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Full Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft Guide – Complete Picks, Predictions and Analysis




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The Past

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1              6              Morris Claiborne              DB

3              81           Tyrone Crawford              DE

4              113         Kyle Wilber                         LB

4              135         Matt Johnson                    DB

5              152         Danny Coale                       WR

6              186         James Hanna                     TE

7              222         Caleb McSurdy                  LB


1              9              Tyron Smith                        OT

2              40           Bruce Carter                       LB

3              71           DeMarco Murray             RB

4              110         David Arkin                         G

5              143         Josh Thomas                      DB

6              176         Dwayne Harris                   WR

7              220         Shaun Chapas                    RB

7              252         Bill Nagy                               C


NFL: Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys1              24           Dez Bryant                          WR

2              55           Sean Lee                              LB

4              126         Akwasi Owusu-Ansah    DB

6              179         Sam Young                          OT

6              196         Jamar Wall                          DB

7              234         Sean Lissemore                DT


The Cowboys have improved their draft strategy of late.  The 2009 draft will be one that fans will tell their children about.  Since then, Jason Garrett has done a nice job with his talent evaluation landing seven starters and three key role players.

If the Cowboys keep drafting this successfully, their cap problems will sort themselves out.

The Picks

Round 1 – 18 overall

Round 2 – 47 overall

Round 3 – 80 overall

Round 4 – 114 overall

Round 5 – 151 overall

Round 6 – 185 overall

The Needs

Sylvester WilliamsOG/OT- The Cowboys offensive line is need of serious repair.  If the Cowboys hope to protect their investment in Tony Romo and increase the effectiveness of their run game, the offensive line needs some very large upgrades.

Defensive Tackle- Badly the Cowboys need to add a versatile 1-technique.  Jay Ratliff is aging and Josh Brent is on his way to prison.  While Ratliff can hold down the 3-technique position, the Cowboys could use a 1-tech who can play both interior positions.  A “rushman” is the target here.

Safety- The transition to the Tampa 2 defense has left some wondering what the Cowboys will do at the free safety position.  They just drafted Matt Johnson who was injured his rookie season but has solid all-around ability especially where coverage is concerned.  Will they look for a prototypical Tampa 2 guy?

Running Back- Say what you want about DeMarco Murray, he’s a great guy with solid potential.  He just can’t stay healthy!  That’s an issue when you have an offense that relies on a productive run game to take the pressure off the receivers.  A good spell guy and eventual replacement for Murray is a good idea here.

Depth at WR/DE/LB- The Cowboys need to build competition at these three positions where successors aren’t locks. The team would like to see Dwayne Harris, Tyrone Crawford and Kyle Wilbur emerge as players but they can get some insurance by drafting upside guys who can push for playing time.

The Prospects (Courtesy Scouts Inc. Draft Board):

First Round:

WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia – Would anyone rule out a pick like this? A bonafide gamebreaker.

OG Chance Warmack, Alabama – An elite road-grader with extreme potential.

OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina – Elite prospect w/ incredible and smooth technique. Very athletic.

OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama – A big right tackle with a nasty streak.

DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State – Pass rushing defense end with upside. Raw but J.J. Watt like ability.

DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri – Explosive 3-tech with non-stop motor.

DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina – Versatile DT who can play all positions. Great work ethic.

S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas – Great speed and technique. Could solidify position for future.

Second Round:

WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson – Outside guy that would allow Austin to slot

WR Terrance Williams, Baylor – Speed reliant guy, needs coaching but solid potential

OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff – Athletic guy who would give Cowboys quick right tackle

OG Kyle Long, Oregon – Raw prospect with good work ethic. Needs coaching

OG Larry Warford, Kentucky – Power house prospect. Limited athleticism, elite strength and anchor.

DE DaMontre Moore, Texas A&M – Speed Rusher who saw stock fall.

DT Kawann Short, Purdue – Explosive guy who has been very underrated. Position versatile.

