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Jess Haynie

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Fantasy Football Blog - Fantasy Football Mock Draft 1.0: What Cowboys Went Where?

I like to wait until the dust settles from free agency before doing mock drafts. Well, it would seem that time has come.

A couple of things you should know before you start reading:

  • Please comment with your thoughts on my picks. If you're a fan of another team I really value your insider perspective and will use it to make my next mocks better.
  • These are predictions of what teams WILL do and not necessarily what they SHOULD.
  • I don't get into predicting trades. It's too much of a crapshoot to spend mental energy on.

1. Titans

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

It's not often that a pick is this easy when it doesn't involve a quarterback, but Tennessee and Tunsil are a virtual lock.

2. Browns

 Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.

The Browns signed RG3 but are still likely to bring in a rookie for competition and their long-term prospects. Wentz has more upside than Jared Goff.
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3. Chargers

Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida St.

Ramsey is the consensus as the best overall defensive player in the draft and fills a big need for San Diego.

4. Cowboys

Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Jason Garrett/Stephen Jones era is all about acquiring the best talent over filling needs. Despite their issues at DE, Dallas takes Jack with the long term in view.

5. Jaguars

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio St.

Jacksonville pairs Bosa with last year's pick, Dante Fowler, for a hopefully dynamic duo.

6. Ravens

DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

Buckner has the potential to be a freak as a 3-4 DE, which Baltimore just so happens to play.

7. 49ers

Jared Goff, QB, California

Colin Kaepernick is still there but the situation seems too toxic to last. The Niners will be happy to land Goff and move on.

8. Eagles

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio St.

To the chagrin of Cowboys fans everywhere, Philly takes the elusive Elliott to help them chase that elusive Super Bowl win.

9. Bucs

Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.

Tampa's front office seems to like numbers and Ogbah has them where it counts; 22.5 sacks the last two years and a 4.63 40-yard dash.

10. Giants

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

New York has an older quarterback to protect and an average group of running backs to work with. They follow the Cowboys' example and take their third offensive lineman in four years.

11. Bears

Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Chicago will be thrilled to have Hargreaves slide to them at this pick. He's better than many people think and fills their biggest need.

12. Saints

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

New Orleans' receivers have plenty of speed already but no size, which makes Treadwell a good counterbalance.

13. Dolphins

Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Miami replaces Olivier Vernon with a kid who will probably be far more productive than Vernon ever was.

14. Raiders

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Liking bigger and more physical corners, Oakland takes Apple and tries to teach him how to avoid penalties.

15. Rams

Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

I'm not sold on Paxton Lynch and I don't think Jeff Fisher will be, either. Ragland fills the void left by James Laurinaitis' departure.

16. Lions

A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

Having lost their top two defensive tackles to free agency over the last few years, Detroit gets some big help with Robinson.

17. Falcons

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Needing help all over their defense, Atlanta takes the linebacker who who had the fastest 40 at the combine.

18. Colts

Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan St.

After a miserable 2015 season, Indy gets back to basics and builds around Andrew Luck in the most fundamental way possible.

19. Bills

Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Ryan boys are desperate and don't mind taking chances on suspect characters. Nkemdiche is this year's Randy Gregory but doesn't have to wait as long to hear his name.

20. Jets

Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia

They will be ecstatic in New York to land Floyd this far down the board. Some have him going in the #8-12 range.

21. Washington

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

Aaron Donald has helped lift the stigma a little on smallish defensive tackles, helping a guy like Rankins get taken this high.

22. Texans

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

After putting up a reported 4.38 40-yard time at his pro day, the 6'3" Thomas zooms past the other receivers on the board.

23. Vikings

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Minnesota seems sure to take a receiver and will have good ones to pick from. Doctson has the best upside of the remaining options.

24. Bengals

Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

The knock on Dodd is that he benefited from playing opposite Shaq Lawson in college. Teaming him up with Carlos Dunlap should alleviate that concern.

25. Steelers

William Jackson, CB, Houston

Cornerback is clearly their biggest need and Jackson provides good value for Pittsburgh at this spot.

26. Seahawks

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Jason Spriggs may have more upside but Seattle needs someone ready to help right away. Decker is a strong run blocker and that's the key to Seattle's offense.

27. Packers

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

They love ballhawks in Green Bay and Fuller is that. He could be a steal this far down the board coming off an injury year.

28. Chiefs

 Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

This is a little high for Alexander for KC needs a corner badly and would be waiting too long for their next pick.

29. Cardinals

Keanu Neal, S, Florida

There's a steep drop off from Neal to the next best safety, so Arizona covers a big need here.

