NFL Draft Hidden Gems: Who Are The Diamonds In the Draft Rough? After months and months of speculation, predictions, and arguments the NFL Draft is finally here. And, the Cowboys look to be in great shape to add 2 or 3 immediate impact players in the early rounds. Just about the only advantage to having such an awful season is the position it places your team in come Draft Day. Of course, most of those arguments and discussions have centered around what the Cowboys will do with their 4th overall selection, a pick which should yield a potential star. It has been boiled down to two names: Published 2 years ago on April 28, 2016 By Kevin Brady Share Tweet After months and months of speculation, predictions, and arguments the NFL Draft is finally here. And, the Cowboys look to be in great shape to add 2 or 3 immediate impact players in the early rounds. Just about the only advantage to having such an awful season is the position it places your team in come Draft Day. Of course, most of those arguments and discussions have centered around what the Cowboys will do with their 4th overall selection, a pick which should yield a potential star. It has been boiled down to two names: Jalen Ramsey and Ezekiel Elliott. Cowboys Nation would be thrilled with either one, and it would set the tone for an eventful and exciting rest of the weekend and beyond. But if the Cowboys are to get to where we all want them to be, they are going to have to capitalize on some mid to late round selections. Luckily, there seems to be a few diamonds in the rough, which the Cowboys have a good shot to uncover. Round 3, Pick 67 In terms of third round prospects, the first few guys who jump off the page for me are all Running Backs. While Ezekiel Elliott seems to be very much in the discussion at 4th overall, I still believe that if Ramsey is there, which he should be, then he will be the pick. It is going to be hard to take a Running Back in the top 5 of a draft in this current NFL climate which has devalued the position. On top of that, there are a few backs the Cowboys can add in round 3 who will fit perfectly into the Cowboys rotation. My favorite of this group is Paul Perkins. Paul Perkins, RB, UCLA First and foremost, Paul Perkins is undersized. For the Cowboys’ purposes, however, his lack of size should not mean a whole lot. As when it comes to actual ability, Perkins’ size is the only trait which could hold him back. Perkins is an absolute slasher. He’s a quick, shifty runner who has an explosive burst and a knack for big plays. In pass protection, he makes up for his lack of size with his awareness and toughness, keeping his leverage to pick up blitzing Linebackers. Perkins was also a productive receiver at UCLA, and could fulfill the third-down back role for the Cowboys. Connor Rogers on Twitter ICYMI: Paul Perkins is my #2 RB in this draft class. Here’s why: https://t.co/snYyaNXrm2 https://t.co/by8dI2DwLH Rounds 4/5 Rashard Robinson, DB, LSU Just getting to the NFL Draft has been an adventure for Rashard Robinson, who hasn’t played football since being suspended by Les Miles in 2014 for violating team rules. He seems to have a ton of off-the-field issues that, if drafted, we would hope that he has figured out. But, just based off of his game tape and his measurables, Robinson could be a steal in the 4th round. Robinson was a standout Cornerback as a true Freshman at LSU, and he has the length, athleticism, and overall football instinct to be a force at the next level. When you think of Robinson, think tough, physical press coverage corner. He is a tall, lanky corner who uses his size and physicality to bully receivers at the line of scrimmage. If he can get his act together off the field, he could be a heck of a player on it. Dallas would be getting first or second round physical talent in the 4th/5th round by taking Robinson. However, I am not sure if the team will be willing to take the challenges he may present on. Talent does not always mean production, and the Cowboys certainly understand that. Round 7/Undrafted Free Agent Many expect the Cowboys to add a Quarterback through this draft to compete for the backup role in 2016, and possibly be polished into the starter for the future. It doesn’t look like either of the consensus top-two QBs will be available when the Cowboys are first on the clock, but they may have some luck testing the QB waters during the later rounds. Or, in this case, after the draft has ended completely. Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon Sep 5, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. (3) throws the ball before the game against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports Teams consistently miss out on talented quarterbacks because they value two things – physical size and arm strength – over every other trait. Unfortunately for Vernon Adams, he is missing the former, listed at only 5’11” and 200 lbs. And that might be generous. Yet when I watch the film on Adams, I see much more than an undrafted free agent. He possesses excellent mobility, is quick with his short to intermediate throws, and is able to elude defenders in the pocket like Russell Wilson would. He has great eyes, meaning that even in the face of oncoming rushers, he keeps his eyes downfield and moves to throw. He is able to improvise in the pocket while still being a “pass first” QB with sustained velocity on his downfield throws. More times that not, his mobility seemed to translate to big plays and touchdowns. Adams is a project, and I understand why teams may not want to take on that project, but he would be a great guy for the Cowboys to sign and bring into camp. He doesn’t show you anything in the summer? Fine, let him go. But I am willing to bet he would impress coaches, scouts, and fans alike if given the right opportunity. ADVERTISEMENT Related Topics:Mock Draft Up Next Cowboys Draft: Please Say No To Jalen Ramsey Don't Miss Will Ramsey Be a Cowboy by the End of Today? Kevin Brady 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. Advertisement You may like Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Matt Miller’s Early Mock Draft Predicts Cowboys Land Talented DE Martin’s Mock: Full First Round With Every Cowboys Pick Kevin Brady’s 2017 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 Final 2017 Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft Prediction Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft Retools Defense, Addresses Needs Click to comment NFL Draft Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL? Published 1 day ago on January 15, 2018 By Brian Martin Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury? There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health. Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft. There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick. There are probably two reasons for this: Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017. But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys? Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each. Luxury Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL. They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings. That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for. It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence. But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury. Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins. Need Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon. To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need. With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright. There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success. There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott. Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way. ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ ✭ Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument. But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it. The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit. Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL? ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading NFL Draft The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition Published 2 days ago on January 14, 2018 By Mauricio Rodriguez James D. Smith / Dallas Cowboys The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin. Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example. Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft. Cowboys Nation on Twitter Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft: The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft. This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time. With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition. Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, Will McClay This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick. Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary. Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade. Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks. The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest. The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft. We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building. We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future. So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too. After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained. Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys! ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading NFL Draft Cowboys Draft Target: Louisiana State WR D.J. Chark Published 4 days ago on January 12, 2018 By Brian Martin AP Photo/John Raoux It’s a little bit hard to believe, but draft season is already upon us. The Dallas Cowboys seem to have several needs to fill through the draft, and right now there is no clear-cut answer as to which position they should target in the first round. But, one of their top needs could be an upgrade at wide receiver. There’s no way of knowing when the Cowboys will draft a receiver, or if they view it as a position of need. But regardless, so far my film study shows this 2018 WR draft class shapes up to be a pretty solid one. The majority of Cowboys Nation is already familiar with the WRs the Cowboys could possibly draft in the first round, such as Calvin Ridley or Courtland Sutton. So, I’ve been looking at some of the more under the radar WRs and one of them particularly caught my eye for Dallas . Louisiana State WR D.J. Chark I’m honestly a little surprised D.J. Chark isn’t talked about more when referring to some of the top wide receivers in the 2018 draft class, but I think that will change once we get further into the process. LSU WR D.J. Chark I’m pretty sure he’s still under the radar because the 21-year-old senior only caught 40 passes for 874 receiving yards and three touchdowns with the LSU Tigers in 2017. Those aren’t exactly eye-popping numbers, but he did finish as one of the top receivers in the nation at yards per reception, averaging 21.9 yards. D.J. Chark (6’3″, 200) possesses an impressive skill set that would really fit in with what the Dallas Cowboys like to do offensively. In fact, some of his strengths as a prospect are currently missing from the offense, which is why I think he makes an intriguing target. Chark has strong, reliable hands and a large catch radius. He’s a solid route runner, but could stand to improve in this area once he’s in the NFL. He has the speed to take the top off of defenses and also used that speed on jet sweeps and reverses. He also wasn’t afraid to do the dirty work in the blocking game, showing pretty good technique. Let’s take a look at how and why I believe he would make a good addition to the Cowboys offense. DJ Chark toetapping TD catch – Streamable Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop. This particular play was from his junior season, but it was one of his more impressive plays during his career at LSU. What you probably first noticed is his speed to get past the defender. It’s an aspect of the Cowboys’ offense that’s currently missing. Chark is excellent at tracking the ball through the air, but it was his spatial awareness that made this particular catch so impressive. LSU’s QB threw the ball where only Chark could catch it, but unfortunately didn’t leave him much room to get his feet down and secure the catch. Chark knew exactly where he was at on the field and was able to do a little toe tapping to get not one, but two feet down for the TD. Here’s another example from his senior season. DJ Chark deep threat – Streamable Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop. Again, D.J. Chark’s best quality right now is his speed, which is proven once again on this play. From the snap of the ball, Chark puts the BYU defensive back in a tough position because of his speed. Even with the cushion the DB gave him, Chark is on top of him before he can react, creating separation on his way to the end zone. Unfortunately, the QB under throws the ball on this play, or it would have been an easy six points. But, Chark does an excellent job of tracking the ball and securing the catch for a big gain. So, you can see for yourself how D.J. Chark can stretch the field vertically, but he can also help the Cowboys offense by stretching the field horizontally. DJ Chark jet sweep – Streamable Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop. Remember the jet sweep? It was an underrated play for the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. It wasn’t that successful, but it prevented the opposing defense from crushing the defensive ends down in the running game, and kept them from pinning their ears back in the passing game. This is another area where D.J. Chark’s speed comes in handy, and something he did quite well during his time at LSU. Like Dallas, LSU also has a run-first mentality, which is why they incorporated the jet sweep and the reverse into their offense. These kind of plays may not be very successful, and it wasn’t in this particular clip, but they help set up things in the running game to keep opposing defenses on their heels, instead of in attack mode. Lastly, I want to show you what Chark can do on special teams as a returner. DJ Chark punt return – Streamable Check out this video on Streamable using your phone, tablet or desktop. The Dallas Cowboys don’t necessarily need a punt returner after adding Ryan Switzer last year, but it never hurts to have another option just in case. D.J. Chark is dangerous with the ball in his hands because of his speed. If he can get into the open field, there’s not much chance of anyone catching him from behind. It doesn’t really matter if it’s in the passing game or as a punt returner. Overall, D.J. Chark has all the intangibles to find success with the Dallas Cowboys, and already knows what it feels like to play in a run-first offense. His straight-line speed is really intriguing, but he has some quick-twitch ability to his game as well. He has immense upside, but he’s nowhere near a polished prospect. Chark was somewhat inconsistent at LSU, but that has a lot to do with the quarterback play during his career. He also needs to become a better route runner at the next level, but that should come with better coaching. What do you think of D.J. Chark’s as a Dallas Cowboys draft prospect? ADVERTISEMENT Continue Reading Sportsbook odds for all Dallas Cowboys games Reader Survey Want to help make Inside The Star better? 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