Category: Draft

Dallas Cowboys Draft Class of 2017

Draft fever has been sweeping Cowboys Nation for months. Really ever since Aaron Rodgers made that ridiculous throw to Jared Cook (who made an equally outrageous catch come toe-drag) thus handing Mason Crosby the chance to kick the winning field goal in the Playoffs.

With the Cowboys team somewhat revamped with rookies from 2016 in first rounder Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott, the buzz of seeing Family Jones’, Jason Garrett and Will McClay go to work in the war room was at an all time high.

The want list for fans was simple. DEFENSE.

Our wish, was the Cowboys command.

Let’s meet the Cowboys Draft Class of 2017.

Round 1 pick 28: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

ROUND 2 PICK 60: chidobe awuzie, cb, colorado

ROUND 3 PICK 92: jourdan lewis, cb, MICHIGAN

ROUND 4 PICK 133: ryan switzer, wr, north carolina

ROUND 6 PICK 191: xavier woods, s, louisiana tech

ROUND 6 PICK 216: marquez white, cb, florida state

ROUND 7 PICK 228: joey ivie, Dt, florida

ROUND 7 PICK 239: noah brown, wr, ohio state

ROUND 7 PICK 248: jordan carrell, Dt, colorado

Edge Rusher: Tim Williams

While the defense performed above expectations in 2016, the lack of sacks and ultimately pressure was and still is a major concern.

Benson Mayowa led the Cowboys in sacks with 6. Compare that to the Super Bowl teams and the Atlanta Falcons had Vic Beasley with 15, and while New England weren’t sack heavy they still edged the Cowboys with Trey Flowers on 7 sacks for the year.

Even looking through the tackles chart is a worry for the Cowboys from a defensive line perspective. Terrell McClain had the most tackles amongst the defensive line with 21, but he sits 12th overall on the team.

Stay in the division to compare these numbers – Damon Harrison made 55 tackles from DT for the Giants (3rd overall on their roster), Redskins had Chris Baker with 30 (8th overall on their roster) and the Eagles Brandon Graham with 41 (6th overall on their roster.

This was supposed to be the breakout year for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Tank was expected to lead the team with dominant defensive performances, and while injuries (and suspension) limited his game time he still disappointed. One sack and 8 tackles from a third year second round pick. Not good enough.

Practice squad pick up David Irving flashed in games and Terrell McClain finally healthy delivered however there’s no doubt that Rod Marinelli would welcome some reinforcements to his Orphanage of defensive lineman. 2016 draftee Maliek Collins had a decent rookie season, fellow addition Charles Tapper effectively red-shirted the season due to injury it’d be nice to expect more from any incoming picks this April.

If the Cowboys wanted to address this need via the 2017 draft, who could they look for? Over the coming days we’ll be sharing scout reports of my personal top 10 edge rushers.

Tim Williams | alabama

HEIGHT: 6’4” | WEIGHT 252LBS

Games Total Tackles Solo Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Passes Deflected Forced Fumbles
34 57 38 30 20 0 3 2

Box score scouts will scoff at Tim Williams as a first round pick. In comparison to the likes of Myles Garrett, Derek Barnett, Solomon Thomas 100ish tackles through college, Williams is some way behind with 57. However, he had far fewer snaps that the majority of others in the conversation yet he still had 20 sacks to his name; and it’s also worth noting 52% of his tackles were for a loss.

Some are touting Williams to be the most talented pass rusher in this draft – SI.com ranked him as the 12th overall player (I don’t expect him to be drafted that high, but more on that later).

Alabama are blessed with depth right across their roster, and this restricted Williams to a more limited role that perhaps he’d have liked. That said, the Cowboys play a rotational system and a quick twitch pass rush specialist like Williams would be an asset.

He doesn’t have the pro-typical weight for the position, but that doesn’t restrict him. He’s surprisingly explosive and powerful particularly in the run game. Look back at the Alabama vs LSU game to see him dominate this year’s #1 running back Leonard Fournette.

There may be an air of familiarity about Williams though that makes Cowboys fans run for the hills. He’s had his share of off-field problems. He was arrested and charged for carrying a gun without a permit and then there’s the oh so familiar marijuana smoking. Randy Gregory #2? That remains to be seen, but there was certainly a reluctance from Nick Saban to rely upon him consistently. It’s no secret that Jason Garrett has a good relationship with Saban, and that could serve the Cowboys scouting staff well here in determining if the pros out way the cons in this talented pass rusher.

