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Finding The Next Dallas Cowboy At The Senior Bowl

RJ Ochoa



Cowboys Blog - Finding The Next Dallas Cowboy At The Senior Bowl

It's Senior Bowl time!

The braintrust of the Dallas Cowboys is fully entrenched in all things surrounding Mobile, AL this week as Jason Garrett and his Staff are coaching in the game for collegiate seniors.

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The Cowboys Coaches will be heading the North Squad in this year's game. There are a ton of great prospects on the both squads, but one name that Cowboys fans are paying a lot of attention to does in fact have his compass pointing North... Mr. Carson Wentz.

It's been said a lot since we knew that the Cowboys would be coaching up Carson (say that five times fast!) that they'll find out everything there is to know about him, and if he's their guy... they'll fall in love. Well, while that's true, I got to thinking... who else might they fall in love with and will that love be true?

I dug through some Senior Bowl Archives to see just how frequently a team coached a player in the Senior Bowl and then drafted him a few months later. Here are the instances where that did indeed happen:

Senior Bowl Coaching Staff Player Position Round Selected
2010 Miami Dolphins John Jerry Tackle 3
2011 Buffalo Bills Kelvin Sheppard Linebacker 3
2011 Buffalo Bills Chris White Linebacker 6
2012 Minnesota Vikings Harrison Smith Free Safety 1
2012 Minnesota Vikings Audie Cole Linebacker 7
2012 Washington Redskins Keenan Robinson Linebacker 4
2012 Washington Redskins Alfred Morris Running Back 6
2013 Oakland Raiders Nick Kasa Tight End 6
2013 Detroit Lions Larry Warford Offensive Line 3
2013 Detroit Lions Michael Williams Tight End 7
2014 Atlanta Falcons Ra'Shede Hageman Defensive Tackle 2
2014 Atlanta Falcons Dezmen Southward Cornerback 3
2014 Jacksonville Jaguars Telvin Smith Linebacker 5
2014 Jacksonville Jaguars Chris Smith Defensive End 5
2015 Tennessee Titans David Cobb Running Back 5


Every year since 2010 a coaching staff from the Senior Bowl has drafted one of their own. Six times since 2010, 12 total staffs in that time span so 50%, a team has drafted not one but two players that they coached down in Mobile.

Who will be the player(s) that the Cowboys draft from the Senior Bowl if they choose to do so? That's what they're there to figure out. Whoever it is, odds are pretty good that one of the players from the North Squad (which you can see right here) is going to be wearing a Star on his helmet in 2016.

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Which player from the North Squad do you think will become a Dallas Cowboy? Let me know! Comment below, Email me at, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about "Finding The Next Dallas Cowboy At The Senior Bowl" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

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  • Randy Martin

    That list looks like a candy store! There are a number of guys I would like to see them go after, obviously depending on where they might fall. Oiginally I was leaning towards pulling the trigger on a QB at #4 but the more I have thought about it I no longer think that is the best move. That would probably preclude Wentz from going to the Cowboys unless they make some trades (if you are to buy in to the Wentz hype). This is my list of candidates by position: CB Eric Murray Maurice Canary DE Carl Nassib DT Austin Johnson Vernon Butler Adolphus Washington LB Tyler Matakevich Kyler Fackrell Joe Schobert Joshua Perry QB Carson Wentz S Miles Killebrew Tyvis Powell Darian Thompson RB Kenneth Dixon WR Leonte Cardio Braxton Miller I'm pretty sure one of our picks is on this list.

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Report: Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch Visiting Cowboys

Kevin Brady



2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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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
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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.

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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.

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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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