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Cowboys Pre-Combine Mock Drafts: A New WR, DT Enter the Mix

Sean Martin



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The NFL Scouting Combine is finally here, and with it comes an acceleration in interest from the national media into this ongoing draft process. There is no denying the Combine's important place in this process, as prospects will rise and fall up the board in a hurry following their performance on and off the field at Indy.

In this last set of pre-Combine mock drafts that we'll look at for the Dallas Cowboys, two new players emerge at the 19th overall pick. This series so far has shown off the depth of this class, which generally lacks "star talent".

With so many prospects graded so closely together in the first round, the 2018 Scouting Combine will be as important as ever for teams picking in the middle of the round - as the Dallas Cowboys plan on doing at #19.

Cowboys Pre-Combine Mock Drafts: A New WR, DT Enter the Mix

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CBS Sports: James Washington, WR - Oklahoma

Dallas Cowboys fans should be familiar with the great draft work of Bryan Broaddus, along with one of his patented terms in "ice cream". This year's draft class at WR is truly one to pick your favorite flavor in, with plenty of "right" options.

Last week, it was Chris Trapasso mocking Alabama WR Calvin Ridley to the Cowboys with this pick. Now, Ridley is drafted by the Jets at 6th overall, leaving the Cowboys to take Washington.


James Washington sold me on his ability as a first round WR at the Senior Bowl. A concern from his tape at Oklahoma State was that Washington could not win with enough routes to truly succeed in the NFL, which is something he dispelled brilliantly in Mobile.

Washington is a superb athlete with the over-the-top speed the Cowboys currently lack. This is a player that QB Dak Prescott should have no problem getting the ball to, and is absolutely worth the Cowboys' first round pick.

Bleacher Report: 1T DT Vita Vea - Washington

Chris Roling of Bleacher Report mocks Draft Twitter's favorite pet cat to the Cowboys....with Michigan DT Maurice Hurst still on the board. Gasp. 


This is a breath of fresh air. With Hurst constantly being mocked to the Cowboys, finally seeing Vea enter the field from a prominent draft source is a nice sign. Washington's Vita Vea remains the only defensive tackle I've graded in the first round, and should only flash his scary athleticism at the Combine - securing his status as this draft's top one technique.

The 1T position is one the Cowboys have undervalued for a while now, lowering the odds that they would actually select Vea. Should this versatile player be the best defender left on the board though, Dallas may have no choice.

Vea would instantly upgrade the Cowboys' entire defense with his ability to control the line of scrimmage, eat up blocks, and penetrate with speed and range from the interior.

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SB Nation: LB Roquan Smith - Georgia

SB Nation's Dan Kadar:

"Although the general feeling is that Smith will be long gone by the time Dallas picks, we’ve seen linebackers who aren’t pass rushers drop in the past."


Every year, a player whose draft hype begins too early slides down the board a bit before returning to their rightful spot prior to draft day. This is what I believe will happen with Georgia LB Roquan Smith, who appeared in front of plenty of fans in the College Football Playoffs this season.

Smith would be an easy pick for the Cowboys, who could instantly feel good about their future at WILL LB after Sean Lee if he falls to them. The Combine may very well put Smith out of reach for the Cowboys in every mock draft moving forward however, making these latest projections valuable for comparisons.

The only other LB the Cowboys should consider in the first round is Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds, who was mocked to Dallas by Bleacher Report last week.

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All three of these draft prospects have the chance to do some special things at this week's Combine.

With as many as five quarterbacks potentially coming off the board before the Cowboys' first pick though, plenty of talent could remain on the board for the draft's host franchise.

While this series will begin carrying much more value following this week's activities in Indianapolis, James Washington, Vita Vea, and Roquan Smith are all athletes to keep a close eye on while testing and interviewing at the Combine.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Pre-Combine Mock Drafts: A New WR, DT Enter the Mix" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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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  • Chuck Wright

    Watched James Washington play. Not sure why he is not more highly regarded but if we took him in the 2nd, I’d be a very happy camper. I’ll wager he’d take Terrance’s job by year end. Runs great routes, has the quicks to give DBs fits, excellent hands

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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.

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?

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.

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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?

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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