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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.

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

Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart - 2013 offense

Offensively, the Dallas Cowboys are in pretty good shape going into the 2014-2015 NFL season. If everyone stays healthy, the only void from the offseason would be finding a replacement for Miles Austin. Fortunately, the 2014 NFL Draft is loaded with wide receivers.

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ROAD TO THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: Dallas Cowboys 2014 Mock Draft 1.0 | Analyzing the Dallas Cowboys position

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The 2014 NFL Draft order is not yet official. Selections Nos. 21-32 are determined by the results of the playoffs. A coin flip between the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys will determine picks No. 16 and No. 17. Please note, the Ravens are penciled in to draft a wide receiver. If that works out, It could actually benefit the Dallas Cowboys (financially) to pick below them.

How might the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft shake out? The debate starts right at the top with several prospects in contention to become the first player selected on May 8 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Let’s take a stab at projecting the first round.

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Let’s run through this particular NFL Mock Draft (expect a variety of mock drafts from reputable sources in the coming months).

My contention, shared with many others, is that this should be remembered as the Dallas Cowboys Trenches Draft. Overall, the Dallas Cowboys have numerous weapons offensively in the key “” positions …. anchored by Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, returner Dwayne Harris, clutch Dan Bailey, and emerging players such as Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Gavin Escobar, and speedy Lance Dunbar showing promise. Sure, an argument could be made that the Cowboys need depth at running back and possibly another wide receiver. I’m ok with a lower round back or receiver being taken if the staff is confident enough to pull that trigger. Personally, I believe the ‘boys have plenty of weapons offensively … and if properly coordinated should continue to be a Top 10 ranked unit in the NFL.

If I’m sitting in the Dallas Cowboys war room on May 8, 2014 and the top ranked offensive linemen (guard) falls into my lap, I’m likely drafting him. In that scenario, I spend the rest of the 2014 NFL Draft on the defense. My reasoning is this. If the Cowboys have a dominate young offensive line, the defense will also benefit from extended drives and less pressure because the Dallas offense is scoring and building leads. If that standout, difference-making guard is sitting there … he’s mine. He’s suiting up at right guard with Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Ronald Leary, and redemption seeking Doug Free. Next draft, I’m placing a promising right tackle is on my wish list to compete against Free and push backups Jeremy Parnell and Darrion Weems

The overwhelming flaw in the Dallas Cowboys roster is on the defense, particularly along the front seven. That issue has been beaten to death, so let’s move on and take a look at the most glaring needs.

Defensive tackles, defensive ends, linebackers and a Kiffin prototype safety.

If the draft plays out as illustrated above, let’s get in the head of Jerry Jones and cover the options. Check out the #17 picks predicted in this mock draft:

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Two analysts predict the Dallas Cowboys will select FS Calvin Pryor, while the other two are split between DE Kony Ealy and S Ha Ha Clinton Dix. Let’s get familiar with each player:

CALVIN PRYOR | FS |  LOUISVILLE | 6’ 2” | 208 lbs

Calvin Pryor might be the most physical football player in the entire draft. Against the run, he is very quick to diagnose and he explodes to the alley. He takes correct angles and he doesn’t need to gear down before securing the tackle. He uncoils his hips on contact and he’s produced several impressive hits this season. Against the pass, he has the instincts and ball skills to play over the top, and he has enough speed/agility to match up in man coverage. He’s a complete safety.

Official The Boys Are Back Rankings:

#29 Overall | #2 Position (behind Clinton-Dix #15 Overall | #1 Position)

Perceived value: Predicted to fall to #22 (Eagles) by two analysts. Could the Cowboys trade down a few spots to #21 and still pick him up? If so, that could translate into ammunition in later rounds to move up or pick up additional talent. 

KONY EALY | DE | MISSOURI | 6’ 5” | 275 lbs.

Kony Ealy is a versatile, athletic player with strong production (9.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL, three FF in 2013). He lines up all along the defensive line and will also stand up at times on the outside. Against the run, he uses his quickness to penetrate and is very disruptive. He flashes the ability to violently stack and shed blocks, but there are other times when he gets washed down the line of scrimmage. As a pass rusher, he creates pressure with a slap/swim move as well as a club/rip move. When he’s lined up on the outside, he shows the ability to convert speed to power. He has the athleticism to drop in coverage and might be best suited as a 3-4 outside linebacker.

