Daily Archives: April 29th, 2013

THREE POTENTIAL SLEEPERS: Dallas Cowboys nab trio of players on Scott Wright’s list

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Trying to find future stars in the later rounds of the NFL Draft is a tough task, but if Scott Wright’s sleeper list is any indication, the Dallas Cowboys could have a head start on the competition.

Wright composed a lengthy list of 95 potential sleepers in the 2013 draft class, and a pair of Cowboys draft picks are right near the top.

William and Mary cornerback B.W. Webb is No. 4 on the list, earning a 2nd- or 3rd-round grade from Wright. The Cowboys snagged Webb in the 4th round on Saturday.

Right behind Webb is Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox at No. 5, who the Cowboys took in the 3rd round. Wilcox is a strong athlete, but his stock wasn’t especially high because he only played one year at safety in college.

One other new Cowboys made the cut on Wright’s list. South Carolina State safety Jakar Hamilton, who the Cowboys signed as an undrafted free agent, came in at No. 48. Hamilton was a four-star recruit coming out of high school who signed with the Georgia Bulldogs, but wound up transferring to South Carolina State in 2011.

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YOUTH MOVEMENT: Forty-seven players to watch on the Dallas Cowboys roster

Forty-seven players on the current Dallas Cowboys roster have 3 years or less playing time. The vast majority of them are 25 years old, or younger. If curiosity is getting the best of you, twenty-eight players are entering their 4th year, or greater. Dallas’ unrestricted free-agents are not included in these numbers. Most of them are not expected to return to the Cowboys for the 2013-2014 season.

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NAME

POS.

HT.

WT.

AGE

EXP.

COLLEGE

89

Escobar, Gavin

TE

6-6

255

22

R

San Diego State

70

Frederick, Travis

C

6-4

312

22

R

Wisconsin

57

Holloman, DeVonte

LB

6-1

246

22

R

South Carolina

35

Randle, Joseph

RB

6-0

202

21

R

Oklahoma State

20

Webb, B.W.

CB

5-10

183

23

R

William & Mary

27

Wilcox, J.J.

