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Cowboys Draft: Ranking Dallas’ Pre-Draft Visits at Cornerback

Sean Martin

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Welcome to draft day! The excitement of adding new players to the greatest football team in the universe is filling the air with its presence, as this 2017 NFL Draft class presents plenty of options for the Dallas Cowboys at positions of need like DE, S, or CB.

Coming on the clock tonight with the 28th overall pick, the Cowboys decision for most seems to be down to a ready-to-play cornerback or premier edge rusher. I ranked Dallas' pre-draft visits at defense end here, and now it is time to end this series by looking at the cornerbacks they've taken the time to know just a little bit better.

It wouldn't be the morning of the draft unless you were reading some rankings pertaining to the Cowboys, so away we go!

Note: The Cowboys did meet with Ohio State's Gareon Conley, but his recent sexual assault allegation will leave him off of this ranking as his stock with the Cowboys - or with any teams in this draft - remains an unknown. 

Cowboys Draft: 3 CBs To Expect In Round One

Washington CB Kevin King (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

1. Kevin King, Washington

If the Cowboys are looking for a starter that can make an impact at CB with the 28th overall pick, it will be hard to look past Washington's Kevin King - literally. At 6'3", King uses his massive frame incredibly well in coverage and is an absolute nightmare for opposing WRs to gain separation on.

In this deep class of cornerbacks, King has a real chance of lasting until late in the first round, where the Cowboys will also love his knack for getting his hands on the ball and creating turnovers.

Out of the 11 cornerbacks the Cowboys met with, and 10 we'll rank here, I expect Kevin King to top the board.

2. Adoree Jackson, USC

The Cowboys interest in Adoree Jackson is reportedly high, which worries me personally due to his floor as a cornerback prospect. Still new to the CB position, Jackson uses his elite speed and acceleration to his advantage in coverage, but lacks the refined technical skills to hold up snap-to-snap in the NFL.

Should Kevin King be off the board, I can still see the Cowboys liking Jackson as their second best option at cornerback in the first round, especially once you factor in his ability to contribute on offense and special teams. With some intense coaching, Jackson can become a steal on the defensive side of the ball with a ready-made set of skills to translate into kick and punt return opportunities along with offensive touches currently being taken by Lucky Whitehead.

Adoree Jackson is most definitely a name to know for Dallas in this draft.

3. Quincy Wilson, Florida

Getting back to cornerback prospects with high floors to start on day one, which is something the Cowboys desperately need, Quincy Wilson is exactly that out of a talented Florida Gators secondary featuring multiple NFL talents.

While Wilson may not "wow" anybody with one clear-cut strength, he is an all-around solid athlete that diagnoses plays quickly and stays a step ahead in coverage thanks to his strong arms that allow Quincy to reroute his targets.

Wilson was exposed to a lot of different coverages as a Gator, reacting to all of them with the competitive spirit that could see him come off the board well before the 28th overall pick. Should he be available, the decision between him and Adoree Jackson would be simple for me but probably quite difficult at The Star.

2017 NFL Combine: 6 Cornerbacks On The Cowboys' Watch list

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4. Fabian Moreau, UCLA

Once thought of as a perfect fit for the Cowboys in the first round, Fabian Moreau's draft stock has become more of an unknown entering this draft. Injured at his pro day, Moreau will have a chance to fully recover and showcase his absolutely effortless coverage abilities in the NFL this season, but long-term questions about his durability remain.

A smaller, lighter frame, Moreau may be a guy the Cowboys end up in a tough spot to grab as he'll be hard to pull the trigger on at 28th overall but may not last until the 60th overall pick in the second round.

With that said, coming in just behind Quincy Wilson is not a bad spot to be for Fabian Moreau on this list.

5. Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson

A member of the Clemson Tigers' National Championship team, the Cowboys have also shown interest in Tankersley. From my evaluations of the cornerbacks in this draft, Tankersley marks a firm cutoff on this list to the cornerbacks the Cowboys will look for after the first round.

If scouting just a cutup of Cordrea playing in press-man coverage, you would call me crazy for labeling him as a second round talent, but a closer look at his abilities fails to hide a player that looks entirely lost when he can't bully the WR at the line.

The Cowboys aren't known to play a ton of press coverage, but could be shifting that way with a new-look secondary, and would love to see Tankersley remain on the board at pick #60.

Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Target: Florida CB Teez Tabor

(Photo by Jamie Gilliam/Icon Sportswire)

6. Teez Tabor, Florida

Here is where the NFL Draft gets frustrating from an analyst/fan perspective. Florida's Teez Tabor is one of my favorite players in this draft, and would be an easy consideration for me as high as the 28th pick for the Cowboys.

Since I don't work at The Star and instead at a dorm room from Montclair State University, I think Tabor's well below average speed and physical limitations will greatly affect his stock in Dallas.

Whether or not he lasts through most of the second round will depend on how many other teams share the Cowboys mindset in projecting Tabor physically at the next level, where we can find out just how interested Dallas is in his services as a terrific cover corner that isn't afraid to throw his body around.

7. Chidobie Awuzie, Colorado

I already mentioned that Gareon Conley will not be ranked in this list, and in my final mock draft before tonight I actually substituted Awuzie in his spot for the Miami Dolphins.

For the Cowboys, I can't see Chidobie Awuzie ranking any higher than seventh on their stack of cornerbacks due to his relatively high ceiling but low floor. A gambler on too many routes, Awuzie can play with sloppy technique at times and lacks awareness with his back turned to the ball.

He'll likely also be in a tough spot for the Cowboys to grab, and I think they're fine with that.

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8. Shaqil Griffin, UCF

Moving into later round cornerbacks for the Cowboys to target in this deep class, UCF's Shaqil Griffin is another all-around player that contests passes at the catch point using his long arms and range with quick feet to mirror receivers.

Griffin is comfortable in nearly any coverage, but does lack the top-end speed to get back into plays once receivers gain a step against him. With plenty of upside, Griffin could be a great add to Dallas' secondary in the third or fourth round.

9. Damontae Kazee, San Diego State

Another late-round target with upside and traits for the Cowboys to take advantage of, Kazee (like Treston Decoud who comes in next on this list) ended up with Dallas in my final seven round projection.

Not nearly as consistent as the players above him here at reading routes and reacting in time to break up passes, Kazee does show off the quick footwork to turn and run with bigger receivers along with the balance to stay on top of quicker, underneath routes against smaller targets.

10. Treston Decoud, Oregon State

There comes a point in every draft where teams begin to select players simply because  they have some of the traits needed to develop in the NFL. For Oregon State's Treston Decoud, this trait is his speed as he's been mocked by myself to the Cowboys twice.

Decoud looks the part of a starting NFL cornerback with 33" inch arms and the fluent speed to go with it, but will fall for far too many fakes at the line of scrimmage with limited recovery skills.

As a boundary defender, Decoud will get pushed around for his size and struggles to generate any power in driving back to the football in off coverage.

If the Cowboys follow this ranking though, and land a CB as early as we all expect them to, Decoud would not have to start early in his NFL career - helping him develop his game into a body that is fit for a starting cornerback in this league.

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Cornerback is going to be one of the positions to keep the closest eye on for the Dallas Cowboys in this draft, as will defensive end and safety. Hopefully these rankings of players the Cowboys have already committed some time to helps in understanding their mindset of who can be targeted in what round.

When it comes to these cornerbacks, there is no doubt that they've visited with some prospects that will have their name called tonight. Will that call come from America's Team?

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Draft: Ranking Dallas’ Pre-Draft Visits at Cornerback" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills

Although the Dallas Cowboys won't be on the clock in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they essentially invested their first pick in Amari Cooper. However, wide receiver remains a need for the team, specially with Cole Beasley heading for free agency. Out of West Virginia, Wide Receiver David Sills is an interesting potential target for Dallas. A quarterback-turned-wide-receiver story, Sills is one of those guys who constantly shows up when you watch his football team play. That's what you want in a receiver.

Let's dive in.

During his time playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers, David Sills was a scoring machine. He scored 35 career touchdowns (15 in 2018, 18 in 2017) and caught over 980 yards in each of his two seasons as a starter. The Big 12 is known for its lack of good defensive backs, which will naturally raise skepticism when discussing how good Sills really is but it shouldn't.

Sills is 6-foot-4 and weighs 210 pounds. His frame is constantly criticized but thanks to his size and his excellent ability to high point the football that shouldn't be an issue. He's one of the best in this draft class when it comes to 50-50 jump balls. He shines the most as a vertical threat, including over the middle of the field, which should be an interesting trait for the Dallas Cowboys. Throughout his career, he was almost indefensible when given the opportunity at deep over the shoulder passes.

