PICKIN’ AT SWEET SIXTEEN: Your 2014 Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide | NFL Prospect Rankings: Defense | Special Feature

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart - 2013 defense

Defensively, the Dallas Cowboys are in a “trenches transition” going into the 2014-2015 NFL season. If everyone stays healthy, the free agency losses (and gains) from the offseason could be somewhat manageable … assuming the draft goes well and DeMarcus Ware’s productivity can be filled by a committee of blue-collar Marinelli-Men.

As we enter this season, there are a host of questions regarding the front four, and ever present worries about injury factors. Drafting a top-tier pass rushing defense end and a one-technique defensive tackle seems obvious. You can also argue that a top three-technique DT to rotate with Henry Melton has merit in this defensive scheme and would provide insurance if Melton doesn’t fully recover. Once again, there are high hopes for Tyrone Crawford. If healthy, he’d be a welcome addition. George Selvie and Kyle Wilber provide flexibility along the line.

With Sean Lee leading the linebackers, this unit does much better. When he went down, or when Bruce Carter is also on the sidelines, this defense really struggled. By the end last season, DeVonte Holloman was showing progress and Carter was digressing. With Lee out, there is quite a drop off at MLB. Ideally, a sharp prospect could be drafted to provide some much needed depth. Several linebackers are on the roster worthy of development, but a starter is needed to bring the group up to par. Top to bottom, this second line of defense needs to get more formidable.

The backend of this defense is the hot subject of many True Blues. Personally, I’m not worried about the cornerback trio of Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, and Orlando Scandrick, especially if the front seven is shored up with this draft class. Claiborne was injured last season and the second-year slump should be behind him. If you buy into that, then it’s time to discuss safeties. On the strong side, J.J. Wilcox is your ‘boy … and frankly, he’s had good and bad days at the office. Do you give up on last years third round draft pick, or give him another year to blossom? I’m all for drafting a safety to compete and push Wilcox harder. As for the free safeties, Barry Church is earning his paycheck. Matt Johnson investment has already been made (2012 fourth round draft pick) and there are hopes he can step up this season. He needs too. Nothing wrong with drafting a stud safety to shore up this unit. It is an essential key to this style of defense.

Let’s take a look at the top defensive prospects available in the 2014 NFL Draft, graded and ranked by their projected round. I’ve included the current 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys Roster to make it easier for you to see who’s already on the team. As a final touch, the Dallas Cowboys depth chart is illustrated in the top photo and below.

