Category Archives: NFL Draft

HOW ‘BOUT THEM WOWBOYS?: Dallas Cowboys make sure La’el Collins has his moment in the sun; Rookie’s inspirational message sends shockwaves around Cowboys Nation | The trade-bait debate | A true-blue must-see video

HOW ‘BOUT THEM WOWBOYS - Dallas Cowboys make sure La’el Collins has his moment in the sun; Rookie delivers inspirational message to Cowboys Nation - The Boys Are Back website 2015

Wow.

What else can you really say about what has happened here this week, particularly on Thursday afternoon at Valley Ranch.  Continue reading →

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FOUND HIS HOME ON THE RANGE: Meet La’el Collins, your newest Dallas Cowboy | Team introduces La’el Collins to the media | Dallas Cowboys introductory Press Conference

FOUND HIS HOME ON THE RANGE - Meet your newest Dallas Cowboy - Team introduces La'el Collins La'el Collins to the media - Dallas Cowboys introductory Press Conference

La’el Collins introductory Press Conference | Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, of the Dallas Cowboys introduce outstanding LSU OT La’el Collins and his mother to the media. Notice he’s been issued Mark Tuinei’s jersey number.  


This press conference is available on the Dallas Cowboys audio archives page of The Boys Are Back website | Duration: 37:41 | Check out the audio HERE. Check out the video HERE on the Dallas Cowboys video archives page.


The original announcement article of the official signing is posted HERE.

REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL: Dallas Cowboys officially sign top OT prospect La’el Collins | Trenches formed with four first-round pounders | NFL Draft Prospect Profile | Pro Scouting Reports

REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL - Dallas Cowboys officially sign top OT prospect La’el Collins - Trenches formed with four first-round pounders

LSU offensive lineman La’el Collins has officially signed with the Dallas Cowboys after going undrafted in last weekend’s NFL draft.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEWEST DALLAS COWBOYS: Depth Secured–Five prospects roped and branded in Day-3 Finale | Pro Scouting Reports | Bonus Audio–Secret Calls and more | NFL Draft 2015

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The Boys Are Back to Defense | LB Damien Wilson becomes a Dallas Cowboy in 4th


The Dallas Cowboys continued addressing defense at the start of Day 3, selecting Minnesota linebacker Damien Wilson with their fourth-round pick at No. 127.  Continue reading →

DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT DAY: Cowboys-Centric Coverage Closing on the 2015 NFL Draft | Day 3–Rounds 4-7 | The Boys Are Back

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MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Swing Secured–OT Chaz Green grabbed at 91 | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY - Swing Secured–OT Chaz Green grabbed at 91 - Pro Scouting Report - Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more - NFL Draft 2015

After getting one of the better value players in the entire draft earlier in the night, the Dallas Cowboys came back in the third round to take offensive tackle Chaz Green with the 91st pick.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Sacker Secured–DE Randy Gregory slips to sixty | Pass rusher too good to pass, twice | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY - Sacker Secured–DE Randy Gregory slips to sixty - Too good to pass on the pass rusher - Pro Scouting Report - Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more - NFL Draft 2015

The Dallas Cowboys took another step toward fortifying their defense in the second round, selecting Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory with the 60th overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.  Continue reading →

DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT DAY: Cowboys-Centric Coverage Continues of the 2015 NFL Draft | Day 2–Rounds 2 & 3 | The Boys Are Back

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MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY: Secondary Secured–CB/S Byron Jones snagged 27th overall | Pro Scouting Report | Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more | NFL Draft 2015

MEET YOUR NEW DALLAS COWBOY - Secondary Secured–CB S Byron Jones snagged 27th overall - Pro Scouting Report - Bonus Audio–Secret Call and more - NFL Draft 2015

IRVING, Texas – Having patiently waited throughout the opening night of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected one of the best athletes in this draft class, snagging Byron Jones with the 27th overall pick.  Continue reading →

DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT DAY: Cowboys-Centric Coverage of the 2015 NFL Draft | The Boys Are Back

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YOU’RE THE GENERAL MANAGER: Your 2015 NFL Draft Trade Value Chart | Dallas Cowboys draft pick trade value chart | Dallas Cowboys Draft Primer

NFL Draft Trade Value Chart - 2015 NFL Draft trade pick value chart - Printable Print NFL Draft Trade Value Chart - The Boys Are Back website 2014 2015


The 2015 NFL Draft starts tomorrow night, so you’ll have to get busy wheelin’ n dealin’ if you want to pull of the trade of the century! To make it easier, here’s your personal (and printable) copy of the NFL Draft Trade Value Chart that teams use to assign a value to each pick.  Continue reading →

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.   Continue reading →

DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT PRIMER: Your 2015 NFL Draft Day Primer | Top-350 eligible NFL Draft Prospects 2015 | NFL draft class of 2015

DALLAS COWBOYS DRAFT PRIMER - Your 2015 NFL Draft Day Primer - Top-350 eligible NFL Draft Prospects 2015 - NFL draft class of 2015 - The Boys Are Back website

There are 1000 prospects eligible for the 2015 NFL Draft. Of those, 256 will be taken in the 7-round draft, including the 32 NFL compensatory picks granted to respective clubs. Out of 1000 players, 350 of them have a ‘draft grade’ assessment and ranking. 