Although he doesn't have the best acceleration, Sills' build-up speed can be lethal for opposing defensive backs. Paired with this is his skill to adjust for deep balls, slowing down when necessary to take on defenders.

What I personally like the most about Sills is his play in goal line situations. Whether it's playing inside on a slant or running a fade route, the Mountaineer wide receiver surely made a lot of opposing defenses suffer. Thanks to his background as a quarterback, his understanding of defensive coverages is pretty solid. He manages to find the defense's soft spots and get open constantly.

But why isn't he valued as a top prospect on this year's NFL Draft? Well, unfortunately, there are a few reasons for this.

First off, David Sills had some problems in the "drops" department. He has plenty of body catches that aren't necessary. When balls weren't on target, he often didn't make the play despite counting with a pretty good catch radius. He can greatly improve in his route running abilities and he was challenged by true press cornerbacks, struggling to release early.

For the Dallas Cowboys, Sills could be a solid contributor as a vertical threat and in the red-zone, where the offense struggled so much last season. With the class being quite loaded at wide receiver this year, Sills should be a realistic target even in the fourth round.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL 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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Cowboys Receive 4th-Round Compensatory Pick in 2019 NFL Draft

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Why Finishing 8-8 Improves Cowboys' 2018 NFL Draft Position

The Dallas Cowboys will receive an extra fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after the league awarded compensatory picks today.

The pick will be 136th overall, which is one spot below were Dallas drafted Dak Prescott in 2016.

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And in other news... NFL awarded compensatory draft picks today - Patriots and Rams each received two third-round picks. The full list, per sources:

We have Anthony Hitchens to thank for this extra pick. The former Cowboys linebacker signed a five-year, $45 million deal with the Chiefs last offseason which far surpassed any of the deal that Dallas made with their own free agent acquisitions.

Only free agents whose contracts expired, not those released in the offseason by their previous team, count towards the compensatory pick formula.  Therefore, Allen Hurns' deal was not a mitigating factor.

As mentioned already, the fourth round of the NFL Draft recently gave Dallas its starting quarterback. Other notable fourth-round picks in the modern era have been Hitchens, Doug Free, Marion Barber, and Chris Canty.

Last year, Dallas drafted DE Dorance Armstrong and TE Dalton Schultz with fourth-round picks.

Already short their first and sixth-round picks this year from previous trades, the Cowboys are certainly happy to have this extra selection for April's draft.



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7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

Brian Martin

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I thought it would be a good idea to get out another 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft before the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off next week. Not only will the Combine shakeup a lot of people's big boards and draft rankings, but it will also be the first opportunity a lot of us will get to see some of these players firsthand.

For this Cowboys mock draft I used Matt Miller's big board on Fanspeak.com. I don't necessarily agree with where he has some of these players ranked right now, but that's part of the fun of doing these kind of exercises. With that said, he is still one of my favorite draft analysts.

Without further ado, here is my Pre-Combine 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft.

TE, Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M (2nd-round)

*189th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Jace Sternberger

Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger (John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports)

First off, I think Matt Miller has Jace Sternberger ranked way too low on his Big Board. I don't think he will make it out of the second round and may not even be available for the Dallas Cowboys when they are on the clock with the 58th overall pick. But if he is, I'm writing his name down on the draft card and not looking back.

The Cowboys have made it pretty clear they want to upgrade their TE position, but in order to do that they're going to have to draft one pretty early in my opinion. Sternberger may be a one-year wonder at Texas A&M, but he is exactly what Quarterback Dak Prescott needs in the passing game. He would change the dynamic of this whole offense.

At 6'4", 250 pounds, Sternberger has the size the Cowboys look for in their starting tight ends. His biggest asset right now is his natural receiving ability and how dangerous he is after the catch. He runs and moves like a big receiver. He's decent as an in-line blocker as well, but it's an area of his game that is still improving.

OT, Bobby Evans, Oklahoma (3rd-round)

*89th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Bobby Evans

Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans

It's a little surprising it hasn't been brought up more this offseason, but with Tyron Smith's continued back problems and La'el Collins entering a contract year, the Dallas Cowboys could be looking into drafting another offensive tackle. I know it may be an unpopular pick in the third-round, but I couldn't pass up on Bobby Evans.

At 6'5", 300 pounds, Bobby Evans has the prototypical size teams look for in their starting offensive tackles. He is a smooth athletically gifted lineman who does his best work in the running game. He projects best in a zone blocking scheme where he can use his athleticism to his advantage. He will struggle a little bit in pass protection until he cleans up his hand technique.

