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Cowboys Seriously Considering Investing in a 1st-Round WR?

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Cowboys Seriously Considering Investing in a 1st-Round WR?

Defense. Defense. Defense. A lot of Cowboys Nation believes that's the only direction the Dallas Cowboys should take with their first-round selection. It's completely understandable to believe that way, but it is a little bit narrow-minded to be honest.

Yes, the Cowboys need to upgrade and add depth to several positions on the defensive side of the ball, but this team is an offensive minded squad. The offense will always come first, which is probably why the Cowboys coaching staff has been focusing heavily on scouting wide receivers and offensive lineman.

Despite already adding Cameron Fleming, Joe Looney, and Marcus Martin to provide depth to their OL, the Cowboys are still keeping a close eye on the top guard and tackle prospects. The same can be said about the wide receiver position, even after adding Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson.

It may come to a surprise to you, but I think it's a real possibility the Dallas Cowboys draft either another first-round offensive lineman or their first first-round wide receiver since Dez Bryant. This may not sit well with a lot of Cowboys fans, but I'm actually on board with this way of thinking.

I fully understand why some fans wouldn't agree. The Dallas Cowboys have most of their money already tied up in their offensive line and wide receiver positions. It doesn't make a lot of sense to keep investing in the same positions and ignoring others… Or does it?

I may be in the minority here, but I think the highest ranked player still available when the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock at 19 will be on the offensive side of the ball. I would completely fine if they take another first-round offensive lineman, but I'm not as sure about taking a receiver there.

Calvin Ridley

Alabama WR Calvin Ridley

Personally, I only see two wide receivers worthy of being taken by the Dallas Cowboys with the 19th overall selection, Calvin Ridley (Alabama) and D.J. Moore (Maryland).

Calvin Ridley is the top-ranked wide receiver in the 2018 draft class by a lot of draft analysts, and it's not hard to see why. He is the most pro-ready WR to come out of college in the last few years. He is also an advanced route runner and is a natural catching the ball.

I however have my concerns about Ridley. I think he has already peaked and doesn't have much more room for improvement. I think what you see is what you're going to get, which isn't a bad thing, but it is why I would personally choose D.J. Moore ahead of Ridley if I were the Dallas Cowboys.

I think D.J. Moore is just as talented as Calvin Ridley and has more upside. He already proved to be the more athletic of the two at the NFL combine when he bested the former Alabama Crimson Tide WR in nearly every event.

Moore is very similar to Ridley in my opinion. He may not be as advanced of a route runner, but he is still pretty good and has room for improvement. What sets Moore apart though, is his physicality. He is sensational after the catch because of that physicality, and that's something the Cowboys value.

Although Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore are the only two WRs I feel comfortable drafting at 19, the Dallas Cowboys may not feel the same. That may be why they were at Cortland Sutton's (SMU) and Christian Kirk's (Texas A&M) Pro Day's this week. They are leaving no wide receiver stone unturned.

How would you feel about the Dallas Cowboys drafting a first-round WR?



Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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46 Comments
  • Reynaldo Laporte

    Mr. Martin, I pray that we are smart enough not to draft a WO with our first pick. If we did the obvious choice to me is Moore as he has a high ceiling, has some Steve Smith like qualities, and produced with horrible QB play.

    With that said the only pick offensively I can justify when we’re on the clock is guard. We have to many pressing needs on defense.

    • oneputter

      i completely agree, we do not need WR’s in the first round. go defense, DT or LB.

      as i stated previously, we can grab hamilton from penn state in the 3rd.

      • Brian Martin

        I just don’t see the value of drafting a DT for LB in the 1st unless it’s Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edmunds. I personally don’t really like any other LB at 19. And we know the Cowboys don’t value the DT position very highly. I think they will wait until the third or fourth rounds to take a DT. We will just have to wait and see what happens though.

        • Chuck Wright

          Sorry, completely disagree. . . .no position will have a bigger impact on Dallas’ D than a quality 1 Tech . . .he would instantly make the edge, the LBs and the DBs more effective and pay huge dividends in the run D. Now I get that Dallas does not value 1 Tech. . . .S and LB are the next 2 biggest D needs (2018) with edge a concern past 2018. I think this draft sets up to be another trade back barring a big time player sliding like James or Smith or Edmunds. . .though wouldn’t be shocked to see them grab Ridley. . ..and there are some good 1 Tech’s who will be available later.

