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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: 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

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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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Class

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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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DRAFT DAY RESOURCES: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft–Fan supplements for tonight’s primetime coverage

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The 2013 NFL Draft returns to primetime, with the first round taking place tonight (Thurs., April 25) at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the second and third rounds on Fri., April 26 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Rounds 4-7 will be held Sat., April 27 at 12 p.m. ET.

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PRINT AND PREDICT: You’re on the clock–The official Dallas Cowboys 2013 Mock Draft worksheet

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For weeks now … we’ve heard, read, and have seen everyone’s (and their brothers) mock version of the 2013 NFL Draft. Now, (since you’re a loyal The Boys Are Back reader) you have all of the information you need to stage your own war-room.

Just for kicks, print out the worksheet below and make your 2013 NFL Draft predictions … or use it to determine which players will fall into the Dallas Cowboys #18 slot. Remember, Dallas may elect to move up, down, or another team may jump ahead of the Cowboys and snag that all important OL, S, or DL.

Editors Note: The worksheet below reflects a change announced today by the NFL. The New York Jets have dealt Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Team needs: DB; QB; DL) for the #13 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The Jets also receive a conditional 4th rounder that could escalate into a 3rd round selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Reminder … the NFL Draft begins in FOUR days! The pages below are dedicated to the NFL Draft.

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Team

Team Needs

Your Draft Pick

1

Kansas City Chiefs

OL; LB; DL

 

2

Jacksonville Jaguars

QB; DL; CB

 

3

Oakland Raiders

DL; S; TE

 

4

Philadelphia Eagles

CB; QB; OL

 

5

Detroit Lions

OL; DL; LB

 

6

Cleveland Browns

QB; CB; LB

 

7

Arizona Cardinals

OL; LB; RB

 

8

Buffalo Bills

QB; OL; WR

 

9

New York Jets

WR; LB; S

 

10

Tennessee Titans

CB; DL; LB

 

11

San Diego Chargers

OL; CB; LB

 

12

Miami Dolphins

OL; CB; RB

 

13

New York Jets (from Tampa Bay)

WR; LB; S

 

14

Carolina Panthers

DL; S; OL

 

15

New Orleans Saints

LB; S; CB

 

16

St. Louis Rams

WR; S; RB

 

17

Pittsburgh Steelers

LB; S; RB

 

18

Dallas Cowboys

OL; S; DL

 

19

New York Giants

OL; DL; CB

 

20

Chicago Bears

LB; OL; WR

 

21

Cincinnati Bengals

OL; RB; S

 

22

St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

WR; S; RB

 

23

Minnesota Vikings

LB; DL; WR

 

24

Indianapolis Colts

DL; OL; CB

 

25

Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle)

LB; DL; WR

 

26

Green Bay Packers

OL; RB; DL

 

27

Houston Texans

WR; LB; OL

 

28

Denver Broncos

DL; CB; RB

 

29

New England Patriots

CB; WR; DL

 

30

Atlanta Falcons

CB; DL; LB

 

31

San Francisco 49ers

S; DL; CB

 

32

Baltimore Ravens

LB; WR; OL

 

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2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: Big, bruiser running back from Michigan State visits Dallas Cowboys

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IRVING, Texas – Le’Veon Bell could fit the Dallas Cowboys’ need for a bruiser as backup running back, capable of handling a full load at any point.

That’s why the Cowboys are one of two teams, along with the Jets, that the former Michigan State star running back said he’s visited so far. Bell was one of 30 players to take a pre-draft visit with the Cowboys.

“The running backs coach (Gary Brown) was very impressed,” Bell said on 105.3 FM The Fan. “He loved the way I can catch the ball. He loves the way I move, especially being a bigger guy. He loves the way I can get in and out of my cuts. I did my thing at Pro Day and in my individual workouts with the Cowboys, and I’m going to continue to impress.”

Bell made his first trip to see the Cowboys facilities this offseason and said he had a great two-day visit, describing the stadium as “unbelievable.” He talked to owner/general manager Jerry Jones, as well as executive vice president Stephen Jones and head coach Jason Garrett.

