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    Cowboys Pre-Training Camp 53-Man Roster Prediction

    11 days. 264 hours. 950,400 seconds. That's how long we have to wait until the 2017 begin the first practice of training camp in Oxnard, California. There will be a field full of players, and a staff full of coaches participating in all practices from July 25th to August 17th. But the one question everyone has on their mind right now is, “What will that 53-man roster look like?”

    Today, I'm giving you my version of the Dallas Cowboys 53-Man Roster.

    Dak Prescott, Kellen Moore, Wade Wilson
    Cooper Rush, Kellen Moore, and Dak Prescott with QB Coach Wade Wilson. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

    Quarterbacks (2)

    1. Dak Prescott
    2. Kellen Moore

    Running Backs (4)

    1. Darren McFadden

    Wide Receivers (6)

    1. Cole Beasley
    2. Ryan Switzer
    3. Brice Butler
    4. Noah Brown

    Rico Gathers

    Tight Ends (4)

    1. Jason Witten
    2. Geoff Swaim
    3. James Hanna
    4. Rico Gathers

    Offensive Lineman (8)

    1. Tyron Smith – LT
    2. La'el Collins – RT
    3. Zack Martin – RG
    4. Travis Frederick – C
    5. Jonathan Cooper – LG
    6. – T/G
    7. Joe Looney – G/C
    8. Emmett Cleary T/G

    Defensive Lineman (10)

    1. Taco Charlton – DE
    2. – DE
    3. – DE
    4. Benson Mayowa – DE
    5. Charles Tapper – DE
    6. – DE/DT
    7. Maliek Collins – DT
    8. – DT
    9. Stephen Paea – DT
    10. Joey Ivie – DT

    Linebackers (6)

    1. Anthony Hitchens
    2. Jaylon Smith
    3. Kyle Wilber
    4. John Lotulelei

    Cornerbacks (6)

    1. Marquez White

    Byron Jones

    Safeties (4)

    1. Byron Jones
    2. Kavon Frazier

    Specialists (3)

    1. Chris Jones
    2. L.P. Ladouceur

    Notable Names Missing

    David Irving

    Obviously, we all should know by now that David Irving is going to be suspended the first four games of the season due to a failed drug test (PEDs). Fortunately for the Cowboys, he will not count against the roster during that time and will not be paid while he serves his suspension.

    Another likely starter missing from this list is Damien Wilson. Again, it should be no secret why either. Wilson was recently arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and is facing prison time if convicted. While we haven't heard much about the situation, it's hard to believe Damien Wilson has much of a future left with the team after such a promising two years.

    Byron Bell is another name some people may be curious about. Bell was a tough decision for me due to his ability to play both guard and tackle, but that offensive line is crowded and almost all the players in the room are familiar faces, except Bell. Initially, I had Bell on and Emmett Cleary off, but the staff seemed to like Cleary when he saw the field some last year. Both players will compete for one of the last few roster spots in camp, but currently I have Cleary making the cut just ahead of Byron Bell.

    It was no question even before the draft that Lucky Whitehead's roster spot wasn't safe, it became even clearer when they selected Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of the 2017 . Whitehead has made a few big plays for the Cowboys as a returner in his three years with the team. He has also made a few bad decisions — off and on the field — that have killed some drives, even some games. With Switzer's ability to add value to the offense and an upgrade on it seems that Lucky's days are numbered in Dallas.

    Notable New Faces

    Could Noah Brown Have A Big Role As A Rookie?

    In an already crowded cornerback room, Marquez White squeezed his way onto my 53. White is likely a game-day inactive, but trying to get him to the seems a little too risky for me. I would personally trust White to step in and play if needed. White has some learning to do but has a high ceiling and had impressive film at Florida State.

    Noah Brown is another rookie selection. Brown is a big bodied receiver who wins with his physicality. Brown is another guy who is way too risky to try to sneak onto the practice squad, plus injuries haven't treated the Cowboys' receivers too friendly over the last few years. It will likely come down to either Noah Brown or for the final receiver spot, but Brown's traits and ability to play as an outside receiver make him more likely to win the spot.

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    Without the suspension or release of Damien Wilson, John Lotulelei likely isn't making the team, but with a spot open and how much noise Lotulelei has made in OTAs and mini camp, he's won me over. While he doesn't play the position that Wilson played, he is a veteran player who has experience playing multiple spots who can add depth to both defense and special teams.

    Joey Ivie was another guy who I went back and forth on. With Irving's suspension, backup at the three-technique will be limited to just Tyrone Crawford with him also helping out at . Ivie is a guy who will shine in training camp and . Joey Ivie is perfect insurance while we wait for Irving to make his return.

    The one new guy who could potentially be the biggest difference maker is Jaylon Smith. Jaylon Smith isn't new to the team, but he would be new to the 53-man roster. Smith's availability is still up in the air to start the season, but I have him healthy enough to start the regular season on the roster and contribute enough to warrant that spot. Training camp will tell us how far along Jaylon Smith is, something all of has been foaming at the mouth over since last April.

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    Connor Livesay
    Connor Livesayhttps://insidethestar.com/
    Born in 1995, loved Football but more importantly the Dallas Cowboys since day one. Living in Redskins Country flying the Blue and Silver flag as high as possible. Covering the Dallas Cowboys for InsideTheStar.com and CowboysNation.com. Catch me on twitter @ConnorNFLDraft!

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