Robert D Knight – Editor

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart - 2013 defensive list


DEFENSIVE ENDS – Sweet Sixteen my ass … here’s the Top-Twenty

PROSPECT SCHOOL GRADE YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD (10-YD) ARMS HANDS WINGSPAN

1. JADEVEON CLOWNEY South Carolina 1st 3JR 6052 266 4.52 (1.59) 34 1/2 10 83

2. DEMARCUS LAWRENCE Boise State 1st-2nd 4JR 6027 251 4.83 (1.68) 33 3/4 11 81

3. SCOTT CRICHTON Oregon State 1st-2nd 4JR 6027 273 4.85 (1.68) 32 3/4 10 1/8 79 1/8

4. KONY EALY Missouri 2nd 4JR 6040 273 4.88 (1.71) 34 1/4 09 1/2 81 1/8

5. KAREEM MARTIN North Carolina 2nd-3rd 4SR 6057 272 4.73 (1.64) 35 10 84 1/2

6. TAYLOR HART Oregon 3rd 5SR 6061 281 4.85 (1.64) 32 3/4 10 1/8 78 1/2

7. WILL CLARKE West Virginia 3rd-4th 5SR 6061 271 4.75 (1.69) 34 5/8 09 7/8 81 1/4

8. CHRIS SMITH Arkansas 3rd-4th 4SR 6010 266 4.70 (1.68) 34 1/8 09 1/2 83 1/8

9. AARON LYNCH South Florida 3rd-4th 3SO 6050 249 4.69 (1.52) 34 10 1/4 81 7/8

10. TRENT MURPHY Stanford 4th 5SR 6053 250 4.87 (1.68) 33 7/8 11 1/8 80 3/8

11. ED STINSON Alabama 4th 5SR 6032 287 – 33 3/4 09 3/8 79 3/4

12. ETHAN WESTBROOKS West Texas A&M 4th-5th 5SR 6034 267 4.95 (1.75) 33 1/4 09 5/8 80 1/8

13. JEOFFREY PAGAN Alabama 4th-5th 3JR 6034 310 – 33 09 5/8 80 5/8

14. JAMES GAYLE Virginia Tech 4th-5th 5SR 6036 259 4.62 (1.68) 32 3/8 09 5/8 78 1/4

15. BRENT URBAN Virginia 5th 5SR 6065 295 – 34 1/4 09 3/4 80 3/4

16. ZACH MOORE Concordia-St. Paul 5th 5SR 6054 269 4.81 (1.67) 33 3/4 09 5/8 81 1/8

17. ADRIAN HUBBARD Alabama 5th-6th 4JR 6060 257 4.67 (1.61) 34 1/2 09 1/4 81 3/4

18. JACKSON JEFFCOAT Texas 5th-6th 4SR 6030 247 4.62 (1.63) 33 7/8 09 5/8 80 3/4

19. CASSIUS MARSH UCLA 6th 4SR 6040 252 4.86 (1.70) 32 3/4 09 1/2 78

20. JOSH MAURO Stanford 6th 5SR 6057 271 5.17 (1.80) 33 09 1/2 76 1/2

Already on your 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys roster:

98 Crawford, Tyrone DE 6-4 284 24 2 Boise State
92 Mincey, Jeremy DE 6-4 265 30 7 Florida
99 Selvie, George DE 6-4 270 27 4 South Florida
51 Wilber, Kyle DE 6-4 246 25 2 Wake Forest

Practice Squad (Future/Reserved rights)

90 Okpalaugo, Tristan DE 6-4 260 24 1 Fresno State
95 Rayford, Caesar DE/OLB 6-7 267 28 R Washington

Unrestricted Free Agent

55 Jones, Edgar DE 6-3 262 29 7 Southeast Missouri State

Injured – Recently re-signed to a one year contract

93 Spencer, Anthony DE 6-3 250 30 7 Purdue

 

DEFENSIVE TACKLES – Top Twenty

PROSPECT SCHOOL GRADE YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD (10-YD) ARMS HANDS WINGSPAN

1. AARON DONALD Pittsburgh 1st 4SR 6006 285 4.67 (1.63) 32 5/8 09 7/8 77 5/8

2. LOUIS NIX Notre Dame 1st 4JR 6023 331 5.39 (1.89) 33 09 7/8 78 1/4

3. DOMINIQUE EASLEY Florida 2nd 4SR 6016 288 – 32 7/8 09 3/4 81

4. TIMMY JERNIGAN Florida State 2nd 3JR 6015 299 5.10 (1.76) 31 5/8 09 5/8 77 3/8

5. STEPHON TUITT Notre Dame 2nd-3rd 3JR 6054 304 – 34 3/4 10 82 5/8

6. EGO FERGUSON LSU 2nd-3rd 4JR 6027 315 – 32 1/2 10 3/4 78 7/8

7. DaQUAN JONES Penn State 3rd 4SR 6036 322 5.37 (1.85) 33 1/2 09 5/8 78 5/8

8. RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN Minnesota 3rd 5SR 6057 310 5.00 (1.75) 34 1/4 10 1/4 82 5/8

9. KELCY QUARLES South Carolina 3rd 4JR 6036 297 4.98 (1.78) 33 1/8 09 3/8 80 3/8

10. WILL SUTTON Arizona State 3rd-4th 5SR 6004 303 5.42 (1.82) 31 1/4 10 76 3/4

11. CARAUN REID Princeton 3rd-4th 5SR 6021 302 4.92 (1.70) 33 10 1/2 79 3/8

12. JUSTIN ELLIS Louisiana Tech 4th 5SR 6014 334 5.28 (1.86) 33 10 1/8 78 1/2

13. ZACH KERR Delaware 4th-5th 6SR 6013 326 5.09 (1.79) 32 7/8 09 3/4 81

14. DANIEL McCULLERS Tennessee 4th-5th 4SR 6066 352 – 36 5/8 11 87

15. ANTHONY JOHNSON LSU 5th 3JR 6024 308 5.26 (1.82) 33 10 3/8 77 7/8

16. DEANDRE COLEMAN California 5th 5SR 6046 314 5.06 (1.73) 34 3/8 10 1/4 82 1/8

17. RYAN CARRETHERS Arkansas State 5th-6th 5SR 6012 337 5.45 (1.86) 31 3/4 09 3/8 77 1/8

18. BRUCE GASTON Purdue 5th-6th 4SR 6020 308 4.95 (1.83) 32 3/8 09 1/8 78 3/8

19. DAVONE COLEMAN Arizona State 6th 5SR 6017 297 5.20 (1.73) 32 09 3/8 78

20. KEN BISHOP Northern Illinois 6th 4SR 6002 306 – 33 1/2 09 3/4 81 1/8

Already on your 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys roster:

79 Bass, Ben DT 6-5 294 24 2 Texas A&M
96 Hayden, Nick DT 6-4 301 28 3 Wisconsin
70 Kearse, Frank DT 6-5 310 25 3 Alabama A&M
66 McClain, Terrell DT 6-2 293 25 4 South Florida
69 Melton, Henry DT 6-3 295 27 6 Texas

 

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS – Top Twenty

PROSPECT SCHOOL GRADE YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD (10-YD) ARMS HANDS WINGSPAN

1. KHALIL MACK Buffalo 1st 5SR 6025 251 4.61 (1.64) 33 1/4 10 1/4 81 1/8

2. ANTHONY BARR UCLA 1st 4SR 6047 255 4.60 (1.67) 33 1/2 09 3/8 80 5/8

3. C.J. MOSLEY Alabama 1st 4SR 6020 234 4.63 (1.56) 33 3/8 10 3/4 79 3/8

4. RYAN SHAZIER Ohio State 1st-2nd 3JR 6011 237 4.38 (1.56) 32 3/8 10 78 5/8

5. CARL BRADFORD Arizona State 2nd 4JR 6006 250 4.74 (1.66) 30 1/4 09 1/2 74 1/2

6. JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU Georgia Tech 2nd 4SR 6032 252 4.58 (1.55) 33 09 7/8 81 1/4

7. DEE FORD Auburn 2nd 5SR 6021 251 4.59 (1.67) 32 7/8 10 1/4 77 3/4

8. KYLE VAN NOY BYU 2nd-3rd 4SR 6031 243 4.66 (1.62) 31 5/8 09 5/8 77 7/8

9. MARCUS SMITH Louisville 2nd-3rd 4SR 6033 251 4.68 (1.64) 34 10 81

10. TELVIN SMITH Florida State 3rd 4SR 6030 218 4.49 (1.57) 32 1/2 10 1/4 80

11. CHRISTIAN JONES Florida State 3rd-4th 4SR 6031 240 4.72 (1.72) 33 1/2 09 5/8 80 5/8

12. JORDAN TRIPP Montana 4th 5SR 6026 234 4.64 (1.64) 30 3/4 09 5/8 74 3/4

13. TREVOR REILLY Utah 4th-5th 5SR 6046 245 4.66 (1.66) 32 1/4 09 1/2 77 1/4

14. KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS Boston College 4th-5th 4SR 6004 232 4.51 (1.56) 32 1/4 10 1/8 78 5/8

15. CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY Iowa 5th 4SR 6016 233 4.52 (1.59) 32 3/8 09 3/8 78 1/4

16. DEVON KENNARD USC 5th 5SR 6030 249 4.66 (1.64) 33 3/8 09 3/8 78 1/2

17. RONALD POWELL Florida 5th 4JR 6031 237 4.66 (1.62) 32 1/2 09 3/8 77 3/8

18. CARLOS FIELDS Winston-Salem State 5th-6th 5SR 6007 238 4.50 (1.61) 32 3/4 09 7/8 80 1/8

19. HOWARD JONES Shepherd (WV) 5th-6th 6SR 6024 235 4.60 (1.63) 34 1/8 09 1/2 82

20. MORGAN BRESLIN USC 6th 4SR 6013 240 4.60 (1.59) 32 3/4 09 3/4 78 1/2

Already on your 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys roster:

53 Lawrence, Cameron OLB 6-2 234 23 R Mississippi State
54 Carter, Bruce OLB 6-2 246 26 3 North Carolina
52 Durant, Justin OLB 6-1 228 28 7 Hampton
57 Holloman, DeVonte OLB 6-2 242 23 R South Carolina
56 Wilson, Martez OLB 6-4 252 25 3 Illinois