“They said they want another guy there to be a No. 2 guy who can eventually compete for a starting job,” Bell said. “They said basically they want two starting running backs. That’s what they’re looking for, and I feel like I can bring that to any team in the NFL.”

Bell, who ran for 1,793 yards last year, is on most draft boards as a third or fourth round pick, but he’s been told he could go even higher. He said he’s heard he could even jump into the first round, because of everything he can add to a team.

“I’m the biggest guy of all the backs, probably, height and weight, I can catch the ball out of the backfield just as good as any back,” he said. “I can get tough yardage just as good, if not better, than any back. There’s a lot of things that I can bring to a team. I played a lot of special teams, punt returner, kick returner. There’s a lot of things I can bring to a team, so much value. I’m a bigger guy, so pass protection would be a big plus for me, being able to block bigger linebackers and defensive ends at times.”

The running back grew up in Ohio, but he always watched former Jets running back Curtis Martin, even though his family consisted mostly of Steelers fans.

The Steelers and Jets are among the teams that have shown interest in Bell, along with the Cowboys, Colts and Texans. But Bell, who has friends who are Cowboys fans, doesn’t have a preference in his location or his role. He just wants an opportunity.

“I’m OK with whatever role,” Bell said. “I just want to get drafted and get into camp and compete. Once I compete, I just want a fair chance.”


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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell is a player that the Dallas Cowboys could realistically take.

Looking for a second back to compliment starter DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys watched Bell at his Pro Day and hosted him at Valley Ranch as well.

How did the trip to Dallas go for Bell and what have the Cowboys told him about the possibilities of drafting him?

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound back explain to us why he believes he’s one of best backs in the draft. Plus, Bell tells us the craziest question he got at the NFL Combine.

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2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: Dallas Cowboys insiders reveal their six-round mock draft

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The Dallas Cowboys website staff has created their own mock draft, projecting what the Cowboys will do from rounds 1-6, along with some quick analysis for their decision.

 

Bryan

Nick

Ed

Rowan

David

Round 1
18th

Jonathan

Cooper

G – UNC

Chance

Warmack

G – Alabama

Bjoern

Werner

DE – Fl. State

Kenny

Vaccaro

S – Texas

Sylvester

Williams

DT – UNC

Round 2

Gio

Bernard

RB – UNC

Eric

Reid

S- LSU

Kyle

Long

G/T – Oregon

Larry

Warford

G – Kentucky

Larry

Warford

G – Kentucky

Round 3

Bennie

Logan

DT – LSU

Barrett

Jones

G/C  Alabama

Justin

Hunter

WR – Tennessee

Jonathan

Franklin

RB – UCLA

T.J.

McDonald

S – USC

Round 4

Gerald

Hodges 
LB – Penn St.

Marquise

Goodwin

WR – Texas

Marcus

Lattimore

RB – S. Carolina

Jordan

Mills

OT – LA Tech

Ricky

Wagner

OT – Wisconsin

Round 5

Jakar

Hamilton

S – SC State

Chris

Jones

DT – Bowling Green

Kwame

Geathers

DT – Georgia

Bennie

Logan

DT – LSU

Rex

Burkhead

RB – Nebraska

Round 6

C.J.

Johnson

WR – Grand Valley St.

Dennis

Johnson

RB – Arkansas

Jakar

Hamilton

S – SC State

Corey

Fuller

WR – VA Tech

Reid

Fragel

OT – Ohio State

Bryan Broaddus’ Mock Analysis: For the sake of this Mock Draft I have allowed history to dictate that a guard while slide down the board to the Cowboys spot at 18 and with that move, they would be more than happy to turn the card in of Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina who in my view is the best guard in the draft. When it comes back to their selection in the second round I have them staying in the Tar Heal State and choosing running back Gio Bernard who is a shorter player but gives them some quickness out of the backfield and a different style of a back to pair with Murray. There are those that think Bennie Logan in the 3rd might be a little rich there but I don’t think so and I believe the club feels the same way. The Cowboys did a private workout with him and brought him in on a visit. He could be that one technique that replaces Josh Brent. Gerald Hodges would be a nice fit as a potential Sam while Jakar Hamilton brings some toughness and coverage as a safety. CJ Johnson has outstanding timed speed and catches the ball well. He has played both inside and out so the fit is there. Again, in that round you are looking for traits to develop and he has several.

