The Dallas Cowboys have officially signed their second round pick defensive end Randy Gregory to a three-year contract worth 3.8 million dollars with a signing bonus slightly over a million dollars according to several reports.
Chad Sabadie of Fox 8 reports that the Dallas Cowboys met with offensive tackle La’el Collins yesterday evening at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ private residence. Collins was welcomed by players including starting quarterback Tony Romo and members of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line.
Cowboys owners Jerry Jones told Collins that he wanted to assemble the greatest offensive line in NFL history.
Draft Profile via NFL.com
Thick through chest and displays upper-body strength. Has strong hands and will snatch and control less active defenders. He takes defenders for a ride once he’s engaged on the move. Loves to mash and intimidate opponents. Mean player. Can center pass rushers and end their attempt in pass pro. Utilizes length in pass protection and is acclimated to a pro-style offense. Able to run-block and pass-set laterally. Well-schooled and technically proficient. If he gets beat on a play, he comes back even harder on the next snap. Finisher. Can come in and play guard or tackle.
Fails to consistently bring hips and feet with him through contact in the running game, causing him to fall forward and lose balance. Hand usage is a major concern. Hands will start too low in pass pro at times and has to work hard to redirect. Change of direction is slow for a tackle. Relies on lunging rather than foot movement to counter inside moves. Plays high out of stance and loses leverage battle on short-yardage confrontations. Will have to move to right tackle or inside.
SOURCES TELL US
“I love the guy on tape. Big-time finisher in the run game and we need that. What I don’t like is that his hands are bad as a pass blocker right now and I’m not sure he gets that fixed right away.” — AFC offensive line coach
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Name: Laurence Gibson
Position: Offensive Tackle
College: Virginia Tech
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 305
Draft Position: 7th rd, 243rd overall
Plays with good lateral quickness when asked to zone block. Has enough foot quickness to race to and battle for the edge in run game. Added more than 20 pounds before the 2014 season, and showed improved play strength on tape. Highly intelligent with ability to process and recognize. Does adequate job of rolling hips at contact to create leverage. Manages to seal the edge against pass rushers at the last moment and will push rushers around the arc.
Plays with sloppy hand placement in run and pass. Lacks power to snatch and sustain blocks with consistency. Ducks head into contact, losing sight of target. Plays with some knee stiffness. Struggles to gain much ground with overly tight kick slide and finds himself behind too often. Lacks desired power in lower half as a run blocker. Too excitable and struggles to maintain body composure in space. Still lacks core strength, despite adding weight.
Name: Mark Nzeocha
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 232
Draft Position: 7th rd, 236th overall
Size, strength and speed numbers are outstanding. Has length and speed to throw a net over running backs trying to turn a corner and reel them in. Busts it in the weight room. Shows power in his hands and upper body to strike a blow against second-level blockers and keep himself clean. Extremely rangy playmaking ability. Agile in his scrape and generally avoids trash at his feet. Former safety who has long speed to stick with running backs out of the backfield. Transitions forward with control and is a wrap-up tackler.
Suffered a season-ending knee injury in October and it could impact his draft standing. Played club football in Germany during his high school years and is still learning to play the game. Instincts and awareness are well below average for the college game. Can be seen sprinting back into coverage on run plays and will drift around lost in zone coverage at times. Slow to diagnose and attack. Will take a poor angle into his run fit and lose leverage. Wyoming kept coverage as basic as it could for him. via NFL.com
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Name: Damien Wilson
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 254
Highlights/Awards: 2nd Team All Big 10 Honors
Draft Position: 4th round, 127th pick overall
Solidly built frame with above average arm length for the position – lost 15 pounds prior to his senior season…quick first step and loves to throw his body around with very good closing burst…reliable tackling technique, lowering his head and opening arms to wrap and drive through his target…physical pop at contact with good take-on skills, using his long arms to work off bodies and keep blockers at bay.
Dialed-in instincts and plays with a chip – appeared more confident as a senior with a full year under his belt at Minnesota…passionate player who loves to compete and hates to come off the field…high threshold for pain and toughs through injuries…productive senior season, finishing third in the Big Ten in tackles per game (9.2).
Needs to keep his weight under control and maintain consistent conditioning…aggressiveness hits both extremes, waiting for the action to come to him on some plays and then overpursuing misdirection on others – needs to find balance between his eagerness and discipline…has some hip tightness that shows in coverage when covering down the seam…room to improve his spatial awareness in zone coverages.
Needs to control his intensity and play smarter, eliminating late hit penalties…good speed, but struggles to make up ground after a false step…durability could be a long-term issue due to his propensity for physical collisions – tore the meniscus in his knee (Nov. 2013) that required surgery, but didn’t miss a game.