          • Brian Martin

            Don’t get me wrong, I am in complete agreement with you about the impact a quality 1-tech can make on the Cowboys defense. I just don’t think they will take one in the 1st. I also don’t really like the LBs or safeties in the 1st who will probably be available at 19. I would love for them to go defense with their first-round pick, I just don’t know if the value will be there, at least in the Cowboys eyes.

          • Chuck Wright

            I hear you. . .I can only hope they trade back if they are going to go OG early. . ..

          • Brian Martin

            I would love for them to trade back. I’m really hoping they can find a trade partner.

          • Will

            You can get a guy like Bryan or the FSU kid later. Space eating DT’s are plentiful in this draft

        • Will

          Exactly. DT and LB in this class is deep. DB (specifically FS types), TE, OL, and WR are where the value of this year’s 1st round lives

      • Reynaldo Laporte

        To be honest I think Whisky sippin Jerry is going to package some picks and move up, but we’ll see. As long as we leave the draft with LB, DT, and LG addressed I’m good.

        We can shore up the safety position by signing Tre Boston, or Eric Reid and there is plenty of quality receivers and backs in the later rounds.

        • Brian Martin

          I’m hearing that they don’t really like Tre Boston and I doubt there is much interest in Eric Reid. They’ve shown interest in Kenny Vaccaro before, but I think they will wait and try to add a safety through the draft.

          • Reynaldo Laporte

            As we long as we come out of the draft with some DOGS I can’t complain. Our DB’s are going to progress and hopefully Jaylon Smith is the player he was pre-injury.

            I can’t wait to see how the Richard effect is going to transform our defense. The 26th can’t get here fast enough.

    • Brian Martin

      I also think an offensive guard is a higher priority. It will be interesting to see if the Cowboys feel the same.

      • Reynaldo Laporte

        So many different variables Mr. Martin, we’ll see soon enough.

      • Chuck Wright

        4 #1 picks on the OL????? OL isn’t even a priority today, you have an excellent starting 5 for the next 2 years even if you do nothing in the draft. WR bigger priority on offense even with the FA signings (one only 1 year the other 2, Beasley Williams and Dez gone this year or next)

        • Brian Martin

          I don’t think they have a starting LG on the roster. I don’t think they are planning on moving Collins and he is a better right tackle then Fleming anyway. I think LG is at the top of the “need” list. And, I completely agree with you about the WR position. I just said the same thing responding to another comment.

          • Will

            I think it’s OT they really might be looking at. Fleming, Looney, and Martin make for a great swing group. Collins is switching back to LG I think. It’s a guy like the UCLA OT, his name escapes me at the moment, that the Boys might be targeting

          • Brian Martin

            Your thinking of Kolton Miller and I would hate if that’s their first-round pick. I don’t get the hype when watching his game film. This year’s OT class isn’t great, which is why I think they keep Collins at RT and draft a LG in the first few rounds.

          • Will

            Totally agree, I’d be just as unhappy. It is what they’re thinking about I fear, though

    • Stephen L. Holley

      ” SAFETY, LB, DL OR OL….ONLY SMART CHOICES”!!!!! I SAY TRADE BRYANT AND D LAWRENCE…CAP SPACE AND PICS… HIRE ROMO AS GM SO HE CAN TEAR UP OLD CONTRACT FOR CAP SPACE!!!!

      • Tim Hargrave

        Get a clue why would you trade D-Law we been waiting to get a war daddy and now u want to trade him please just stop ✋

  • EverybodyTalks

    I’m no expert. That is why I read your articles, but do we need another #2 WR? Isn’t that what Calvin and DJ are? We just signed Hurns and have T.Will. Aren’t they both #2 WRs also? Am I looking at this wrong?
    We all know that to say BPA(best player available) is sort of a fantasy, even though I will credit JJ and Company at filling in holes in FA to keep that fantasy alive. In reality, it is more a mix of BPA + Need. If Derwin James falls out of the Top 10, I could see JJ trading up to get him. If not, would you be surprised if the Boys used #19 to select (S) Ronnie Harrison? He might be the BPA + Need guy there. Possible?
    I agree with you that we can wait on a DT. Edge is almost barren, but DT seems deep this year, like CB was last year.