The top DE in the 2013 NFL Draft is widely believed to be Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina. Many think he’ll be the top overall pick (Texans) … or as low as #4 (Browns).

Official The Boys Are Back Rankings:

#11 Overall | #2 Position (behind Clowney #2 Overall | #1 Position)

Perceived value: Predicted to fall to #27 (Saints) or #31 (Broncos) by two analyst and slide completely out of the first round by the other. Could the Cowboys trade down a few spots to #26 and still pick him up? That would be reminiscent of last years move to pickup Frederick at the bottom of the first round and get the extra 3rd round draft pick (used to draft WR Williams). As of this date, its hard to believe Dallas would be targeting Ealy as their first overall pick.  

HA HA CLINTON-DIX | S | ALABAMA | 6’ 1” | 208 lbs.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix has the versatility to play the high or low safety. He has the physicality to be a box run defender and the athleticism to roam the deep middle. He’s picked off a total of seven passes during the last two seasons. His ability to cover athletic tight ends will be a huge asset at the next level.

Clinton-Dix is the top ranked safety in this years draft.

Official The Boys Are Back Rankings: 

#15 Overall | #1 Position

Perceived value: In this mock draft, he’s predicted to fall to #21 (Packers) or #11 (Titans) or #15 (Steelers) by the other three analysts. If this is Kiffin’s guy, should the Cowboys move up to #10 or let fate decide if he falls into their laps?


What is your opinion? Comments always welcome!


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WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: The Great Robbini’s predictions for Game #16 regular season finale | 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles

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Regular readers know that The Boys Are Back website features the ALMOST WORLD FAMOUS predictions from The GREAT Robbini. Our “exalted one” predicts the fate of America’s Team with unprecedented precision and accuracy from week-to-week.  Kinda!

Last week, eerily donning his old Jon Kitna jersey and a handful of Doan’s back pills, The GREAT Robbini correctly predicted a Dallas Cowboys win over the NFC East division cellar dwelling Washington Redskins. It was a close game … full of dramatic Cowboy mystic on the back (literally) of Tony Romo grit and determination. That rematch was a must-win game and ended with a Romo last minute do-or-die drive! It set up this NFL flexed Sunday Night primetime showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Kelly green bunch from Philadelphia are full of confidence and strutting like the only cock in a packed hen house. Well, let’s just say … it’s yet to be determined just WHO will be circling WHO in this final battle! Dallas does have the philanthropic math teacher from Washington back on the roster, in case there is a true blue quarterbacking emergency! 

Tonight, The GREAT Robbini has eagerly stroked his balls and envisions a complete Viking-like transformation behind the leadership of Kyle Orton, the X-Factor Dez Bryant, and Marinelli’s Misfits anchored by world-class sackmaster DeMarcus Ware. Let it be known, the aging Robbini is drawing on decades (maybe centuries) of crystal ball and leather ball waxing and rubbing. Do NOT take his predictions lightly! As you can see from his glaring-eyed, younger than Monte Kiffin’ish reflection above, he’s drawing on some serous vibes (and possibly indigestion or constipation issues)!

The GREAT ONE was able to shoot me an email with some astonishing sights and stats. His glossy ball emitted images of a very determined Jason Garrett lead Dallas Cowboys team and supportive home crowd sportin’ some Christmas and New Year playoff magic. Jerry Jonesfive dollar Miller Lite’s will help.

Obviously, he’s psyched about the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles rematch with Chippy the Hippy… and ready to share his prognostications that we all count on from week-to-week. Without further delay, it’s time for The GREAT Robbini’s predictions …

The GREAT Robbini’s – 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys game #16 predictions:

Cowboys Win

The 2013 Dallas Cowboys become the unlikely division winner. If that isn’t enough don’t forget that the Cowboys now have the distinction of twice sweeping the division. Something no other team in the NFC East has ever pulled off.

Do you wanna know how they do it? Its quite simple.

Without Tony Romo, the tattered Dallas defensive unit comes in ready to play. Knowing they now have to force stops, make tackles, and take away balls. In a measure of self-preservation, the NFL’s worst ranked D steps up to the challenge.

