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Sean’s Scout: Cowboys Can Finally Find RDE in Boston College’s Harold Landry

Sean Martin



Sean's Scout: Cowboys Can Fix RDE Problems with BC's Harold Landry

While the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles were busy on Wednesday improving their teams through aggressive trades, the Dallas Cowboys' first move of the 2018 offseason was the release of DE Benson Mayowa.

Mayowa' release is not a surprise, but it does leave a need at the RDE position in Dallas once again. Unable to find a long-term starter here while Mayowa was under contract, this Cowboys defense does have their "alpha" pass rusher in DeMarcus Lawrence.

Pairing Tank Lawrence with another premier defensive end should be a priority for the Cowboys, enough so to consider Boston College's Harold Landry in the first round.

Here's why.

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"At his best, Landry fires off of the ball with an elite first step, snapping back to the quarterback with equally impressive bend."

This film clip and quote comes from my full scouting report on Harold Landry at Slant Sports. Despite him getting to the quarterback as a LDE here, you can see the traits that make him an ideal talent for the speed-rushing right end spot with the Cowboys.

Landry is at his best using this speed to run the arc, but he also has more than enough power throughout his lean frame to beat blockers in a variety of ways.

"This is a square player with better-than-expected power in his hands and upper body."

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Drafting Harold Landry at 19th overall would mean the Cowboys double up on defensive ends in consecutive drafts, with Taco Charlton being their pick at 28th overall a year ago. Projecting as a left end all the way, Charlton was finally able to earn some snaps on the strong side near the end of his rookie season, looking much better than he ever did previously at RDE.

This doesn't mean that Taco shouldn't remain a rotational player at both positions. A strong run defender that lacks speed and bend, Harold Landry could be the perfect match up piece to add to this Cowboys' front - rushing with fresh legs that should allow him to run the arc consistently.

"Harold Landry should play primarily RDE in the NFL, where his speed and bend can be used most effectively."

The term "starter" is a very loose one when it comes to Rod Marinelli's defensive line, and Landry absolutely showed starter's potential over his final two seasons at BC. A concerning dip in production from 2016 to 2017 has scared some scouts away from Landry, but his refined collection of NFL-ready traits is more than enough to warrant a first round pick.

Add in the immediate need that Harold Landry fills in Dallas, along with the Cowboys' ability to protect Landry from wearing down as an every-down DE, and you have a nearly perfect fit.

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"Landry rushes with a plan to beat the man across from him on every snap, which may very well be his best NFL-ready trait. Lined up above at RDE, the left tackle is able to sit on Landry’s inside shoulder and – despite being completely off-balanced – seal off the edge."

Despite his initial quickness not allowing Landry to snap the corner on the play above, he finds a way to power back to the quarterback and attack the football. This tipped pass was intercepted, showing off the difference making ability that Harold Landry has as my second-highest graded EDGE defender.

It is easy to get blown away by Landry's flash plays on obvious pass rushing sets, but this is a player with a full range of ways to win, including above average upper body strength and consistent hands-above-eyes technique.

"College EDGE rushers do not often come out with the level of polish Landry has, particularly when it comes to bending the corner for pressures and sacks."

The truth is, the Dallas Cowboys deserve some slack when it comes to their inability at finding another top talent at RDE post DeMarcus Ware. This is one of the hardest positions to fill without commitment to a proven - and overly expensive - free agent.

Developing EDGE rushers takes time and patience. These are both things that Harold Landry could capitalize on as one of the biggest potential draft steals of this 2018 class. Landry did more than enough this season to prove he can make an instant impact at the next level - also deserving to be drafted based on his elite potential.

If the Cowboys feel as good about the ceiling for Harold Landry as a prospect, there is no reason they should pass on him if given the chance come April.

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  • Nick Russo

    While I think that Landry will be a good player in the NFL, I’m not sold as this as our first round choice. The truth of the matter is that mayowa wasn’t getting much playing time as it was so us releasing him was strictly a cap move. You have Taco, Charles Tapper, and then potentially a return of Randy Gregory giving you some really good options at RE. Then you add in Tyrone Crawford’s ability to play snaps there and potentially David Irving if needed and I think our DE depth is pretty good. Can it always get better, yes. Not at the expense of a first round pick though. We have legitimate holes at WR and LG and would be much better off spending our first round pick there. Charles Tapper flashed great potential before getting hurt last year and taco played exponentially better in the second half of the year. I think Landry is a good player and will be a good pro. I just think we have other needs to address first.

    • Sean Martin

      Thank you for your thoughts Nick. It is hard to call a RDE depth chart of Charlton, Tapper, and Gregory “really good”, but the numbers are there for them to address other positions at the top of this draft.

      • Nick Russo

        Agreed. I think I’m high on the potential of Tapper and seeing what taco did at the end of last year. Might have been premature to use “really good” but I still believe that we have other areas that are higher priority than DE. A lot of which will depend on where we decide to use David Irving. He’s shown ability to wreak havoc from both the 3-tech and DE. I personally like Collins at the 3-Tech and wouldn’t mind seeing Irving and tank on the ends.

