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NO DICE ROLL: Dallas Cowboys pass on today’s NFL Supplemental Draft

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys did not select any of the six players eligible for today’s NFL’s supplemental draft.

UCF defensive end Toby Jackson, Houston wide receiver DeWayne Peace, Purdue wide receiver O.J. Ross, South Alabama cornerback Damond Smith and two UNLV defensive linemen — James Boyd and Nate Holloway — were available to be selected, but no team made a pick.

Last year the Cowboys used a fourth-round pick for wide receiver Josh Gordon, who was selected in the second round by Cleveland. In 2010, the Cowboys selected defensive tackle Josh Brent in the seventh round.

It is possible the Cowboys could look at one or two of the prospects as free agents. To sign one, the Cowboys would have to release a player to remain at the 90-man limit.

THE DOTTED LINE: Signing status of the 2013 NFL Draft first-round picks

Kenny Vaccaro of the New Orleans Saints was the first 2013 NFL Draft first-round selection to sign a contract. Less than 24 hours later, the Detroit Lions also signed their first-round pick, Ziggy Ansah, to a contract. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, all NFL first-round draft picks can have four-year contracts with a non-negotiable fifth-year option, although not all will receive it.

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Player

Pos.

Team

Status

Contract

1

Eric Fisher

OT

Kansas City Chiefs

Unsigned

 

2

Luke Joeckel

OT

Jacksonville Jaguars

Signed

Four years, $21.2 million

3

Dion Jordan

DE

Miami Dolphins

Unsigned

 

4

Lane Johnson

OT

Philadelphia Eagles

Unsigned

 

5

Ziggy Ansah

DE

Detroit Lions

Signed

Five years, terms undisclosed

6

Barkevious Mingo

DE

Cleveland Browns

Unsigned

 

7

Jonathan Cooper

G

Arizona Cardinals

Unsigned

 

8

Tavon Austin

WR

St. Louis Rams

Signed

Terms undisclosed

9

Dee Milliner

CB

New York Jets

Unsigned

 

10

Chance Warmack

G

Tennessee Titans

Unsigned

 

11

D.J. Fluker

OT

San Diego Chargers

Signed

Four years, $11.4 million

12

D.J. Hayden

CB

Oakland Raiders

Unsigned

 

13

Sheldon Richardson

DT

New York Jets

Unsigned

 

14

Star Lotulelei

DT

Carolina Panthers

Signed

Terms undisclosed

15

Kenny Vaccaro

SS

New Orleans Saints

Signed

Four years, terms undisclosed

16

EJ Manuel

QB

Buffalo Bills

Signed

Terms undisclosed

17

Jarvis Jones

OLB

Pittsburgh Steelers

Signed

Four years, $8.705 million

18

Eric Reid

FS

San Francisco 49ers

Signed

Four years, terms undisclosed

19

Justin Pugh

OT

New York Giants

Unsigned

 

20

Kyle Long

G

Chicago Bears

Signed

Four years, terms undisclosed

21

Tyler Eifert

TE

Cincinnati Bengals

Unsigned

 

22

Desmond Trufant

CB

Atlanta Falcons

Unsigned

 

23

Sharrif Floyd

DT

Minnesota Vikings

Unsigned

 

24

Bjoern Werner

DE

Indianapolis Colts

Unsigned

 

25

Xavier Rhodes

CB

Minnesota Vikings

Unsigned

 

26

Datone Jones

DE

Green Bay Packers

Unsigned

 

27

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

Houston Texans

Unsigned

 

28

Sylvester Williams

DT

Denver Broncos

Unsigned

 

29

Cordarrelle Patterson

WR

Minnesota Vikings

Unsigned

 

30

Alec Ogletree

ILB

St. Louis Rams

Signed

Terms undisclosed

31

Travis Frederick

C

Dallas Cowboys

Signed

Four years, terms undisclosed

32

Matt Elam

FS

Baltimore Ravens

Unsigned

 

ENTIRE DRAFT CLASS SIGNED: All seven 2013 Dallas Cowboy draft picks have signed contracts

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Center Travis Frederick was the first pick of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft. And he was the last to be signed to a contract.

The important thing is that the deal is finally done, as Frederick agreed to a four-year contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday. Financial details were not disclosed but Frederick signed for roughly $6.8 million, per a source.

The package also included guaranteed money in the ballpark of $5.5 million with signing bonus of $3.4 million. 

He was the 31st pick of the first round and is expected to start immediately at center. He took all the snaps with the first team in OTAs and minicamp.

Frederick’s signing completes the seven-member draft class and marks the earliest signing by the entire class by the Cowboys in years, three weeks before the start of training camp July 19.

RELATED: Cowboys ink 2nd-round pick Gavin Escobar

The Dallas Cowboys came to terms with second-round pick Gavin Escobar on a four-year deal.

The contract is worth roughly $4.3 million for the tight end who is set to backup Pro Bowler Jason Witten in 2013 and be his replacement in the near future. 

Escobar is also expected to play a big role as a rookie. The Cowboys plan to use more two tight end sets to get him and Witten on the field together. He could be a huge factor in the red zone as well.

RELATED: Third-round pick J.J. Wilcox in the fold

The Cowboys signed rookie safety J.J. Wilcox to a four-year contract.

Wilcox got roughly $2.73 million, including guaranteed money in the ball park of $586,000, per a source.