Nick Eatman’s Mock Analysis: Last week, I went against the mantra I’ve been saying for months – and that’s to draft big, especially on the offensive line. While safety is a need, hopefully that can be addressed in the second round. But if Warmack is around at No. 18, that would be a great pick. I moved Jones to the third round this week because of his injury concerns, but even if he doesn’t play right away, he’s got the talent to wait for. Goodwin is the pure runner that I think this team has missed for a while. Because of that track speed, he probably doesn’t make it that far down to the fourth round. And while the sixth round is probably too long to wait to draft a back, there is something intriguing about Johnson. He won’t be the highest back taken from his school, but he’s a fireplug of a player who is a great kickoff returner and  has the toughness and attitude this team could use. 

Ed Cahill’s Mock Analysis: In this situation I have the Cowboys selecting the best available players on their board. My first round pick has a lot of talent, but may slip to the Cowboys at the eighteenth pick. Bjoern Werner may have to play in rotation for a year, but he gives you depth on the line, a promising future, and some cap relief at the position next season. Kyle Long gives you some flexibility on the offensive line as he could play both guard and tackle. He should have the talent to come in and contribute right away. Justin Hunter has tremendous ability and would be great value if he falls into the third. Now, I’ve been against this for most of the offseason, but if the Cowboys were to bring in a veteran running back I could see them taking a chance on Marcus Lattimore. He’s a tremendous kid with all-pro talent, and given some time I think he could return to form. Kwame Geathers, brother of former Cowboy Clifton Geathers, provides a big body at the 1-technique on the defensive line. Jakar Hamilton is a former Georgia Bulldog who has first half of the draft talent. If he is available in the 5th or 6th it’s an absolute steal.

Rowan Kavner’s Mock Analysis: The needs at offensive line and safety will make the Cowboys consider a variety of options, but Vaccaro fills a need if available in the first round. It’s feasible that all five offensive linemen are gone by the Cowboys’ first pick, and if the top safety’s still on the board, that would make for a logical selection. They could still fill a need at guard in the second round and potentially get a player with first-round talent if Warford’s still on the board. Franklin had a tremendously productive season last year at UCLA and his sub-4.5 speed should draw some interest at the backup spot. I’m starting to think the Cowboys’ starter at right tackle will either be Doug Free or a free agent pickup, but Mills provides adequate size to work with and develop into a potential starter. At 6-foot-2 with 4.3 speed, Fuller has all the tools a team could want with a late pick.

David Helman’s Mock Analysis: I approached this mock draft using the scenario that all of the Cowboys’ offensive line targets were gone by No. 18. I don’t want to reach, and the defensive front needs plenty of help of its own. Sylvester Williams is just that type of pocket collapsing defensive tackle Dallas needs, with 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks last season. If the Cowboys can’t find an offensive lineman they like in the first round, it seems imperative they nab one with their second pick, and Larry Warford is a big dude who played well for an awful team. Round 3 seems like the best place to find value at safety, as T.J.

McDonald is just one of a handful of quality guys who should be there. To make up for missing a lineman at No. 18, I wouldn’t mind them going overboard in the late rounds, starting with Ricky Wagner. I still think this team should add a decent running back, and Burkhead fits that power back mold, plus he’s got local ties. Fragel is inexperienced at offensive tackle but his massive 6-8 frame gives him a lot of upside.

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THE 2013 NFL DRAFT SHOW: Fan Takeover (Video/Audio)

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DALLAS DAY WORKOUTS: Top 30 local prospects spending the day at Valley Ranch (Special Feature)

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys’ scouts will take a break from putting their draft board together today (Wednesday) to take part in the annual scouting combine known as Dallas Day.