30. Panthers

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Good upside for the 30th pick. Michael Oher was their worst offensive lineman last year and an upgrade is needed.

31. Broncos

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Until Denver makes some other move at quarterback this offseason you have to go with Lynch.

32. Browns

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Combining Fuller's speed with the hopeful return of Josh Gordon could do wonders for their offense.

33. Titans

Noah Spence, DE, Eastern KY

After helping their own QB in the first round, Tennessee looks to attack opposing QBs with their next pick.

34. Cowboys

Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State

Nassib's leadership and work ethic are things that tickle Jason Garrett's fancy. Leading the nation in sacks last year doesn't hurt, either. Nassib's size gives him inside-outside flexibility, which Dallas also likes.

 

And there you have it!  I'll be looking at the Cowboys picks in more detail over the next few days, going in depth as to why I made the decisions that I did. Be on the lookout for those articles.



Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  • Bryson Treece

    If those are our first 2 picks, then I'd say that we screwed the pooch, badly. Jack is okay, but I just don't think we need a top-5 pick going to a LB. I don't know much about Nassib though, so I can't comment there. I do like the pick at #31 – Lynch to the Broncos is a smart choice. I think he'll do better in their system than most.

    • Jess Haynie

      More on this coming tomorrow's article, but Jack at #4 is the Zack Martin pick of this draft. It's not our biggest need right now, like guard wasn't in 2014, but it's a long-term view on a guy who fits our scheme beautifully and can be a key piece for the next decade. As for the 2nd Round pick, who would you want that wasn't already off the board in the mock?

      • dale

        i believe the kidd out of Alabama is better than Jack, Ragland if were talking linebackers and he is pro ready…I do not want another yr like last yr…are we putting to much into Tony Romo anyway? Get the QB Geof from California pure passer and can think he will pick up the system, no offense but I give Romo 2-3 yrs at best…..

        • Jess Haynie

          What makes you think Ragland is better than Jack given where both are rated? Seems like everyone disagrees.

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    On paper Nassib seems like a heck of a pick.

    I'm also not high on Myles Jack, but without accounting for trade scenarios it is probably the BPA pick at #4 especially with the knowledge that the Cowboys aren't high on Bosa.

    If those were the first 3 picks, I would take just about any trade to drop back to #7 or #9 and target someone like Hargreaves or even Zeke Elliott. Then of course you all know I'm 100% comfortable with taking Goff, too, so there's that. lol

    • Jess Haynie

      I'm with you on the trade back unless they think Jack is truly elite. If so then grab it while you can because you're not getting elite talent in the #7-#12 range unless you can snag Elliott.

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    I see your point on Jack, but still. And I like Hargreaves III, but not at #4. At #4, without a trade down because it's no certainly that the guy you want will be there, I'd have to go either Elliott or Goff. With Ramsey off the board, there's no one else good for #4 in my mind. So my order is: 1. Ramsey, 2. Elliott, 3. Goff, 4. Jack.

  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Yeah gotta go with the QB before Jack, And I like Jack a lot, and agree with your points in that adding him hopefully helps the defense for the next 10 years, but at the same time he's an injury prone LB that was selected above a potential franchise QB if we pull the trigger on him.

  • RJ Ochoa

    I think I want Jack before a QB. He's so versatile. That's what this defense is all about… Versatility.

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  • RJ Ochoa

    I think I want Jack before a QB. He's so versatile. That's what this defense is all about… Versatility.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    That's just a hard comparison to make, Ragland will be a hell of a player, and is ready to be a really solid, hard-hitting linebacker from the start of training camp. Jack is ready to do that along with play some safety and running back. I'll let the pro scouts handle this one haha…

  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    That Jack can play RB or LB means squat to me. It does not help his valuation. Every snap he plays taxes him so playing both sides just means he'll do both half assed, instead of playing one really well. Myles Jack as a LB/RB is a non-argument. And the NFL tends to agree with this.

  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Well we know he's not a RB at the NFL level, but it just speaks to his athletic ability that he can do both. They also say that LBs and RBs have to have similar skill sets, as both positions require seeing the holes in the front and attacking them.

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  • https://insidethestar.com/ Bryson Treece

    Yes, that's all true, but the one key difference between them is the deal breaker for me on considering that ability… Ball carriers just look for the hole and to get through it, but tackles have to be able to take the right angle. We've seen far too much bad tackling these last few years only to bring in a guy because he has all this athleticism only to find out he can't do job #1 – tackle the ball carrier. If he's taken top-5, he shouldn't miss most tackles. It's high expectations for a pick like this, just like people are still down on Mo Claiborne after he had a 2015 season worth keeping him around for; he's still not living up to his draft pick. Just my 2 cents.