The third round pick, who is expected to compete for a starting spot at safety as a rookie, got a deal one day after fellow third-round pick Terrance Williams did the same. They join cornerback B.W. Webb, linebacker DeVonte Holloman and running back Joseph Randle as draft picks under contract.

RELATED: Dallas Cowboys, Terrance Williams agree to deal

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys have secured third-round wide receiver Terrance Williams to a four-year deal.

Williams, the No. 74 pick overall, will receive a signing bonus of roughly $619,500.

The Cowboys got Williams with the extra pick they acquired in their draft-day trade with San Francisco, moving from No. 18 in the first round to No. 31 where they picked Travis Frederick.

A Dallas native, Williams caught 97 passes for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior at Baylor. He finished his collegiate career with 202 catches for 3,334 yards and 27 touchdowns.

The Cowboys expect Williams to be their No. 3 receiver behind Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. After a slow start at the rookie minicamp, Williams’ play improved and had a productive minicamp, which ended last week.

COWBOYS POST DRAFT BOARD: Jerry Jones says that information is no longer sensitive

Dallas Cowboys' top three 2013 Draft picks with Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is not sensitive about the Cowboys’ draft board being discovered.

The draft is over, right?

“I’m a little hard-pressed to see where the issue is at all after the draft is over,” he told reporters Tuesday at Valley Ranch. “We don’t put anything up there that’s particularly sensitive. Those are the opinions and the work of our scouts. The fact that there might have been a player up there a round earlier or a round later than it is on a lot of other people’s boards or opinion doesn’t impact us.”

“I don’t see the negative aspect of that information,” Jones said. “We won’t make it a practice of publishing it, but still, I don’t think it’s an important detail.”  

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was tight-lipped.

“I didn’t follow that story very closely,” he said. “Obviously we have a draft process that we believe in. A draft board is part of that process. A lot of discussions are a part of that process, too – the interpretation of that draft board, and then we make our best decision. So any comment beyond that is not something I want to get into.”

2013 ROOKIE’S TO WATCH: Dallas Cowboys new draft picks RB Joseph Randle and WR Terrance Williams college highlights

Sure, reading and hearing about your newly drafted players is interesting. But, nothing beats seeing! Watch these young studs in action in the short videos below.

Joseph Randle Highlights

The Dallas Cowboys desperately needed some depth at running back with Felix Jones heading for free agency, so they picked up Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle in the fifth round of the NFL Draft. But anybody that watched Randle in college might’ve been shocked that he lasted as long as he did. The former OSU Cowboy racked up more than 2,600 yards and 38 touchdowns during his last two seasons in Stillwater, making him one of the most prolific backs in college football since 2011. Check out some impressive highlights of Randle at work below:

Terrance Williams Highlights

The Dallas Cowboys drafted prolific Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams in the third round of last week’s NFL Draft. While Big 12 fans are plenty familiar with Williams’, those of you who don’t follow college football probably haven’t seen much of him in action. Here’s a video that shows off some of Williams’ more impressive displays of athleticism during his time at Baylor.

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FOURTH ROUND SPOTLIGHT: B.W. Webb has promise at nickel back, punt returner

Dallas Cowboys CB B.W. Webb speaks with Dallas media for the first time after being selected in the 4th round of the NFL draft - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

IRVING, Texas – To the surprise of no one, the thrill of being drafted into the NFL doesn’t wear off after 24 hours, or even a full weekend.

Newest Dallas Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb can attest to that, as the Newport News, Va., native said he’s still trying to wrap his mind around it four days later.

“It’s been exciting. I still don’t really think it settled in that I got drafted to America’s Team,” Webb said. “Everybody’s been happy for me around here; it’s just been a great time.”

Webb still has a little bit of time to adjust to the news. The former William & Mary All-American doesn’t report to rookie minicamp until May 9, nearly two weeks away. That doesn’t mean he is taking that time off, however. Webb said that since he has been drafted, he’s been in touch with Cowboys coaches to get a game plan for the coming workouts. As head coach Jason Garrett noted following the draft, Webb’s résumé on the field makes him stand out more than the typical FCS player.

“All the time as coaches and as evaluators and our scouting department, you’re looking for guys who are ball players. I think that’s what we’ve seen in B.W. Webb,” Garrett said. “He was very productive a couple of years ago intercepting passes. They didn’t throw at him as much last year, but he’s a guy who just shows up on the table.”

It’s not always expected for a fourth rounder like Webb, who was selected 114th overall, to contribute upon his arrival at the next level. But with three years of All-America consideration in the Colonial Athletic Association, Webb said the Cowboys’ staff hopes to see him on the field immediately – though not necessarily at starting cornerback. 

“Right now, they’re pretty much established at cornerback with [Brandon] Carr and [Morris] Claiborne,” he said. “They want me to come in and be a starting nickel back and play a role in the punt return game. That’s pretty much going to be my role.”

As one of the Tribe’s top players in college, Webb spent most of his career closing down his half of the field as an outside corner. He nabbed a career-high eight interceptions during his freshman season, though that number tapered off as teams learned to avoid him.

“At times, it gets boring during the games, but you just have to find ways to show up during the game, whether it’s coming up to make tackles or contributing on special teams,” he said.

Webb said the amount of space given for a slot receiver to work with makes the nickel spot markedly different from the outside. But given the offseason to work on the change, he feels confident he can adapt.