The scouts and coaches will put local college players through a Combine style workout at Cowboys Stadium. The workout will allow Jerry and Stephen Jones and Jason Garrett to interact with those college players that might not have received an opportunity to play in an All Star game or attend the Combine.

College Scouting Coordinator Chris Hall historically has done an outstanding job of putting together a group of players that have Dallas as their hometown, along with players from SMU and TCU who are close to the complex at Valley Ranch, and this year is no different.

Each year, Dallas Day has produced better talent because of the job that programs like SMU and TCU have done with their overall program, and also because of the types of kids that are leaving the area and attending schools across the country.

From the Pro Days I was able to attend at SMU and TCU, players like

  • defensive end Margus Hunt,
  • running back Zach Line,
  • receiver Josh Boyce and
  • running back Matthew Tucker

will get their opportunity to visit with the club. Players with hometown ties to Dallas include

  • quarterback Kyle Padron from Eastern Washington,
  • Baylor wide receivers Lanear Sampson and
  • Terrance Williams and
  • Texas A&M receiver Uzoma Nwachukwu.
  • Defensive ends RJ Washington of Oklahoma and
  • DeMontre Moore of Texas A&M will be in as well.

When I worked in the scouting department here, Dallas Day was one of my favorite events because it gave you an opportunity not only to meet some of the top players in the area, but to see some players that might be sixth or seventh round considerations on the board. They could also be players that could become desired priority free agents after the draft. With the success that this team has had with those types of players after the draft, this day has always held great importance.

Courtesy: Bryan Broaddus | Football Analyst/Scout

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The Dallas Cowboys will host players with local ties today (Wednesday) at their annual Dallas Day at Cowboys Stadium for workouts and meetings.

Here’s a list of some players scheduled to attend the event:

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2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: One of these top-two offensive linemen prospects could fall to Dallas Cowboys

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Chance Warmack plays with an edge and is considered one of the top guards in the draft.

No. 2 Offensive lineman: Chance Warmack

Position: Guard

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 317 pounds

School: Alabama

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys signed Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau in free agency last year but still want to upgrade the interior of the offensive line. Warmack is considered one of the top guards in the draft and probably will be off the board when its time for the Cowboys to select at No. 18. Warmack doesn’t have the position flexibility the Cowboys normally want, but he’s a solid player who has the potential to be a starter for the next 10 seasons.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Played all four years at Alabama. … Has strong punch and power to press a defender in pass protection. … Good lower body to anchor, and balance that matches. … Has excellent feet to get to second-level blocks and run his feet through contact. … Is comfortable with a tackle over his nose. … I only question his true foot speed after running 40 in 5.49 seconds. … He’s the top guard in the draft and has a real nasty side. … Overall opinion: Take him if he’s there with the 18th pick.

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Name: Jonathan Cooper

Position: Guard

College: North Carolina

Height/Weight: 6-3, 310

Age: 23 (born Jan. 19, 1990)

Honors: Cooper was one of the nation’s most decorated offensive linemen in 2012. He was a finalist for the 2012 Outland Trophy, and he was a consensus All-American. Cooper was also selected first-team All-ACC and won the league’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy. He was named second-team All-ACC in his sophomore and junior seasons in 2010 and 2011.

Key stat: Injuries are big topic when it comes to the Cowboys, and understandably after 2012. Cooper was the model of reliability during his college career, starting a North Carolina record 47 games over four years.

Where He’s Headed: Cooper is widely regarded as either the best or second-best guard in this draft, along with Alabama’s Chance Warmack. But that doesn’t necessarily diminish Dallas’ chances of landing him. NFL teams don’t put the same premium on guards as they do on offensive tackles, and history proves that.  In the last three drafts, the first guard off the board was taken 24th, 23rd and 17th. A guard hasn’t gone in the top 10 since 1997. And even if one of the duo goes early, the odds seem good that one of them will last into the mid round.