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t really know what they think about Ronnie Harrison. I’m thinking they are looking for more of a true FS, and that’s not Harrison’s game at all. And, I don’t know if they will trade up for Derwin James. I like him, but I would honestly rather trade down to acquire another pick in the top 100. I’m just not completely sold James is the difference maker everybody is making them out to be.

      Also, Ridley and Moore are more WR2 types. But, I don’t have a problem with that. I don’t think offenses necessarily need a true WR1 anymore, especially if the Cowboys are transitioning to more of a spread offense. Think more in line of what the Patriots do with their WRs. Get rid of the ball quickly on shorter routes and then let the WR pick up yards after the catch.

      • EverybodyTalks

        Appreciate the reply. Thanks Brian

  • winstar

    Brian, I like your articles and I must admit on this one I missed the question mark at first glance. I automatically though how does Brian know which position the Cowboys are considering for 19. With that said Jerral and his clan only put out propaganda this time of year. Every one of them are saying “not interested in DT1” yet I would not be shocked to see the right DT1 be the pick. We have critical needs at other positions even with the FA signings. If fans don’t realize the injuries to Tyron and Lee absolutely killed us last year, then IMO are missing the boat. I admit the Dez drops didn’t help but again, IMO, that is not what kept us out of the playoffs. Daks accuracy was dismal but the Cowboys are not looking for QB at 19.

    • Chuck Wright

      Yep, not time to buy into what is being said. . .all the GMs are playing poker. . .

    • Brian Martin

      I think they can find a quality DT later in the draft. It’s a pretty deep DT class, which is why I think the Cowboys go a different direction with their first pick. And, if they are planning on making the offense more “Dak-friendly”, then another WR is a high possibility. The position needs to be addressed. Bryant, Williams, and Beasley are all likely gone next season and even Hurns is only signed for two years. Might as well address it as soon as possible. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if they go offense with their first two picks.

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  • Nick Russo

    Truthfully the only offense I think we should look at in round 1 is LG, specifically will Hernandez or Isaiah Wynn. There are a number of good receivers that we could look to grab in rounds 2/3 if we feel the need to add another one (daesean Hamilton penn state). If we don’t go LG I would like to see us try to work something out to move up and get Derwin. As an FSU alumni, I may be biased but I think adding him to this young secondary would be the missing piece. Unless edmunds or Roquan smith fall to us I think we can get a serviceable LB in rounds 2/3 as well (jewell from Iowa, Wagner from BYU).

    • Brian Martin

      Nick, I completely agree with what you said. I wouldn’t be upset if the Cowboys traded up for Derwin James, but I’m honestly not as high on him as others. I think he’s a tremendous athlete with untapped potential, but I don’t know if that justifies trading up for him IMO. I would honestly rather stay put or trade down.

      Also, I like James Daniels (Iowa) as a first-round OL target as well. I think I like him a little bit better than Hernandez, but not as much as I like Wynn.

  • Albert Smith

    Give me Hamilton out of PSU later.

    • Brian Martin

      I’d be happy with Hamilton or Anthony Miller in the third.

      • Albert Smith

        Either one works for me I might even consider EQ St. Brown.

        • Brian Martin

          I like EQ St. Brown. I think he is one of the WRs who has the most upside in this draft class.

  • Will

    Cowboys are going to trade. Up if Derwin or Minkah fall to the 10-12 range, down if bpa at 19 doesn’t fit a need, or a team like the Vikings wants to trade up for one of the OT’s

    • Brian Martin

      All of the scenarios are certainly possible.

      • Will

        They keep talking about making an impact in the first round. If that’s not one of the big FS options, I don’t see trading up. What I really do think is going to happen is they’re first going to trade down and pick up an extra 2 and hopefully 3, then trade back into the late part of the 1st to grab either a TE, OL, or DL, whichever inevitably falls. I’d personally like to see Geiseki or Hurst to eventually replace Witten

        • Brian Martin

          I actually like the idea of trading down and then using an extra draft pick to trade back up for a player they like. I don’t think they’ll trade back into the 1st though.