There’s more.

In the absence of Tony Romo this offensive line goes into beast mode. For the sake of Romo (and the season) and in a showing for Kyle Orton and D Murray, these guys play precision football. Dez and Co. dedicate an All-Star showing to their fallen general by lighting an offensive fire before the home crowd’s eyes. Jason Garrett’s Dallas Cowboys rise up on Sunday night and make a statement.

These guys play as a team. They have to. The only shame is having to wait until now. That it had to come to this. With plenty of excuses, this team very well could’ve ended it 12-4 and clinched a birth weeks ago. Missing personnel, bad planning, and premature celebrations. We’ve seen it all. Well, on Sunday Night Football you’ll see something else. Something you can be proud of.

Predictions for the Texas 2 Defense …

  • 2 takeaways
  • 3 sacks on Foles
  • Foles fumbles the ball
  • 2 sacks Hatcher
  • 1 sack Ware
  • fumble recovery Church
  • D gives up 310 in the air
  • D gives up 110 on the ground
  • Foles rushes for 20yds

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Predictions for the offense …

  • Orton 300 yds.
  • Bryant Touchdown
  • Beasley Touchdown
  • Witten Touchdown
  • Murray Touchdown
  • Austin Touchdown
  • Murray/Randall 155 all purpose yards
  • Dez 150yards
  • Witten 50yards
  • Cowboys receive second half kick

The GREAT Robbini

Remember, you read it here! The Great Robbini predictions for game #16 regular season finale. Feel free to leave your final score or predictions in the comment section.


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WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE: The Great Robbini’s predictions for Game #9 | 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings

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Regular readers know that The Boys Are Back website features the ALMOST WORLD FAMOUS predictions from The GREAT Robbini. Last week, our “exalted one” predicted a big win … and was almost correct!

This week, The GREAT Robbini expects a heavy dose of Marinelli Misfits setting the pace defensively and Tony Romo to repeatedly fire that cannon through the Vikings hull!

Recently, the GREAT ONE was distracted by a house full of little women hopped up on Halloween candy. Finally, the dust (and wrappers) has settled, and the GREAT Robbini is the only one left in the house wearing a costume. Tonight, he was able to sit down and put a seriously powerful rub on his magic ball. I’m told it was so vigorous, that his ball actually emitted purple.

Clearly, he’s psyched about the Dallas Cowboys – Minnesota Vikings vibe… and ready to share his prognostications that we all count on from week-to-week. Without further delay, it’s time for The GREAT Robbini’s predictions …

The GREAT Robbini’s – 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys game #9 predictions:

Above .500 yet again

The Dallas Cowboys offense continue with the overall improved play of last week, as far as points on the board. The nagging issue was capitalizing on their chances given by the defense. This will improve somewhat against a hungry, but overwhelmed Vikings defense. Mark this one in the W column, and take it for what it is. Wins may not be so easy to come by in this months slate of games.

Predictions for the Texas 2 Defense …

  • 3 takeaways
  • 4 sacks
  • 1 sack Jason Hatcher
  • 1 sack Jarius Wynn
  • 2 sacks George Selvie
  • Sean Lee/Bruce Carter lead tackles
  • Jason Hatcher fumble recovery
  • Brandon Carr secures a takeaway
  • Dallas Cowboys injure Vikings player
  • Adrian Peterson out at least one drive

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Predictions for the offense …

  • Tony Romo 330 yards, 4 TDs
  • Dez Bryant 100 yards, TD
  • Jason Witten 65 yards, TD
  • Terrance Williams 110 yards, TD
  • Cole Beasley 45 yards
  • DeMarco Murray TD
  • Rushing committee 110 yards
  • Cowboys receive second half kick

The GREAT Robbini

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THE GREAT BLOTCH WATCH: The truth behind Peyton Manning’s goofy red forehead spots

By now, everyone is familiar with the red blotch that appears on Peyton Manning’s forehead after he removes his helmet. Obviously, these blotches appear because of the padding inside Manning’s helmet. Or does it?

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Just for fun … let’s get some wagering into precisely what time we’ll see this mysterious red forehead blotch appear during the Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos broadcast on Sunday. I’m thinking … early in the second quarter.

