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Florida DB Quincy Wilson Earns 2nd Rd. Grade For Physicality, Fearlessness

Kevin Brady



Florida DB Quincy Wilson Earns 2nd Rd. Grade For Physicality, Fearlessness

At this point, we all know where the biggest holes on the Dallas Cowboys roster are. Whether through free agency or simply poor play, it doesn't take a genius to figure out the Cowboys are probably going to draft at least one defensive back in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Having needs at both cornerback and safety, it could potentially behoove them to select a player early on who has some position versatility.

Similar to the Cowboys' 2015 first round draft pick Byron Jones, getting a player with the ability to play in a traditional safety role as well as come down to challenge wide receivers and tight ends would be of great help to a lackluster Dallas defense.

If the Cowboys do in fact go this route, Florida Gators defensive back Quincy Wilson may just be the player for them.

Per usual, I wrote up a scouting report on Quincy Wilson for Slant Sports, and came away giving him a second round grade. Personally, I can see him playing as an outside cornerback in the NFL, but other draft experts such as CBSSports' Dan Brugler believe he is more suited for safety.

Consistently showing the ability to jump on in-breaking routes, Wilson’s coverage skills in man are more than adequate. With his size and coverage skills, Wilson could potentially play in a press-man scheme at the next level.

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At 6'1" 211 pounds, Wilson has the ideal length and frame you'd hope for in an NFL defensive back. He has long arms which he uses to his advantage in coverage, batting down balls and winning on in-breaking routes.

A gambler in coverage, Wilson plays with extreme confidence and loves to go after the splashy plays. While this willingness to take chances could come back to bite him at times, I love the cockiness that Wilson plays the game with.

Oh, and that he tweets with.

Quincy Wilson on Twitter

Quit your jobs

Quincy Wilson did a great job of shedding blocks on the perimeter in college, and was always willing to stick his nose in the pile. Not afraid of contact, this willingness to tackle is admirable in someone who primarily played right cornerback during his time at Florida.

While he displays adequate cover skills and is a physical, balanced athlete, some scouts don't believe Wilson has the suddenness or lateral quickness to make it at corner in the NFL. He is clearly not a very fast player, and at times will trail off when chasing wide-outs down the field.

Considering how well he plays with everything in front of him, a move to safety full-time might be best.

Either way, I think Quincy Wilson can be a solid defensive back for the Dallas Cowboys. Not wiling to use the 28th overall pick on Wilson, I would not be afraid to pull the trigger at 60 to add Wilson to the roster.

Unfortunately, I don't believe Quincy Wilson will be around come the Cowboys second round pick.

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

1 Comment
  • Brian Martin

    I think Wilson might be a better safety in the NFL.

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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.

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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