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Re-Visiting The 2014 Draft With The 2016 Cowboys Needs

RJ Ochoa

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Welcome to Hypothetical City.

I'm the Mayor, Governor, and President of this land and I've come up with quite the hypothetical situation for you to sink your teeth into. I hope that you're ready.

Pretend that you're the General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Congratulations on the promotion!

You have the exact same needs that the Dallas Cowboys do on today - January 13th, 2016. You're coming off of a 4-12 season where Tony Romo broke his clavicle twice, Matt Cassel had an intentional grounding call on an interception, and Byron Jones captured our hearts. All of this heartbreak earned you the 4th Overall Pick in the upcoming Draft.

The reason the name on the sign when you drive into town reads "Hypothetical City" is because the pool of players that you're selecting from is the 2014 NFL Draft Class... and you know everything about them that you do today. Oh AND you already have Zack Martin on your team. Talk about an advantage!

In case you want a list of how that Draft went down, I'm setting this up for you to slam dunk, you can refresh your memory by clicking here.

Shall we begin?

The first three picks are Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, and Blake Bortles... just like they were in the actual 2014 NFL Draft. You are, with the 2016 Dallas Cowboys needs and knowledge of how this class has performed over the last two seasons, now on the clock. What do you do?

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Are you going to take Odell Beckham Jr.? You could pair him nicely with Dez Bryant and have what would easily be the best wide receiver duo on this planet. If you're worried about him handling the big media market that is Dallas you could always go Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans if you really want a receiver. Don't forget that Allen Robinson is an option at this position, too!

How about you go with Khalil Mack? We're talking about the first player to ever be named All-Pro at two positions now! He would immediately provide a big-time pass rush. I mean, the guy sacked Brock Osweiler five times in a game a few weeks ago. You could use that, right?

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Of course you could anchor the interior of your defensive line with Aaron Donald. He's been to two Pro Bowls, was a First-Team All-Pro in 2015, and is the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year with a solid shot at the Defensive Player of the Year. He immediately makes your team better.

Ryan Shazier just announced himself to the world with his fine play against the Cincinnati Bengals in last week's Wild Card Round of the Playoffs. How about him? If Rolando McClain leaves via free agency you could put him in the middle and keep Sean Lee at the weakside spot. And holy moly if McClain sticks around you've got a trio of linebackers that puts some serious fear in anyone running into them.

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The same argument can be made for C.J. Mosley or Anthony Barr. Linebackers are always welcome in Rod Marinelli's defense and maybe Shazier isn't as fun to say out loud as Mosley or you want a shirt that says "Barr-barian" so you go one of these routes. Maybe?

If you're still not satisfied, you better hurry though the clock is ticking, there's always Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. You've been trying to find that lockdown safety ever since Darren Woodson retired and surely one of these two along with Byron Jones could put together quite the collection of interceptions for your defense.

This is a lot to think about. Take your time.

...oh wait there's one more position group to consider! My bad!

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Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Derek Carr are on the board. Remember now that Tony Romo broke his clavicle twice last season so you really, really, really need a quarterback.

You should probably get one of these guys because that's what's going to help you the most this season, right?

Oh.

You mean to tell me that you're not so sure that Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, OR Derek Carr are better than any of the guys that I just named? Are you positive?! They were all thought to be the number one overall pick at one point or another! Teddy's a game manager, Johnny can scramble, and Derek has a big arm!

You wouldn't rather have one of those quarterbacks in a limited capacity than literally anyone that I told you about before for the whole season? Remember, remember... Tony Romo broke his clavicle twice. He's coming off of injury.

YOU NEED TO TAKE A QUARTERBACK WITH YOUR FIRST PICK!

Knowing what you know now... that seems like a silly decision, doesn't it?

Imagine if that situation had really played out and you, the show-runner for the Dallas Cowboys, took one of those quarterbacks at #4. You were coming off of a season where your worst nightmare became a reality and you caught a glimpse of quarterback purgatory. It was terrible so you took one of the top signal callers. You also left these guys on the board:

  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Sammy Watkins
  • Mike Evans
  • Allen Robinson
  • Khalil Mack
  • Aaron Donald
  • Ryan Shazier
  • C.J. Mosley
  • Anthony Barr
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Is it perhaps possible that any single one of these guys could have been of more use to you than the backup quarterback that you took? Literally any single one?

That's the situation that the actual 2016 Dallas Cowboys could potentially find themselves in with the 2016 Draft Class.