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I have a theory … along with several questions. Is it possible that Peyton Manning’s brain actually grows during the course of a game? Does his helmet have a pump for inflatable pads? Does it glow in the dark? Does it get redder as Eli gets more overshadowed? Is he able to communicate with aliens? Does he emit radiation for opposing players? Does he have a twin that’s trying to escape from within?

I digress. Back to my theory. Bare with me. I think this relates to the Big Bang, somehow. Sure scientist have their version, but let’s consider this. I believe that there is a unique combination of molecular activity (accelerated by beer/hotdog expulsion gasses) that occur during every football game. All we need is a trigger! Some kind of spark. Some kind of conduit. Anything could set it off! Let’s say some foreign imbalance of gases enter the AT&T Stadium atmosphere. For example, Jerry Jones dressing up as a concessions vendor … selling a $7 hot dog in the stands, could trigger something! JJ does love money! We know this! It could emit some kind of super-human testosterone gas when he jubilantly sticks the tax-free cash in his pocket! Atoms smashing … neutrons and electrons flowing like a mofo! Then, you add this renegade molecule into the Jerry’s sealed off dome! Holy shit!!!

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I sense some apprehension from you, the reader. Let me back myself up with some facts (or reasonable facsimiles). Governments have spent billions on super-conducting super-colliders. Clearly, there is something to this atom smashing thing! All the while, Peyton Manning’s brain cells have been on a superhuman evolution course all by themselves. Evidence has been present since his final days in Indianapolis. Since then, the blotch is getting bigger! It’s getting redder! It’s probably getting hotter! Did the Colts organization suspect and cover-up any of this? Note the devilish facial expression! Pure evil! The Colts moved on, mysteriously, and ended up with the franchise savior … Andrew Luck.

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Then, there’s this. The year he disappeared! What’s up with that? Was he transported somewhere? Did he have intrusive or exploratory brain surgery? Was ‘something’ injected into his super brain? After all, he can read defenses! This is a superpower that no other NFL quarterback posses! We’d hear about it if other quarterbacks had this mysterious power!

Was he probed? If so, did he like it? Did they also capture Eli? Was his little brain gene injecting into Peyton skull? Think about it. Eli has struggled this year! Doesn’t seem quite like himself. Hmmmm.

Moving on. If my theory is right, stuff will happen “Under the Dome” on Sunday afternoon! AT&T has connections! AT&T is powerful too! Jerry Jones knows this! He accepted millions of dollars recently for the stadium naming rights! Jerry resisted other suitors for years! Called it Cowboys Stadium to throw us all off his grand scheme. Then, suddenly … in the same exact year that Peyton Manning’s superhuman, super-colliding, super-conducting brain was scheduled … pooff, we have a deal! Coincidence? I think not!

Now, for the meat of this article. I believe AT&T has sponsored Peyton Manning’s forehead. That’s right! You read it here first!

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Manning is notorious for his commercial ventures! This is a fact that you cannot deny! I truly expect the AT&T logo to emerge from Peyton’s forehead. I don’t know if it’ll be neon, just saying … it’s happening! If you’ll just for once, rethink possible! Just look at the red splotch. It fits perfectly!

It could get worse. If the gases and molecules collide in some unthinkable combination, like never before … Peyton’s super-colliding super-conduction superhuman brain could merge with the telephone giant! Don’t be surprised if you see lightning come from Jerry’s huge stadium monitor and start the whole damn thing! There will be a BIG BANG! The stage is set. The world is watching. All of Peyton Manning’s thoughts (or his aliens leaders) will then be broadcasted on that big ass monitor! Inside, thousands upon thousands, of Dallas Cowboys fans fall victim. FOX’s conspiracy theorists will be in heaven! Your smartphone will actually get smarter! Jerry Jones will sell Peyton Manning super-colliding, super-conducting, superhuman brain t-shirts. (They’re probably already printed).