Via Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com
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Name: Chaz Green
Position: Offensive Tackle
College: Florida Gators
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 314
Highlights/Awards: Freshman All-American honors
Draft Position: 3rd round, 91st pick overall
Plays with good footwork and overall pass-protection technique on his initial pass sets. Hand placement is adequate. Plays with open eyes and desired football intelligence. Has a feel for stunts, twists and blitzes and can pick them up. Good initial quickness to get to tough reach blocks and climbs smoothly to second-level blocks. Played left and right tackle at Florida. Might have the athleticism and functional strength to play all five O-line positions.
Poor base blocker in the run game. Doesn’t get the hip rotation needed after initial engagement and plays with lean over drive, despite some power in his legs. Stops his feet and loses defender against counter moves on pass rushes. Could use more time in weight room for added upper-body strength. Needs to carry hands higher in pass-pro setup. Missing a jarring punch to keep pass rusher from caving the edge. Scouts question functional strength to redirect defenders around edge or on inside moves.
Name: Randy Gregory
Position: Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 235
Highlights/Awards: 1st team All-Big Ten honors, 17.5 career sacks
Draft Position: 2nd round, 60th pick overall
STRENGTHS: Uses length well to extend and shoot his arms into blockers. Explosive get-off and burst to advance upfield very quickly, displaying outstanding speed and closing burst in pursuit of the ballcarrier. Quick feet, east moving laterally to avoid blockers, appearing natural in space and on his feet with smooth change of direction movements. Active hands. Never quits fighting to the ball.
WEAKNESSES: Lean, lanky frame and needs to continue and develop strength and natural power. Needs to load more ammo into his hands to better convert speed to power. Struggles to anchor and can be driven backward, especially at the point of attack when attempting to leverage blockers who get under his pads. Injuries in 2014 to be inspected closely during pre-draft checks.
Compares To: Aldon Smith, San Francisco 49ers — With the same combination of length and explosiveness to terrorize quarterbacks, Gregory has elite potential. A 4-3 defensive end for the Cornhuskers, he has the agility, speed and awareness to get home out of the two-point stance if a move to outside linebacker is required. -Dane Brugler via CBS Sports.com
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Name: Byron Jones
Position: Defensive Back
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 199
Highlights/Awards: 12’3″ broad jump (world record)
Draft Position: 1st round, 27th pick overall
STRENGTHS: Tall, athletic frame with good overall muscle definition and distribution. Possesses easy athleticism with light feet, fluid change of direction and quick acceleration to mirror receivers. Understands angles and shows good route recognition to keep his body between the quarterback and his receiver.
Often lined up in press coverage at UConn, showing the balance, aggression and confidence to compete for early playing time in a similar scheme in the NFL. Good vision to locate the football and shows good hand-eye coordination and soft mitts to take advantage of interception opportunities (eight over his career). Sound tackler who breaks down well and uses his long arms to lasso ball-carriers. Voted a team captain as a senior.
WEAKNESSES: Underwent surgery on his left shoulder in October and remains limited while he recovers. Wasn’t viewed as a particularly physical defender even prior to the injury and therefore there is some concern as to how aggressive he’ll be following surgery. Good lateral agility and balance but his feet tend to get stuck when breaking back toward the quarterback, leaving receivers a sliver of space to haul in passes.
To his credit, Jones closes quickly and is a reliable tackler. Said following his record-breaking leap that even he was surprised by his jump, saying that his personal best prior to the Combine was 11-7, a full eight inches short of his leap in Indianapolis.
COMPARES TO: Prince Amukamara, Giants: By suffering a season-ending shoulder injury midway through his senior season, Jones didn’t earn all-conference or all-star game attention but the tape shows an instinctive, athletic defender with the size, toughness and work ethic to project as a future NFL starter.-Rob Rang via CBS Sports
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We are finally here Dallas Cowboys fans the 2015 NFL Draft is here!
Who will get that phone call from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones?
Who will be that key draft pick to take the Dallas Cowboys to the top?
Dallas Cowboys Draft Order
Round 1: 27th (overall)
Round 2: 60th
Round 3: 91st
Round 4: 127th
Round 5: 163rd
Round 7: 236th
Round 7: 243rd
Don’t forget we will be at The Maverick Bar tonight for our draft party starting at 6:30 pm.
The Dallas Cowboys select USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Another piece of smart drafting by the Dallas Cowboys to draft the young beast of an offensive lineman!
Tyron is an important piece of the Dallas Cowboys effort in rebuilding the “Great Wall” offensive line.