S

5-11

214

22

R

Georgia Southern

83

Williams, Terrance

WR

6-2

205

23

R

Baylor

16

Benford, Tim

WR

5-11

200

23

1

Tennessee Tech

81

Coale, Danny

WR

6-0

190

24

1

Virginia Tech

66

Dominguez, Ray

G

6-4

329

24

1

Arkansas

85

Green, Jared

WR

6-1

185

24

1

Southern University

44

Hughlett, Charley

LS

6-4

251

22

1

Central Florida

64

Igbinosun, Ikponmwosa

DT

6-4

288

22

1

Southern Connecticut State

65

Leary, Ronald

G

6-3

318

24

1

Memphis

56

McSurdy, Caleb

LB

6-1

248

23

1

Montana

31

Pellerin, Micah

S

6-0

195

24

1

Hampton

76

Simmons, Aderious

T

6-7

310

25

1

Arizona State

87

Smith, Andre

TE

6-5

267

24

1

Virginia Tech

3

Stephens, Nick

QB

6-3

230

25

1

Tarleton State

61

Taylor, Monte

DT

6-5

266

24

1

Cincinnati

75

Weems, Darrion

T

6-5

320

24

1

Oregon

62

Arkin, David

G

6-5

306

25

2

Missouri State

79

Bass, Ben

DT

6-5

283

23

2

Texas A&M

11

Beasley, Cole

WR

5-8

177

24

2

Southern Methodist

72

Callaway, Rob

DT

6-5

324

25

2

Saginaw Valley State

24

Claiborne, Morris

CB

5-11

185

23

2

LSU

98

Crawford, Tyrone

DT

6-4

285

23

2

Boise State

25

Dunbar, Lance

RB

5-8

191

23

2

North Texas

84

Hanna, James

TE

6-4

249

23

2

Oklahoma

37

Johnson, Matt

S

6-1

215

23

2

Eastern Washington

6

Jones, Chris

P

6-0

208

23

2

Carson-Newman

51

Wilber, Kyle

LB

6-4

246

24

2

Wake Forest

55

Albright, Alex

LB

6-5

260

25

3

Boston College

5

Bailey, Dan

K

6-0

189

25

3

Oklahoma State

54

Carter, Bruce

LB

6-2

240

25

3

North Carolina

86

Cochart, Colin

TE

6-4

258

25

3

South Dakota State

17

Harris, Dwayne

WR

5-10

200

25

3

East Carolina

96

Hayden, Nick

DT

6-4

300

27

3

Wisconsin

60

Kowalski, Kevin

C/G

6-3

304

24

3

Toledo

15

Mitchell, Carlton

WR

6-3

215

25

3

South Florida

21

Moore, Sterling

CB

5-10

200

23

3

Southern Methodist

29

Murray, DeMarco

RB

6-0

215

25

3

Oklahoma

99

Price, Brian

DT

6-1

303

24

3

UCLA

53

Sheffield, Cameron

LB

6-2

257

25

3

Troy

77

Smith, Tyron

T

6-5

308

22

3

USC

34

Tanner, Phillip

RB

5-10

217

24

3

Middle Tennessee State

23

Underwood, Brandon

CB

6-1

197

26

3

Cincinnati

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THE PICKENS PICK FACTOR: Oklahoma State Cowboys RB Joseph Randle drafted by the Dallas Cowboys

Oklahoma State Cowboys RB Joseph Randle drafted by the Dallas Cowboys - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

Entering the NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys were looking for a No. 2 running back to get carries behind DeMarco Murray. What they landed in the fifth round was a three-down runner that compares well to the team’s starter.

Oklahoma State’s Joseph Randle was selected by the Cowboys with the 151st overall pick, making him the 10th running back drafted. With free agent Felix Jones’ time likely done in Dallas, the Cowboys needed someone to compliment Murray, the team’s leading rusher but also someone who has missed nine games over the last two years.

Last season, Murray carried 161 times. Jones was next in line with 111 rushes, followed by Phillip Tanner with 25 and Lance Dunbar with 21. Even if Murray avoids injury, Randle should be stepping into a significant role.

“I can’t envision Murray carrying the entire load for an entire game,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Saturday night. “In Dunbar, we’ve got a back that we really like a lot, and he’s very natural in what he does, but he’s your third back. He’s not the guy that comes in and carries a big part of that load.”

The Cowboys are hoping Randle is capable of taking on that workload. And Jerry Jones’ relationship with Oklahoma State athletic booster T. Boone Pickens might’ve provided the Cowboys with some additional intelligence.

Dallas Cowboys draft Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

“We had a lot of great information about his entire Oklahoma State [career],” Jerry Jones said. “I respect and know the coach over there really well. Boone’s one of my three or four best friends there are, and Boone gets you some information over there.”

Randle rushed for 1,216 yards and 24 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,417 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. So why did he last until the 18th pick in the fifth round? Well, it could be because he’s dealing with a thumb injury.

Jerry Jones said Randle will wear a club-like cast and be limited in OTAs and minicamp but it won’t prevent the 21-year-old from participating in training camp.

“He’s been a real productive player as a runner,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “Not only as a runner, but as a receiver, and he certainly has all the physical traits you want. But you also feel like he’s a guy who is going to get bigger and stronger. He’s a six-foot 205-pound guy now, and he can probably be even bigger than that as he grows into his body even more. You see quickness, explosiveness in a fairly big body, and some versatility.”

THE EIGHTH ROUND: Dallas Cowboys sign undrafted free agent LB Brandon Magee

Dallas Cowboys sign UFA Arizona State LB Brandon Magee - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

The Dallas Cowboys gave undrafted free agent linebacker Brandon Magee a $70,000 bonus to sign with them after this weekend’s NFL Draft. It doesn’t mean Magee will be guaranteed a spot on the 53-man roster.  But it means that the Cowboys really wanted to give him an opportunity to latch on as a weakside linebacker in the team’s new 4-3 defense.

As Florio points out, that number is higher than any 7th-round pick received in 2012 (Justin Anderson, the first pick in the 7th round last year, got $69,124 from the Colts). It’s also significantly higher than the $10,000 bonus the Cowboys gave Tony Romo as an undrafted free agent in 2003.

Magee was one of 15 undrafted free agents the Cowboys came to terms with this weekend. He was also one of the 28 players the Cowboys brought to Valley Ranch for pre-draft interviews, which could explain why they were so eager to get him signed.

