Martin

      I assume you're talking about Sheldon Day? I have been more in the third round. This is a deep defensive tackle class and I think they can add valuable depth later in the draft.I personally like Hassan Ridgeway from the University of Texas a little later.

  • Reebs21

    So let's say Tunsil, Went and Jalen go 1,2,3…u think Cowboys would take Bosa? Or could u see them going with somebody like Jack instead?

    • Brian Martin

      Well, if you believe the rumors the Cowboys are very high on Bosa. Personally, I'm not that high on him either. As for Jack it will depend on his medical evaluation to see how he is coming along after his knee injury. I don't really like the idea of drafting a LB that early.

    • Ian Koplowitz

      I think Elliott is very much in the conversation in this scenario.

  • Reebs21


  • Dave

    My ideal draft would be ramsey, DE or DT in 2nd and miles killebrew in 3rd th en go after our rb then qb

    • Brian Martin

      That's definitely one way they could go. I just really have a hard time seeing Ramsey still there when it's their turn to draft.

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

Sean Martin



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.

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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.

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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