How He Helps the Cowboys:With a rushing attack that ranked almost last in the league, it’s safe to say the Cowboys could benefit from bolstering the line. Adding better protection for the newly-extended Tony Romo wouldn’t hurt either. Cooper has the versatility to play either guard or center, so he’d not only add depth but give the team flexibility in determining how best to improve the line.

Scout’s Take: Been on this guy for a while and have him over Chance Warmack of Alabama because I feel like that you can do more things with him scheme wise than Warmack. Square player that can hold his own inside. Very smooth player. Nice pull and adjust when he has to get outside, will find his target and sustain. Plays on his feet, rare to see him on the ground or off balance. Can adjust on the twist but also shows awareness on the blitz pickup. Can mirror the defender. Can keep position of his block on the move. Will run man past the play. Plays with nice leverage. Helps with the line calls. Will cross the pocket to help when uncovered. Aware to what is going on around him. Athletic enough to line up and play center if he had to, don’t believe Warmack could do that. Great fit for a team that runs zone schemes and wants their linemen on the move but is also strong enough to sit down on his man if he has to.  –Bryan Broaddus

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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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THE 2013 NFL DRAFT SHOW: Mocks drafts and top 25 (Video/Audio)

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2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: Dallas Cowboys insiders reveal their six-round mock draft

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IRVING, Texas – This is the time of year when mock drafts are everywhere.

Websites from all over weigh in with various opinions on where these prospects are going to end up. So each Friday, the DallasCowboys.com staff will select their own mock draft, projecting what the Cowboys will do from rounds 1-6, along with some quick analysis for their decision.

To start it off, the staff has four different players going No. 18 to the Cowboys and none of them have Alabama guard Chance Warmack, who many of the “experts” suggest will fall to Dallas.

Obviously it’s still early in the game but let’s have some fun and let these guys take a stab at it:

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Bryan Broaddus’ Mock Analysis: Going on the thought that all the offensive linemen with the exception of Fluker are off the board. Vaccaro is also off the board as well. Austin is on the board and team could field calls to move back but a chance to add the second best defensive tackle in the draft is too inviting so they turn in the card for Richardson. I think Pugh is a really good player than can work at a couple of different positions. Wheaton is a nice route runner with solid hands. I love Bell’s size and the ability catch the ball out of the backfield. And I really like how Jefferson looks on film as a blocker.

Nick Eatman’s Mock Analysis: I have a hard time thinking both Warmack and Cooper will be there, but if they are, it’s probably a smarter pick to take an interior lineman. But something tells me Vaccaro will be there and the Cowboys will address their safety needs here in the first round. I really like Jones from Alabama. His injury situation will drop him out of the first round but I wouldn’t let him get past me in the second. Reminds me a lot of Max Unger from the Seahawks. Randle looks like the ideal back with good size and has a power style with some speed. Sampson doesn’t have a great ‘wow’ factor but is a productive receiver with big-play ability.

Ed Cahills Mock Analysis: I’ve tried to convince myself that one of top two guards will be available at No. 18, but that is a risky assumption, so I played it safe and selected D.J. Fluker. He would give you a powerful run blocker on the right side of the line. I addressed the safety spot with Matt Elam. This guy is a great read-and-react player with a high motor that would fit well in the Cowboys new defensive scheme. Many will scoff at the Rex Burkhead selection, but when you turn on the film you see a runner with great vision and lateral quickness that could come in and contribute right way. My 6th rounder is not a sexy selection, but Michael Williams is a converted lineman who could prove to be a crucial run blocker in two tight end sets.

Rowan Kavner’s Mock Analysis: The Cowboys have a real opportunity to take advantage of a plethora of talent on the offensive line early on in this draft. Cooper or Chance Warmack would be a must have if still available. Snagging two linemen early would solve the Cowboys’ biggest problem from last season and give them the opportunity to let go of Doug Free if they so choose in June. It’s possible safeties Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Jonathan Cyprien are all gone by the third round, but Thomas could contend for a starting spot immediately. The guy was a total playmaker in college and can do the same as a ball hawk for a defense in desperate need of takeaways.  Logan’s been on the Cowboys’ radar for a while and can fill a need at either the one or three technique. Potential steals are available in this draft at running back, from Rex Burkhead to Knile Davis, but if they’re gone, Stacy could provide some toughness.