          • Will

            Could be targeting CLE’s 2nd round pick for whomever slips through the 1st just as easily, but that extra year of control is in play too

  • Tommy Davis

    We need someone that can take the top off of defenses! We just signed a tackle who rarely gives up sacks, we have a great LG who is currently playing tackle and should be moved back to guard. We need to score points to win, a great receiver allows you to do that. DJ Moore, and Christain Kirk are the elusive type of receivers that threaten opposing defenses. Courtland Sutton is a Julio Jones clone. I don’t understand the Calvin Ridley hype, he does not catch well in traffic, most of his receptions (look at his highlights) are when he is wide open. Stop the drafting a LG nonsense in the first round unless you don’t have one at all. Why did we just sign Looney, and Martin if you turn around and use your first round pick on the same position you just signed 2 free agents? Unless we get a receiver who can take the top off of defenses (Dez can no longer do that), the offense will continue to be predictable and stagnant at times.

  • Tommy Davis

    We need someone that can take the top off of defenses! We just signed a tackle who rarely gives up sacks, we have a great LG who is currently playing tackle and should be moved back to guard. We need to score points to win, a great receiver allows you to do that. DJ Moore, and Christain Kirk are the elusive type of receivers that threaten opposing defenses. Courtland Sutton is a Julio Jones clone. I don’t understand the Calvin Ridley hype, he does not catch well in traffic, most of his receptions (look at his highlights) are when he is wide open. Stop the drafting a LG nonsense in the first round unless you don’t have one at all. Why did we just sign Looney, and Martin if you turn around and use your first round pick on the same position you just signed 2 free agents? Unless we get a receiver who can take the top off of defenses (Dez can no longer do that), the offense will continue to be predictable and stagnant at times.

  • Bilbo Baggin

    Shoot we need a tight end more than we need a wide receiver if we’re going to go receiver!

  • Bilbo Baggin

    Man we need a lot but if we can get taco or Gregory to step up if he can lay off the Mary Jane. Then safety, left guard and tight end are important and DT. damn good luck then if these OL guys we signed step up it’d help we could focus on safety,tight end and linebacker. Hope we get it right! Go Cowboys!

  • Brian Martin

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, a Pass Catching Theme Persists

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts a Theme Persists

The Dallas Cowboys haven't played the 2018 NFL season yet, but that shouldn't stop us from looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft and seeing what players the team will have their eye on this fall.

With the NFL season fast approaching, that means the college football season is as well, and as we look through these mocks, perhaps you get an idea of whom to watch with a Cowboys perspective this fall.

I scoured the internet looking for the best and brightest minds and their "way too early 2019 mocks." As I perused the mocks, one thing was clear. Many of the national writers see the Dallas Cowboys going with an offensive pass catcher in the 2019 NFL Draft. Namely a TE.

TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Noah Fant, from the University of Iowa, will be a junior in his 2019 season and as a sophomore caught 30 passes for 494 yards (16.5 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns. The receptions and yardage may not look all that impressive, but if we think about Iowa's offense in the Big 10, we can understand that he's not going to get many opportunities to catch the ball when the team is running it as often as they do.

In fact, the Hawkeyes ran the ball 10 more times per game than they threw it and their quarterback only completed - on average - 15 passes a game.

Fant accounted for 21% of the receiving yards on the season and 42% of the passing touchdowns. He was only 36 yards away from leading the team in receiving despite catching 21 fewer passes than leader Nick Easley. No other pass catcher for Iowa had more than four receiving touchdowns.

If there's something not to like at the moment about Fant, it's his size.

At the moment, College Football Reference has him listed at 232 pounds. There are running backs that weigh more than Fant does and he'll probably need to add about 10-20 pounds in the NFL to be an effective in-line blocker.

Mocked to the Dallas Cowboys by Dane Brugler of The Draft Show on DallasCowboys.com. In a mock draft he did for Sports Day DFW and the Dallas Morning News, he had this to say.

"It is now the post-Witten era in Dallas and unless a tight end on the roster emerges this season, the position could be high on the wish list next offseason. His athleticism makes Fant an appealing up-and-coming prospect."

Dane Brugler - Sports Day DFW, Dallas Morning News

Eric Galko of The Sporting News selected the Iowa tight end to the Cowboys as well, seeing him as a special prospect that has the chance to fill the shoes of Jason Witten.

Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington also had Noah Fant to the Cowboys, thinking they are in need of a Jason Witten replacement.