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Dallas, with all of it’s might, have only one chance to foil this plan. The Dallas Cowboys must defeat the Denver Broncos! They can stop this madness! DeMarcus Ware must sack the superhuman and ground his super-colliding, super-conducting, superhuman brain to the brand new negative charging super-turf at AT&T stadium. Dez, on his way to the end zone, can throw a cup of Tom Brady’s neutron spiked Powerade on Peyton Manning’s forehead. Jay Ratliff could turn off the electricity to that big ass monitor! He’s not doing anything else, right? Denver has not played in a dome this season. Let’s hope someone opens the rooftop this Sunday! Just in case. This could neutralize the whole damn thing! A parody, of course.

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Your comments (and theories) are welcome.


Peyton Manning head is still growing

Updated 01-10-2014

The NFL’s Divisional Round in the playoffs start in a few days. As you are all aware, the ‘Polar Vortex’ that put a significant freeze on the United States this week has finally subsided. It left Niagara Falls partially frozen and wrecked havoc on the Wild Card weekend home teams. Only the domed Indianapolis Colts survived the first wave of playoff home contenders. This once-in-twenty-year weather phenomenon may NOT be a coincidence. I suspect that Peyton Manning’s superhuman, super-colliding, super-conducting brain was able to bring about this ‘timely’ weather event. Take note that Andrew Luck was one of the surviving playoff quarterbacks. He was protected by the Dome (and probably his far from groomed facial hair). Sets up an AFC showdown … pitting the hairy savior Andrew Luck against Peyton Manning arch nemesis … Tom Brady. The drama continues …

This photo of Peyton Manning surfaced today. Yes, his forehead is larger. Notice the emerging horns protruding upwards from his eyebrows … the snarl … and his piercing evil eyes. Peyton Manning mile-high forehead is gaining ground and super powers. His neck also appears to be getting longer. I’m not sure of the significance of that. Just an observation. Stay tuned.  

AVOIDING THE INJURY PLAGUE: Addressing the apparent rise in ACL, Achilles, and hamstring injuries

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I don’t think it’s my imagination. It seems that there has been an increase in ACL, Achilles, and hamstring injuries in the past few years. Most concerning recently, as a Dallas Cowboys fan, is the season-ending Achilles tear suffered by DE Tyrone Crawford last week. League wide, as other teams have joined the Cowboys and Dolphins by opening training camps, there are many more of these types of injuries are reported every day or two.  

After several text and voice discussions with my son, I have come to several conclusions. I believe the changes imposed by the new CBA has lead to more injuries. I say this for two reasons. 

  • Players must now rely on themselves or private trainers during the offseason to stay in condition
  • Teams are now much more restricted (therefore, less influential) regarding offseason and in-season conditioning

I do believe the Dallas Cowboys Strength and Conditioning staffs are doing all they can within League/NFLPA’s new guidelines. I expect good arguments on both sides of this issue. Some will claim, “less is better” … others will flip the coin and side with the old school (Jimmy Johnson) philosophy of “more is better”. Ultimately, this falls on the shoulders of the players. They must be self-motivated during the offseason and work harder to stay in shape without team supervision. Surely, NFL Strength and Conditioning staffs provide players with a recommended regimen to follow during the offseason. 

Since the CBA has been in place, teams are restricted to fewer ‘mandatory’ practices and team activities. The question seems to be, is this beneficial or detrimental to long-term strength and conditioning issues?

I hope to hear from fans that have expertise in this area … doctors, trainers, physical therapists, coaches, etc. to learn what is causing the increase in injuries and more importantly … what the NFL should do to reduce them in the future. Regarding hamstrings, is it largely an issue of not stretching properly? Are players not taking in enough liquids? Are shoes and artificial turf putting players at risk? 

Hate to see the Dallas Cowboys go through another injury plagued season like last year. Is there something the NFL can do to decrease the odds of them occurring and recurring?


To join the discussion (and many others) or to vote in the related poll … please visit the Dallas Cowboys Fan Forum by clicking HERE. Enjoy!

SPECIAL BOND: Dallas Cowboys express Happy Father’s Day wishes

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Happy Fathers Day from the Dallas Cowboys (Click HERE to watch)

Some Dallas Cowboys players took a minute to talk about having the chance to be a father, and what fathers day means to them. (Duration – 2:12)

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Happy Fathers Day - Jim Garrett (center) was a scout for the Dallas Cowboys, Jason (left) played quarterback and is now the team's head coach. Pictured at right is Jim's son Judd Garrett

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A very special Happy Father’s Day wish to my son, Robert Andrew. This year, he celebrates the addition of his third child. Hope you’re enjoying this special occasion with your beautiful daughters and loving wife.

