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Potential WR Prospects Dallas Cowboys Could Target in Each Round

Brian Martin



Potential WR Prospects Dallas Cowboys Could Target in Each Round

If you were to look at the Dallas Cowboys depth chart at wide receiver right now you would think they were set at the position. But, the way they've approached the offseason and some of the prospects they've shown an interest in throughout the draft process seems to suggest otherwise. Wide receiver seems to be very much in play at some point in the draft, quite possibly as soon as 58th overall.

The only thing the Dallas Cowboys really know for sure right now is Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup are the only WRs they can count on. Every other WR on the roster is a question mark, and yes that includes Randall Cobb, who has struggled to remain healthy the last few seasons of his career. That's why it wouldn't be surprising if the Cowboys added another receiver at some point in the 2019 NFL Draft.

With all of that in mind, I thought I would share with you a few of the potential receiver prospects the Dallas Cowboys could target in each round of the draft. Let's take a look…

Second Round

Deebo Samuel

South Carolina, WR, Deebo Samuel

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Deebo Samuel was a three-year starter at South Carolina and scored over 30 touchdowns in his collegiate career (16 receiving, 7 rushing, 4 kickoff returns, 2 passing, and 1 fumble return). He played both outside WR and out of the slot for the Gamecocks, and was put in motion often to create favorable mismatches. He's not a burner, but his inside/outside versatility and ability to pick up yards after catch should get him on the field early and often as a rookie.

N'Keal Harry, Arizona State

N'Keal Harry was a three-year starter at Arizona State. He lined up primary on the left side of the formation as their "X" WR, but also played out of the slot as well. He is a physical receiver with a fearless attitude, soft natural hands, and a solid route runner. He only has average athleticism and will struggle to create separation on his own, but his physical play and ability to track the ball down the field should make him a solid No. 2 or "big slot" WR in the NFL

Third Round

Mecole Hardman

Georgia, WR, Mecole Hardman (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Mecole Hardman, Georgia

Mecole Hardman was a one-year starter at Georgia. He started his career at cornerback as a true freshman before making the switch to slot WR his sophomore season. He is an elite athlete, dangerous return man, and potential two-way player. He is still raw as a slot WR with inconsistent route running, but his finishing skills are outstanding. He needs some seasoning, but has the ability to be a dangerous playmaker much like Tyreek Hill.

Terry McLaurin, Ohio State

Terry McLaurin was a three-year starter at Ohio State, carving out a role for himself as a deep threat, blocker, and special teams standout. He is an unselfish player with a team-first mentality. He scored 19 receiving touchdowns for the Buckeyes and uses his suddenness and route quickness to create separation from defenders. He is a dangerous threat after the catch due to his speed and projects best as a slot WR in the NFL. Although, he is capable of playing the "X" position as well.

Fourth Round

Emanuel Hall

Missouri, WR, Emanuel Hall

Emanuel Hall, Missouri

Emanuel Hall was a three-year starter at Missouri and was one the best deep threats in the nation the past two seasons. His ability to accelerate to top speed almost instantly allows him to stack cornerbacks vertically, leaving him on an island alone waiting for the ball. Unfortunately, he is inconsistent catching the ball and has struggled remaining healthy throughout his collegiate career. He has immense talent though and could go much earlier if a team is okay with his red flags.

Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska

Stanley Morgan Jr. was was a four-year starter at Nebraska and finished his career with the Cornhuskers as their all-time leading WR in catches (189) and receiving yards (2,747). He is a precise route runner with exceptional ball skills and an understanding of how to box out defenders at the catch point. His passion for the game shows up on film and he isn't afraid to the dirty work as a blocker either. He played both inside and out in college, but projects best as a "big slot" in the NFL.

Fifth Round

Jakobi Meyers

NC State, WR, Jakobi Meyers

Jakobi Meyers, NC State

Jakobi Myers was a two-year starter at NC State, playing primarily out of the slot for the Wolfpack, which is where he projects best in the NFL as well. He is a solid route runner with a good understanding of how to work in open space and play with good leverage, but only has average athleticism and speed. He needs to clean up his route running to help create separation at the next level, but he has the skill set to have a long career as a slot receiver.

Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

Hunter Renfrow was a four-year starter at Clemson and took over the slot receiver duties as a freshman and never looked back in his four seasons with the Tigers. He also served as a backup QB and punter during his career. Renfrow is the most savvy and precise route runner in the entire 2019 WR draft class. He was so reliable at getting open Clemson implemented "third and Renfrow" into their playbook. He is a slot only WR, but someone who could step in with the Dallas Cowboys and replace Cole Beasley.

Seventh Round

Preston Williams

Colorado State, WR, Preston Williams

Preston Williams, Colorado State

Preston Williams may have been just a one-year starter at Colorado State, but he showcased the necessary skill set to develop into a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL. He has the size, length, and athleticism to become a top receiving option at the next level, but his checkered past and concerns about his maturity will end up making him a late round pick. His red flags will be a deal-breaker for a lot of teams, but he is one of those high risk/high reward prospects the Dallas Cowboys are willing to gamble on.

Jazz Ferguson, Northwestern State

Jazz Ferguson was a one-year starter at Northwestern State. He lined up exclusively on the left side as the "X" receiver in the Demons offense. He is a former four-star recruit out of high school and started his collegiate career at LSU before his grades slipped, causing him to transfer. He is an intriguing size/speed WR capable of winning at the catch point due to his basketball background, but he needs to fine-tune nearly every aspect of his game. He is a developmental prospect with starting upside.

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Cowboys Land CB in Matt Miller’s way-too-early 2020 NFL Mock Draft

Brian Martin



Matt Miller's 2020 Mock Draft Predicts Cowboys Strengthen Their Secondary

What better way to kick off the 2019 NFL regular-season and the start of college football then a way-too-early 2020 mock draft? Well, you're in luck. Matt Miller, one of my favorite draft analysts, just released his latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft for and you may be surprised as to who he selected for the Dallas Cowboys.

One of the reasons I enjoy Matt Miller's work above many other so-called "draft analysts" is because he has his ear to the ground and has a pretty good connection with scouts around the league. That kind of information is pretty invaluable, but he also has a solid understanding of team "needs". Add all of that up and you get a really solid guesstimate of who could be on a certain teams radar, in this case the Dallas Cowboys.

Let's take a look at who Matt Miller predicted the Dallas Cowboys could draft in the 2020 NFL Draft with their first-round selection. Miller set this particular mock draft according to current Super Bowl odds from Caesar's Palace.

25. Dallas Cowboys

Bryce Hall

Virginia Cavaliers CB Bryce Hall

The Pick: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

Matt Miller predicting the Dallas Cowboys select Cornerback Bryce Hall with there first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft definitely seems like a plausible possibility. He knows the Cowboys can't afford to pay everyone and he even said as much. With Byron Jones and Anthony Brown entering a contract year in 2019 and with Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis having expiring contracts after 2020, Dallas' secondary could definitely need addressing.

The Cowboys know this as well which is why they probably attempted to add some developmental depth to the CB position through the 2019 NFL Draft when they took Mike Jackson in the fifth-round. Jackson has the attributes they look for in their corners, but in no way has he looked like he'd be ready for a starting role next season. That makes Miller's Bryce Hall selection a definite possibility.

According to Miller's 2020 mock draft Bryce Hall is the fourth secondary player to come off the board. There were three cornerbacks selected ahead of him and one safety. He does fit the mold Kris Richard prefers in his CBs (6'1", 200) and also has the physical playing style in press coverage Richard likes as well. All in all, this is a very solid prediction for the Dallas Cowboys.

Whether or not the Dallas Cowboys would choose to select a CB this early is unknown at this point. But, it certainly seems like a high possibility considering all the corners with expiring contracts in a year or two. I think the Cowboys could look into taking a tight end or a safety with their first-round pick as well, but again it's way too early to have any kind of clue as to how their draft board will look like when the 2020 NFL Draft rolls around.

I don't know about you, but I'll be keeping a closer eye on Bryce Hall this season just in case Matt Miller is correct. I'd like to get a head start to see just how well he would fit, or not, with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you like the Bryce Hall selection for the Dallas Cowboys?

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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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