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MARINELLI’S MAULERS & BALLERS: The Great “Chicken or Egg” Debate | Fast & Furious Front-Four Freak Formula | Building the Dallas Cowboys Texas-2 Defense | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

MARINELLI’S MAULERS & BALLERS - The Great Chicken or Egg Debate - Fast & Furious Front-Four Formula - Building the Dallas Cowboys Texas-2 Defense - Promising Players & Prospects - 2015 NFL Draft primer

Editor: What came first … the chicken or the egg? When debating how to build a dominate defense in today’s NFL, this question comes to mind. What’s Rod Marinelli’s first priority … what must come first … the rushmen or the defensive backs? History shows us that a defense can succeed either way. But, the hearts and minds of True Blue fans of the Dallas Cowboys straddle both sides of this fence … with equal conviction.  Continue reading →

GOING DEEP–BEYOND THE HUDDLE: Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence answers your questions | True-Blue special feature

GOING DEEP–BEYOND THE HUDDLE - Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence answers your questions - True-Blue special feature - The Boys Are Back website 2015

Dallas Cowboys rising star DeMarcus Lawrence answers fan submitted questions. A part of being a True-Blue is getting to know your players, beyond their jersey numbers and stats. Check out his answers:  Continue reading →

BRING BACK R-BACK ATTACK: Debating DeMarco Devoid–Missing Murray | Brewing Backfield Battles | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

BRING BACK R-BACK ATTACK - Debating DeMarco Devoid–Missing Murray - Brewing Backfield Battles - Promising Players & Prospects - 2015 NFL Draft primer

Editor: The general consensus is that the Dallas Cowboys needs going into the 2015 NFL Draft are defensive, based on last year’s overall performance and outcome. The offseason loss of DeMarco Murray further complicates the matter by throwing an offensive void into the mix. Factoring in the age of storied veterans Tony Romo and Jason Witten brings more into the equation. Today’s feature is about filling the vacuum of losing last seasons leading rusher and NFL Offensive Player of the Year.  Big hole. Big shoes. Big questions.  Continue reading →

BOYS LACK D-BACK ATTACK: Seeking Seriously Solid Secondary–Brewing Backend Bubble Trouble | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

BOYS LACK D-BACK ATTACK: Seeking Seriously Solid Secondary–Brewing Backend Bubble Trouble | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft primer

IRVING, Texas – For quite a while now, it’s been a yearly source of consternation for the Cowboys and their fans: the lack of a top-notch, dependable safety in the Dallas secondary.  Continue reading →

TRENCHES–REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL: Dallas’ Depth Debate | Building on the Cowboys Offensive Line-han plan | Promising Players & Prospects | 2015 NFL Draft

TRENCHES–REINFORCING ROMO’S WALL - Dallas’ Depth Debate - Building on the Cowboys Offensive Line-han plan - Promising Players & Prospects - 2015 NFL Draft

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys had plenty of question marks surrounding the offensive tackle spot entering free agency, and all of them haven’t been answered just yet.  Continue reading →

ROOKIE RUSTLER’S ROAMING RANCH: ‘Pokes Previewing Pre-Draft Prospects | Early focus on running backs and defenders | Dallas Day this Friday

ROOKIE RUSTLER’S ROAMING RANCH: ‘Pokes Previewing Pre-Draft Prospects | Early focus on running backs and defenders | Dallas Day this Friday

IRVING, Texas – The activity level around Valley Ranch has picked up considerably, as the Dallas Cowboys pre-draft visits began cycling through the facility today.  Continue reading →

YOU’RE THE GM: What position are you targeting with the Dallas Cowboys 1st round pick? | Poll

YOU'RE THE GM - What position are you targeting with the Dallas Cowboys 1st round pick - Poll - The Boys Are Back website 2015

2015 NFL DRAFT WORKSHEET: Rock Your Mock–Fan challenge cheatsheet | Create your own NFL mock draft | Updated NFL Draft order | Top-5 needs for all 32 teams | Team selection order for all 7 rounds

2015 NFL DRAFT WORKSHEET - Rock Your Mock - Fan challenge cheatsheet - Create your own NFL mock draft

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TRUE BLUE TWO PLUS YOU: 2015 NFL Draft Worksheet | Position by Position Top-5 Rankings | NFL Draft 2015 #1 Ranked Prospects by Position

TRUE BLUE TWO PLUS YOU: 2015 NFL Draft Worksheet | Position by Position Top-5 Rankings | NFL Draft 2015 #1 Ranked Prospects by Position

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TRUE BLUE FAN QUESTION: Should the Dallas Cowboys sign free-agent pass rusher Greg Hardy?

Dallas Cowboys question mark - Fan comment n commentary - The Boys Are Back blogSpecial thanks to loyal The Boys Are Back reader Donnie, who replied to this post DALLAS’ DREADED DEAD-MONEY DEALS with an interesting question:

“My question is: Are we going to get a step-in, pass rusher this year, like a Greg Hardy? We can probably get him for cheap anyway, we dealt with worse people and made it ok!!”

The question is great because so many Dallas Cowboy fans are missing the pass rush threat that was anchored by DeMarcus Ware for so many years. The team responded, in part, by drafting DeMarcus Lawrence with their 2014 second round pick. Lawrence showed promise once he returned from his injury late in the season, but the pass rush issue is far from resolved. The pressure from Marinelli’s Maulers was just a click short more often than not. The front seven seemed to be a split-second late getting to the opposing quarterback. That left the linebackers and secondary vulnerable and exposed at times. That’s a concern that we’ll surely see addressed in the upcoming NFL Draft and the remaining free-agency period.

The solution is debatable because success can be achieved by “right” lineman, linebacker or defensive back. It can also come from this very young defensive core of players entering their 2nd and 3rd years of Marinelli’s rotational system. All told, there are 16 defensive linemen (including NT Ken Bishop) on the Dallas Cowboys payroll. Personally, I agree with Donnie on his approach to this … defensive lineman. But, is Greg Hardy the best solution? Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: Racing the clock with that heavy rock–The Murray age factor | Running Back options without DeMarco | Young bucks on the NFL Draft board | Free Agent RBs on the market

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: Racing the clock with a heavy rock–DeMarco Murray age factor

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