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Will The Gareon Conley Situation Impact The Dallas Cowboys Draft?

RJ Ochoa

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NFL Draft Week - aka Football Christmas - is in theory a time that should be only filled with happiness and forward-leaping career paths. In the day and age of 2017 though, NFL Draft hopefuls are seemingly navigating a field of landmines and trying to survive until they hear their name called. The latest instance of this variety is the allegations against Ohio State Cornerback Gareon Conley.

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Teams will now have to thoroughly investigate Gareon Conley situation in a very short time period. Could be completely off many boards.

The La'el Collins Story

La'el Collins

La'el Collins had one of the most tumultuous Draft experiences that a player can have. It worked out for him ultimately as he got to choose his team, the Dallas Cowboys.

In the days leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft then LSU Offensive Guard La'el Collins, a projected top 15 pick, was linked to a double homicide investigation in Baton Rouge. While his name was being cleared NFL teams were in the middle of the Draft, terrified of touching him and then in turn being linked themselves. All the while Collins' agents and representatives were concocting a brilliant plan.

NFL teams were told that if they didn't draft La'el collins in the second or third round, still a legitimate payday for a rookie, that he'd sit out his entire rookie year and re-enter the Draft in 2016. It was an insane bluff, but would you risk drafting someone with your fourth round pick if he said that he would refuse to play for you?

Collins ultimately went undrafted, which meant that he was not eligible to re-enter the Draft ever again. He was forced to sign as an Undrafted Rookie Free Agent, and as soon as his name was appropriately cleared the Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line became all the more rich. Unfortunately for Collins this tumble costed him millions of dollars in what he would have been paid had he been drafted where his talent merited.

The Laremy Tunsil Story

Laremy Tunsil

A video surfaced just minutes before the 2016 NFL Draft began of Laremy Tunsil wearing a gas mask and smoking.

One year after La'el Collins another NFL Draftee Offensive Lineman was managing another crisis, but with far less time to put together a game plan. Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil literally had about 15 minutes when his scandal surfaced all across social media... a video of him wearing a gas mask and smoking out of a bong.

In these instances many questions arise: How old is this? Where is this? Is it really Laremy under the mask (answered when he removed the mask)? Could he be punished? What do we do?

As a result Laremy Tunsil, once thought to potentially go number one overall, tumbled all the way down to the Miami Dolphins at 13th Overall. Hardly the financial tragedy that happened to La'el Collins, but you see how these things work.

What Will Happen To Gareon Conley On Draft Day?

Gareon Conley

Ohio State CB Gareon Conley makes it three years in a row that an NFL Draft hopeful was rocked by a potential scandal shortly before Draft Day.

It stands to reason that Ohio State's Gareon Conley will take a significant dive when it comes to his 2017 NFL Draft stock. Prior to this allegation, many believed that Conley would go in the first round. We need to be crystal clear here that this is, at the time of this writing, only an allegation. Nothing is fact at this point.

But that doesn't matter to NFL teams. If you're an organization that is about to invest, literally, millions of dollars into a person... they have to be as risk-free as possible. So unfortunately for Gareon Conley, under the presumption of innocence, it isn't proving said innocence that's the ask at hand... it's removing every single shred of doubt from NFL Front Office minds.

How Could Gareon Conley's Potential Fall Impact The Cowboys?

Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones

These are the consensus - sorted alphabetically, relax - top cornerbacks in the 2017 NFL Draft:

  • Gareon Conley, Ohio State
  • Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
  • Adoree' Jackson, USC
  • Kevin King, Washington
  • Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
  • Fabian Moreau, UCLA
  • Teez Tabor, Florida
  • Quincy Wilson, Florida

If you assume that Gareon Conley does indeed plummet down teams' boards, that's one less player to be taken before the Dallas Cowboys draft at #28... meaning someone else they potentially like could go.

Cornerback is certainly among the needs that the Dallas Cowboys have entering the Draft, Edge Rush and Safety say hello. The stink surrounding Gareon Conley is extremely impactful to them as it could have been the margin that stretched whoever they covet most to them at #28.