Smith is one of the best prospects on the hoof in this class. Blessed with an ideal NFL frame and has the outstanding feet and athleticism necessary to be a starting left tackle. Does a great job staying in front of speed rushers, locks on and sustains, and can anchor against the bull rush. Shows solid power in the running game and is really productive out in space. Football IQ is lacking. Fails to find his target at times in the running games and is a tick slow recognizing blitzes. Smith could come off the board early in the first round due to his rare physical gifts.—NFL.com
The Dallas Cowboys select center Travis Frederick with the 31st overall pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
What a lot of Dallas Cowboys fans saw as a head scratcher turned out to be one of the best young offensive lineman coming out of the draft class. Frederick is one of the key pieces of rebuilding the “Great Wall” here in Dallas.
Draft Analysis (via NFL.com)
“This is a kid who is a typical Wisconsin offensive lineman. He’s tough and takes great angles, but I had a third-round grade on him, and I think it’s a little bit of a reach at this point.” — Mike Mayock
We are just three days until the 2015 NFL Mock Draft kicks off in Chicago, I figured I would join in on all the fun speculation about mock drafts. In this mock draft, I am going to try to get inside the heads of Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones, and Will McClay by accurately predicting their every this weekend.
Without further ado, my 2015 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Round 1- Eric Kendricks LB UCLA
This might be the hardest projection for the Cowboys in 2015. With not one specific glaring need on either side of the ball, figuring out where Dallas will go awfully troublesome. Personally one of my favorite players in the draft, Kendricks could be the potential replacement to Rolando McClain after this season. This pick wouldn’t be exactly about need but strictly for value.
Kendricks has an unbelievable knack for making plays.
Round 2- TJ Yeldon RB Alabama
TJ Yeldon is one of the many ideal fits at running back for the Dallas Cowboys in this draft.
A very patient runner, Yeldon meshes well with what this offensive line does, and that is just physically dominating a defense’s front 7. Even though he does not have the biggest frame, he is one of the top running backs in pass protection. Yeldon would also create many mismatches coming out of the backfield. In essence, he can easily replace DeMarco Murray.
Round 3- Josh Shaw CB USC
Josh Shaw would be a potential first round pick if it weren’t for a series of incidents that led to his suspension for lying to coaches on how he got injured. However, that is besides the point. Due to Shaw not having “élite athleticism and speed”, he fits in very well working as a Cover 2 CB and FS.
Shaw is very disruptive when in coverage and when the ball is in the air. His tremendous ball skills are what the Cowboys need in the back-end. His versatility could benefit him well when coming to Dallas, assuming he will split reps at FS with JJ Wilcox.
Round 4- Frank Clark DE Michigan
Frank Clark is another perfect fit for Rod Marinelli’s defense. According to Bob Strum of the Dallas Morning News, Clark is a “high energy edge rusher who has caused a lot of havoc in the offensive backfield over the years and has a real interesting combination of skills.”
Clark is also a versatile player, he can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt. His off the field issues are well-known and very controversial. However, Jerry Jones has done a fine job at mentoring players with long lists of off the field issues. If it weren’t for his personal history, he’d be a 1st-2nd round pick.
Round 5- Lorenzo Doss CB Tulane
One of the more athletic cornerbacks in this class, the Cowboys could use Doss’s athleticism and ball skills. Doss has one trait that I fail to see in most of the corners on the current roster, he likes to take chances and go after the ball.
While it can be a dangerous play at times, the Cowboys need more players that will attempt to make a play on the ball. When playing at his best, he could be a very formidable complementary number 2 cornerback.
Round 7- JT Surratt DT South Carolina
JT Surratt possesses the size on the interior defensive line that the Cowboys haven’t had in years. The fifth year senior is a great run-stuffing DT that excels in moving other interior offensive lineman. Combining that and excellent hand placement and footwork, he could be a nice complement to Tyrone Crawford in the middle.
Round 7- JJ Nelson WR UAB
You don’t have to take my word for it, this guy is FAST. I mean, insanely fast. Nelson ran the fastest 40 yard dash time at the combine with a blazing 4.28!
Nelson isn’t exactly another weapon for Romo to consistently throw to underneath, but he could be the best replacement for Dwayne Harris in the return game. At UAB this season, Nelson had an astonishing 38.7 yard kick return average and 4 touchdowns.
In conclusion, I would be very pleased if this is the direction the Cowboys went with this years draft. In the process of the eight picks the Dallas Cowboys have in this hypothetical draft, they would have acquired a starting running back and plenty of other future stars in this league.
