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Tweet Break: Best of #Cowboys Twitter for May 13th

The Dallas Cowboys’ rookie camp is in the books, as we check off another key event leading up to the 2016 season. With that comes the period we are in now, where fans and writers alike covering this team begin to analyze exactly what may be in store for the Cowboys once they hit training camp and really begin working towards building the season’s roster. In this edition of tweet break on Inside The Star,let’s take a look at some things that have been said so far about the upcoming season for the Cowboys. Bryan Broaddus is one of the most respected members of the media when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. In this question, BB was asked about who he felt was the biggest steal out of the Cowboys’ draft class on top of their undrafted free agent haul.

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The Star News - Tweet Break: Best of #Cowboys Twitter for May 13th

The Dallas Cowboys' rookie camp is in the books, as we check off another key event leading up to the 2016 season. With that comes the period we are in now, where fans and writers alike covering this team begin to analyze exactly what may be in store for the Cowboys once they hit training camp and really begin working towards building the season's roster.

In this edition of tweet break on Inside The Star,let's take a look at some things that have been said so far about the upcoming season for the Cowboys.

Bryan Broaddus on Twitter

Anthony Brown. https://t.co/g2ZZnZXZyy

Bryan Broaddus is one of the most respected members of the media when it comes to the Dallas Cowboys. In this question, BB was asked about who he felt was the biggest steal out of the Cowboys' draft class on top of their undrafted free agent haul.

Broaddus' answer was Anthony Brown, who was selected in the 6th round with the 189th overall pick out of Purdue. 

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The Cowboys' rookie class will look to mix with the current roster, which is full of veterans that drew attention in Pro Football Focus' top 101 players from this previous season. Particularly, the first round picks that this front office has invested in the offensive line are featured here.

Pro Football Focus on Twitter

Cowboys C Travis Frederick didn't allow a sack last season, and surrendered just 10 pressures; sits at 35th overall on our Top 101 of 2015.

Pro Football Focus on Twitter

Cowboys G Zack Martin surrendered just one sack last season and 13 total pressures; sits at No. 54 on our list of 2015's best 101 players.

Pro Football Focus on Twitter

Cowboys LB Sean Lee sits at No. 58 on PFF's list of the top 101 players in the 2015 season. https://t.co/meOp30U7mc

Not mentioned on Twitter, but making the list at 13th overall as the highest ranking Cowboy, was LT Tyron Smith. Three of the four Dallas players honored were along the very offensive line that rookie Ezekiel Elliott will get to run behind - and we highlighted Elliott's first days in the silver and blue during last week's tweet break.

It is also good to see Sean Lee, who returned to health in 2015, reach the talent level that Cowboys Nation knows is possible from him by earning the 58th spot on this list.

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ALERT: good, promising #Cowboys sight: Jaylon Smith is working with resistance cords. @1053thefan

If Sean Lee can find some long-term health with the Cowboys, Rod Marinelli is going to be set up nicely at the LB position. Lee can look forward to playing next to Jaylon Smith down the line, who the Cowboys brought in with the 34th overall pick during the draft despite his knee injury.

Drew Davison on Twitter

Funny quote from TE coach Mike Pope on Rico Gathers being a 'project': "I've been married twice, so I've taken on some projects in my time.

This edition of tweet break has covered Cowboys' players as established as Tyron Smith and Zack Martin, down to the later round rookies in Anthony Brown.

So, why not conclude this week with perhaps the most obscure rookie at Valley Ranch - converted Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers. While the reports on Gathers' practice performances have been good, it didn't stop Mike Pope from providing us with a great quote.


Thank you for reading, and you can go find me over on Twitter @ShoreSportsNJ! Feel free to send me your comments and questions about anything Cowboys related over there, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Oh, and one last thing:

Forbes on Twitter

World's most profitable sports teams: 1. Dallas Cowboys 2. New England Patriots 3. Manchester United See the rest: https://t.co/j6BwQJ4RRD

Tell us what you think about "Tweet Break: Best of #Cowboys Twitter for May 13th" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Malik McDowell Is Well Worth The Risk For The Dallas Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly brining defensive lineman Malik McDowell into The Star this week for a visit, as they decide whether or not to potentially sign him for the 2019 season.