DE Austin Bryant, Clemson

Depending on what Dallas can get out of Right Defensive Ends Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong, and Charles Tapper, it could have the Cowboys taking a defensive end in the first round for the second time in three years.

Will Brinson's mock doesn't offer much analysis on Bryant, mostly saying that Clemson is going to be good. But here's what Draftek.com's Brett Clancy, who covers the 49ers, had to say about Bryant:

"Clemson's Austin Bryant is the 4th EDGE off the board in this mock and 2nd from his school, but he's still well worth a mid-round pick. Bryant broke out with 8.5 sacks as a junior last year and many thought he'd go pro. I like Bryant's move to stay in school and refine his game, specifically growing a repertoire of pass rush moves to complement his strong edge-setting ability."

Brett Clancy - Draftek.com

Bryant was amazingly disruptive for the Clemson Tigers as a junior, racking up 50 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. At 6-5 265, he could come in and play right defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys on day one.

DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

We know that the Dallas Cowboys have an affinity for Power 5 prospects and Jason Garrett goes back with Nick Saban.

Despite that relationship, it hasn't led to many Alabama players being selected by the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps, that should tell us something.

One other factor that could be in play with Davis is dependent upon who the defensive coordinator is in 2019. We all know that Rod Marinelli doesn't place premium draft value on defensive tackles, but prefers to find diamonds in the rough to develop.

If Kris Richard takes over as the defensive coordinator in 2019, the story could be a bit different. Seattle, with Richard at the defensive helm, selected defensive tackles in the second round of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to spend a first on a defensive tackle, this is the guy to do it on.

He was highly productive as a sophomore for the Crimson Tide, racking up 69 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had one interception that was returned for 19 yards. At 6-7 306 pounds, he has the size and frame to be an immediate impact player on the Dallas Cowboys interior.

If the Dallas Cowboys choose not to resign David Irving in the 2018 offseason and Maliek Collins doesn't take a step forward, then Davis becomes a real possibility.

Here's what Draftek's Cowboys analyst had to say about Raekwon Davis.

"Alabama's Raekwon Davis has played both DT and DE in the Crimson Tide's 3-man line. He can maintain his gaps against the run when needed, but his primary skill set is using his long arms and strong lower body to use a variety of pass rush moves to win with power and speed. 

"One red flag on Davis happened 8/27/17: he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet during the wee hours of Sunday morning at a Tuscaloosa bar (Bar 17) where several shootings have occurred over the past few years. Despite HC Jason Garrett's affinity for Nick Saban coached players, this incident might remove him from the Dallas board."

Long Ball - Dratek.com

Interestingly, Draftek did a second round in this mock and they sent Boston College Safety Lukas Denis to the Dallas Cowboys.

S Jaquan Johnson, Miami

Speaking of safeties, Dan Kadar over at SBNation sent one to the Dallas Cowboys in the form of Jaquan Johnson.

Johnson, from the University of Miami, was very productive in his junior season for the Hurricanes, racking up 96 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and four interceptions. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.

Here are Kadar's thoughts on the second team All-ACC player:

"There was a lot of talk during the draft that the Cowboys were in talks to trade for Earl Thomas. If they want to address safety next draft, Johnson was a second-team all-conference player who some thought would go pro."

Dan Kadar - SB Nation

Obviously, this pick will depend on what happens with Earl Thomas over the next nine months and the development of Xavier Woods, but Johnson will be a name to watch for teams that need a safety.

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Miami Hurricanes WR Ahmmon Richards

WR Ahmmon Richards, Miami

Another Hurricane to have on your NFL Draft radars is Wide Receiver Ahmmon Richard, who is going into his junior season at Miami.

The Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of overhauling their wide receiver corp with the departures of Dez Bryant and Brice Butler in the 2018 offseason. In 2019, it's likely that Terrance Williams (contract) and Cole Beasley (age) could be next to go.

That would leave them with Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Deonte Thompson, Noah Brown, and Cedric Wilson as their WR depth chart. It's certainly a solid group, but adding a talent like Richards could help.

The Draft Wire's Luke Easterling believes, "Richards would be another great addition with impressive size and speed."