As for now, we’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Dallas Cowboys COO Stephen Jones was on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday morning and of course he was asked about the opportunity to snag Adrian Peterson. With the draft looming so close the old saying certainly goes into place , if a GM’s lips ( Or VP in this case..)are moving this time of year he is likely lying. I believe him in this case, I don’t see the Cowboys front office that has been so careful with off-season moves doing anything dramatic to snag Adrian Peterson , as much as the fans would love to see him with the star on his helmet.
“I don’t see that happening,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “I think draft picks are so important for us.
That’s where your value is in this salary cap era. I see us using all of our picks and hopefully do it in a good, wise way. Hopefully when the draft is all said and done, we’ll have really improved our football team.
“I don’t see us using any picks to trade for veteran ball players.” ( Per Dallas Morning News )
So, no need to fret over Scandrick plus a pick for Adrian Cowboys Nation.
The Cowboys clearly want and need to draft a running back, they have had six visit Valley Ranch this off-season among about 20+ defensive players. If you want to know where the Cowboys see major needs, look at the visits in the last month or so. Who will be there at 27 for the Cowboys? They clearly need to replace the rushing leader in Murray but the needs in the back field are obvious and much-needed.
The Dallas Cowboys need an A+ draft, typically it takes time for a player to really make an impact with a team, hence some of the moves already made this off-season. When it comes down to it, it’s time to really trust the front office now that Jerry doesn’t appear to be controlling 100% of the decisions, if he wants Peterson he is being out weighed by his officers.
I think it is about time to finally put the Adrian Peterson to Dallas rumors to bed and move on to our major needs in the draft. Plenty of running back talent that could be seen in the second round or maybe later, as well as some good defensive units.
Sources: dallasnews.com/sports, 105.3 The Fan
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that NFL hopeful Georgia running back Todd Gurley’s knee checked out fine during his medical recheck exam.
Before his ACL injury to his knee Gurley was a top ten draft pick and with the recent news on his knee I doubt Gurley will be there at number 27 for the Dallas Cowboys.
Todd Gurley’s hightlight
Georgia vs Auburn 2014
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Draft day is closing in quickly, the excitement and anticipation is mounting. I’m sure by now everybody has looked over several mock drafts and found out for yourselves that there is no clear consensus of what the Dallas Cowboys will do with their 27th pick in the first round.
Allow me to explain why I think our Dallas Cowboys should take a cornerback with that first round selection.
It’s easy to say we need to replace DeMarco Murray and make a splash move with Todd Gurley, or assume we have to take Melvin Gordon. I’ve come to expect that in all likelihood Gurley will be long gone before our 27th selection, and I also have Gordon going not long after, I’d guess somewhere in the middle to late teens.
To have one of those backs would be a great addition to our team, young, cheap running backs with a ton of upside behind our O-Line is surely drool worthy, but my train of thought is that of looking at the depth at the RB spot in this years draft. I see no problem waiting until the 2nd or 3rd round for our future ball carrier.
Now take a look at our cornerback position. All the question marks concerning health, contracts, and the relative unknown leaves me unsettled.
Morris Claiborne, who has been a disappointment to date any way, is coming off major knee surgery and will most likely miss a portion of training camp.
Brandon Carr has been formidable but with his salary and potential contract issue looming, its tough to see us depending on him to help be a top CB for us. Tyler Patmon, and the newly acquired Corey White, give me some intrigue with their ability but it is much too early to see the Cowboys leaning on them for heavy production. Which leaves me to Orlando Scandrick, the only CB on our roster that has been a constant producer at that position and only player I feel comfortable with when he lines up across a top WR.
Looking at this years draft talent, I’m excited. Tons of natural ability, and football IQ. There is how ever some baggage but that’s up to management and the scouting department to decide who is worth the risk. Players such as Marcus Peters from Washington, Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest, and Byron Jones from UCONN, are the players that come to mind for me.
The talent is evident, and there’s a great chance one or two of them will be there when our first round selection is on the clock. Size, speed, and the ability to be a number one Corner is in every one of the players mentioned. All that being said, it’s not quiet as deep as the running back class and the need is just as strong across the league for cornerbacks as there is for running backs. Waiting until the 2nd round to try to steal one of these top flight corners is a risky move that may not work out, but i feel differently about stealing a back in the same scenario.
If I was Dallas, I would take one of those Corners named before with the 27th pick and feel real good about a running back being there for them in the 2nd. Top cornerback in the 1st, top back in the 2nd, and to me that’s a great start to a promising draft for the Dallas Cowboys.