Magee was one of the captains of the Arizona State football team last year, totaling 113 tackles, 12.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks and 2 INTs as a senior.

Fan comment: squashyjoshy says

If the Cowboys would have had a 7th round pick, that’s probably they guy they would have taken. Pay him the money, get him into camp, and watch him work. If you decide Bruce Carter can play the SAM, then you might have just found your WILL of the future. If Carter plays WILL, you have a solid, solid backup. The kid can play.

THIRD ROUND HIT: Dallas Cowboys draft Georgia Southern punisher J.J. Wilcox

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J.J. Wilcox, one of the Dallas Cowboys’ two third-round picks Friday night, is a project after starting only one season as a safety at Georgia Southern.

Previously a wide receiver and slot back, Wilcox needs plenty of work coverage-wise. But the 6-foot, 213-pound Georgia native has already earned a reputation as a powerful hitter known for exploding into ball carriers.

“Wilcox is an interesting guy,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He was a running back and a receiver for most of his career and became a safety this past year. If you watch him play, he leaps off the screen at you. He’s physical, he can run, he loves to hit. He just plays with great explosiveness.”

Garrett said the Cowboys were impressed with how quickly Wilcox adapted to playing safety.

“You could seem him grow through the course of the year,” Garrett said. “We liked his athletic ability, we liked his potential and we liked the demeanor with which he played. He’s a hard-playing guy, a physical guy, and that’s what you want from your safety. He can tackle, but we also feel he can grow into a back-end player.”

Growing up in Cairo, Ga., Wilcox said he was a fan of hard-hitting Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety John Lynch.

“When you talk about hard hitters and guys that play with enthusiasm, you have to mention John Lynch,” Wilcox said. “He just had a great style of play, he was dominant and he put fear in guys’ hearts.

“Every safety wants to have that type of spirit and that type of reputation around the league. I definitely don’t want to leave him off my list because he’s one of the ones I watched growing up in my backyard playing in the woods back there with the guys.”
So did Wilcox lay guys out while “playing in the woods?”

“I laid a couple of guys out,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I got laid out a couple of times, too. But I was one of the ones that was usually on top often.”

All that sounds great, but after a ho-hum effort in free agency due to salary cap issues, the Cowboys needed to draft walk-in starters in the third round. Wilcox seems more like a project than someone who can compete right away for a starting job with Barry Church, Matt Johnson and Will Allen.

Garrett, though, said that isn’t necessarily the case.

“We certainly feel he’s an outstanding special-teams player,” Garrett said of Wilcox, “but we’d like to think he can compete for one of those safety spots right off the bat.”

Said Jerry Jones, “Third-round pick, by definition, is a starter. Not necessarily the first year, but is a starter and you shouldn’t have drafted him if he is not capable of being a starter.”

RELATED:  J.J. Wilcox loves him some Jerry Jones

IRVING, Texas — On his pre-draft visit with the Dallas Cowboys, safety J.J. Wilcox came away enamored with owner and general manager Jerry Jones.

“Mr. Jerry Jones is one of the best general managers and best owners I’ve met,” Wilcox said. “He’s calm, collected and energetic. You don’t see that much from an owner. They’re mostly laid back.”

Thin at safety, the Cowboys are hoping Wilcox can contribute his first year with designs on him starting I the future if not immediately. The team’s other forays into small-school safeties in recent years include Akwaski Owusu-Ansah (Indiana, Pa., fourth round, 2010) and Matt Johnson (Eastern Washington, fourth round, 2012).

Wilcox has played one year of safety but caught attention from the Senior Bowl.

“There’s a lot of household names in the NFL from smaller schools,” Wilcox said.

AUDIO: Understanding the Dallas Cowboys first-round trade with San Francisco

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks to the crowd at the Cowboys Draft Day Party

DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – The first round of the NFL Draft was an emotional night or many Dallas Cowboys fans who didn’t see the logic in the decisions that were made by the team’s management.

On 105.3 The Fan the Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones not only explained his decision to trade down (from the 18th pick to the  31st) to get Wisconsin Center Travis Frederick, but he told Elf & Slater (with guest host Mike Bacsik) the Cowboys had Frederick rated higher than LSU Safety Eric Reid, who was taken at #18 by the San Francisco 49ers.

Jerry also gave his insight to his approach for the upcoming 47th, 74th and 80th selections.


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