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There are plenty of members of Cowboys Nation who are advocating for the 4th Overall Pick to be used on one of the top quarterbacks in this Draft Class - my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin wrote about that here if you're in that club.

If you're in my club, we have jackets mind you, then you are against taking a quarterback with the 4th Overall Pick. You can read my argument right here.

Why am I so adamantly against a quarterback, you ask? Because the 4th Overall Pick is the biggest resource at our disposal this offseason. I don't want to regret it in two years. I want the 2016 version of one of these guys:

  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Sammy Watkins
  • Mike Evans
  • Allen Robinson
  • Khalil Mack
  • Aaron Donald
  • Ryan Shazier
  • C.J. Mosley
  • Anthony Barr
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

They're out there. Let's put a Star on one of them.


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If you were facing this hypothetical situation, who would you take? One of the rising stars in today's NFL or a quarterback for the sake of taking one? Let me know! Comment below, Email me at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

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

    Loosely translated: Beckham = Treadwell Mack/Donald/Any of the DL listed = Bosa Barr = Jack, with Jack being much better Clinton Dix = Ramsey I do not want Bosa, so turning your hypothetical into what could be the Cowboys board looks something like: Jack, Treadwell, Ramsey and QBs Assuming Ramsey hits the bottom of this list as far as players you would actually take at 4 (I like him, but he's just not over the other three guys with such a high pick), my rankings would go: Jack QB (Goff) Treadwell However, if Jack is gone, suddenly Treadwell becomes second on my board. You're welcome RJ, I drew up a plan to get the Cowboys as close to your boy as I'm going to get haha. Now let's hope Goff is on the board.

  • RJ Ochoa

    But if Goff is on the board doesn't this whole thing make you realize how he's the potential Carr of this class? You're turning down so much talent.

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

    I'm turning down a star WR, outside of that Goff become the best talent because he's more naturally gifted than Carr

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Based on what? Carr has one of the best arms among young prospects. Goff has size I'll give you that.

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

    Goff makes it look so easy and he's mobile

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Well forgive me if I'm not willing to spend the 4th pick on someone who "makes it look easy," haha. Also JFF and RGIII are mobile if that's your cup of tea.

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

    Yes but they lack the essential QB skill of being able to throw the football

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  • RJ Ochoa

    As Jared Goff lacks the ability to play in all 16 games of the season because of Tony Romo.

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

    Why is that a bad thing? We all need more Romo in our lives!

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  • RJ Ochoa

    What kind of car do you drive, Sean?

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

    A Dallas Cowboys/ITS branded Mazda 2 haha

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Looks like in it's good shape. If you could upgrade one aspect of it, what would it be?

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

    Probably the horsepower in some way, or at least grab a cold air intake and make people think I have more horsepower haha [emoji23]

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Give me a specific part you'd buy. Please.

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

    Cold air intake

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Ok well what if you put me in charge and I just bought you a new engine? It would be cool, no pun intended, but it would just sit in your garage wouldn't it?

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

    Yeah and then I get way more miles out of this body and frame, etc. the engine blows ups and I'm not scrambling, I just put yours in instead of calling my local car dealership and having Brandon Weeden sell me a car

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Is the engine expected to blow up in the next 12-13 thousand miles? By all measurable tests and calculations?

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

    Most likely not, can always sell the engine (trade the pick to a QB hungry team)

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Or you could just buy a cold air intake… The part that you actually need.

    [emoji441][emoji98]

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

    But here's what happens next. At some point in the future my engine explodes WITH the cold air intake in place. Now I just blew up a more expensive engine, as the Cowboys will be if they have a fourth overall pick talent for years to come but no QB when Romo isn't in the game

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  • RJ Ochoa

    I'm not saying don't get s new engine. But if you're getting a gift from me, the first part yeah you're going to implement into your car, why would you want it to be the engine? Do you need the engine NOW? No. Let me get you the cold air intake and then next paycheck we'll go pick out the engine together.

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

    So, Treadwell/Jack and a guy like Sudfeld or Hackenburg later in the draft? Sure hope those are reliable engines

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Well they make it look so easy so we should be good! [emoji854]

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  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    All good points, RJ. The only factor I would add into this is a 36 year old Tony Romo instead of a 34 year old Tony Romo. Back then, we all knew we were 4+ years away from his retirement. This year? I think most of us realistically see him playing another two years, three if we're lucky. Being four years out, that's definitely too early to be drafting a guy at #4.

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

    Hackenburg makes it look anything but easy

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Zac! Yes! One of us!

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

    Submitting my paperwork now to just be #TeamMcClay and sit back and watch haha

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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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