Practice Squad (Future/Reserved rights)

95 Rayford, Caesar DE/OLB 6-7 267 28 R Washington
45 Spears, Quinton OLB 6-4 230 25 2 Prairie View A&M
48 Stewart, Jonathan OLB 6-3 254 23 R Texas A&M

 

INSIDE LINEBACKERS – Top Ten

PROSPECT SCHOOL GRADE YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD (10-YD) ARMS HANDS WINGSPAN

1. CHRIS BORLAND Wisconsin 3rd-4th 5SR 5114 248 4.82 (1.66) 29 1/4 09 7/8 72 3/4

2. SHAYNE SKOV Stanford 3rd-4th 5SR 6022 245 – 30 5/8 10 73 1/4

3. PRESTON BROWN Louisville 4th 4SR 6012 251 4.82 (1.72) 33 1/2 10 1/4 81 1/8

4. JORDAN ZUMWALT UCLA 4th-5th 4SR 6040 235 4.68 (1.63) 31 1/4 08 3/4 75 1/8

5. AVERY WILLIAMSON Kentucky 5th 4SR 6010 246 4.61 (1.61) 32 3/4 09 1/2 78 7/8

6. KHAIRI FORTT California 5th 4JR 6022 248 4.73 (1.63) 33 5/8 10 1/8 80 1/4

7. LAMIN BARROW LSU 5th-6th 5SR 6013 237 4.65 (1.64) 33 3/8 10 3/8 79

8. YAWIN SMALLWOOD Connecticut 6th 4JR 6022 246 4.99 (1.67) 31 3/4 09 1/2 78 3/4

9. ANDREW JACKSON Western Kentucky 6th-7th 4SR 6007 254 4.78 (1.66) 32 1/2 09 1/2 77 1/8

10. JAMES MORRIS Iowa 7th-PFA 4SR 6007 241 4.79 (1.64) 30 3/4 09 1/8 75 3/4

Already on your 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys roster:

50 Lee, Sean LB 6-2 234 27 4 Penn State
98 Lemon, Orie LB 6-1 242 26 2 Oklahoma State

Practice Squad (Future/Reserved rights)

58 Williams, Jabara LB 6-2 238 24 2 Stephen F. Austin St.

 

CORNERBACKS – The Sweet Sixteen prospects

PROSPECT SCHOOL GRADE YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD (10-YD) ARMS HANDS WINGSPAN

1. DARQUEZE DENNARD Michigan State 1st-2nd 4SR 5107 199 4.42 (1.63) 30 1/4 09 73 1/2

2. KYLE FULLER Virginia Tech 1st-2nd 4SR 5116 190 4.43 (1.59) 32 7/8 09 3/8 77

3. JASON VERRETT TCU 1st-2nd 4SR 5094 189 4.41 (1.50) 30 5/8 09 1/4 72 3/4

4. MARCUS ROBERSON Florida 2nd 3JR 6002 191 4.64 (1.59) 31 09 1/4 77

5. JUSTIN GILBERT Oklahoma State 2nd 4SR 6001 202 4.35 (1.54) 33 1/8 08 5/8 77

6. BRADLEY ROBY Ohio State 2nd 4JR 5112 194 4.35 (1.52) 31 1/2 10 1/4 75 1/2

7. JAYLEN WATKINS Florida 2nd-3rd 4SR 5114 194 4.49 (1.50) 30 5/8 09 5/8 75 1/2

8. PHILLIP GAINES Rice 2nd-3rd 5SR 6003 193 4.35 (1.49) 31 7/8 09 5/8 75 5/8

9. BASHAUD BREELAND Clemson 2nd-3rd 4JR 5113 197 4.61 (1.64) 31 3/4 09 76 3/8

10. PIERRE DESIR Lindenwood (MO) 3rd 6SR 6010 198 4.55 (1.59) 33 09 5/8 77 5/8

11. TERRANCE MITCHELL Oregon 3rd 4JR 5111 192 4.61 (1.59) 30 1/8 08 1/2 72

12. RASHAAD REYNOLDS Oregon State 3rd 5SR 5097 189 4.51 (1.51) 31 5/8 09 3/4 76 1/4

13. WALT AIKENS Liberty 3rd 5SR 6005 203 4.49 (1.59) 32 1/4 09 3/8 79 1/2

14. KENDALL JAMES Maine 3rd-4th 5SR 5104 180 4.43 (1.54) 29 1/2 08 70 5/8

15. KEITH McGILL Utah 3rd-4th 5SR 6033 211 4.49 (1.63) 33 1/4 10 1/4 80 3/4

16. ANTONE EXUM Virginia Tech 4th 5SR 5115 213 4.53 (1.61) 31 5/8 09 5/8 78 1/4

Already on your 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys roster:

39 Carr, Brandon CB 6-0 206 27 6 Grand Valley State
24 Claiborne, Morris CB 5-11 190 24 2 LSU
26 Moore, Sterling CB 5-10 200 24 3 Southern Methodist
32 Scandrick, Orlando CB 5-10 191 27 6 Boise State
20 Webb, B.W. CB 5-11 178 24 R William & Mary

 

SAFETIES – Top Twenty

PROSPECT SCHOOL GRADE YEAR HEIGHT WEIGHT 40-YD (10-YD) ARMS HANDS WINGSPAN

1. CALVIN PRYOR Louisville 1st 3JR 5111 207 4.62 (1.58) 31 3/8 09 1/8 75 1/2

2. JIMMIE WARD Northern Illinois 1st-2nd 4SR 5105 193 4.47 (1.56) 31 09 3/8 77 5/8

3. HA HA CLINTON-DIX Alabama 1st-2nd 3JR 6013 208 4.59 (1.60) 32 3/8 09 78 1/2

4. LAMARCUS JOYNER Florida State 2nd 4SR 5080 184 4.51 (1.59) 31 1/2 09 1/2 75 1/2

5. TERRENCE BROOKS Florida State 2nd-3rd 4SR 5107 198 4.42 (1.54) 31 09 75

6. JEMEA THOMAS Georgia Tech 3rd 5SR 5092 192 4.54 (1.57) 30 5/8 10 74 3/4

7. MARQUESTON HUFF Wyoming 3rd 4SR 5111 196 4.47 (1.54) 31 3/8 09 75 1/8

8. BROCK VEREEN Minnesota 3rd 4SR 5115 199 4.46 (1.58) 30 08 1/4 73 1/4

9. DEZMEN SOUTHWARD Wisconsin 3rd-4th 5SR 6002 211 4.38 (1.50) 30 5/8 10 76 7/8

10. DEONE BUCANNON Washington State 3rd-4th 4SR 6010 211 4.52 (1.54) 32 3/8 09 3/4 77 3/4

11. DION BAILEY USC 4th 4JR 5116 201 4.65 (1.64) 32 09 1/2 76 3/8

12. TRE BOSTON North Carolina 4th 4SR 5115 204 4.60 (1.60) 31 3/8 09 3/4 75 1/8

13. VINNIE SUNSERI Alabama 4th-5th 3JR 5111 210 – 30 10 73 3/4

14. MO ALEXANDER Utah State 5th 5SR 6012 220 4.55 (1.56) 32 5/8 08 7/8 77 1/2

15. KENNY LADLER Vanderbilt 5th 4SR 6001 207 4.75 (1.58) 31 5/8 09 5/8 76 3/8

16. CRAIG LOSTON LSU 5th-6th 5SR 6005 217 4.66 (1.60) 30 3/4 09 3/4 75 3/4

17. AHMAD DIXON Baylor 5th-6th 4SR 6000 212 4.62 (1.64) 32 1/4 09 7/8 77 1/4

18. NAT BERHE San Diego State 5th-6th 5SR 5104 193 4.66 (1.63) 30 5/8 08 1/2 74 3/8

19. DANIEL SORENSEN BYU 6th 4SR 6013 205 4.69 (1.60) 31 08 1/2 74

20. CHRISTIAN BRYANT Ohio State 6th-7th 4SR 5091 198 – 30 3/4 09 1/4 74 7/8

Already on your 2014-2015 Dallas Cowboys roster:

42 Church, Barry S 6-2 218 26 4 Toledo
38 Heath, Jeff S 6-1 209 22 R Saginaw Valley State
37 Johnson, Matt S 6-1 212 24 2 Eastern Washington
27 Wilcox, J.J. S 6-0 217 23 R Georgia Southern
23 Hamilton, Jakar DB 5-11 195 24 R South Carolina State

 

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