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
1 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.
Round 1 – 18 overall
Round 2 – 47 overall
Round 3 – 80 overall
Round 4 – 114 overall
Round 5 – 151 overall
Round 6 – 185 overall
OG/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):
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
- 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.
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
Cowboys Draft: 3 LBs To Pay Attention To
The Dallas Cowboys enter the 2018 NFL offseason with clear needs to fill at linebacker. Starting MIKE backer Anthony Hitchens will enter free agency, starting WILL Sean Lee has been riddled with injuries, and the now third-year Jaylon Smith is still somewhat of a question mark.
Considering all of the doubts surrounding the Cowboys linebackers, it would be wise to target one during the 2018 NFL Draft. Of course, Roquan Smith and Tremaine Edmunds have become fan favorites over the last few months.
Both of these guys are clearly first round players, however, and may both be gone by the time the Cowboys are on the clock. Dallas will probably need to find their linebacker starting on day two, so I have compiled a short list of some potential targets.
Josey Jewell, Iowa
With each NFL Draft cycle, scouts everywhere can typically feel good about their evaluations of Iowa Hawkeyes players. The BIG 10 school is known for producing solid, pro-ready talent that NFL teams absolutely need to fill out a roster. Enter Iowa Linebacker Josey Jewell, a three-year starter and captain on this Hawkeyes defense.
Iowa Hawkeye's linebacker Josey Jewell has been gaining traction within the draft community as of late. The three-year starter and collegiate captain has been discussed as one of the more pro-ready and consistent linebackers in this draft class.
Jewell earned a third round grade on my draft board, and fellow Inside The Star writer Sean Martin saw him in a similar light. Jewell possesses impressive instincts, plays with textbook technique, and is a solid run defender/tackler in the box.
His main weakness, however, is his athletic ability. He doesn't move laterally as well as someone like current Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith did in college. Jewell is a player with a solid floor, but not a very high ceiling. Drafting him would give the Cowboys another good piece on their defense, and a starting SAM backer.
Sean Martin believes he can play at either WILL or MIKE, and we both view him as a potential target for the Cowboys 81st overall.
Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
Vander Esch reads it and attacks at 100 mph. Put this guy on my football team. https://t.co/RaTvP9sO7u
Boise State's Vander Esch is a linebacker garnering a lot of hype throughout Draft Twitter. At 6'4" and 240 pounds, Vander Esch certainly looks the part of an NFL linebacker. His athleticism and ability to move laterally leaves much to be desired, however.
Vander Esch totaled 141 tackles and 3 interceptions during the 2017 season, breaking onto the scene as a Junior. Vander Esch is a three down linebacker who has been labeled a leader and hard worker by his Boise State teammates and coaches, making him an excellent "RKG" candidate for Jason Garrett. He is an instinctual player who reads, reacts, and attacks on a routine basis against the run. He is also consistently impressive in coverage, something the Cowboys could use from their linebackers.
Despite his positives, which there are many, I just can't convince myself to draft Vander Esch as early as he's being talked about. I believe he can be a solid professional linebacker, and fit in as an off ball WILL, but if I were running the Cowboys I wouldn't make that pick until the third round.
And the way things look, Vander Esch will be long gone by the 81st overall pick. Maybe Dallas will see things differently, and make the move in round two.
Rashaan Evans, Alabama
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My favorite of these three linebackers, Alabama's Rashaan Evans is an off ball/edge hybrid who was all over the field for Alabama.
At 'Bama, Evans had six sacks and 10 quarterback hits, ranking 16th in pass rushing productivity (Pro Football Focus) among all qualifying draft-eligible inside linebackers. Still, I believe his best plays came from when lined up as a traditional off ball linebacker.
In Dallas, Evans could be used as a WILL backer who also rushes as a defensive end in passing situations. The 6'3" 234 pound linebacker is exactly the type of player that NFL defenses are moving towards, and he would be a welcomed addition to this young Cowboys defense.
I believe Rashaan Evans is a top-30 type of player, making it tough to envision being able to draft him 50th overall. If completely wiped out, Evans could be a candidate at 19, though I wouldn't hold my breath. Evans is ILB3 on my draft board, and earned the highest grade of these three linebackers.
Could This Draft Sleeper be Dez Bryant’s Successor?
One of my favorite parts of the NFL offseason is jumping into the draft process and studying the next group of incoming rookies. I don't pretend to be a professional scout, but I do trust my own analysis for the most part. I find myself right about these prospects more times than not, but no one is perfect.
When scouting these prospects, I am particularly looking at players that fit in with what the Dallas Cowboys like whether it is based on scheme or preference. I try not to waste my time with the ones who I don't believe fit into those categories.
Today, I want to share with you a wide receiver I happened to stumble upon who isn't getting talked about enough, but probably should. He is still flying under the radar, but I think that could change here in a few weeks when the NFL Combine gets underway.