DT Jesse Williams, Alabama – 1-tech anchor who can establish LOS

OLB Sio Moore, UCONN – Great all-around player with versatile skill set.

S Eric Reid, LSU – Tampa 2 prototype?

S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida Int’l – Solid skill set, dangerous in all aspects of game.

Third Round

US PRESSWIRE SportsRB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina – Shifty all-around back with potential to be top-10 NFL back.

RB Andre Ellington, Clemson – Scat back with upside, can he be three down back?

RB Le’Veon Bell, Mich St – Tough back, deceptively explosive.

OT Brennan Williams, North Carolina – Athletic and strong. Injury leaves questions.

OG Brian Winters, Kent St. – Fast riser, good consolation prize.

OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse – 2nd/3rd tweener, would be first rounder in less deep class.

OC Barrett Jones, Alabama – Versatile lineman with good position flex. Very high football IQ.

S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse – Good ball skills, needs to work on instincts.

S Phillip Thomas, Fresno St. – Rover type strong safety

Fourth Round

RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina – Top-10 ability, injury clouds future. I’d bet on him.

WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M – Slot receiver with playmaking ability.

OT Jordan Mills, La Tech – Turning heads with impressive offseason workouts

OT/OG David Quessenberry, San Jose St. – Versatile guy, flashes solid play.

DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina – Freakish athlete. Big sleeper.

DT Jordan Hill, Penn State – 3-tech who can be disruptive as a pass-rusher.

DT Montori Hughes, Tenn-Martin – Huge 1-tech with good pass-rushing skills.

OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M – SAM backer with all-around skill set.

S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern – Sleeper prospect, excellent ball skills.

S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma – Good ball skills, not good size.

Fifth/Sixth Rounds:

RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford – Underrated balanced running back with good vision

RB Joseph Randle, Ok St. – See Stepfan Taylor

WR Conner Vernon, Duke – Good height, weight, speed guy.

WR Josh Boyce, TCU – Speed receiver with flashy playmaking skills. Must improve hands.

TE Philip Lutzenkrichen, Auburn – Excellent blocker with decent hands.

OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas– Once an elite guard prospect, Bailey might be worth a look late.

OC Khaled Holmes, USC – Need something for the future at the position.

DE Joe Kruger, Utah – Balanced guy with good size and potential. Brother is in NFL.

OLB Gerald Hodges, Penn State – Penn State linebacker, need I say more?

OLB Michael Mauti, Penn State – See above

CB Micah Hyde, Iowa – Underrated corner. Good cover skills, willing tackler.

S Earl Wolff, North Carolina St. – Good ball skills, well-disciplined with good instincts.

S T.J. McDonald, USC – Bad coverage skills, dynamic in run support.

What To Watch For:

jerry-drunk-wheeljpg- Watch for the Cowboys to trade down in the first or second.  They will be targeting specific players but if those players are gone or someone really falls, the Cowboys will be able to get value by trading

- The Cowboys won’t be afraid to take early skill players. If they feel like that player, whether a RB or WR, can be an asset moving forward they won’t hesitate.

- Going through my and Scouts Inc.’s Big Boards I’m starting to see that the Cowboy will likely need to have their offensive guard by the second round. If they wait till the third round they better hope they’re right in guessing that their target will fall to them.

- Two transaction situations to watch heading toward and into the draft: 1) Anthony Spencer and 2) Eric Winston. The Cowboys may look to deal Spencer if they feel like his $10+ million cap hit isn’t worth it. Additionally, the Cowboys are said to be interested in adding Winston. I expect that he may be added before the draft even begins.

