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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 Draft: Reviewing Kansas DT Daniel Wise

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft: Kansas DT Daniel Wise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

Brian Martin



Pre-Draft Visitors Highlight Dallas Cowboys 2019 Rookie Class

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Grades

Shane Carter



Dallas Cowboys 2019 Draft Grades 1

Another year, another draft come and gone. The difference was that this year the Dallas Cowboys were without a first-round pick thanks to their trade for Amari Cooper with Oakland. Their de facto first-round pick would obviously earn an A+ from how well he meshed with Dak Prescott and gave this Cowboys offense another dimension.

Given how well the Cowboys have done in the first round in recent history -- all but two of their first round picks since 2011 have been in the Pro Bowl, a trend that continued with last year’s pick, Leighton Vander Esch. This season, the Cowboys only had picks from round two and on. So this year was all about finding value and hoping it would fall into their laps.

Obviously time will tell if any of these players work out or not. For the time being, we can grade the picks based on what we do know. Some picks were worth it, while others raised questions, as well as eyebrows.

58 Overall: DT, Trysten Hill

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 1

In what has been considered the best defensive line draft in decades, the Cowboys took a bit of a risk with their first “official” pick. Trysten Hill is a first round talent out of UCF, but reports questioning his love for the game had some give him a third round grade.

Dallas has already had an off-season dealing with talented defensive linemen with questions around their passion for the game (i.e. David Irving) and so obviously people didn’t love this pick.

It’s a high risk, high reward move that we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Grade: B

90 Overall: G, Connor McGovern

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 6

As far as value goes, McGovern was probably the team’s best pick. In my pre-draft rankings, Connor McGovern was my fourth overall interior lineman; a player who you can play anywhere in the interior and start immediately.

However, guard didn’t really seem like a need. This was obviously a “best player available” pick. What this pick has done instead is raise a bunch of questions.

Who’s job could be on the line?

Does this imply the team won’t re-sign La’el Collins?

Is Connor Williams going to play tackle like he did in college?

Is one of them going to get traded?

Is Travis Frederick really ready to go?

So many questions surround this pick, but there’s no questioning the player. Connor McGovern is likely a future starter on the line and Cowboys fans should be excited about that.

Grade: A

128 Overall: RB, Tony Pollard

If you follow me on Twitter, you know my feelings about Tony Pollard already.

Shane Carter on Twitter

Tony Pollard might be my favorite #Cowboys pick. Has experience at both the RB and WR position, plus had 7 career kick return TDs in college. He addresses all 3 needs in 1. #NFLDraft

Returner has been a need for a year now. I never liked the team trading away Ryan Switzer because it created a huge hole on special teams, as well as the receiving core.

The team also needed a backup running back to take the load off Ezekiel Elliott a bit. With Tony Pollard, they get all three positions filled in the form of a player who's 6'0" 210 pounds, ran a 4.52 40 and compiled 25 total touchdowns. Terrific value in the fourth round.

Grade: A-

158 Overall: CB, Michael Jackson

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 9

This is the type of corner Kris Richard loves; big and tall. At 6'1" 200 pounds, Michael Jackson fits the profile.

His 2017 tape was actually better than his 2018 tape, and all four of his career interceptions came in '17. However, the team is obviously betting on his potential, especially with corner being a serious need.

With the Cowboys' four primary corners coming into contract years the next three seasons, odds are that at least one will be gone. MJ doesn’t fill in day one as a difference maker but, given some time under Kris Richard, he could be a nice player.

Grade: C+

165 Overall: DE, Joe Jackson

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 11

Take Joe Jackson, new Cowboy, as well as Michael and Darius Jackson, and the team is just two short of a Jackson 5 reunion.

The team has been very busy trying to rebuild the depth at edge and Joe Jackson is icing on an already stacked cake. In an off-season that saw the retirement of David Irving and another suspension for Randy Gregory, the team was able to extend DeMarcus Lawrence and trade for Robert Quinn.

The edge room was already full but you can never have too many.

Joe Jackson is a fun, productive player from The U, who was teammates with the previous pick, Michael Jackson. In his career, he totaled 24 sacks and 37.5 tackles for loss all in three seasons. He’s not the fastest edge rusher in the world but has plenty of power to make up for it. With the team only for sure having DeMarcus Lawrence guaranteed beyond 2019, it’s good to have as much talent as possible.

Grade: B+

213 Overall: S, Donovan Wilson 

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 12

The team really needed a safety and it enraged most people that they didn’t pick one earlier. Especially with Taylor Rapp, Juan Thornhill and Amani Hooker all available at different times.

Donovan Wilson is an interesting pick. His career has been a rollercoaster while at Texas A&M, with a highly productive 2015 season, a dip in 2016, a fractured foot in the 2017 opener, and a rebound 2018 season.

Had his career not been derailed by his injury, he’s likely gone way before the sixth round and the Cowboys are obviously betting on his potential. Meets a need, but not a plug-in right away type of pick.

Grade: B

218 Overall: RB, Mike Weber

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 13

Tony Pollard is going to get first crack at the backup running back spot. However, given that he’s also the team’s likely return man as well, it makes sense that they’d want to deepen the running back room to give the team a true RB2.

Mike Weber was Ezekiel Elliott’s teammate at Ohio State, but didn’t come close to the impact Elliott had. Only topping 1,000 yards once in college, Weber is likely in competition with Darius Jackson for the backup spot.

He’s not as flashy as Zeke but can pick up the slack when asked to and is a solid receiver out of the backfield. If Weber can’t beat Jackson for the backup spot, then Weber is a likely candidate for the practice squad.

Grade: B

241 Overall: DE, Jalen Jelks

Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades 14

Jalen Jelks falls into a similar boat that both Hurricanes players are in. Like Joe Jackson, he’s a good solid edge piece (fifth round draft grade), but like Michael Jackson, his prior season's tape was better than his final season.

It's interesting that the Cowboys would pick a player who seems to be better suited to play in a 3-4 as a OLB, but has plenty of starter potential. Otherwise he’s a player that’s likely headed to the practice squad that the Cowboys wanted to make sure they get first crack at. Still, a good value in terms of where he was picked.

Grade: B-

Dallas Cowboys Overall 2019 Draft Grade: B

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