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Dallas Cowboys Draft: Is This Player Byron Jones 2.0?

Brian Martin



NFL Draft - Dallas Cowboys Draft: Is This Player Byron Jones 2.0?

In the 2015 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected a cornerback/safety hybrid with their 27th pick in the first round. Fast forward one year, to 2016, and it looks like the Cowboys are primed to draft another hybrid defensive back at #4 overall, 23 draft slots ahead of what they used in 2015.

Jalen Ramsey has been mocked to the Cowboys by a lot of the so-called draft "experts" and a lot of fans have echoed the same type of enthusiasm in favor of selecting him at #4 overall.

Do the Cowboys really need another hybrid defensive back?

Personally, I'm not as high on Ramsey as a lot of people, but I can understand the attraction given the Cowboys need to upgrade the secondary and the fact that Ramsey is a superb athlete.

I don't think Ramsey is as good as Byron Jones is at this point, and I think he is going to have to be primarily a safety in the NFL. Ramsey just isn't as smooth of an athlete as Jones is and really struggles with quick switch wide receivers because of the stiffness in his hips. This will be the main reason why he will struggle as a CB in the NFL and why he is considered better suited to play safety.

Let's take a look at Ramsey and Jones' predraft workout numbers to compare the two players side-by-side:

Byron Jones

Jalen Ramsey

Height: 6'1" 6'1"
Weight: 199 lbs. 209 lbs.
Arm Length: 32" 33 3/8"
Hands: 10" 9 1/2"
40 yard dash: 4.36 (pro day) 4.41
Bench Press: 18 reps (pro day) 14 reps
Vertical Jump: 44 1/2" 41 1/2"
Broad Jump: 12'3" 11'3"
3 Cone Drill: 6.78 6.94
20 Yard Shuffle: 3.94 4.18
60 Yard Shuffle: 10.98 11.10

As you can see, Byron Jones outperformed Jalen Ramsey in every single drill, although the results were fairly similar.

Again, do the Cowboys need another Byron Jones in the secondary?

Honestly, I can see an argument for both sides in favor of or against drafting Ramsey and I think I would be fine with either outcome.

It's no secret that the Cowboys need to improve their secondary. Morris Claiborne is back on a one-year deal, Orlando Scandrick is coming back off of a major knee injury, and Brandon Carr has one year remaining on his contract even though his status with the team is still a little murky at this point.

At the safety position things aren't much better except it looks as if Byron Jones is the future at the free safety spot and as of now, Barry Church is penciled in to start next to him at strong safety.

So there is no denying that the addition of Ramsey could help upgrade the secondary, but it really depends on if the Cowboys view him more as a safety or a cornerback.

I think if they view him as a CB, it would be a mistake to use the #4 overall draft pick on him because I think there are better players available later in the draft that have had better production.

I personally don't view Ramsey as a good fit at CB in the NFL.

I think he will struggle at the position, but he could fill in as an emergency corner if needed. It's not something I would want long-term, but filling in for emergency situations would be an added benefit to the roster.

It looks like I'm not alone in thinking Ramsey is a bad fit as a cornerback in the NFL.

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On the other hand, I think Ramsey is the best safety in the entire 2016 draft class and I think the idea of Ramsey and Jones as the future starting safety duo for the Cowboys would be amazing.

Ramsey and Jones at safety would allow defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to really get creative with coverages because either one of them can drop down and cover athletic tight ends or play that deep centerfield type safety.

Both Ramsey and Jones are at their best when they are making plays in front of them. They tend to struggle when they have to turn and make plays down the field, this is especially true with Ramsey (stiff hips).

Although both players are very similar, Jones is a better player at this point and has already proven that he is ready for a larger role on defense. I'm personally expecting big things from him in 2016.

Ultimately, it doesn't really matter what I think. It only really matters what the Cowboys think and if they are willing or not to use the #4 overall draft pick on another hybrid defensive back.

Where do you stand?

Is Jalen Ramsey the best player the Cowboys can draft at #4, if he's available?

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  • Alvina

    Your on crack Byron jones is stiff not a fluent athlete like Ramsey is he didnt run that time at the combine so it's holds no merit

    • Brian Martin

      Agree to disagree. I would like to point out though that if you look at Jones' 3 cone drill, 20 yard shuffle, and 60 yard shuffle compared to Ramsey's you will see that Jones is a more fluid athlete. These drills are designed to expose hip stiffness.

  • Alvina

    he's a workout warrior some players can just test great look at their film he's tight in his hips it's not even a discussion I like him i think he'll be a good player but Ramsey's ceiling much higher in my opinion

  • Blue Star

    Get Ramsey and Trade Byron Jones next offseason to move up in 2017 draft to get the best QB.

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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.

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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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