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Dallas Cowboys Draft: Is This RB The Next Giovani Bernard?

Brian Martin



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The newly signed running back Alfred Morris, makes it appear that the Dallas Cowboys are pretty much set at the position, but as we know looks can be deceiving. It only takes one injury to completely change the dynamic of the entire depth chart.

Alfred Morris was signed to just a two-year contract. Darren McFadden is entering the last year of his contract. Lance Dunbar signed a one-year contract and is still working his way back from a major knee injury, which might result in him starting the year on the physically unable to perform list. Rod Smith and Ben Malena are long shots to even make the final 53 man roster.

So basically the Cowboys know they have Morris and McFadden penciled in as their starters, but beyond that they don't really know the status of the other running backs on the roster.

I fully expect that they intend on addressing this concern with a rookie running back and there are quite a few options that should be available for them throughout the draft. I really don't see them addressing this concern in the first couple rounds. The more likely scenario is finding someone that would add depth in the middle to later rounds and develop them into a valuable contributor.

One player in particular that I'm intrigued by and believe the Dallas Cowboys should take a good long look at is DeAndre Washington out of Texas Tech University.

The former Red Raider can immediately step in and fill that third-down role that Lance Dunbar has occupied for the last couple of seasons and do so while hopefully remaining healthy.

Texas Tech is mostly known for their aerial passing attack, but Washington has proven himself to be an effective weapon in the offense, as both a runner and a receiver.

Despite Washington's small stature, he is a physical runner with the ball in his hands and doesn't shy away from contact. He has great vision and has the stop-start quickness to make him difficult to get a handle on. Unfortunately, he will struggle a little bit with pass protection because of his size, but it's not because of lack of effort.

Washington has really benefited from playing in the Red Raiders pass-happy offense and is more than capable of being a threat out of the backfield as a receiver.

Watching Washington play reminds me a lot of current Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard, a player that is perhaps one of the better dual-threat weapons in the entire NFL. Washington reminded me so much of Bernard that I decided to do little research to determine how much the two players were like.

Look at how similar their combine workout results were, for an example:

Giovani Bernard DeAndre Washington
Measurements: 5'9", 205 lbs 5'8", 204 lbs
40 yard dash: 4.53 4.49
Bench press: 19 reps 24 reps
Vertical jump: 33.5 inches 34.5 inches
Broad jump: 122 inches 118 inches
3 cone drill: 6.91 sec. 7.03 sec.
20 yard shuffle: 4.12 sec. 4.20 sec.
60 yard shuffle: 11.41 sec. 11.63 sec.

I found it really interesting how similar they were in just about every category, based on their combine workouts. They are nearly a mirror image of one another. It's crazy!

After finding everything so eerily similar, I decided to take it a step further and take a good look at their career stats at the collegiate level.

Rush/Rec Yards
DeAndre Washington (TTU)
Rushing: 605 3,411 5.6 23
Receiving: 124 1,091 8.8 4
Giovani Bernard (UNC)
Rushing: 423 2,481 5.9 25
Receiving: 92 852 9.3 6

Again, the numbers that Washington and Bernard were able to put up in college were pretty similar, but it's difficult to analyze these numbers properly because they played at two different universities, that ran two different types of offenses.

Nonetheless, there is no denying that Washington is an interesting prospect that could possibly have the same type of success that Bernard has been able to have thus far in his career in the NFL.

The Cowboys would be wise to keep a close eye on DeAndre, especially considering the fact that Dunbar is questionable to start the season. If nothing else, he would provide competition and valuable depth at the position.

Washington could be a steal in this draft since he is currently ranked to be selected anywhere from the sixth round to possibly going undrafted. I highly doubt the Cowboys would be willing to use one of their sixth round draft picks on him, but he would definitely be someone they could target as a priority free agent.

It won't really matter where Washington gets drafted, or even if he ends up going undrafted; I have no doubt that he will become a threat in the NFL, so why not with the Cowboys?

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  • Randy Martin

    I believe Washington typifies the kind of 3rd round back many teams want on their roster so I am doubtful he goes undrafted. I think it would take a 6th or 7th (which we don't have) round pick to get him so it depends on what they do in the draft up to that point. He would be an intriguing option but if they take an RB in rounds 2-4 I doubt they will be double dipping especially with the Morris signing.

    • Brian Martin

      I agree 100%. Couldn't have said it better myself

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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.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

Huge blessing being surrounded by players like this 👊🏽👊🏽

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.

Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Set to Meet with Alabama WR Calvin Ridley 1

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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2018 NFL Draft: What Cowboys Look For In LBs

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft Target: BYU LB Fred Warner

As we continue to move through the Cowboys' positions of need and construct their overall draft board, we now take a look at what Dallas tends to look for in linebackers.

The Cowboys have some real questions to answer within their linebacker corps this offseason. Sean Lee is an obvious stud, but his injury history makes him a bit unreliable. Jaylon Smith began to come along later in the season, but how much better will he be in 2018? And then, of course, there is the impending free agency of Anthony Hitchens the team must deal with.

The Cowboys will certainly be looking at this somewhat-deep linebacker class in the upcoming draft, and after reviewing what their "type" has been in the past, a few prospects stood above the rest.

Kevin Brady on Twitter

And here it is for LB. Better set of training data so should be more predictive of future picks. LVE is a freak athletically.

For starters, Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds must have been built in a lab. At 6'4" 253 pounds he is much bigger and stronger than the typical Cowboys linebacker, but his athletic testing all exceed the normal thresholds as well. He is significantly faster and more athletic than the typical Dallas draft pick, and would be an excellent candidate with the 19th overall pick. Unfortunately, I don't anticipate him being their for the taking.

Iowa's Josey Jewell is an interesting prospect to evaluate. A rather reliable player on film, Jewell also passes each of the athletic thresholds set by Dallas in previous years. Well, besides his 40 time, which is nearly a full second slower than their average selection. Still, considering his tape, short shuttle, 3 cone, and broad jump, I expect him to be a potential target for the Cowboys on day two.

The 2 linebackers which fit the Cowboys' plan best, however, are BYU's Fred Warner and Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch.

As seen on the spreadsheet, Vander Esch is a certified freak by Cowboys' standards. He greatly exceeds each of Dallas' athletic markers, and does it all at 6'4" and over 250 pounds. Like I said, he's an athletic freak in the eyes of the Cowboys.

Warner is just below the average weight in previous years (by only 2 pounds), but he is much more athletic than players we've seen the Cowboys draft since 2011. He is converting from more of an EDGE-type role in college to being a full time off-ball linebacker, and so far he has looked comfortable doing so at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

Considering the struggles the Cowboys have had on defense as of late, finding these younger and faster players should be a priority. And, as indicated by the testing of their previous draft classes, the Cowboys should be able to upgrade on that athleticism during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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