“Everything happens a little quicker inside,” he said. “The receiver has two ways to go, whereas on the outside you can pretty much tell where he’s going right away, whether it’s out or in.”

As noted, Webb also figures to at least provide some competition to incumbent punt returner Dwayne Harris. The second-year Cowboys receiver averaged 16 yards per return on 22 attempts last year. Webb was a return man for the Tribe all four years, and averaged 8.6 yards per return for his career, with a best average of 11.2 coming in 2012.

“I love having the ball in my hands. I started punt returning my freshman year, so I started every year and came to love it,” Webb said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

 

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B.W. Webb has a chance to speak with the Dallas media for the first time after being selected in the 4th round of the NFL draft.

KIFFIN’S TEXAS 2 DEFENSE: Passing up defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at 18 was the right decision

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It seemed like a perfect match on draft day. With a switch to a 4-3 scheme on the way, the Dallas Cowboys had a need at defensive tackle. Sharrif Floyd, who many saw as the top DT in the draft, surprisingly slid to the Cowboys at No. 18 (and 17 other teams for that matter). But instead of taking Floyd to shore up the defensive line, the Cowboys traded down and took an offensive linemen instead.

So how did the decision sit with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin? Just fine, apparently.

“[Floyd’s] a really, really outstanding football player, but I think everybody discussed it and the decision was made,” Kiffin told KRLD-FM The Fan. “And I think it was the right decision, or it wouldn’t have been a big time discussion. We made the right decision for the Dallas Cowboys.”

Kiffin, in his first year with the Cowboys after spending the last three seasons at USC, will be installing a Texas variation of the Tampa 2 scheme that traditionally requires a disruptive 3-technique defensive tackle to work well. And while the Cowboys have talent along the defensive line, starters Jay Ratliff and DeMarcus Ware are coming off surgery, while Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer will be moving to different positions.

Still, Kiffin seemed far less concerned about the state of his defensive front than his linebacking corps heading into the final day of the draft.

“I walked into the linebacker room the other day and there were five linebackers in there. And I walked in the d-line room and I couldn’t get a seat. I had to sit on the floor,” Kiffin said. “So I said, ‘Coach Garrett, we still need linebackers.’ And everybody knows that.”

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COMPARING APPLES TO APPLES: Bill Callahan sees Dallas Cowboys center Frederick in same mold as Nick Mangold

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When Cowboys offensive line coach Bill Callahan and Wisconsin center Travis Frederick got together for a pre-draft interview, one particular name came up.

Nick Mangold.

Good thinking. The New York Jets center is a two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl player selected in the first round in 2006. Callahan joined the Jets two years later, in 2008, Mangold’s first Pro Bowl year.

“He did talk about Mangold and how he coached him and some of the things that he did with him that made him into a really good player,” Frederick said last week after the Cowboys made him their first-round pick. “I’m really excited to hopefully take that coaching and really move forward.”

Mangold came into the league as the 29th pick in the first round. Frederick was the 31st pick.

Mangold also came into the league with a slow 40 time, and he was undersized at 290 pounds. He plays now at 6-4, 307.

Frederick is listed at 6-3, 312.

Both players come from big-time programs. Mangold made 21 consecutive starts for Ohio State before being drafted. Frederick started 28 consecutive games at Wisconsin before being drafted.

Both were the first centers taken.

“I’m very excited to not only be here in Dallas, but be the only center taken and be taken in the first round,” Frederick said. “It’s really a dream come true.”

Callahan and Frederick shouldn’t lack for anything to talk about. Frederick grew up in Sharon, Wis., about 90 miles outside of Chicago. Callahan is a Chicago native who coached at Illinois in the ’80s and Wisconsin in the ’90s.

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

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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.

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“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.”

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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MUST SEE VIDEO: Dallas Cowboys top three draft picks meet Dallas media | Jason Garrett on NFL Network

VIDEO - Meet three of the newest Dallas Cowboys, Travis Frederick, Gavin Escobar, and Terrance Williams as they are introduced at Valley Ranch

Introductory Press Conference (Click HERE to watch/listen)

Meet three of the newest Dallas Cowboys, Travis Frederick, Gavin Escobar, and Terrance Williams as they are introduced at Valley Ranch.

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MEET THE STUDS: Dallas Cowboys’ top three 2013 Draft picks arrive at Valley Ranch for a tour and press conference (Special Feature)


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VIDEO - Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joins NFL Network to discuss the team's picks in the 2013 NFL Draft

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Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett joins NFL Network to discuss the team’s picks in the 2013 NFL Draft.

MEET THE STUDS: Dallas Cowboys’ top three 2013 Draft picks arrive at Valley Ranch for a tour and press conference (Special Feature)

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Dallas Cowboys’ top three 2013 Draft picks arrive at Valley Ranch for a tour and press conference

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Dallas Cowboys’ top three 2013 Draft picks inside Valley Ranch for a tour and press conference

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Dallas Cowboys’ 2013 Draft pick WR Terrance Williams is greeted by Jerry Jones at the Dallas Cowboys Valley Ranch NFL Draft war room

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2013 POST-DRAFT SIGNINGS: Dallas Cowboys add 15 undrafted free agents

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IRVING, Texas – Over the years the Cowboys have excelled in landing undrafted free agents that make the 53-man roster, so it stands to reason a few of the 15 signings will make the club in 2013.