With the Cowboys he could compete with La'el Collins for the starting RT position as a rookie, but at the worst be the teams swing tackle in 2019. Since he has the ability to play either tackle position, he would make a good insurance policy if Tyron Smith has to miss time again because of his back issues. Again it may be an unpopular pick, but a necessary one.

OLB, Christian Miller, Alabama (4th-round)

*161st on Matt Miller's Big Board

Christian Miller

Alabama OLB Christian Miller

With the Dallas Cowboys needing more depth at linebacker and defensive end, I decided to select Christian Miller with their first fourth-round draft pick. He unfortunately hasn't been able to showcase his skill set on a regular basis due to being buried on the depth chart at Alabama and some unfortunate injuries, but he has immense potential.

I think a lot of teams will look to draft him as a outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but I really like the variety of roles he could play in the Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme. I think he could replace Demian Wilson as their strong side linebacker, provide depth at defensive end, and be a special-teams demon as a rookie.

The Cowboys of course will have to be comfortable with his injury history, but in the fourth-round I don't think that would be a problem. If he can stay healthy he has Pro Bowl potential as a pass rusher because of his size (6'4", 247), athleticism and fluidity to bend and torque his body. This might be my favorite pick in this Cowboys mock draft.

DT, Daylon Mack, Texas A&M (4th-round comp pick)

*178th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Daylon Mack

Texas A&M DT Daylon Mack

The Dallas Cowboys could definitely use some more defensive tackle help, especially after all but washing their hands of David Irving. They currently just have Antwaun Woods and Maliek Collins on the DT depth chart, unless you want to count Tyrone Crawford. That's why I returned to Texas A&M for the second time in this Cowboys mock draft and selected Daylon Mack.

Daylon Mack is a former five-star recruit who never really lived up to his billing at Texas A&M. Don't let that fool you though, he has the talent to earn a starting job with the Cowboys as a rookie at either the one or three-technique. He is the kind of prospect Rod Marinelli would love to work with.

At 6'1", 327 pounds, Mack would provide some much-needed beef to the Cowboys defensive front. He has surprising athletic ability for his size and has a devastating first step to be the kind of disruptive DT Marinelli prefers along his DL. I really love his violent hands and raw athletic ability, and I believe he could be an absolute steal in the fourth-round even though Matt Miller has him ranked much lower.

WR, Jalen Hurd, Baylor (5th-round)

*159th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Jalen Hurd

Baylor WR Jalen Hurd

Outside of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, the wide receiver position in Dallas is pretty dreadful. There are some young WRs who show some promise, but they still need more depth regardless. That's why I decided to take Jalen Hurd in the fifth-round in this Cowboys mock draft. He is one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire 2019 draft class.

The most intriguing aspect of Hurd's game is his background as a running back. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and was once considered a top RB prospect during his time in Tennessee before deciding to transfer to Baylor in order to switch to wide receiver.

At 6'4", 227 pounds, he has the prototypical size teams look for in a WR prospect. He reminds me a little bit of Cordarrelle Patterson, but is much more natural catching the ball. His route running is a little raw, but he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside, something he did at Baylor. I think he could help replace some of Cole Beasley's lost production.

RB, Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State (7th-round)

* 206th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Bruce Anderson

North Dakota State RB Bruce Anderson

I reached a little bit with this pick, but if Bruce Anderson is available this late in the draft I would do everything within my power to bring him aboard if I was the Dallas Cowboys. I really think he could be the lightning to Ezekiel Elliott's thunder in the Cowboys backfield. I personally have him in the 3rd-5th round range, but can understand why he's ranked so low on Miller's Big Board right now.

Unfortunately, the draft process hasn't been very kind to Bruce Anderson so far. He was originally expected to open a lot of eyes in Mobile at this year's Senior Bowl, but unfortunately sustained an injury that kept him from competing. To make matters worse, he was a surprise snub at the Scouting Combine, meaning he only has private workouts and his Pro Day to impress scouts.

I for one am a big fan of Anderson's though. I believe he is exactly the kind of RB the Cowboys need behind Zeke. I personally see a poor man's Alvin Kamara when I watched his game film because of the different ways he can be utilized as both a runner and receiver. But, he can also contribute on special teams as a return specialist.

How do you feel about this 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft?



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