  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Makes sense, I honestly haven't watched enough of Jack with my own eyes to tell you one way or another if he is as sound of a tackler as we would like.

  • Robert Bass

    dear Jessie— Although i can understand your reasoning in selecting Myles Jack…lets just say the knee does not check out…and as you posted…Ramsey is already taken…the cowboys lets say dont want Bosa…and they are not interested in Tunsil..nor do they think either QB is worth a #4 pick..which scenario makes more sense..selecting Elliot or trading back?..and if trading back is the option considering the lack of elite talent in this years draft….what would be the likelihood a partner could be found on draft day?…is #4 still too rich for Elliot?…then would any of us be out of our mind choosing Spence at #4…all things considered from my novice and lowly level of making a good pick…i still would select Elliot…he has the least amount of risk at #4…and lastly..does anyone truly believe that Bosa was holding back this year to protect his draft status?…i sure dont…thank you for your consideration in this matter..sincerely Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      Great stuff, Robert! Thanks for the response. On Elliott… I'm not a fan of spending such a high pick on any RB and paying them $5M/year for the next four seasons. I think we've built and offensive line that can get league-leading production out of solid and bargain-priced rushers. However, if Ramsey's gone and Jack's knee is bad then Elliott may be the only truly elite talent left at #4. I'm not going to freak out if they take him. On Spence… I'm worried about him as a 4-3 end. Think he's too small and is more of a 3-4 OLB. I wouldn't want him so high in the draft. On Bosa… Lots of people believe that he was holding back. However, they said the same about Jadaveon Clowney and it's not like he's set the league on fire since entering. There are lots of reason for concern with Bosa and I'm hoping Dallas has a better option in mind.

  • Robert Bass

    Hey Jess how is it going?…..tell me what you think about the possibility of cowboys pulling the trigger and selecting either Wentz or Goff or lynch at 4?…we know we have to begin the journey preparing for Romo's departure…Do you think Wentz or Goff or Lynch…rate in top 5?….it is a lot of money for whoever gets taken at 4….I wish there was a better predictor
    for NFL QB success out of college….i do have a good predictor for selecting a QB….if there is a way to measure how fast a QB can decipher their options from the time the ball is snapped up to 2.5 sec afterward….that is the one main quality that Romo has and he has stated such..anyway thanks for the good read..sincerely Robert

    • Jess Haynie

      The "QB at #4" question is the biggest x-factor in this draft and also the thing we'll have the least certainty of until it does/doesn't happen. Only the Cowboys know how much they believe in one of these rookies as the future of the franchise. Romo is still here and that provides them security to pass on QB this year if they aren't completely in love with one of the prospects. As you said, the ability to predict QB success in the NFL is very slim. I am probably going to do an article before the draft about just how ugly the history of drafted quarterbacks is, especially for those clamoring for us to take one in the middle rounds. The odds are very much against you.

  • Robert Bass

    Jess….in my post…it was 2 point 5 or 2 and 1/2 secs..not 25 seconds….just making sure because decimal point may not be easy to read

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, a Pass Catching Theme Persists

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts a Theme Persists

The Dallas Cowboys haven't played the 2018 NFL season yet, but that shouldn't stop us from looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft and seeing what players the team will have their eye on this fall.

With the NFL season fast approaching, that means the college football season is as well, and as we look through these mocks, perhaps you get an idea of whom to watch with a Cowboys perspective this fall.

I scoured the internet looking for the best and brightest minds and their "way too early 2019 mocks." As I perused the mocks, one thing was clear. Many of the national writers see the Dallas Cowboys going with an offensive pass catcher in the 2019 NFL Draft. Namely a TE.

TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Noah Fant, from the University of Iowa, will be a junior in his 2019 season and as a sophomore caught 30 passes for 494 yards (16.5 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns. The receptions and yardage may not look all that impressive, but if we think about Iowa's offense in the Big 10, we can understand that he's not going to get many opportunities to catch the ball when the team is running it as often as they do.

In fact, the Hawkeyes ran the ball 10 more times per game than they threw it and their quarterback only completed - on average - 15 passes a game.

Fant accounted for 21% of the receiving yards on the season and 42% of the passing touchdowns. He was only 36 yards away from leading the team in receiving despite catching 21 fewer passes than leader Nick Easley. No other pass catcher for Iowa had more than four receiving touchdowns.

If there's something not to like at the moment about Fant, it's his size.

At the moment, College Football Reference has him listed at 232 pounds. There are running backs that weigh more than Fant does and he'll probably need to add about 10-20 pounds in the NFL to be an effective in-line blocker.