The Mock

Round 1 (Trade 18 to Minnesota for 25 and 83): Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC

Round 2: Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse

Round 3: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama

Round 3 (From Minn): Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M

Round 4: Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford

Round 5: Earl Wolf, S, North Carolina State

Round 6: Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa

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2020 RB Options for the Cowboys if Things Turn Ugly With Ezekiel Elliott

Brian Martin



2020 RB Options for Cowboys if Things Turn Ugly With Ezekiel Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys could have a Le'Veon Bell-type situation on their hands in regards to Ezekiel Elliott. It's been reported Zeke is contemplating a holdout until his financial demands are met by way of a contract extension. This could put the Cowboys between a rock and a hard place.

Ezekiel Elliott is technically still under contract for two more seasons because of the fifth-year option he carries as a former first-round draft pick. Threatening to hold out seems a little premature, but Zeke has the Cowboys by the short hairs right now, meaning the leverage is on his side.

This is a situation that could, unfortunately, turn ugly, and quickly.

Check out Ep. 6 of Cowboys Weekly - Segment 1 for more discussion from Inside The Star on Ezekiel Elliott's Hold-Out situation:

The Cowboys have several other mouths to feed and Zeke may not be at the top the list considering his continued immaturity issues off the field. His on-field production is undeniable, but so are the red flags that keep popping up. It may be time for Dallas to look for his successor and fortunately, the 2020 running back draft class is a pretty good place to start.

Let's take a look…

Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin

Jonathan Taylor

Wisconsin Badgers RB Jonathan Taylor

Jonathan Taylor (5'11", 219) would probably be the ideal candidate to replace Ezekiel Elliott for the Dallas Cowboys. He is one of the more productive collegiate running backs expected to enter the 2020 NFL Draft and has the intangibles that are eerily similar to Zeke as far as size, speed, and power are concerned. Unfortunately, that likely makes him a top 10 selection, putting him out of reach of the Cowboys.

Taylor doesn't come without his warts though. As a true Junior, he's seen a lot of action in his three years as the starting RB for the Badgers. That wear-and-tear is a cause for concern because it could lead to durability issues once in the NFL. He also has struggled with his ball security. He's put the ball on the ground 12 times in the last two seasons, which will need to be cleaned up at the next level. But, there's no denying his talent.

D'Andre Swift, Georgia

D'Andre Swift

Georgia Bulldogs RB D'Andre Swift

D'Andre Swift (5'9", 215) is one of my favorite RB options in the 2020 draft class to replace Ezekiel Elliott if things turn ugly with the Dallas Cowboys. He doesn't have the same kind of production as Jonathan Taylor and is still somewhat under the radar because he's been stuck in a committee with the Nick Chubb, Sony Michel, and Elijah Holyfield the last two years. But mark my words, he will be the next great RB to enter the NFL out of Georgia. Swift could be as ideal of a candidate to replace Zeke as there is.

Dallas likes an inside runner with zone vision as well as someone who can be a threat in the passing game, and D'Andre fits the bill. Despite being a little smaller in size than Zeke, he still possesses the power to run inside. Then throw in his receiving ability, 32 catches for 297 yards and three touchdowns last season, and you have someone who is more than capable of replacing #21's offensive production. He's projected to be a late first-round pick, which could put him within striking distance of the Cowboys.

J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

J.K. Dobbins

Ohio State Buckeyes RB J.K. Dobbins

J.K. Dobbins (5'10", 214) could be someone who is already on the Dallas Cowboys' radar as a potential Ezekiel Elliott replacement. They seem to have a liking for Ohio State running backs (Zeke, Rod Smith, Mike Weber) and could turn to another Buckeye to carry the rock. Dobbins, an all-purpose back and native Texan (Houston, TX) checks all of the boxes the Cowboys typically look for in their featured back.

Dobbins has the size, speed, and vision to be a featured back in the NFL. He has rushed for over 1,000 yards his last two seasons while splitting time with Mike Weber and has averaged about 200 receiving yards during that time span as well. He's not the most physical back, but he keeps moving his feet upon contact. He also needs to improve in pass protection in order to become a true three-down RB in the NFL. But his vision, shorter area quickness, elusiveness, and patience as a runner are all top-notch.