If you're a Cowboys fan then you should be rooting for this Gareon Conley situation to clear up before the clock starts on the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night. Conley going before the Cowboys means that whoever you want them to take has an even larger chance of being there.

What About The Idea Of The Cowboys Drafting Gareon Conley?

If Gareon Conley experiences a situation closer to La'el Collins than Laremy Tunsil then his agents would be wise to take the route that Collins paved, Ezekiel Elliott does that every Sunday though.

This would mean a bluff that if Conley wasn't taken in the second or third round that he wouldn't sign his rookie deal and that he'd re-enter the Draft in 2018. It'd be bold, but it worked out for Collins... right?

Randy Gregory

The Cowboys used the 60th Overall Pick on a player that fell in 2015. Would they do the same if Gareon Conley was still on the board? (AP Photo/Alix Drawec)

The Cowboys' second and third round picks are the 60th and 92nd ones overall, respectively. If Conley is still there, the point of such talent being available at such a bargain would be one any war room would seriously debate.

It was the 60th Overall Pick in La'el Collins' Draft that the Cowboys used to select another player of high contentiousness, Randy Gregory. Gregory had a history of drug use, hardly the same thing as the allegations Conley is facing, but the type of talent for that price was a bargain that the Cowboys simply couldn't pass on.

As we all know, that gamble has seemingly failed when it comes to Randy Gregory. But it was that very same Draft that saw the Cowboys eventually acquire La'el Collins. So which is it? Take the gamble or don't? In that situation, at #60 or #92, the Cowboys would have to rely on the information that they'd uncovered and believe in it enough to gamble some serious capital. Their history with second round picks isn't exactly glowing, but the temptation of a home run is hard to deny in those moments.

Overall the Gareon Conley news will undoubtedly impact the Dallas Cowboys in a variety of ways throughout the 2017 NFL Draft. How exactly? Well that remains to be seen.

Tell us what you think about "Will The Gareon Conley Situation Impact The Dallas Cowboys Draft?" in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!



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  • BrokeDog

    No doubt! How could ANY team take a chance on him in the 1st round? I wouldn’t even chance round 2! But, get on down in the draft, where picks are “hit-or-miss” anyway, and it would be foolish not to take a flier on him.
    It’s a terrible situation for ANY player to find themselves in, but … when are players gonna stop taking chances like this? U have to know that there are hundreds of women out there just looking for an easy payday, sadly. I’d be totally celibate (sex-wise AND drug-wise) leading up to the draft. Take no chances, whatsoever, on ruining my career! Please, guys … LEARN !!!

  • Travis Diggs

    This situation makes me look right at the Lael Collins draft all over again We need so much help in the secondary and defense overall that we almost have to take him in consideration because of the talent and what we need You get a #1 corner at #28 like Kevin King and maybe get Conley depending on how he slips and HOPEFULLY he gets his named cleared like Collins. Possibility Just a Possibility!!

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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.

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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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Cowboys Draft Class: How Many Will Be Starters In 2018?

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2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. NFL.com graded the Cowboys as having the 2nd best class in the league, and most other analysts have agreed that the team had a strong showing.

But now, of course, it's time to see what these new players will actually do on the field. Some are hoping the team found 3-5 new starters for the 2018 roster, but history would suggest that is pretty rare.

Dallas' 2016 draft class has been lauded as one of the best in the last decade, especially considering they look to have found their franchise quarterback in round four. That strong class only features four full-time starters heading into 2018, but we have to wonder if that's the outlier and not the norm.

Still, as we look back and examine this 2018 draft class it really appears they have found three day one starters in the first three rounds.

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this season, with former second round selection Jaylon Smith moving to SAM. Vander Esch wasn't my favorite option at 19, but he is certainly starter-worthy in this Cowboys LB corps.

