DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT BOARD: Eighty-Two Team-Screened NFL Draft Prospects | Dallas Cowboys War-Room Cheatsheet | 2015 Dallas Cowboys Draft Primer

DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT BOARD: Eighty-Two Team-Screened NFL Draft Prospects | Dallas Cowboys War-Room Cheatsheet | 2015 Dallas Cowboys Draft Primer

It cannot be said that The Boys Are Back readers aren’t prepared for the 2015 Dallas Cowboys draft! Ever since the catch, that wasn’t ruled a catch, we’ve been looking towards the 2015 re-tooling.  

By rule, the Dallas Cowboys (and all NFL teams) are allowed to bring in upto 30 national draft prospects on “official visits” for a pre-draft look. They brought in 28 players from around the USA. On “Dallas Day” another group of prospects visited Valley Ranch … 36 players, each with local ties to the D/FW Metroplex. Additionally, the Dallas Cowboys can have “private workouts” with as many prospects as they want. This offseason, they worked out 18 prospects. Those workouts must be conducted either in the metropolitan area of the player’s residence or college campus.

All told, 82 players have been pre-screened by the Dallas Cowboys scouts, medical staff, coaches, and other club personnel face-to-face. They have been interviewed, poked, prodded, tested, and documented. There’s a very good chance we’ll hear some of those names called in a few days. Others will join the Dallas Cowboys as undrafted free agents.

The 2014 Dallas Cowboys came up a little short of the NFC title game. The offseason we’ve watched the team transform from a contender with an identity, to a team with a solid core but long on question marks. Some of the offseason losses have been addressed, actually many of them have been. Yet, questions remain. Among them …

  • Who replaces KR/PR Dwayne Harris on special teams?
  • Who replaces aforementioned tacking ace Dwayne Harris on special teams?
  • Can Darren McFadden replace DeMarco Murray’s productivity?
  • Who steps up while inconsistent CB Morris Claiborne is still under repair
  • Who replaces CB Brandon Carr if he’s released after June 1st?
  • Who’s going to provide the pass rush/sack totals that Rod Marinelli wants?
  • Can they keep three of these linebackers healthy and on the field for a full season?
  • Can the team ride on the back of Tony Romo for another year?
  • Is there enough trust in backups Brandon Weeden/Dustin Vaughan for another year?
  • Will DE Greg Hardy be conditioned physically help the team later in the year?
  • Will Greg Hardy drama and distractions hurt the clubs locker room chemistry?

With the NFL Draft resources below, you can easily create your own Dallas Cowboys Draft Board. I’ve prioritized most of them by positions of need … defensive linemen, defensive backs, linebackers and running backs top the list. A Dwayne Harris replacement is also an area they could address, unless they have current players in mind for that role. Depth along the offensive line isn’t a bad idea either, if there’s a guy they cherish from this class.

Personally, I’m ok with holding off another year on QB and TE positions. I do believe both of those positions should be considered strongly in the 2016 NFL Draft. That gives the Dallas Cowboys one more year to develop Weeden/Vaughan and see if young Gavin Escobar is the heir apparent to aging Jason Witten.

I’m not convinced that the coaches have enough confidence in RBs Joseph Randle (momma drama) or Ryan Williams (prolonged playing lapse) to push out Darren McFadden during spring/summer camps. It’s a little risky to rely on them, and Dunbar, in a run-by-committee approach, with or without McFadden in the mix. If they want to maintain the “bell cow’ approach that worked so well last season, one of their draft picks will have to be invested in case McFadden can’t pull it off, or if he’s injured.

Here are the eighty-two players that have either visited Valley Ranch or have been visited by the Dallas Cowboys staff:


Rank

Name

Pos.

College

Ht.

Wt.

Grade

Status

Defensive Ends/Defensive Tackles

13

Bud Dupree

DE

Kentucky

6’4

269

1

OV

34

Eli Harold

DE

Virginia

6’3

247

1-2

OV

36

Owamagbe Odighizuwa

DE

UCLA

6’3

267

1-2

OV

55

Danielle Hunter

DE

LSU

6’5

252

2

OV

87

Mario Edwards

DE

Florida State

6’3

279

3

OV

120

Frank Clark

DE

Michigan

6’3

271

4

OV

951

Octavio Gonzáles

DE

Universidad de Nuevo Leon

6’3

262

– –

DD

52

Carl Davis

DT

Iowa

6’5

320

2

OV

73

Xavier Cooper

DT

Washington State

6’3

293

2-3

PW

427

Chucky Hunter

DT

TCU

6’0

296

– –

DD

Cornerbacks/Safeties

19

Kevin Johnson

CB

Wake Forest

6’0

188

1

OV

21

Byron Jones

CB

Connecticut

6’1

199

1

OV

27

Marcus Peters

CB

Washington

6’0

197

1-2

OV

31

Ronald Darby

CB

Florida State

5’11

193

2

PW

44

P.J. Williams

CB

Florida State

6’0

194

2

OV

49

Quinten Rollins

CB

Miami (Ohio)