David Helman’s Mock Analysis: I don’t think you can go wrong with either Cooper or Warmack, but it seems like Cooper is more likely to be there at No. 18. On top of that, his ability to shift to center could be valuable if the Cowboys have to play musical chairs with their line again. The other line needs help, too, and Short might be the best pass rusher of all the defensive tackles in this class with 6.5 sacks as a senior at Purdue. Thomas jumps out to me because of his abilities as a ballhawk – eight picks during his senior campaign – which is something this secondary needs. Mills is another offensive lineman who could switch positions, which could come in handy. Gillislee is a battering ram who doesn’t have too much wear-and-tear after limited carries early in his Florida career. Boyce has deceptive speed and shiftiness, which could spice up the competition for No. 3 receiver

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2013 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: Brian Broaddus’ Top 25 Prospects

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With the 2013 NFL Draft just a few short weeks away, I thought I would take a moment and go over my top 25 players that I have studied as we prepare for the draft. These are players that I have seen on film or watched work out at the Combine or maybe a Pro Day. Check back each week as I do more film study and gather information to get this list perfect for draft day.

  • For my first overall player, I have Eric Fisher, the offensive tackle from Central Michigan. There is some really nice depth at tackle throughout this draft with three of them possibly going in the top 15. I think it’s close between Fisher and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M with Lane Johnson of Oklahoma in the mix as well. The tape on these tackles is outstanding and I can understand why people might have Joeckel a little higher than Fisher because of the conference that he plays in, but if you watch Fisher against the Big 10 teams he faced, plus what he saw at the Senior Bowl, he more than held his own. Johnson is the best athlete of the group and you can really see it in his play. Strength-wise, all three are on par with each other, which is surprising, but technique-wise, Fisher and Joeckel appear better.
  • I have defensive tackles Sharrif Floyd of Florida and Star Loutulelei of Utah at numbers two and three on my board, respectively, which should not come as much of a surprise. Floyd is a player that I have been on since day one and there are times when I am studying other players from Florida on defense, but I am always peeking to see what he is doing during the play. Loutulelei will be a great fit in any scheme that he plays in. He is active and strong at the point. It looks like this heart condition is behind him and all has checked out well.
  • I think there are more things that you can do with Jonathan Cooper of North Carolina than Chance Warmack of Alabama, which is why I have them at six and seven, respectively. Cooper to me would be better in a zone scheme where Warmack showed some better movement in his workout, so I am not as concerned as I once was but I like Cooper a tick more. Think Cooper could play center if he had to, although I don’t believe that Warmack could.
  • West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin might be the most interesting player in this draft, for several reasons. Ron Wolf, of the Packers, used to say that if a player is short, he had better be able to walk on water. I believe that Austin can do just that. You get a charge when you watch him play. He is one of those guys that can score from any point on the field. He is a difficult player to deal with because of his explosive burst and quickness. He puts huge pressure on the defense with the ball in his hands.
  • Ziggy Ansah of BYU has not played much football in his career, but when he does play, you do see something in his game. I really do believe that he can flourish in the NFL as an edge rusher. He has quickness and length to his game. He is one of those players who is hard to run away from. He finds the ball and slides down the line of scrimmage, has a burst to close, and can redirect.
  • Notre Dame has put some outstanding tight ends into this league over the years but Tyler Eifert is different in that he is not your normal inline “Y.” He has some flexibility to him. What makes him different is there are plays where you see him line up as a wide receiver. He really does a nice job of getting up the field and adjusting to the ball, and is a difficult player to handle when he gets in the red zone. He plays with outstanding balance and awareness, doing a nice job of using his body to gain separation.
  • I think there are some outstanding cornerbacks in this draft. It starts with Alabama’s Dee Milliner, but keep an eye on Jonathan Banks from Mississippi State. Although his Combine 40 time was not great, when you study the games where he covers receivers from Tennessee, LSU and Texas A&M, no one is running away from him. He plays with very quick feet, with a burst and catch speed. He can really drive on the ball, and will usually draw the opponent’s best receiver. Doing a nice job of reading routes, Banks knows how to play against the slant and plays well against the routes underneath. He also plays with awareness for his responsibilities. If he has a flaw, he just needs to get off blocks quicker, but teams can use him to cover in the slot because of his feet.