McDowell is a former second round pick of the Seattle Seahawks, who fell to day two because of what scouts call "off the field" or "character" concerns. McDowell did not last long with Seahawks, as he was released in 2017 following an ATV accident in which he reportedly suffered "extensive brain and eye trauma" according to Charles Robinson.

None of us know much about who Malik McDowell is as a person, or what concerns their really should be with his health. But what I do know is that on tape at Michigan State, McDowell was a top 5-10 player in the 2017 draft class. He was a stud, and has the traits to continue to be a stud in the NFL.

2017 NFL Draft: Scouting Michigan State DL Malik McDowell - Slant Sports

The 2017 NFL Draft is chock full of talented, athletic, and productive defensive linemen. While most of the draft pundits have focused on EDGE rushers thus far, the defensive tackle class also possesses some of this year's top NFL prospects. Arguably the best of those defensive tackles is Michigan State's Malik McDowell.

Back in 2017 I wrote a full scouting report on McDowell, detailing why he earned such a high grade on my board. McDowell is a versatile linemen who is explosive off the ball, powerful and rangy against the run, and a skilled pass rusher who plays with a high motor. What more could you really ask for?

"McDowell is a patient pass rusher at times, setting up the blocker how he likes and then beating them with ease. McDowell’s ability to swipe hands off helps him greatly, but his quick swim is his most effective pass rush move.

On this play he uses that swim to perfection, forcing the center to power down to the right before swimming back to the other side."

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When the Spartans went to a three man pass rushing front, McDowell moved to the EDGE often and made plays with his quick, active hands and impressive swim move. He was much more impressive on the interior, however, and could be a direct replacement for David Irving as an explosive and powerful 3-technique for the Cowboys.

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I love that the Cowboys are bringing McDowell in for a free agent visit. His price will likely be low, as he is yet to play in an NFL game over the last two years, but his ceiling remains very high if he is healthy. It's rare for a player with his college production, natural ability, and measurables to completely fail in the NFL.

Maybe all McDowell needs is a second chance to get his head right and prove that he belongs in the league. Maybe he flames out quickly and can't get on the field due to "off the field" stuff. Or, maybe he simply isn't healthy enough to contribute as an NFL player. Regardless, for the price he'll likely command, McDowell is well worth the risk if the Cowboys are willing to take it.



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Though Not A Direct Beasley Replacement, Randall Cobb Would Bring Value To Cowboys’ Offense

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Not A Direct Beasley Replacement, Randall Cobb Would Bring Value To Cowboys' Offense

When the news broke Monday that veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb was visiting the Dallas Cowboys, most immediately assumed he would be a logical replacement for the departed Cole Beasley.

When you take a look at the film and each of their skillsets, however, you quickly see this is likely not the case.

While Cobb would be able to play in the slot as a receiver for the Cowboys if he signs, his value extends much further than just a slot receiver. Where Beasley makes his mark with precise route running, short area quickness, and 3rd down reliability, Cobb is much more of a threat after the catch. He's not the route runner that Beasley is, and really isn't an upgrade over Beasley as a receiver, but Cobb would be able to help the Cowboys' become more diverse in their offensive schemes.

Similar to Tavon Austin, Randall Cobb can be used in pre snap motion and jet-sweep packages, as well as a traditional running back. A college quarterback, Cobb's versatility is what makes him so attractive to NFL teams. Cobb would actually fit more of the Lance Dunbar "scat back" role of sorts for the Cowboys than that of the Cole Beasley slot receiver role. His versatility, however, allows him to carve out a lane within the offense which they haven't quite had before.

Another area Cobb could help the Cowboys is when the play breaks down. With experience in the Packers offense playing with arguably the greatest improviser we've ever seen in Aaron Rodgers, Cobb would be able to help Dak Prescott down the field when he breaks the pocket and the play is off schedule.

