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Dallas Cowboys 2016 Draft Order: Week 12 Update

Sean Martin



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While the NFC East hopelessly won't let the Dallas Cowboys die peacefully, we here at Inside The Star must prepare fans for the best case scenario (an improbable playoff berth after winning the division) while simultaneously preparing you for what expects to be a long offseason.

To do so, I gave you my five upcoming free agents that really need the team's remaining five games.

Ryan Ratty has also been pointing out some potential draft targets for the Cowboys, which covers a number of positions:

Of course, to get a better feel for the draft and who may end up on the Cowboys radar, we need to know the general area that their pick will come up on the clock.

If the season ended today, the Cowboys would have the fourth overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The two-win Titans and Browns own the top two spots, respectively, followed by the 3-8 Chargers and 3-8 Cowboys.

With only one of the top three teams in clear need of a quarterback (Cleveland), this pick could feasibly be used on the future signal-caller for the Cowboys - to sit behind Romo for the remainder of his time in Dallas.

It is too early in the process to take any draft rumors seriously, but the Browns reportedly have some interest in Memphis QB Paxton Lynch. If this all falls into place, and Lynch goes to the Browns, it would leave Jared Goff as the next most likely quarterback to be drafted.

Goff, out of California, has drawn some comparisons to Romo in his ability to extend plays - so it may be a good fit for Scott Linehan's offense.

Historically, the Cowboys have only picked with the fourth overall selection one time and selected defensive tackle Scott Appleton in 1964 - who was immediately traded to the Steelers.

The last time the Cowboys selected in the top five, they picked defensive back Terence Newman in 2003 with the fifth overall pick.

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  • Robert

    Goff remind me of a taller version of Romo

    • Bryson Treece

      Yeah, that’s what I’ve been hearing, too. Truth be told, I’m not all that happy to be facing the prospect of drafting a QB right now. The 2016 QB draft class just seems so weak, but still time yet I guess.

      • Sean Martin

        Well, you never want to take a QB “just because”. I’m not sold on Goff despite the Romo comparisons. Really think Cal QBs are a product of that system, with Aaron Rodgers not exactly being an exception to the rule. The Packers just run a similar system and he can make all the throws. But this is about getting the right signal caller, not just someone that sets us up for failure down the line.

  • James Howerton

    If it’s a weak QB class then we should look for a developmental project later in the Draft. Believe me, I want an eventual replacement for Romo taken in this Draft also but if there’s no top talent available then we need to use that high 1st Rounder on a different position. For me, improving our defense is still a top priority. I think Jones has the ability and talent to be an outstanding FS. We badly need a franchise RB but they haven’t been going high in the draft like they used to. But if there’s a dominant RB on the board, take him! No matter who they pick, he has to be talented enough to start unless, of course, he’s a QB.

    • Bryson Treece

      As you said, James, RBs aren’t going high in the draft like they used to so we can use a 2nd on that pick. As far as QB I wasn’t just referring to this class. QBs that can perform at the NFL level are becoming less and less common because of the systems more colleges are running. We need a developmental QB out of this draft and waiting until rounds 2 and 3 only increase the likelihood of a drafting a bust.

      I trust Will McClay and the rest of the front office will make a sound choice. They’ve been doing a hell of a job scouting picks. I just don’t want to try for another Tony Romo – undrafted or late round pick that pulled off a miracle to become an elite starting QB. We need top-tier talent first, then we can talk about grooming.

  • Sean Martin

    I don’t know about you guys, but speaking of running backs, I would LOVE to get Henry from Alabama on the Boys!

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Report: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch Visiting Cowboys

Kevin Brady



2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

As the 2018 NFL Draft draws closer, teams are beginning to hold their official visits with prospects of their own choosing. The Cowboys have already met with a few different prospects thus far, and they've reportedly added a linebacker to that list this week.

Multiple reports are saying the Cowboys will meet with Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch this week, adding him to the list of 30 potential visits.

Marcus Mosher on Twitter

BoiseState LB Leighton Vander Esch will be a pre-draft visitor for the #Cowboys. Add him to your list of 30, per Tony Pauline.

Vander Esch is a bit of a controversial prospect in the draft world. As I've stated before, he tested like a freak athletically, and his combine profile alone would put him in the discussion on day one. The problems I have with Vander Esch have nothing to do with his athleticism, however, and everything to do with his actual football-playing ability.