In two seasons at Miami, Richards has averaged 18.8 yards per reception, and 68.65 yards per game. He's got deep-threat ability which would combine well with Gallup and Hurns.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

If Richards doesn't do it for you, then lets head a couple of hours south of Dallas to the University of Texas and Wide Receiver Collin Johnson.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Dallas Cowboys going with the junior wide receiver and had this to say:

"The Dallas Cowboys made interesting moves at wide receiver in the 2018 draft—trading Ryan Switzer to Oakland, acquiring Tavon Austin from Los Angeles, not selecting a receiver early—and will head into the upcoming season with a need for a playmaker down the field. Texas' Collin Johnson at 6'6" can be the downfield weapon and red-zone nightmare the Cowboys so badly want.

"Johnson does need to improve upon his production from the last two seasons and prove to scouts he can run well enough to separate from NFL defenders, but his size and hands are already getting buzzed about as teams prepare for the upcoming college season."

Matt Miller - Bleacher Report

I'll agree with Miller that Johnson will need to increase upon his production. Some believe that the quarterback limitations in Austin have been a factor, but at the moment, I'm leery of taking a wide receiver from the Big 12 that doesn't have excellent production in the first round of the draft.

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It's obvious from these mock drafts that analysts see the Dallas Cowboys continuing to invest in pass catchers for their offense and that is a reasonable thought.

Obviously, a lot will change between now and next April when the Dallas Cowboys go on the clock, but this gives us a bit of insight on who to watch in this upcoming college football season.

What names will you be watching in college football this season?



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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

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Last night, it was reported that Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident comes from a traffic confrontation that took place back in October, where White -- according to his camp -- was justified in drawing his weapon for self-defense.

A promising young player that stuck on the Cowboys practice squad in his rookie season, the sixth round pick doesn't need this case hanging over his head as training camp approaches. When considering the timing up against this week's supplemental draft, and the rare crop of defensive back talent available in it, White could soon be fighting for relevance on the Cowboys roster.

Becoming complacent in building one of the best young secondaries in the league won't be an issue for the Cowboys under new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard. The Cowboys were relying on White to be a depth option behind projected starters Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis.

White's spot on the depth chart may very well hold up, but by the end of the week he could also have added competition in Adonis Alexander or Sam Beal.

Respectively, the former Virginia Tech and Western Michigan cornerbacks are two of the most talented supplemental prospects to enter the draft in years -- both likely to be the first players drafted since 2015.

Alexander and Beal are also joined by Mississippi State Safety Brandon Bryant as another backup option for Dallas.

Supplemental Draft: CB Adonis Alexander A Depth Option for Cowboys? 1

A lengthy cornerback with the toughness to play on the boundary, Alexander is a similar player to White, and one that Richard should love for his physical traits. Whether or not this natural skill outweighs some maturity issues that saw Alexander fall from freshman starter to suspended at VT will determine if the Cowboys feel comfortable sending away a 2019 draft pick for his services.

Where Alexander's career leaves his arrow trending downward on the eve of the supplemental draft, Beal is a rising prospect that some are calling the best to ever enter this draft.

An all-conference cornerback as a Junior out of Western Michigan, Beal improved with each passing college season, determined to finish out his degree along the way. However, once Beal's eligibility for his Senior season was called into question, the feisty 6'1" CB decided to turn towards the NFL.

Beal's professional football faith is now in the hands of any team that's done their homework on him. Projected to be taken as early as the third round, teams impressed by Beal's tape could be giving away a premium pick in next year's draft to add him just before training camp.

Should this team be the Cowboys, Beal's presence would put more than just White on notice. The Cowboys are also expecting corners like Duke Thomas and Kam Kelly to fight for roster spots. In a perfect world, say the one the Cowboys were living in yesterday before this White news broke, Thomas or Kelly could replace White on the practice squad as the Florida State product took another jump in Oxnard.

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

As I've written before though, teams must be relentless in their search for talent. The Cowboys have drafted well, but passed on big name free agents in recent years. The result is a young roster full of potential and ready to compete.

If either Adonis Alexander, Sam Beal, or even Brandon Bryant help them do so this year, we could be right here talking about a new Cowboys rookie in the middle of July. Marquez White would be happy to see this talk overshadow his legal situation for the moment.

This won't be the case when he's competing against another player that will likely cost the Cowboys more than the sixth round pick they invested in him two years ago.

Tell us what you think about "Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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