Travis Etienne, Clemson

Travis Etienna

Clemson Tigers RB Travis Etienna

The breakout season of Quarterback Trevor Lawrence, unfortunately, overshadowed the Heisman-worthy year Travis Etienna (5'10", 200) had in 2018. In his first year as a starter, he rushed for 1,658 yards and 24 touchdowns, all the while averaging an impressive 8.1 yards per carry. If he can follow that up in 2019 he could become the most coveted back in the 2020 draft class and become a really intriguing option for the Dallas Cowboys.

Etienne will probably need to add a little bit more "good weight" and muscle to his frame if he wants to be considered a featured back in the NFL. If he can accomplish that and not lose any of his elusiveness or speed he should climb up draft boards. If not, he may not be of much interest to the Cowboys because they already have a similar RB in Tony Pollard. He does possess plug-and-play talent though, making him a potential Ezekiel Elliott replacement.

Najee Harris, Alabama

Najee Harris

Alabama Crimson Tide RB Najee Harris

Najee Harris (6'2", 230) is yet another big, physical running back who has had to remain patient and wait his turn at Alabama, but 2019 could be his breakout season. With Bo Scarbrough, Josh Jacobs, and Damien Harris ahead of him on the depth chart the last two years, Najee saw limited playing time. But, when he did receive the opportunity to showcase his skill set he didn't disappoint. His physical talent could make him a top-5 running back come draft time.

Despite his limited playing time last the two seasons, he averaged over 6 yards a carry. He rushed for a career-high 783 yards and four touchdowns on just 117 carries in 2018 and should easily surpass those totals this season. In doing so he should become one of the more sought after RBs in the 2020 draft class. With the Cowboys, as Zeke's potential replacement, his physicality would pair nicely with Tony Pollard's slashing style. A Harris/Pollard duo could be just as productive as the Cowboys running game has been in the past.

Honorable Mention

The above five running backs are all potential Ezekiel Elliott replacements who I really like and will likely receive the most national attention due to the programs in which they play. But, they are only a few in what looks like a really strong 2020 RB draft class. Here a few honorable mentions you should also keep a close eye on as well.

  • Cam Akers, Florida State
  • Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
  • Kennedy Brooks, Oklahoma
  • Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Vanderbilt
  • Kylin Hill, Mississippi State

I believe any of these running backs mentioned above at any point in the article could be in play for the Dallas Cowboys if they choose to play hardball with Ezekiel Elliott over his want for a contract extension. The 2020 running back draft class has a plethora of potential starters and this could be in the back of the Cowboys mind when they're determining where they want to spend their money. Paying top dollar for an RB might not fit in their budget, even for one as talented as Zeke.

Do you like any of these potential RBs as replacements for Ezekiel Elliott?

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Cowboys Draft: Reviewing Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft: Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Throughout the post draft media process, the Cowboys' decision makers have been adamant that they found multiple draft-able players in undrafted free agency this year. Each of which, of course, will have an opportunity to compete for a roster or practice squad spot this summer.

One of those players who almost certainly had a draft-able grade despite fall through all seven rounds, is Kansas defensive tackle Daniel Wise.

At 6'3" and 290 pounds, Wise projects as a 3-technique in the NFL, and should compete for that very role on the Cowboys defense. Wise is not an overly bendy or athletic player, but he has a good initial quickness which allows him to penetrate gaps well. Wise plays with excellent effort, having the type of motor that I'm sure Rod Marinelli valued highly during the pre-draft evaluations.

A strong and powerful interior presence, Wise can offer some upside as a pass rusher as well. He has quick, active, and heavy hands. When combining his hands with his get-off, Wise is a real threat as a pass rusher. Maybe his most impressive pass rushing quality, however, is the effort which he plays with. Never giving up on a play, you'll have to block Wise until the final whistle or he will threaten for effort sacks.