#

Player

Position

College

1

Eric Fisher

OT

Central Michigan

2

Sharrif Floyd

DT

Florida

3

Star Lotulelei

DT

Utah

4

Luke Joeckel

OT

Texas A&M

5

Dee Milliner

CB

Alabama

6

Jonathan Cooper

OG

UNC

7

Chance Warmack

OG

Alabama

8

Lane Johnson

OT

Oklahoma

9

Tavon Austin

WR

West Virginia

10

Sheldon Richardson

DT

Missouri

11

Dion Jordan

DE/OLB

Oregon

12

Ziggy Ansah

DE

BYU

13

Xavier Rhodes

CB

FloridaState

14

Barkevious Mingo

DE/OLB

LSU

15

Tyler Eifert

TE

Notre Dame

16

Datone Jones

DE

UCLA

17

Kenny Vacarro

S

Texas

18

Kevin Minter

MLB

LSU

19

Cordarrelle Patterson

WR

Tennessee

20

D.J. Fluker

OT

Alabama

21

Jarvis Jones

OLB

Georgia

22

Johnthan Banks

CB

MississippiState

23

Desmond Trufant

CB

Washington

24

Geno Smith

QB

West Virginia

25

Bjoern Werner

DE

FloridaState

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TOP 100 PROSPECTS: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft ranking worksheets

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The 2013 NFL draft is 40 days away. In anticipation, here is part of a five-part series to keep you abreast of the top NFL draft prospects and help you evaluate how the Dallas Cowboys did. As of this date, Dallas will pick at #18, 47, 80, 111, 144 and 175.

These ranking worksheets should come in handy as we anticipate (and critique) each pick during the April 25, 26, and 27th extravaganza. Going into the Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 season, look for the team to address priority needs on the offensive line, defensive line, and safety positions. Looking further, consider picks at tight end (due to Phillips departure), backup running back depth, and other roster role players. Finally, never discount the possibility of a top ranked player falling into the Cowboys lap at a position they (or we) haven’t targeted as a ‘need’.

Refer back to this page, and five-part series, when the draft begins. Helpful links are below. They should open in new tabs. Enjoy!

TOP 25 OVERALL

 

PLAYER

POS

HT

WT

COLLEGE

GRADE

 

Warmack, Chance

OG

6’2″

317

Alabama

95.9

 

Joeckel, Luke

OT

6’6″

306

Texas A&M

94.3

 

Jordan, Dion

DE

6’6″

248

Oregon

93.5

 

Floyd, Sharrif

DT

6’3″

297

Florida

93.5

 

Fisher, Eric

OT

6’7″

306

Central Michigan

93.3

 

Milliner, Dee

CB

6’0″

201

Alabama

93.2

 

Johnson, Lane

OT

6’6″

303

Oklahoma

92.9

 

Mingo, Barkevious

DE

6’4″

241

LSU

92.8

 

Lotulelei, Star

DT

6’2″

311

Utah

92.0

 

Austin, Tavon

WR

5’8″

174

West Virginia

91.4

 

Ansah, Ziggy

DE

6’5″

271

BYU

91.3

 

Richardson, Sheldon

DT

6’2″

294

Missouri

90.7

 

Cyprien, John

FS

6’0″

217

Florida International

90.6

 

Patterson, Cordarrelle

WR

6’2″

216

Tennessee

90.6

 

Brown, Arthur

ILB

6’0″

241

Kansas St.