On film, I see a player who struggles to get off blocks and will have trouble finding a home with the Cowboys. Still, I wouldn't mind the Cowboys drafting Vander Esch - that pick cannot come in the first round though.

Vander Esch is a long, rangy, and athletic linebacker who is at his best playing laterally and tracking down plays. As a blitzer, Vander Esch has some rather clear issues. He often runs directly into blocks and is unable to shed at the point of attack. I also don't think he is as instinctual a player as some of the other linebackers in this class, such as BYU's Fred Warner or Alabama's Rashaan Evans.

The way things are looking, however, Vander Esch is going to be a first round pick. And if not, he'll almost certainly be a top 50 pick. I wouldn't be very comfortable taking him at 19, and I'd have to think twice before even taking him at 50 for that matter.

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2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Meeting with Texas Safety DeShon Elliott
(Photo by Jordon Kelly/Icon Sportswire)

With more pressing needs on offense at guard and wide receiver, and defensively at DE or LB, the Cowboys' concerning lack of proven ability at safety has taken a backseat in this offseason's roster build. With the expectation that new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard will elevate the play of the entire Cowboys' secondary, the team is doing their due diligence on safeties available in the 2018 NFL Draft - starting with Texas' DeShon Elliott.

Josh Norris on Twitter

It appears Texas S DeShon Elliott is visiting the #Cowboys today

With 63 tackles and six interceptions in his final season at Texas, Elliott took full advantage of being a starter in the Big 12 for the first time in his career, flying onto the NFL Draft scene.

Elliott is a well-balanced, average athlete with the upside to be targeted late in April's draft and make a difference.

If they had to play a game tomorrow, the Cowboys would be rolling with Jeff Heath, Xavier Woods, and Kavon Frazier at safety.

Finding an expanded role this season for Frazier should be a priority in Dallas, as should supplementing Heath and Woods with additional talent. DeShon Elliott would fit this group well, along with the Cowboys' scheme, given his range and disruptive ability.

Should Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and now Byron Jones help the Cowboys reach their full potential at CB, the Cowboys safeties will not be tested in single coverage up the field often. This is an area that Elliott was exploited in at Texas plenty of times, performing better as a true free safety or second-level player.

Continuing to add young talent at the right price is key to the Cowboys' ongoing rebuild on defense, now visiting with a local safety prospect that should be available to them in the later rounds. Texas' DeShon Elliott is officially a name to consider come draft week in Dallas.

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Cowboys Draft: PSU WR DaeSean Hamilton Fits Cowboys’ “Type”

Kevin Brady



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Last week, I detailed what the Cowboys tend to look for when drafting a wide receiver. In terms of a combine profile, Dallas clearly has a "type" of wide-out they like to target.

The Cowboys certainly need to upgrade their receiving corps, but with the plethora of other holes to fill, they may not be able to do so until the 3rd or 4th round. Luckily for the Cowboys, there is at least one receiver which both fits their profile and should be available early on day three.

That player is Penn State wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton.

Kevin Brady on Twitter

Working on something for @InsideTheStarDC... here's the height, weight, 40 time, and 3 cone for every WR DAL has taken since 2010.

First, let's re-examine what the Cowboys like to look for. As you can see from the above graphic, the Cowboys draft targets all seem to fit a similar profile. If we treat Dez Bryant as their "ideal" draft pick, the trends become even clearer. Dallas wants to find a wide-out who is about 6'1" 205 pounds, runs nearly a 4.5 40 yard dash, and about a 6.9 three come time.

DeaSean Hamilton, coincidentally, is 6'1" 203 pounds, ran a 4.47 40 yard dash at the Penn State pro day, and ran a 6.84 three cone at the combine. Penn State's all time receptions leader stole the show at the 2018 Senior Bowl, putting all of "Draft Twitter" on notice to his talent.

An efficient and smooth route runner, Hamilton looks natural coming in and out of breaks, creating separation with his precise routes. The Cowboys don't have many receivers on their roster who can win with their route running, and adding a player like Hamilton would greatly help third year quarterback Dak Prescott moving forward.

With the ability to play in the slot, as well as potentially being a Z receiver for the Cowboys and a replacement for Terrance Williams, Hamilton would be an excellent draft target in the third or fourth round. And, keeping in mind how nicely he fits their typical draft profile, I'd expect Dallas to target Hamilton during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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