We all know the Dallas Cowboys would probably like to add another receiver at some point in the draft, but when and where is debatable. I think it's unlikely they take one on Day 1, and possibly not even Day 2. It will likely depend on how things fall, but Day 3 could still have quite a few good options available.
I've started to study these Day 3 prospects, and I think I've found a diamond in the rough. I'm actually surprised he hasn't been talked about, but that could be good news for the Cowboys.
Let me be the first to introduce you to former Southern Mississippi Golden Eagle, Korey Robertson.
WR Korey Robertson, Southern Miss
I don't know about you, but I don't think of ever watched Southern Mississippi play a single collegiate game. They're not a big powerhouse school and don't produce a lot of high-end draft picks, but we've seen small school players make a name for themselves in the NFL before.
As you can imagine, I wasn't expecting much when I started to watch Korey Robertson's game film, but I was pleasantly surprised. I think he has the potential to be a WR1 in the NFL and he reminds me a lot of the Dallas Cowboys own, Dez Bryant.
Robertson was a surprise early entry into the 2018 NFL draft class. He had remaining eligibility left and could have possibly improved his draft stock by returning to Southern Miss, but that's neither here nor there now.
Robertson certainly looks the part of a WR1 in the NFL. He is 6'2", 210 pounds and plays with amazing physicality. I think he could be the best WR in this draft class at attacking the ball in the air and winning those 50/50 jump balls. This is where he reminds me of Dez Bryant the most.
But don't take my word for it, take a look at his highlights and judge for yourself.
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I really like what I seen of Korey Robertson. I think he really makes an intriguing wide receiver prospect for the Dallas Cowboys. I personally think he has WR1 potential.
He registered 76 catches for 1,106 yards and 12 touchdowns this last season, so the production is there, but he's far from a finished prospect.
Robinson still needs to fine-tune his route running, but it's not terrible. He shows good speed on film and is expected to run in the 4.4 range at the combine. That would definitely boost his draft stock.
I think he checks just about all of the boxes. He has the size, speed, catches the ball easily (with his hands), and plays with the physicality that will immediately make him a fan favorite.
I currently have a third-round grade on him, but I'm probably higher on him with others. I think he will be a Day 3 draft pick, which means the Dallas Cowboys could use one of their compensatory picks to select this talented wide receiver.
What do you think of Korey Robertson as a potential Cowboys WR?
Sean’s Scout: Florida DT Taven Bryan A Disruptive Target for Cowboys
By now you know that the Dallas Cowboys have not prioritized the defensive tackle position at the Draft in some time, a point made prominent with the amount of talent available at DT in this 2018 class.
Despite not being as high on him as most, Florida's Taven Bryan would fit what the Cowboys are doing defensively under Rod Marinelli very well. Bryan is a disruptive player at the 3T position, where the Cowboys currently have a decision to make on RFA David Irving.
Even if Irving and Maliek Collins are back in the fold for 2018, Taven Bryan would be a great addition to this front seven - thanks to his raw athleticism and motor.
Let's take a closer look at how Bryan fits the Cowboys' defense.
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"Bryan excels at not giving his man much of a blocking surface area – playing with good pad level and impressive bend for a DT."
This film clip and quote comes from my full scouting report on Florida's Taven Bryan at Slant Sports. Far from a finished product, Bryan shoots gaps and beats guards off of the line with ease. This is a player with rare traits at the 3T position, bending well while playing with enough strength throughout his entire frame.
"Using a smooth upper body paired with quick footwork and burst, Bryan is frequently shooting gaps to finish in the backfield."
When I watched Taven Bryan, I was reminded of current Cowboys DT Maliek Collins in 2016. As a rookie, Collins played the penetrating 3T spot with similar burst and power.
With the Cowboys now preferring Collins at the 1T position, Bryan could fill in on day one as an interior force with the upside to become one of the league's best match up weapons up front.
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Unless a blocker across from Bryan works quickly into his frame, this is a player that is going to generate push and flow to the football with elite speed and balance.
"Taven Bryan allows his frame to be controlled too often, effectively getting washed out of any play where his blocker can squat against the speed rush and shoot their hands inside on Bryan."
Cowboys Defensive End DeMarcus Lawrence proved that he is the "alpha" of this defensive line in 2017. Building this unit around Lawrence will yield positive results for the Cowboys, especially if they can find a long-term 3T to play alongside him.
One with as high of a ceiling as Taven Bryan becomes an intriguing option, especially considering the Cowboys' ability to play him in a rotation early in his career.
"Unleashing Taven Bryan as a gap-shooting 3T DT is the best way to see this prospect reach his ceiling..."
The Cowboys' 19th overall pick may be a bit rich for Taven Bryan, but this is a prospect to look for in the second round, where Dallas holds the 50th overall pick. A second round DT on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, Bryan should outplay his draft status regardless of the pick if put in the right situation to use traits that would greatly help the Dallas Cowboys.
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