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2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
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The Dallas Cowboys have been frustratingly unsurprisingly quiet through the start of free agency, as their opportunity to improve at the AT&T Stadium hosted 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Offensive line depth remains a team need for the Cowboys, one they're actively looking to address by visiting free agent Guard Marcus Martin while planning a pre-draft visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

I'm told UTEP Guard Will Hernandez is another of Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors. Hernandez joins Alabama WR Calvin Ridley and UCLA G/T Kolton Miller on the list of reported visitors for the #Cowboys. Since 2014, 14 of Dallas' 35 picks (40%) have been pre-draft visitors.

Protecting one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft in Josh Rosen through college, Kolton Miller absolutely blew up the Combine in Indianapolis - entering the draft as one of the most athletic available linemen.

It is this athleticism and versatility that the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be looking for, if trying to add another "blue chip" player to an offensive line already featuring LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, and RT La'el Collins.

Kolton Miller Longest Offensive Lineman Broad Jump 2018 NFL Combine

Kolton Miller with the broad jump world record for an offensive lineman at 10 1 wow

Tyron Smith's health (along with the level of play the Cowboys received at his spot in his absence) and the FA status of Jonathan Cooper are both reasons the Cowboys should consider adding a new, controllable option to their dominant offensive line. Whether this is with the 19th overall pick, or later on with a prospect like Miller, will depend on how the board falls through the first 18 picks of the draft.

With ten total picks coming in, the Cowboys could be positioning themselves for a move up the board to land an impact defender, or an additional piece for Kris Richard to work with in the defensive backfield. Staying home at 19th overall and selecting a player capable of playing swing tackle would not only be a safe option for the Cowboys, but a smart one with Ezekiel Elliott returning full-time to the lineup in 2018.

Without Elliott for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed nine wins. This is a point lost to most of Cowboys Nation, especially those watching the entire playoffs without their team in it, only to watch the Eagles hoist the Lombardi. Elliott's impact on each's week game plan for Dallas is hard to understate, and the Cowboys' trust in him begins up front.

Testing as an elite athlete with the film to match at tackle in the Pac 12, Kolton Miller should be a welcome addition to America's Team - getting the opportunity to learn the Cowboys' way with a trip to The Star in his future.

Tell us what you think about "2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?

Brian Martin



Can Powers of Persuasion Make Will Hernandez a Dallas Cowboy?

There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.

Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.

The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!

To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.

In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.

All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.

The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.

The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.

It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.

Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

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Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley

Mauricio Rodriguez



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With NFL Free Agency buzz at full speed this week, Dez Bryant is one of the most intriguing names in the Dallas Cowboys world. We all know the story. We've been talking about it since last season. Bryant, who was once among the "Top WR of the league" conversation, doesn't look like an elite player anymore.

That doesn't mean he is a bad football player, but the problem is that he's getting paid big time.

The Dallas Cowboys, who have struggled with cap space for many years now, may want to avoid paying $16.5M to a player who isn't justifying his paychecks on the field. Big name and all, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

His lack of production on the field the last three years is concerning, even though he's played with quarterbacks not named "Tony Romo." There are other receivers around the league who have played with bad quarterbacks and have still been able to produce.

Even still, it wouldn't be easy to replace Bryant on the offense just like that. Right now, top free agents are already off the market, so if Dallas wants to replace him, it'd have to be via trade or via the NFL Draft.

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ICYMI: A few things to consider as we wait on news about Dez Bryant's future with the Dallas Cowboys

Right now, it seems that Dez is going to remain a Dallas Cowboy and after seeing the contracts other receivers in the league are about to get, who knows if a pay cut will even enter the equation.

Even if Dez keeps wearing the Star every week next season, wide receiver is still one of the team's top needs. Despite the fact that Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten are some very well-known names, the truth is this offense needs a guy who can create separation and be harmful as a deep threat.

This is a draft class with a lot of depth at wide receiver, and the Cowboys could find contributors at the second or later rounds. Even still, if they're on the clock at 19 and Alabama's Calvin Ridley is available, the front office should pull the trigger.

Yes, even if Dez is still on the team.

Despite last year's struggles, we shouldn't lose faith on the Cowboys' offense when it has a lot of talent. We believed in this group to take us to the Super Bowl. What they are missing could just be a new, dynamic wide receiver.

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Alabama Crimson Tide WR Calvin Ridley (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Calvin Ridley is by far the best WR in the Draft this year and will be an impact player anywhere he goes. Despite a poor showing in the Combine, Ridley proves to be worthy of a first round pick on tape. Ideal route-running, great ability to separate and more than enough speed for the NFL.

This would certainly take a lot of pressure off Cole Beasley's shoulders, who was constantly double-teamed last year. Sure, he's still good, but if he continues to run into double-coverage, Dak Prescott and company will probably continue to struggle another year.

It's tough to imagine Calvin Ridley being available at 19, especially with the Baltimore Ravens holding the 16th overall pick. However, some people believe there's a 50/50 chance he's available once Dallas is on the clock. If that's the case, the Cowboys shouldn't pass on this prospect.

Ridley could very well end up being the most productive receiver for the Cowboys in 2018 becoming an essential "best friend" for Dak Prescott.

We've seen how other front offices have made friendly offenses for their young QBs and if Calvin Ridley is what it takes, why even think about it?

Tell me what you think about "Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley" 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!

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