In college, Wise was often asked to be a two-gap defender from the 5-technique, but that's just not where he'll be at his best. Rather, he should be used in the role the Cowboys likely envision for him, allowing him to play with power at the point of attack and disrupt the running game.

But what are Daniel Wise's chances of even making the team?

The Cowboys made a concerted effort to improve their defensive line this offseason, specifically on the interior. By adding free agents like Kerry Hyder and drafting Trysten Hill 58th overall, Dallas has improved what was considered a weakness during the postseason a year ago.

Not all of these talented defensive tackles will make the team, though, it's simply a numbers a game. And cutting an undrafted free agent will certainly be easier to do than cutting someone who will be owed real money, or was acquired through premium draft capital.

Regardless, Daniel Wise will have the chance to prove his worth during training camp and the preseason. And based on how he projects through his college tape and physical attributes, he'll likely make those final decisions very difficult on the Cowboys' staff.

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Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

Brian Martin



Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

The Dallas Cowboys are "officially" adding 21 rookies to their roster, eight of which they drafted and the remaining 13 are undrafted free agents. The number of rookies the Cowboys are bringing in isn't all that surprising, but what did surprise me was how many of them were pre-draft visitors.

You may or may not know, but the NFL allows 30 allotted pre-draft visits for each team around the league. Teams don't have to use all 30 visits of course, but the majority of them take advantage of the opportunity and generally use up all 30 visits. It's a chance to introduce these rookies into the atmosphere they could be playing in and work them out in more of a one-on-one basis.

The Dallas Cowboys of course are known as a team who take their 30 pre-draft visits very seriously. Over the past several years they've drafted several players who were brought in for pre-draft visits, and 2019 was no exception.

I've said it before and I'll say it again, paying attention to the Dallas Cowboys 30 pre-draft visits is a good idea because the odds of them drafting one or more of them is pretty high. That's why I decided to run a pre-draft tracker this year, and because of it I was able to confirm 27 of the possible 30 pre-draft visitors for the Cowboys.

Here are 2019 pre-draft visitors currently on the Cowboys roster:

  • DT, Trysten Hill
  • RB, Tony Pollard
  • RB, Mike Weber
  • WR, Jon'Vea Johnson
  • CB, Chris Westry

If you're doing the math, 5 out of 30 equates to 17% of the players the Dallas Cowboys brought in as pre-draft visitors. But, if Dallas only brought in 27 that percentage rises to 19%. To say that the Cowboys value these pre-draft visits would be an understatement, at least as far as 2019 is concerned.

The first three of Trysten Hill, Tony Pollard, and Mike Weber were of course all draft picks and have the best chance to stick around on the final 53-man roster, but I wouldn't rule out Jon'Vea Johnson and Chris Westry. Both were draftable players, but somehow fell through the cracks right into the lap of the Cowboys as UFAs.

I don't really know if it's a good idea the Dallas Cowboys are so transparent with how valuable the treat these 30 pre-draft visits. We've seen teams time and time again trade up right in front of them to draft a player the Cowboys could've possibly been eyeing, and this year was no exception.

After drafting Running Back/Wide Receiver Tony Pollard with the first of their fourth-round draft picks, it looked like the Dallas Cowboys had their sights set on small school Defensive End/Defensive Tackle John Cominsky out of Charleston with their second pick in the fourth. Unfortunately, the Atlanta Falcons traded up a spot ahead of them to draft Cominsky.

This of course isn't the first time the Falcons have done this, which begs the question as to how they knew the Cowboys could have possibly been targeting Cominsky. We can throw a conspiracy theory out there that Atlanta might have been inside source, but that's highly unlikely. More plausible theory is they were paying attention to Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors as well.

It may be time for the Dallas Cowboys to deploy a little more smoke and mirrors when it comes to who they bring in for pre-draft visits in the future. But regardless, there's no denying the Cowboys pre-draft visitors highlight their 2019 rookie class.

Are you surprised the Dallas Cowboys added so many pre-draft visitors to the roster?

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