Happy Father’s Day!

I Love you

 

 

 

 

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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.

#

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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TIME FOR YOUTH MOVEMENT: Dallas Cowboys may already have players to fill some of the 2013 NFL Draft needs

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With the 2013 NFL Draft merely weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys are in the final stages of preparing their draft board. The Dallas (and national) media and true blue Cowboy fans have their sights set on the perceived ‘needs’ of the 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys roster. The consensus seems to be … draft for the trenches, find a strong safety, and add running back depth.

The most glaring need for the past few years has been on reinforcing the offensive line. That need is magnified by the recent 6-year extension and clear long-term commitment to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo. Jerry Jones did attempt to improve the offensive line during 2012 offseason. Largely, those moves didn’t pan out, due primarily to injuries. This year most people agree that the youth movement via the draft is the best solution.

Next, with the dismissal of Rob Ryan and the addition of defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, a few new needs surfaced. Kiffin believes that the current roster has good bones for the scheme change. He does have a few wish list requests … a 4-3 system safety and beefy pass rushing defensive lineman.

Offensively, the 2012 Dallas Cowboys kept up with the upper crust of the NFL in the passing game. The weakness was the run threat. While DeMarco Murray was outstanding when healthy, the concern is keeping the rhythm and balance when he’s not. With this in mind, the team has an open eye towards a compatible running back in this years draft. There are several young running backs currently on the roster that might fill this void. The question is … can they? Veteran Felix Jones isn’t really an option going into the 2013 season. Not because of his mental desire, or his leadership qualities … he’s simply deteriorated physically due to his knees.

The bread and butter of Jason Garrett’s offense has had to come from the passing game. The outside receivers (when healthy) remain two very formidable threats. This issue has been the slant receiver and the inside routes that many defenses leave open.  With a total of nine receivers on the payroll, including last years fourth round pick, the Cowboys have several potential candidates. The hopes of finding that elusive 3rd receiver could very well be on the staff.

The Dallas Cowboys have 25 players that are entering their 2nd or 3rd season. All of these guys are 23-25 years old. That’s significant. Take a look at the players below, and ask yourself. Who’s going to be the next Sean Lee? Who will step up in 2013 and fill a need that currently exists? As we enter the 2013 NFL Draft,  consider this … Dallas may already have players on the roster to fill some of the perceived needs. These young players are on the team because they show promise. This years NFL Draft will only enhance their potential.

OFFENSIVE PLAYERS

16

Benford, Tim

WR

5-11

200

23

Tennessee Tech

81

Coale, Danny

WR

6-0

190

24

Virginia Tech

85

Green, Jared

WR

6-1

185

24

Southern University

11

Beasley, Cole

WR

5-8

177

23

Southern Methodist

87

Smith, Andre

TE

6-5

267

24

Virginia Tech

84

Hanna, James

TE

6-4

249

23

Oklahoma

66

Dominguez, Ray

G

6-4

329

24

Arkansas

65

Leary, Ronald

G

6-3

318

23

Memphis

62

Arkin, David

G

6-5

306

25

MissouriState

76

Simmons, Aderious

T

6-7

310

26

ArizonaState

75

Weems, Darrion

T

6-5

320

24

Oregon

25

Dunbar, Lance

RB

5-8

191

23

North Texas

DEFENSIVE PLAYERS

31

Pellerin, Micah

S

6-0

195

24

Hampton

37

Johnson, Matt

S

6-1

215

23

Eastern Washington

58

Lemon, Orie

LB

6-1

242

25

OklahomaState

56

McSurdy, Caleb

LB

6-1

248

23

Montana

51

Wilber, Kyle

LB

6-4

246

23

WakeForest

64

Igbinosun, Ikponmwosa

DT

6-4

288

22

Southern Connecticut State

61

Taylor, Monte

DT

6-5

266

24

Cincinnati

79

Bass, Ben

DT

6-5

283

23

Texas A&M

72

Callaway, Rob

DT

6-5

324

25

Saginaw Valley State

98

Crawford, Tyrone

DT

6-4

285

23

BoiseState

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