Mocked to the Dallas Cowboys by Dane Brugler of The Draft Show on DallasCowboys.com. In a mock draft he did for Sports Day DFW and the Dallas Morning News, he had this to say.

"It is now the post-Witten era in Dallas and unless a tight end on the roster emerges this season, the position could be high on the wish list next offseason. His athleticism makes Fant an appealing up-and-coming prospect."

Dane Brugler - Sports Day DFW, Dallas Morning News

Eric Galko of The Sporting News selected the Iowa tight end to the Cowboys as well, seeing him as a special prospect that has the chance to fill the shoes of Jason Witten.

Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington also had Noah Fant to the Cowboys, thinking they are in need of a Jason Witten replacement.

DE Austin Bryant, Clemson

Depending on what Dallas can get out of Right Defensive Ends Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong, and Charles Tapper, it could have the Cowboys taking a defensive end in the first round for the second time in three years.

Will Brinson's mock doesn't offer much analysis on Bryant, mostly saying that Clemson is going to be good. But here's what Draftek.com's Brett Clancy, who covers the 49ers, had to say about Bryant:

"Clemson's Austin Bryant is the 4th EDGE off the board in this mock and 2nd from his school, but he's still well worth a mid-round pick. Bryant broke out with 8.5 sacks as a junior last year and many thought he'd go pro. I like Bryant's move to stay in school and refine his game, specifically growing a repertoire of pass rush moves to complement his strong edge-setting ability."

Brett Clancy - Draftek.com

Bryant was amazingly disruptive for the Clemson Tigers as a junior, racking up 50 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. At 6-5 265, he could come in and play right defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys on day one.

DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

We know that the Dallas Cowboys have an affinity for Power 5 prospects and Jason Garrett goes back with Nick Saban.

Despite that relationship, it hasn't led to many Alabama players being selected by the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps, that should tell us something.

One other factor that could be in play with Davis is dependent upon who the defensive coordinator is in 2019. We all know that Rod Marinelli doesn't place premium draft value on defensive tackles, but prefers to find diamonds in the rough to develop.

If Kris Richard takes over as the defensive coordinator in 2019, the story could be a bit different. Seattle, with Richard at the defensive helm, selected defensive tackles in the second round of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to spend a first on a defensive tackle, this is the guy to do it on.

He was highly productive as a sophomore for the Crimson Tide, racking up 69 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had one interception that was returned for 19 yards. At 6-7 306 pounds, he has the size and frame to be an immediate impact player on the Dallas Cowboys interior.

If the Dallas Cowboys choose not to resign David Irving in the 2018 offseason and Maliek Collins doesn't take a step forward, then Davis becomes a real possibility.

Here's what Draftek's Cowboys analyst had to say about Raekwon Davis.

"Alabama's Raekwon Davis has played both DT and DE in the Crimson Tide's 3-man line. He can maintain his gaps against the run when needed, but his primary skill set is using his long arms and strong lower body to use a variety of pass rush moves to win with power and speed. 

"One red flag on Davis happened 8/27/17: he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet during the wee hours of Sunday morning at a Tuscaloosa bar (Bar 17) where several shootings have occurred over the past few years. Despite HC Jason Garrett's affinity for Nick Saban coached players, this incident might remove him from the Dallas board."

Long Ball - Dratek.com

Interestingly, Draftek did a second round in this mock and they sent Boston College Safety Lukas Denis to the Dallas Cowboys.

S Jaquan Johnson, Miami

Speaking of safeties, Dan Kadar over at SBNation sent one to the Dallas Cowboys in the form of Jaquan Johnson.

Johnson, from the University of Miami, was very productive in his junior season for the Hurricanes, racking up 96 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and four interceptions. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.

Here are Kadar's thoughts on the second team All-ACC player:

"There was a lot of talk during the draft that the Cowboys were in talks to trade for Earl Thomas. If they want to address safety next draft, Johnson was a second-team all-conference player who some thought would go pro."

Dan Kadar - SB Nation

Obviously, this pick will depend on what happens with Earl Thomas over the next nine months and the development of Xavier Woods, but Johnson will be a name to watch for teams that need a safety.

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Miami Hurricanes WR Ahmmon Richards

WR Ahmmon Richards, Miami

Another Hurricane to have on your NFL Draft radars is Wide Receiver Ahmmon Richard, who is going into his junior season at Miami.

The Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of overhauling their wide receiver corp with the departures of Dez Bryant and Brice Butler in the 2018 offseason. In 2019, it's likely that Terrance Williams (contract) and Cole Beasley (age) could be next to go.