So often last season we talked about how the Cowboys offense is reliant on remaining on schedule, staying in front of the chains and not having to force the ball downfield. Unleashing the Mississippi State version of Dak Prescott, where he can improvise and use his legs to create big plays, tends to be when this offense is at its best, however.

Randall Cobb won't be a Pro Bowler if the Cowboys sign him, and depending on the money he receives, it might not even be a lock that he makes the final roster. But Cobb would be an exciting addition to a Cowboys offense which has lacked "creativity" over the last few seasons, and is looking to reinvent themselves to a certain extent.

A receiving corps headlined by Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, with versatile weapons such as Cobb and Tavon Austin behind them, is a pretty good one to head into draft day with.

Signing Cobb would keep the Cowboys from "needing" to take a wide receiver early in the draft, and would allow them to easily shed Allen Hurns if a receiving weapon did fall to them at 58th overall.



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Should Cowboys Inquire About Trading for 49ers DL Solomon Thomas?

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When it comes to making trades, the Dallas Cowboys are typically the buyer and not the seller. They proved that last season when they acquired Tavon Austin, Jamize Olawale, and Jihad Ward via trade and could be looking do the same once again this offseason. That's why today I want to talk about the Cowboys putting in a call to the San Francisco 49ers to inquire about potentially trading for Solomon Thomas.

New 49ers Defensive Line Coach Kris Kocurek is rumored to be evaluating Solomon Thomas' film in order to determine his fit and future with the organization moving forward. This is no easy task. In his two years in the league they've tried Thomas at DE and DT, but unfortunately the former No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has yet to find his footing at either position.

Being a man without a position doesn't bode well for Solomon Thomas, especially after the 49ers acquired Defensive End Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs last week via trade. The 49ers are suddenly stacked along the defensive line. That's not all though, things could actually get worse for Thomas.

To further complicate matters, the 49ers could use their second overall pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft on the either Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams. If that's what indeed happens, someone is going to be the odd man out. If you haven't guessed it yet, I think that player could be Solomon Thomas.

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San Francisco 49ers DL Solomon Thomas

As a former high first-round draft pick, Thomas would count $7,678,468 against the salary cap in 2019 and $8,958,213 in 2020. That's probably more than the 49ers want to pay for a rotational/backup defensive lineman. And cutting him this season would create $16.6 million in dead money, so a trade is the logical solution.

With all that in mind, it wouldn't surprise me if San Francisco put Solomon Thomas on the trade block any day now. He is only two years into his four-year rookie deal and comes with a fifth-year option as a former first-round draft pick. That means if a team does trade for him they have him under contract for essentially three more years.

If you add all of this up, it makes a lot of sense for the Dallas Cowboys. They need defensive line help and Solomon Thomas needs a fresh start. The Cowboys would get a young versatile defensive lineman and the 49ers get to dump his contract while also receiving some compensation in return. It's a win-win for all parties concerned.

I know what you're thinking though. What would the Cowboys have to give up in the trade? Well, it might not be as much as you think.

Fortunately, Thomas' failure to make an impact his first two years in the NFL favor the buyer, in this case the Dallas Cowboys. He has only four career quarterback sacks, three of which came in his rookie season. Stats of course don't always tell the entire story, but game film does. Unfortunately for Thomas, he can't escape his poor play.

I believe it wouldn't take more than a 2019 fourth-round draft pick to get Solomon Thomas away from the 49ers. Remember, just last season the New England Patriots sent a third-round draft pick to San Francisco and received Offensive Tackle Trent Brown and the fifth-round pick in return. Brown was a more proven player and was in the last year of his contract.

I don't know about you, but I kind of like the idea of Solomon Thomas in a Dallas Cowboys uniform. If anybody can tap into his potential, Rod Marinelli can. Giving up a 2019 fourth-round pick is well worth the gamble in my opinion.

Do you think the Cowboys should inquire about trading for Solomon Thomas?



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