Last year, Cole Beasley, Ronald Leary and Ben Bass spent time on the active roster.

Here is the up-to-date list:

  • LB Brandon Magee, Arizona State
  • QB Dalton Williams, Akron
  • S Jakar Hamilton, South Carolina State
  • RB Kendial Lawrence, Missouri
  • CB Devin Smith, Wisconsin
  • CB Dustin Harris, Texas A&M
  • LB Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State
  • WR Greg Herd, Eastern Washington
  • FB Paul Freedman, Virginia
  • LB Tank Reed, SMU
  • DB Jeff Heath, Saginaw Valley State
  • K Spencer Benton, Clemson
  • WR Eric Rogers, Cal Lutheran
  • CB Xavier Brewer, Clemson
  • LB Deon Lacey, West Alabama

Interesting to note the Cowboys did not sign an offensive lineman. Perhaps some could come in on a tryout basis for the May 10-12 rookie mini-camp. One tryout player, who is expected to sign is tight end B.J. Stewart from Cumberland.

UPDATE: TE BJ Stewart has signed with Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent

Cumberland (Tenn.) University tight end BJ Stewart has signed with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, upping the team’s total undrafted free agent signings to 16.

Stewart told his hometown Rome, Ga., newspaper, “It really is a dream come true. Being a kid, my family always told me I would play in the NFL, so it’s just a dream come true.”

Stewart (6-4, 263) led Cumberland last season with 21 catches for 396 yards and five touchdowns.

Stewart played defensive end in 2010 and 2011 at Cumberland before switching to tight end last season. He came to Cumberland for wrestling, and he was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the heavyweight division for two weeks in 2009-2010.

2013 NFL DRAFT: Meet your new Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft picks

Well, it’s over. The weeks and months of anticipation have come to a close. Meet the newest additions to your 2013-2014 Dallas Cowboys roster.

 

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#70 C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
1st Round, 31st Pick (31st Overall)

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#89 TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
2nd Round, 15th Pick (47th Overall)

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#83 WR Terrance Williams, Baylor
3rd Round, 12th Pick (74th Overall)

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#27 S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern 
3rd Round, 18th Pick (80th Overall)

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CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary
4th Round, 17th Pick (114th Overall)

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RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State
5th Round, 18th Pick (151st Overall)

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LB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina
6th Round, 17th Pick (185th Overall)

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2013 NFL DRAFT SPOTLIGHT: New Dallas running back Joseph Randle will play with chip on his shoulder

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IRVING – Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle made it clear he has a chip on his shoulder after going to the Cowboys in the fifth round.

Randle said in a conference call he is “extremely excited” that Dallas selected him, but he expected to go higher.

“I will use it as fuel to my fire,” the 6-foot, 200-pound underclassman said in a conference call Saturday afternoon. “I will work harder and remember this day, all the teams that passed me up…When I hit the weight room again, I will definitely be hungry and determined to show my worth, my value.”

Randle gives the Cowboys a valuable insurance policy in case DeMarco Murray is injured again.

“The NFL is a two-back system now,” Randle said. “Guys need other guys to come in and you don’t want to drop the tempo off much, so I think we will work well together. I am just going to come in and work hard and see where that gets me. I respect (Murray’s) game a lot.”

Randle led the Big 12 in rushing last season with 1,417 yards on 274 carries with a14 TDs. He also caught 28 catches for 224 yards.

Randle is also known as a strong, willing blocker and a good leader.

RELATED: Cowboys grab running back Joseph Randle from Oklahoma State

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The Dallas Cowboys, in need of a backup running back, drafted Joseph Randle from Oklahoma State with the 18th pick of the fifth round.

Randle is the running back ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper targeted in the last couple of weeks as “the back late in the draft that could be this year’s Alfred Morris.” Morris was taken in the sixth round last year by the Washington Redskins and wound up second in the NFL in rushing with more than 1,600 yards.

Randle is the third recent Cowboys to Cowboys player acquired by Dallas, joining wide receiver Dez Bryant and kicker Dan Bailey as Oklahoma State alums on the roster.

He projects to compete as a backup to DeMarco Murray, and maybe more, given Murray’s injury history. Murray is a former Oklahoma Sooners standout, so he and Randle will have to talk their way through that rivalry.

The Star-Telegram’s Jimmy Burch, “Cowboys score real value with RB Joseph Randle as their 5th round pick. Great value at that point in draft. Versatile, talented RB”.

RELATED: RB Randle might be slowed by thumb injury in rookie minicamp

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said fifth-round pick Joseph Randle has a thumb problem that might limit him in rookie minicamp, mainly catching the ball.

Jones said Randle will wear a “club” to protect the thumb, but that it shouldn’t slow him down in anything except pass-catching.

Randle described himself as versatile and considered his pass-catching a strength.

“I do everything well: running, blocking. I take pride in my blocking. I take pride in being able to catch, and I take pride in being able to make tough yards and make people miss one-on-one,” he said. “That’s just my game in a nutshell right there.”

DALLAS COWBOYS 2013 DRAFT RECAP: Post-Draft press conference with Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett

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See (or hear) what Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett, and Stephen Jones had to say about the Dallas Cowboys 2013 Draft class

RELATED: Cowboys considered moving up, but players went in Top-10

The Dallas Cowboys were bound and determined to improve the offensive line in the 2013 NFL Draft. They believe they did so with Wisconsin center/guard Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick in the first round.

