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Draft Rumors: Cowboys Zeroed in on Three Players in 1st-Round

Welcome to Draft Day! A little later this evening the will officially kick off and we will finally be able to put to bed any kind of rumors or speculation about who the will select with their first-round pick. But until then, there is one more I thought worthy of being mentioned.

Normally, I don't put too much stock into draft rumors, especially this late in the process. But, this particular rumor comes from someone who has been a credible source in the past… Tony Pauline of

Almost at this exact point in the draft process a year ago Tony Pauline reported that the were looking to jump the Dallas Cowboys in the draft to select a pass rusher. That proved to be true when the Falcons traded up from 31 to 26, two spots ahead of the Cowboys at 28, in order to take .

Now, Tony Pauline has another involving the Dallas Cowboys. According to Pauline, the Cowboys have zeroed in on three specific players with their first-round selection.

“Sources tell me the order of the three players the Dallas Cowboys are targeting with the 19th pick is , , and . A report from Rotoworld yesterday stated that the Cowboys organization compared Vander Esch to Brian Urlacher.”

I don't know who Pauline's sources are, but it sounds very plausible that the Dallas Cowboys have an interest in each one of the three players mentioned. Each one of them plays a position the Cowboys need to fill in the draft and they are some of the top prospects at those given positions.

Personally, I would change the order of these three players. I would keep Vita Vea where he is, but move D.J. Moore up and drop Leighton Vander Esch to third in the pecking order. I'm a big fan of Moore, but not a very big fan of Vander Esch.

I have D.J. Moore ranked as the top prospect in the entire 2018 draft class. I think he is exactly the type of “Dak-friendly” WR the Dallas Cowboys are looking for. He is a good route runner and has a wide catching radius. But, what I like about him the most is the physicality he plays with and his ability to pick up yards after the catch.

I'm not as high on Leighton Vander Esch as others. I don't see a who plays with much physicality. Too many times on film I've seen him get washed out of plays or not be able to shed blocks. I think he is just a WILL linebacker in the NFL and you can find those kind of off-ball LBs later in the draft.

Which of these three prospects would you prefer the Dallas Cowboys draft at 19?

Brian Martin
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I don’t put any stock in what sources say. Jerral is known for putting out propaganda to get the media to attempt to throw off the competition. That said, Vea will IMO be a game changer but I have strong doubts he will be available. I expect the Cowboys to draft a WR first due to the fact I hate WR’s in the first round.

Brian Martin

Honestly, I would rather have a WR then Leighton Vander Esch.


From the link above:
On the Stick to Football podcast, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller reported that five teams have taken Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch off their draft boards because of a “neck” and/or “spine” issue.
Miller explains: “It’s a spine problem where they feel like it’s narrowing. And for some teams that’s just too much of a problem. It’s too scary for them, they’re not going to take that risk.” Miller was unequivocal in his report. This dispatch mirrors news first reported by Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell a little over a week ago. Rotoworld’s Thor Nystrom reported that Vander Esch’s medical report included a concussion, a c-spine nerve injury and a minor knee injury. The concussion and pinched nerve occurred on the same play in 2016, injuries that ended his season prematurely. Whether the “narrowing” that Miller vaguely alludes to has anything to do with that injury or not is not yet known. Expect for this to be a storyline all day Thursday. Vander Esch has been considered a consensus Round 1 prospect throughout the process. We’ll find out on Thursday night whether this news effects that status. Apr 25 – 9:28 PM

Saul Molina

Anybody but leighton vander esch he is average at best or a bust has injury risk hasn’t proven anything and they are comparing him to sean lee,Brian Urlacher,luke kechley more like bobby carpenter please if anyone one in the organization reads this don’t draft him will hernandez,vita vea,Courtland sutton,calvin ridley,dj moore those guys would be 100% better if you can get to from that list that would be great

Brian Martin

Saul, I am right there with you about the Boise State LB. I will be really disappointed if he is their first-round pick.

Saul Molina

I thought about it alot Brian we need DL,WR,LB,S,OG get calvin ridley or dj moore move collins to guard and Fleming to tackle that eliminates 2 positions get earl thomas at safty then get deshoun elliot later and then either nathan shepard or poona ford at tackle and josey jewell,shaquem griffin,malik jefferson fred warner or darious lenard at linebacker what do you think

Brian Martin

Sounds like a good plan to me.

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