5’11

195

2

PW

64

Jalen Collins

CB

LSU

6’1

203

2

OV

86

Josh Shaw

CB

USC

6’0

201

3

OV

133

Kevin White

CB

TCU

5’9

183

4

DD

230

JaCorey Shepherd

CB

Kansas

5’11

199

6-7

DD

299

Tray Walker

CB

Texas Southern

6’2

191

7-FA

PW

– –

Montell Garner

CB

South Alabama

6’1

185

– –

DD

– –

Travis Lee

CB

Miles College

5’11

172

– –

PW

41

Damarious Randall

FS

ASU

5’11

196

1-2

PW

207

Chris Hackett

FS

TCU

6’0

195

6

DD

333

Sam Carter

SS

TCU

6’0

203

7-FA

DD

533

Quentin Hayes

SS

Oklahoma

6’0

189

– –

DD

– –

Lyndell Johnson

SS

Emporia State

6’3

215

– –

DD

Running Backs

14

Todd Gurley

RB

Georgia

6’1

222

1

OV

17

Melvin Gordon

RB

Wisconsin

6’1

215

1

OV

45

Jay Ajayi

RB

Boise State

6’0

221

2

DD

53

Tevin Coleman

RB

Indiana

5’11

206

2

OV

80

T.J. Yeldon

RB

Alabama

6’1

226

2-3

OV

93

Javorius Allen

RB

Southern Cal

6’0

221

3

OV

371

Marcus Murphy

RB

Missouri

5’9

198

– –

DD

471

Cam McDaniel

RB

Notre Dame

5’10

205

– –

DD

683

Joe Bergeron

RB

Texas A&M Commerce

6’0

235

– –

DD

892

Desmond Roland

RB

Oklahoma State

6’2

203

– –

DD

Linebackers

40

Eric Kendricks

LB

UCLA

6’0

232

2

OV

46

Shaq Thompson

LB

Washington

6’0

228

2

OV

51

Benardrick McKinney

LB

Mississippi State

6’4

246

2

OV

339

Gabe Martin

LB

Bowling Green

6’2

234

7-FA

OV

399

Darius Allen

LB

Colorado State-Pueblo

6’2

229

– –

PW

528

Mark Nzeocha

LB

Wyoming

6’3

232

– –

OV

688

Derek Akunne

LB

North Texas

6’0

245

– –

DD

737

Jonathan Anderson

LB

TCU

6’1

231

– –

DD

807

Stephon Sanders

LB

SMU

6’3

250

– –

DD

– –

Charles Cook

LB/S

Yale

6’3

210

– –

DD

– –

Marcus Mallett

LB

TCU

5’11

217

– –

DD

Receivers/Offensive Lineman/Special Teams/Quarterbacks

32

Dorial Green-Beckham

WR

Oklahoma

6’5

237

1-2

OV

47

Devin Smith

WR

Ohio State

6’0

196

2

OV

122

Chris Conley

WR

Georgia

6’2

213

3-4

PW

180

Ty Montgomery

WR

Stanford

6’0

221

5-6

DD

437

George Farmer

WR

USC

6’1

213

– –

OV

502

Vernon Johnson

WR

Texas A&M Commerce

6’0

196

– –

PW

546

Darius Davis

WR

Henderson State

5’11

226

– –

DD

687

Darius White

WR

Missouri

6’3

210

– –

DD

755

Ross Apo

WR

BYU

6’3

212

– –

DD

912

David Porter

WR

TCU

6’0

205

– –

DD

– –

Sam Ajala

WR

Fordham

6’1

195

– –

DD

– –

Glen Coleman

WR

Florida International

6’2

200

– –

DD

– –

DeMarcus Thompson

WR

Abilene Christian

6’0

180

– –

DD

– –

Der’Rikk Thompson

WR

SMU

5’10

186

– –

DD

– –

Cliff Murphy

TE

TCU

6’4

288

– –

DD

553

Valerian Ume-Ezeoke

C

New Mexico State

6’2

305

– –

DD

90

Daryl Williams

OT

Oklahoma

6’5

327

3

DD

135

Tyrus Thompson

OT

Oklahoma

6’5

324

4

PW

166

Chaz Green

OT

Florida

6’5

314

5

OV

191

Laurence Gibson

OT

Virginia Tech

6’6

305

6-7

PW

592

Ian Silberman

OT

Boston College

6’5

306

– –

OV

185

Jeremiah Poutasi

OG

Utah

6’5

335

5-6

PW

328

Adam Shead

OG

Oklahoma

6’4

338

7-FA

DD

– –

Visesio Salt

OG

Utah

6’2

315

– –

PW

– –

James Hairston

K

Rice

6’1

225

– –

DD

– –

Cody Rademacher

K

SMU

5’10

189

– –

DD

– –

James Power

LS

TCU

6’3

235

– –

DD

54

Brett Hundley

QB

UCLA

6’3

226

2

PW

89

Bryce Petty

QB

Baylor

6’3

230

3

DD

100

Garrett Grayson

QB

Colorado State

6’2

213

3-4

PW

140

Sean Mannion

QB

Oregon State

6’6

229

4-5

PW

291

Hutson Mason

QB

Georgia

6’2

212

7-FA

PW

318

Chris Bonner

QB

Colorado State

6’6

231

7-FA

PW

KEY: OV (Official Visit) | DD (Dallas Day) | PW (Private Workout)

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