But there were two other players the Cowboys were eyeing earlier in the draft that they would have moved up from the 18th pick to get but both went in the top ten, according to Jones. 

Clearly, Jones was talking about North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper, who went seventh to the Arizona Cardinals and Alabama guard Chance Warmack, who went 10th to the Tennessee Titans. Both had been linked to the Cowboys in many mocked drafts leading up to the draft.

With those two gone and then Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro and Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richarsdon also gone by the time the Cowboys were ready to pick at 18, Jones decided to pull the trigger on a trade with the San Francisco 49ers that moved them back 31 and netted them an extra third round pick. In the end, Jones was satisfied with getting Frederick and the extra pick.

“We had two players but that was over by the time we got to the eighth pick, ninth pick, that we might have considered moving up for,” Jones said. “We ended up getting a player that I don’t know if I would’ve wanted to give up a three rather than to have the player we might have moved up for and had Frederick and gained a three. We’re two threes better off by having not moved up and picked another guard to move up and go get him.”

But there is no doubt the focus was on getting quarterback Tony Romo some help by improving the offensive line. The Cowboys believe they did that with Frederick.

“What is the very best thing we can do for this team? We’re in pretty good shape with defensive personnel,” Jones said. “Buy [Tony] Romo a half a second. Better than a ‘wow’ receiver to add to our receivers. Better than a ‘wow’ tight end, have a lot of three tight end, two tight end sets. Candidly, our consensus was after everything we’ve done in this draft, the best thing we could do to help us win football games is to get him another half a second. I’m talking about for the next 36 months, 48 months. That’s really the meat of where we are.”

RELATED: Frederick’s 40 time and low reps don’t show ability, game tape does

The Cowboys’ first-round draft pick, center Travis Frederick, had a very slow 40 time and low reps on the bench at the combine, and it may have caused his stock to drop.

But he said neither says anything about his playing ability.

“I think the film really shows how I play,” he said Thursday night in a conference call with reporters. “I’m a tough player who run blocks really well … I think that I do a good job of anchoring in against a bull rush or even somebody that’s a zero nose technique.”

Frederick said Wisconsin does not stress high rep numbers in its lifting.

“Wisconsin is not known for doing well at the reps because we’ve always been trained to do low reps, high intensity,” he said. “So we do single reps or double reps, and I do very well on those areas. So I don’t think the 21 reps on the bench was truly indicative of my strength.”

He also said he could have run another 40 at his pro day and might have improved it a little.

Frederick confessed that he thought he would be an early second-round pick, but he knew the Cowboys needed help at guard and center and that they had talked to him a lot.

“I do feel very comfortable at both positions, so I think that’s what helps me out, is being able to play both positions,” he said. “I’m sure that they have some sort of idea for me, but I’m looking forward to getting down there and just seeing where I fit in.”

He said the Cowboys liked his toughness and intelligence.

“I’m a tough player, a tenacious player. I’m also a player who plays with a high football IQ,” he said. “I think that I’m able to pick up on the offense very quickly, and I’m going to be able to make adjustments at the line and be able to help direct everybody, and I think that those are things that they really liked.”

He said he is proud of Wisconsin’s tradition of turning out offensive linemen.

“That tradition is one of the reasons why I chose to go to Wisconsin, just knowing that such great offensive linemen have come out of there and would probably or hopefully give me the opportunity if I worked as hard as I could, to be in the situation that I’m in today,” he said. “I’m excited to join that long line.”

2013 NFL DRAFT: Day-Two breakdown and analysis on today’s three Dallas Cowboys selections

2013 NFL DRAFT - Day-Two breakdown and analysis on the three Dallas Cowboys selections

If the opinion on the Dallas Cowboys’ draft was confused or uncertain 24 hours ago, it certainly seems to have cheered up heading into the weekend.

Dallas added two new weapons to what was already a potent offense, and they secured a playmaker in a position of need. That’s highlighted by Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams, who many thought the Cowboys might snag in the first round.

So, to recap: Jerry Jones and Co. grabbed a receiver many thought was a first round talent, and they upgraded the depth at safety. Tight end Gavin Escobar is a bit of an unknown, but he offers an intriguing receiving option to compliment Jason Witten.

So if Thursday night’s first round was a bit of a head scratcher, Friday night feels more like a fist pump.

Bryan Broaddus:

I’m not surprised that they went with a tight end in this draft but I thought it would have been later and more of the blocking type like Sims or Jefferson. Gavin Escobar is a big body that can get down the field and make adjusting catches. Hands are outstanding which is one of his best traits. He will need to develop some strength and toughness at the point of attack and work on his technique but he has a chance. Know the scouts were really high on his ability to develop because of what we had seen on tape.

The scout in me was really hopeful that the front office would have been able to pull both Bennie Logan and JJ Wilcox for this Monte Kiffin defense, but they were only able to grab one in Wilcox but in my view, it was a really nice get. I really enjoyed studying his film and watching him play live at the Senior Bowl along with wide receiver Terrence Williams. Wilcox will knock you stiff and Williams is a steady, polished route runner that can make consistent plays.