That would leave them with Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Deonte Thompson, Noah Brown, and Cedric Wilson as their WR depth chart. It's certainly a solid group, but adding a talent like Richards could help.

The Draft Wire's Luke Easterling believes, "Richards would be another great addition with impressive size and speed."

In two seasons at Miami, Richards has averaged 18.8 yards per reception, and 68.65 yards per game. He's got deep-threat ability which would combine well with Gallup and Hurns.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

If Richards doesn't do it for you, then lets head a couple of hours south of Dallas to the University of Texas and Wide Receiver Collin Johnson.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Dallas Cowboys going with the junior wide receiver and had this to say:

"The Dallas Cowboys made interesting moves at wide receiver in the 2018 draft—trading Ryan Switzer to Oakland, acquiring Tavon Austin from Los Angeles, not selecting a receiver early—and will head into the upcoming season with a need for a playmaker down the field. Texas' Collin Johnson at 6'6" can be the downfield weapon and red-zone nightmare the Cowboys so badly want.

"Johnson does need to improve upon his production from the last two seasons and prove to scouts he can run well enough to separate from NFL defenders, but his size and hands are already getting buzzed about as teams prepare for the upcoming college season."

Matt Miller - Bleacher Report

I'll agree with Miller that Johnson will need to increase upon his production. Some believe that the quarterback limitations in Austin have been a factor, but at the moment, I'm leery of taking a wide receiver from the Big 12 that doesn't have excellent production in the first round of the draft.

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It's obvious from these mock drafts that analysts see the Dallas Cowboys continuing to invest in pass catchers for their offense and that is a reasonable thought.

Obviously, a lot will change between now and next April when the Dallas Cowboys go on the clock, but this gives us a bit of insight on who to watch in this upcoming college football season.

What names will you be watching in college football this season?



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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

Last night, it was reported that Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident comes from a traffic confrontation that took place back in October, where White -- according to his camp -- was justified in drawing his weapon for self-defense.

A promising young player that stuck on the Cowboys practice squad in his rookie season, the sixth round pick doesn't need this case hanging over his head as training camp approaches. When considering the timing up against this week's supplemental draft, and the rare crop of defensive back talent available in it, White could soon be fighting for relevance on the Cowboys roster.

Becoming complacent in building one of the best young secondaries in the league won't be an issue for the Cowboys under new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard. The Cowboys were relying on White to be a depth option behind projected starters Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis.

White's spot on the depth chart may very well hold up, but by the end of the week he could also have added competition in Adonis Alexander or Sam Beal.

Respectively, the former Virginia Tech and Western Michigan cornerbacks are two of the most talented supplemental prospects to enter the draft in years -- both likely to be the first players drafted since 2015.

Alexander and Beal are also joined by Mississippi State Safety Brandon Bryant as another backup option for Dallas.

Supplemental Draft: CB Adonis Alexander A Depth Option for Cowboys? 1

A lengthy cornerback with the toughness to play on the boundary, Alexander is a similar player to White, and one that Richard should love for his physical traits. Whether or not this natural skill outweighs some maturity issues that saw Alexander fall from freshman starter to suspended at VT will determine if the Cowboys feel comfortable sending away a 2019 draft pick for his services.

Where Alexander's career leaves his arrow trending downward on the eve of the supplemental draft, Beal is a rising prospect that some are calling the best to ever enter this draft.

An all-conference cornerback as a Junior out of Western Michigan, Beal improved with each passing college season, determined to finish out his degree along the way. However, once Beal's eligibility for his Senior season was called into question, the feisty 6'1" CB decided to turn towards the NFL.

Beal's professional football faith is now in the hands of any team that's done their homework on him. Projected to be taken as early as the third round, teams impressed by Beal's tape could be giving away a premium pick in next year's draft to add him just before training camp.

Should this team be the Cowboys, Beal's presence would put more than just White on notice. The Cowboys are also expecting corners like Duke Thomas and Kam Kelly to fight for roster spots. In a perfect world, say the one the Cowboys were living in yesterday before this White news broke, Thomas or Kelly could replace White on the practice squad as the Florida State product took another jump in Oxnard.

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

As I've written before though, teams must be relentless in their search for talent. The Cowboys have drafted well, but passed on big name free agents in recent years. The result is a young roster full of potential and ready to compete.

If either Adonis Alexander, Sam Beal, or even Brandon Bryant help them do so this year, we could be right here talking about a new Cowboys rookie in the middle of July. Marquez White would be happy to see this talk overshadow his legal situation for the moment.

This won't be the case when he's competing against another player that will likely cost the Cowboys more than the sixth round pick they invested in him two years ago.

Tell us what you think about "Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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