So Cowboys Nation what do you say? CB in the first a good idea? RB instead? Or maybe go in a different direction all together? Let us know, but either way, get excited ladies and gentlemen, the Draft is almost upon us.
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With the NFL becoming more and more of a passing league, the cornerback position is also becoming more and more crucial. Not every team has a Joe Haden, Darrell Revis, or Richard Sherman.
Our Dallas Cowboys are dealing with a bit of a conundrum at the position. Orlando Scandrick was drafted in the 5th round back in 2008. He fought for the starting job, kept it, and earned himself a well deserved contract and pro bowl appearances. Tyler Patmon went undrafted in 2014, showed his talent in training camp, and beat out B.W. Webb for a roster spot. If we could have another Scandrick and Patmon we would be strong at the position, but we currently have a Carr and a Claiborne.
Brandon Carr was a big free agency acquisition for the Cowboys in 2012. The team needed a corner, and after Cortland Finnegan signed a $50 million deal that year with the St. Louis Rams, the Cowboys’ hand was forced. In order to land the only other viable corner on the market at the time, Dallas had to match that price, giving Carr essentially the same deal. That same year, Dallas traded up in the draft to take Claiborne 6th overall. Both corners were huge gambles that have yet to pay off.
Morris Claiborne falls under the much dreaded label of “injury prone”. He has yet to play a full season. In his three season with Dallas, he has only managed 72 total tackles and 3 interceptions. In that same time frame, Scandrick notched 125 total tackles and 4 interceptions. Claiborne has not played like a 1st round talent, and the front office must not see the potential since they have yet to pick up his 5th year option. This is literally his last chance to prove himself, which can work as a motivator for some players (i.e. Mark Ingram), but his health still remains a question mark.
Brandon Carr is due to make $8 million this season. We have a better chance of season DeMarco Murray traded back to the Cowboys on draft day than seeing Brandon Carr make that kind of money in 2015. His agent says he won’t take a pay cut, but he will and he should. Carr was a force with the Kansas City Chiefs, but that production hasn’t translated in Dallas. In his final three seasons in Kansas City, Carr defended 59 passes, yet in his three seasons in Dallas he only managed to break up 30. He showed what he can do in our playoff win, keeping Calvin Johnson under 100 yards and out of the end zone. However, there is a lack of consistency with Carr, and his contract demands better production.
What can the Cowboys do with Carr and Claiborne? At this point, nothing really. They will have to look in the draft and bring in bodies to compete, and make decisions on the best players playing. We do have a huge problem on our hands, and that problem is currently Odell Beckham, Jr. He had his way with Brandon Carr in 2014 (I was at the game in MetLife for “the catch” – it was truly incredible). With all the free agency scheming going on in Philadelphia and the Redskins also being a mess, the Giants are quietly our biggest threat to take the NFC East Championship crown from us. If Victor Cruz returns to form and remains healthy, Orlando Scandrick will take that assignment and has proven he can handle Cruz in the slot. Someone is going to have to cover Beckham, Jr. DeSean Jackson and Jordan Matthews need to be considered as well.
Here in lies the conundrum. Free agency is all but over, and it’s assumed the Cowboys will attempt to replace DeMarco Murray early in the draft. We need a corner who can take on that opposing #1 receiver in 2015. Will we draft a corner? In what round? Who will it be?
College: Michigan State
40-yard dash: 4.60 seconds
Bench press: 24 reps
Vertical jump: 31.5 inches
Broad jump: 118.0 inches
Three-cone drill: 6.75 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.24 seconds
Scouting Report via CBSSports.com
Strengths: Strong-build and well proportioned with thick hips. Very good balance and stays low to the ground through contact. More of a downhill athlete who picks up speed as he goes. Stays light on his feet and has some deception to his game, slipping through cracks at the line of scrimmage. Tough runner to bring down cleanly, often carrying defenders.
Weaknesses: Not overly powerful despite his size and lacks breakaway speed to leave defenders in the dust. Smooth acceleration but not a burner and shows little burst in his cuts. Lacks speed on stretch plays and won’t be able to make a living in the NFL going east/west as much as he did in college. Too hesitant and patient at times and gets himself in trouble when he stops his feet, taking time to survey the field and figure it his next move.
Michigan State Stats
|2010*||Michigan State||Big Ten||FR||RB||107||605||5.7||8||11||97||8.8||0||118||702||5.9||8|
|2011*||Michigan State||Big Ten||SO||RB||182||948||5.2||13||35||267||7.6||0||217||1215||5.6||13|
|2012*||Michigan State||Big Ten||JR||RB||382||1793||4.7||12||32||167||5.2||1||414||1960||4.7||13|