Ed Cahill:

The Dallas Cowboys made it clear with their first three picks in this draft that they are maximizing their investment in Tony Romo. I had Gavin Escobar in my final mock draft in the fourth round, but truth be told I thought he might be taken in the third. I still like the value, and on tape, the kid catches everything.

Terrance Williams gives you an immediate contributor and an eventual replacement for Miles Austin. He is a guy the Cowboys were probably considering in the second, and to have him fall to them in the third must have sent high fives around the War Room.

J.J. Wilcox is a guy we have followed on The Draft Show all offseason, and a player the Cowboys staff has spoken highly of in the months leading up to the draft. Just from hearing his first few interviews he sounds like a great kid, and I think he might end up being an even better player. There may have been a few safeties in this class more NFL ready right now, but I think Wilcox projects better than most of them.

Nick Eatman:

I can’t lie and say I knew much – if anything – about Gavin Escobar before the pick. He certainly passes the eye test with his size. I have some concerns about getting another pass-catching tight end who needs to work on his blocking. Isn’t that James Hanna? But still, it’s a big weapon for Romo.

But I wanted the Cowboys to take Terrance Williams instead. So naturally, I like the third-round pick to get the Baylor WR. I think he’s a polished, NFL-ready receiver. Look how the other two Baylor receivers did last year as rookies. I think he’ll contribute right away. Wilcox fits a position of need and he’ll have a chance to compete with Matt Johnson and Will Allen to start.

Rowan Kavner:

In getting Gavin Escobar – It seemed more likely the Dallas Cowboys might grab a running back, receiver or safety here rather than a tight end who seemed to excel more as a pass-catcher than a blocker. But he did score 13 touchdowns in his final two seasons, and this team could use his 6-6 frame to help out near the goal line and erase the red zone woes.

As a candidate for the Cowboys’ first round pick, getting Terrance Williams, the nation’s leading receiver in college last season, provided great value in the third round. The trade with San Francisco looks better today than it did the day prior by adding the local star, particularly if they can figure out how to use Williams and Escobar in conjunction with each other.

Safety J.J. Wilcox was a candidate in our mock drafts because of his athleticism and potential, which were both draws for the Cowboys. He doesn’t have much experience as a safety after moving around positions, but he could end up being a special playmaker at safety and should be an immediate contributor on special teams.

2013 NFL DRAFT: Random pre-draft and post-draft tidbits

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys still haven’t come to a final decision with right tackle Doug Free.

Executive vice president Stephen Jones said the two parties need to get something resolved, but they haven’t heard an answer back yet about whether or not Free will accept a pay cut.

“We want him,” Jones said. “We’d love to have him here. I think he’d love to be here. Now the question is, it’s got to work for him and it’s got to work for us.”

Free agent veteran tackles Tyson Clabo and Eric Winston are still available for the taking if the Cowboys choose to make a move after a down year for Doug Free, who ended up splitting time with Jermey Parnell.

“He wants to play better than he played,” Jones said. “I think he’d be the first to tell you that. I think he played better toward the end.”

The Cowboys have thrown around the idea about moving him to guard, but as of this point that doesn’t appear likely.

Editors comment: I’d like to see Doug Free’s agent and the Dallas Cowboys work out a new contract that has incentives that allows Free to keep his money with productivity incentives while allow the Cowboys to reduce his salary cap numbers with lower productivity. The current contract can have a lowered cap number, while providing substantial incentive dollars if Doug Free returns to form.

Tony Romo offers pre-draft opinions

Much was made of the tidbit, revealed on Friday,  that Romo himself came to Valley Ranch to evaluate Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams ahead of their eventual selections.

Apparently, Romo visited with both Jerry and Stephen Jones for about an hour during the tight end meeting room late Friday afternoon.

But Jones was quick to point out that Romo hasn’t been hard to find this offseason.

“Make no mistake about it, Romo has been all over this place,” Jones said. “He hasn’t been in here every day in this draft room, but he has been all over this place back here with the coaches. He’s in the building; it’s not much effort to bring him in.”

Editors comment: I believe we’re going to see a major transformation within Tony Romo and the organization beginning this offseason. Expect him to be much more involved in “all things” offensive. He’s reached a point in maturity and experience were his input can really help with aspects seen on the field and those decision made behind closed doors.  

The Wilcox factor – The More You Can Do …

For three seasons at Georgia Southern, J.J. Wilcox played running back and receiver. Not until late August did he get the chance to move over to defense.

Less than a year later, he’s a third-round pick of the Cowboys (80th overall) with a shot to compete for a starting job.

Wilcox said he believes switching positions didn’t hurt his chances of becoming a higher pick, but probably enhanced them. And more importantly, will allow him to compete for a spot.

“It doesn’t make you limited. You come in and the team can use you anywhere,” Wilcox said. “ I think it helps out a lot with ball skills, foot work, hips and dictation that you need to be a good safety such as good route running and understanding how the receivers run their routes and how they come out and what their stems are, and stuff like that. Playing offense for three years helped me out back at safety this year and hopefully this will transfer over to the NFL and I’ll become one of the best safeties in the NFL.”

Despite not playing the position until his senior season, Wilcox said he always eyed the safety spot.

“I always wanted to be a safety. I had love for the game from day one,” Wilcox said. “Some of my favorite players are from the safety position and I grew up watching the Cowboys. It’s just a blessing to just put a star on the side of my helmet.”