90.3

 

Jones, Jarvis

OLB

6’2″

245

Georgia

88.8

 

Warford, Larry

OG

6’3″

332

Kentucky

88.3

 

Werner, Bjoern

DE

6’3″

266

Florida St.

88.2

 

Smith, Geno

QB

6’2″

218

West Virginia

88.0

 

Moore, Damontre

DE

6’4″

250

Texas A&M

87.9

 

Hopkins, DeAndre

WR

6’1″

214

Clemson

87.8

 

Vaccaro, Kenny

SS

6’0″

214

Texas

87.7

 

Te’o, Manti

ILB

6’1″

241

Notre Dame

87.5

 

Cooper, Jonathan

OG

6’2″

311

North Carolina

86.9

 

Allen, Keenan

WR

6’2″

206

California

86.3

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TOP OFFENSIVE LINE PROSPECTS: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft ranking worksheet

nfl draft 2013 - radio city music hall - the boys are back blog

The 2013 NFL draft is foremost on the mind of savvy Dallas Cowboy fans. In anticipation, here is part of a five-part series to keep you abreast of the top NFL draft prospects and help you evaluate how the Dallas Cowboys did. As of this date, Dallas will pick at #18, 47, 80, 111, 144 and 175.

These ranking worksheets should come in handy as we anticipate (and critique) each pick during the April 25, 26, and 27th extravaganza. Going into the Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 season, look for the team to address priority needs on the offensive line.

TOP RANKED OFFENSIVE LINE PROSPECTS

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TOP DEFENSIVE LINE PROSPECTS: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft ranking worksheet

nfl draft 2013 - radio city music hall - the boys are back blog

The 2013 NFL draft is foremost on the mind of savvy Dallas Cowboy fans. In anticipation, here is part of a five-part series to keep you abreast of the top NFL draft prospects and help you evaluate how the Dallas Cowboys did. As of this date, Dallas will pick at #18, 47, 80, 111, 144 and 175.

These ranking worksheets should be helpful as we anticipate (and critique) each pick during the April 25, 26, and 27th extravaganza. Going into the Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 season, look for the team to address priority needs on the defensive line.

TOP RANKED DEFENSIVE LINE PROSPECTS

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TOP RANKED SAFETY PROSPECTS: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft ranking worksheet

nfl draft 2013 - radio city music hall - the boys are back blog

The 2013 NFL draft is foremost on the mind of savvy Dallas Cowboy fans. In anticipation, here is part of a five-part series to keep you abreast of the top NFL draft prospects and help you evaluate how the Dallas Cowboys did. As of this date, Dallas will pick at #18, 47, 80, 111, 144 and 175.

These ranking worksheets should come in handy as we anticipate (and critique) each pick during the April 25, 26, and 27th extravaganza. Going into the Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 season, look for the team to address priority needs at the safety position. Recently released safety Gerald Sensabaugh needs to be replaced and Monte Kiffin will be looking for his ‘prototype’ player for the new defense.

TOP RANKED SAFETY PROSPECTS

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TOP RANDOM DRAFT PROSPECTS: Dallas Cowboys 2013 NFL Draft ranking worksheet

nfl draft 2013 - radio city music hall - the boys are back blog

The 2013 NFL draft is foremost on the mind of savvy Dallas Cowboy fans. In anticipation, here is part of a five-part series to keep you abreast of the top NFL draft prospects and help you evaluate how the Dallas Cowboys did. As of this date, Dallas will pick at #18, 47, 80, 111, 144 and 175.

These ranking worksheets should be helpful as we anticipate (and critique) each pick during the April 25, 26, and 27th extravaganza. Going into the Dallas Cowboys 2013-2014 season, look for the team to address priority needs on the offensive line, defensive line, and safety positions. Looking further, consider picks at tight end (due to Phillips departure), backup running back depth, and other roster role players. Finally, never discount the possibility of a top ranked player falling into the Cowboys lap at a position they (or we) haven’t targeted as a ‘need’.

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