On day two the Cowboys added OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup, two of my personal favorite picks of their entire class. Williams should be the starting LG week 1 of the season, and Michael Gallup may overtake Allen Hurns as the most productive WR on the roster by year's end.

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1: DUPLICATE***Colorado State Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup (4) picks up a few yards after catch as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) comes in for the tackle during the first quarter on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

What about the rest of the class?

Dorance Armstrong will probably have too much competition to start at defensive end this season, but he should be an interesting rotational pass rusher. TE Dalton Schultz has the chance to surprise some people, but overtaking Geoff Swaim as the "starter" would be unexpected.

After that, the player with the best chance to make the team and contribute early on might be Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson. Wilson was a late day-two, early day-three pick to me so snagging him in the sixth round should provide incredible value to this roster. That wide out room is getting very crowded, though, so Wilson has his work cut out for him heading into camp.

How many of the Cowboys' 2018 draft picks will be starters in 2018? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.



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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the many winners of the 2018 NFL Draft were, without a doubt, the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they addressed some of the team's most pressing needs, but they managed to draft very talented, capable players beyond the first round.

Cowboys Nation had to feel better about the rookie class the front office walked away with, specially after the second day of the Draft. Just like last year, they managed to find steals in the second and third rounds. In 2017, they did so with Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Now, they stayed put at their original picks and walked away with OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup.

But first things first. In the eyes of many, Leighton Vander Esch wasn't worth the 19th overall pick. While I do agree that Vander Esch was a questionable selection, the Cowboys fixed arguably their most concerning position of all. As much as it pains to admit it, Sean Lee has yet to play an entire NFL season and Jaylon Smith was pretty much the only other capable starter on the roster.

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Although Vander Esch needs to develop a ton before reaching his full potential. he's a week 1 starter and an early contributor for this defense. Whether it felt like a "reach" or not, the Cowboys took a starter in the Boise State linebacker.

Later, the Cowboys managed to add an arguably first-round talent with pick #50 to plug-and-play along the offensive line. Texas OL Connor Williams was also seen as a tackle prospect, but he'll likely start at guard for Dallas as a rookie.

Since Ron Leary left for Denver, the left guard spot hasn't been as stable. Jonathan Cooper did a decent job filling that spot, but with Williams taking his place, the Cowboys dominance in the trenches will finally return. Playing next to All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, Connor Williams might become the best rookie in this class for the Cowboys.

One can't simply say the team found a "replacement" for Dez Bryant since he's a special player and with a very specific skill set, but Michael Gallup from Colorado State has the potential to become the team's WR1 pretty soon.

In the team's effort to build a Dak-friendly offense, Gallup is a crafty and smooth route-runner who has what it takes to play in any spot of the offense. His skill-set will allow him to play anywhere on the field and become Dak's favorite target in a year in which Jason Witten and Dez Bryant will no longer be lining up on his squad.

Taken in the first three rounds, Vander Esch, Williams and Gallup will be unquestionable starters. The question, however, is who else could become a starter for the Cowboys? Who could line up and start in week 1?

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Even though it definitely isn't as certain as the other three rookies, I'm betting on Dalton Schultz to be a more important starter than we imagine. Listen, maybe it's not an ideal scenario to have the TE from Stanford start in week 1, but it could be necessary.

The Rico Gathers Adventure might just be over before it starts and Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin may not be anything special. In college, Schultz was pretty good at run blocking. In the Cowboys' offense, led by one of the best running backs in the league, Ezekiel Elliott, Schultz may be able to find success earlier than expected.

Besides, he has what it takes to catch passes in the NFL and although he certainly won't be the flashiest, he could be enough to give Dak Prescott a reliable tight end.

Dalton Schultz could be the surprise of this Draft for Dallas. He'll probably become a starter at some point in the season and for a fourth-round pick, that's a very good thing to say.

For a front office that's constantly bashed by Cowboys Nation, their job at this year's NFL Draft was a pretty good one. Now it's just a matter of time to find out which picks were as good as we originally thought.

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