Editors comment: The local media has had their eyes on J.J. Wilcox for quite some time now. He is very highly regarded in local football circles. I think we can expect big things from Wilcox on the field and locker room. He is a smart diversified player with great leadership qualities.

2013 NFL DRAFT–DAY TWO: Broaddus scouting report on safety J.J. Wilcox

2013 NFL DRAFT–DAY TWO - Broaddus scouting report on safety J.J. Wilcox

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  • One of my favorite players to study on tape…this guy is not afraid to blow you up but you will also see him play a little in coverage….is a physical player like a linebacker…is very aggressive…will be a little too aggressive at times and miss in space but will wrap you up too…
  • Has some strength when he tackles…ball carrier is on the ground…not afraid to be part of the attack…once he sees it, he is gone…does a nice job of avoiding blocks…will really rally to the ball…arrives with a bad attitude…can stay with his man in coverage but this is the area will he need the most work because he hasn’t had many opportunities…
  • Will need to work on recognition but you don’t see busts or a dumb player here…better when he can come forward…emotional player…will carry the tight end up the field…can beat blocks in space…when he gets going, he can cover some ground…
  • Loves to throw his body around…plays with huge effort…nose for the ball…has been a kickoff return man in his career…averaged over 25 yards a return…was a wide receiver early in his career….he will not be a hard player to find on the field…

Courtesy: Bryan Broaddus | Football Analyst/Scout

RELATED: J.J. Wilcox says playing offense helped him at safety

Safety J.J. Wilcox, taken with the Dallas Cowboys’ second pick in the third round, played offense his first three years at Georgia Southern. He was a slot receiver and also carried the ball, finishing his career with 45 catches for 898 yards and four touchdowns and 138 carries for 968 yards and 13 touchdowns.

But it didn’t slow him down when he moved to safety last year. He recorded 88 tackles, three pass breakups and two interceptions.

“It doesn’t make you limited,” he said. “You have to be a good athlete and a good team player at any position. It helps you with ball skills, feet, hips. You understand route recognition, how receivers come out. Playing offense all three years definitely helped me out playing safety in college. Hopefully it will help me out once I’m in the NFL.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he was impressed by how smoothly Wilcox adapted to safety last year after not having played the position since high school.

“If you watch him play, he leaps off the screen at you,” Garrett said. “He can run, he can hit. He plays with great explosiveness. For a guy who hadn’t done this since high school, he really seemed to pick up the position well.”

Wilcox said he likes playing safety, anyway.

“You know, back in the days when you were playing Emmitt Smith and John Lynch, playing tiger football in the back yard growing up, I laid a couple guys out,” he said, drawing laughs from reporters. “I got laid out a couple of times, too. But I was usually one of the ones that wound up on top.”

2013 NFL DRAFT–DAY TWO: Dallas Cowboys got steal with Baylor WR Terrance Williams

2013 NFL DRAFT–DAY TWO - Dallas Cowboys got steal with Baylor WR Terrance Williams

IRVING, Texas – During the 2009 season, Terrance Williams was a redshirt freshman at Baylor and was getting his team ready for a big game against Oklahoma State. During the week, Williams wore an orange No. 1 jersey on the scout team, simulating OSU’s star receiver Dez Bryant.

Four years later, Williams and Bryant are now teammates, and perhaps even the receiving duo of the future for the Cowboys. But if anything, Williams joins a current receiving corps that also features Miles Austin and promising youngsters Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley.

The Cowboys entertained the thought of taking Williams at No. 31, but went with Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. Williams was nearly taken at No. 47 on Friday, but San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar was the eventual pick.

But at No. 74, the selection the Cowboys picked up Thursday by trading out of the 18th pick, they couldn’t pass on Williams for the third time. Williams, a local star from W.T. White High School in Dallas, said he couldn’t believe when he saw his phone ringing with the 972 area code on the number.

“It feels like a dream, to be honest, to be drafted by a team that I grew up watching and always liked,” Williams said. “To get a chance to play for them, this just means the world to me.”

Baylor head coach Art Briles visited with Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for about 30 minutes last weekend and said he got the feeling the Cowboys would take him if he was around.

“Dallas got a steal and he got a thrill,” Briles quipped Friday night after the pick. “It’s great for both sides. (Williams) got to go the place he’s always loved and supported and the Cowboys got a great football player and teammate. He’ll be a great professional.”

Briles knows a thing or six about sending receivers to the NFL. Last year, rookies Kendall Wright (Titans) and Josh Gordon (Browns) had successful seasons coming out of Baylor, which also produced Carolina three-year veteran David Gettis. Briles also coached Donnie Avery at Houston and recruited Wes Welker when he was an assistant coach at Texas Tech.

Briles said Williams is as NFL-ready as all of them.

“I think he’s ready, no question. He can jump on the field today and play,” said Briles, who had a quick response when asked to comment on the notion Williams might not have game-breaking speed. “First thing that pops in my mind is that he’s fast enough to have 1,800 yards and the leading receiver in America. Facts don’t lie.”

Williams (6-2, 212) ran a 4.52 at the combine last February. His 1,832 yards led the nation last year, along with 97 catches and 12 touchdowns. A finalist for Biletnikoff Award for the nation’s top receiver, Williams improved his stats every season, including 43 catches for 484 yards as a sophomore and 59 for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011 with Robert Griffin III as the quarterback.

Earlier in his career, Williams had to wait his turn behind Wright and Gordon and shared some snaps with Lanear Sampson, who could be a late-round pick in this draft. So Williams shouldn’t have a problem learning from guys Bryant and Miles Austin.

“I can be a good bailout person – somebody who can also take the pressure off Dez, Miles and Jason (Witten),” Williams said. “And someone who can just continue to help them stretch out the field and make big catches when I’m called upon. That’s something I think I can really help out with.”

But make no mistake, Williams is certainly excited about teaming up with Bryant.

“That’s somebody that I really like and to get a chance to play besides him means the world to me because now I get to learn from one of the best and somebody who can help me throughout this whole process and bring the best out in me. I’m just ready to go to work and play football now.”

Editors note: Also think of Terrance Williams as a replacement for Kevin Ogletree’s past role on the roster. Williams has a tremendous upside and with his speed, could push all of the current wide receivers on the team.

2013 NFL DRAFT–DAY TWO: Dallas Cowboys use second pick on towering tight-end Gavin Escobar

2013 NFL DRAFT–DAY TWO - Dallas Cowboys use second pick on towering tight-end Gavin Escobar - The Boys Are Back blog 2013

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys used their second round pick at No. 47 overall on San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar.

Escobar compiled 122 catches for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns in his three-year career. He actually had his most productive season his sophomore year in 2011, when he finished with 51 catches for 780 yards and seven touchdowns. Escobar followed that up with 42 catches for 543 yards and six touchdowns last year.

The 6-foot-6, 254-pound tight end is the highest pick the Cowboys have used on a tight end since selecting David LaFleur in the first round with the 22nd overall pick in 1997.

The last time the Cowboys used a second-round pick on a tight end was in 2008, when they took Martellus Bennett with the 61st overall pick. Escobar was the third tight end selected in this draft, behind Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz.

The Cowboys already have a backup tight end behind Jason Witten in James Hanna, a sixth-round pick last year, but Escobar should be able to compete immediately for playing time. Witten just finished his 10th NFL season last year with a career-high 110 catches for 1,039 yards.

DALLAS COWBOYS 2013 NFL DRAFT: First round pick–Top ranked Center Travis Frederick–Wisconsin

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Player

Pos.

Pos. Rank

School

Class

Ht.

Wt.

Travis Frederick

C

1

Wisconsin

rJr

6-4

312

The Dallas Cowboys drafted the #1 ranked center in the 2013 NFL Draft. See the full analysis below.

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2013 NFL DRAFT – FIRST ROUND

 

Team

Team Needs

Drafted

1

Kansas City Chiefs

OL; LB; DL

Fisher, Eric (OT)

2

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB; DL; CB

Joeckel, Luke (OT)

3

Miami Dolphins (from Oakland)

OL; CB; RB

Jordan, Dion (DE)

4

Philadelphia Eagles

CB; QB; OL

Johnson, Lane (OT)

5

Detroit Lions

OL; DL; LB

Ansah, Ziggy (DE)

6

Cleveland Browns

QB; CB; LB

Mingo, Barkevious (DE)

7

Arizona Cardinals

OL; LB; RB

Cooper, Jonathan (OG)

8

St Louis Rams (from Buffalo)

WR; S; RB

Austin, Tavon (WR)

9

New York Jets

WR; LB; S

Milliner, Dee (CB)

10

Tennessee Titans

CB; DL; LB

Warmack, Chance (OG)

11

San Diego Chargers

OL; CB; LB

Fluker, D.J. (OT)

12

Oakland Raiders (from Miami)

DL; S; TE

Hayden, D.J. (CB)

13

New York Jets

WR; LB; S

Richardson, Sheldon (DT)

14

Carolina Panthers

DL; S; OL

Lotulelei, Star (DT)

15

New Orleans Saints

LB; S; CB

Vaccaro, Kenny (SS)

16

Buffalo Bills (from St. Louis)

QB; OL; WR

Manuel, EJ (QB)

17

Pittsburgh Steelers

LB; S; RB

Jones, Jarvis (OLB)

18

San Francisco (from Dallas)

S; DL; CB

Reid, Eric (FS)

19

New York Giants

OL; DL; CB

Pugh, Justin (OT)

20

Chicago Bears

LB; OL; WR

Long, Kyle (OG)

21

Cincinnati Bengals

OL; RB; S

Eifert, Tyler (TE)

22

Atlanta Falcons (from St. Louis via Washington)

CB; DL; LB

Trufant, Desmond (CB)

23

Minnesota Vikings

LB; DL; WR

Floyd, Sharrif (DT)

24

Indianapolis Colts

DL; OL; CB

Werner, Bjoern (DE)

25

Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)

LB; DL; WR

Rhodes, Xavier (CB)

26

Green Bay Packers

OL; RB; DL

Jones, Datone (DE)

27

Houston Texans

WR; LB; OL

Hopkins, DeAndre (WR)

28

Denver Broncos

DL; CB; RB

Williams, Sylvester (DT)

29

Minnesota Vikings (from New England)

LB; DL; WR

Patterson, Cordarrelle (WR)

30

St. Louis Rams (from Atlanta)

WR; S; RB

Ogletree, Alec (ILB)

31

Dallas Cowboys (from San Francisco)

OL; S; DL

Frederick, Travis (C)

32

Baltimore Ravens

LB; WR; OL

Elam, Matt (FS)


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