Check out his highlights here: https://youtu.be/N9AoNcRpMJw

Edge Rusher: Taco Charlton

While the defense performed above expectations in 2016, the lack of sacks and ultimately pressure was and still is a major concern.

Benson Mayowa led the Cowboys in sacks with 6. Compare that to the Super Bowl teams and the Atlanta Falcons had Vic Beasley with 15, and while New England weren’t sack heavy they still edged the Cowboys with Trey Flowers on 7 sacks for the year.

Even looking through the tackles chart is a worry for the Cowboys from a defensive line perspective. Terrell McClain had the most tackles amongst the defensive line with 21, but he sits 12th overall on the team.

Stay in the division to compare these numbers – Damon Harrison made 55 tackles from DT for the Giants (3rd overall on their roster), Redskins had Chris Baker with 30 (8th overall on their roster) and the Eagles Brandon Graham with 41 (6th overall on their roster.

This was supposed to be the breakout year for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Tank was expected to lead the team with dominant defensive performances, and while injuries (and suspension) limited his game time he still disappointed. One sack and 8 tackles from a third year second round pick. Not good enough.

Practice squad pick up David Irving flashed in games and Terrell McClain finally healthy delivered however there’s no doubt that Rod Marinelli would welcome some reinforcements to his Orphanage of defensive lineman. 2016 draftee Maliek Collins had a decent rookie season, fellow addition Charles Tapper effectively red-shirted the season due to injury it’d be nice to expect more from any incoming picks this April.

If the Cowboys wanted to address this need via the 2017 draft, who could they look for? Over the coming days we’ll be sharing scout reports of my personal top 10 edge rushers.

TAco charlton | michigan

HEIGHT: 6’6” | WEIGHT 272LBS

Games Total Tackles Solo Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Passes Deflected Forced Fumbles
33 91 35 28 19 0 2 1

Taco Charlton has a first round quality name (Taco time has a certain ring to it don’t you think?) and as a player he’s someone who could be a legitimate first round target for the Dallas Cowboys.

Playing for 4 years at college, it wasn’t until his senior year he was considered a starter. This coincided with Michigan getting a new defensive co-ordinator and a change in scheme for Charlton saw him produce results as a 4-3 defensive end.

Physically he looks the part; tall, strong and an enormous wingspan. He carries his weight particularly well and could probably even gain a bit without losing much speed wise. He packs a punch when up against the run but is equally capable vs the pass.

He’s got that motor that could see him on the field every play if necessary and while this probably wouldn’t be the case were he a Cowboy it still points to fine endurance and durability.

He could improve at reading the game better, and when stepping up to face elite offensive tackles he risks being dominated and driven out. Balance is questionable at times too.

I look at Charlton like a flat pack furniture set; all the pieces are there but it’s a case of putting it together correctly. He absolutely ticks the boxes physically and athletically, but his lack of starter experience is a concern. Clearly the 4-3 scheme of the Cowboys would be a preferable fit for him and when you’ve a coach like Marinelli you know he’ll be able to work on fine tuning his technique and adding to his arsenal of pass rush moves.

One to monitor over the combine and build up to the draft for sure.

Check out some of his highlights here: https://youtu.be/yO9MIxmZJAk

Edge Rusher: Takkarist McKinley

While the defense performed above expectations in 2016, the lack of sacks and ultimately pressure was and still is a major concern.

Benson Mayowa led the Cowboys in sacks with 6. Compare that to the Super Bowl teams and the Atlanta Falcons had Vic Beasley with 15, and while New England weren’t sack heavy they still edged the Cowboys with Trey Flowers on 7 sacks for the year.

Even looking through the tackles chart is a worry for the Cowboys from a defensive line perspective. Terrell McClain had the most tackles amongst the defensive line with 21, but he sits 12th overall on the team.

Stay in the division to compare these numbers – Damon Harrison made 55 tackles from DT for the Giants (3rd overall on their roster), Redskins had Chris Baker with 30 (8th overall on their roster) and the Eagles Brandon Graham with 41 (6th overall on their roster.

This was supposed to be the breakout year for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Tank was expected to lead the team with dominant defensive performances, and while injuries (and suspension) limited his game time he still disappointed. One sack and 8 tackles from a third year second round pick. Not good enough.

Practice squad pick up David Irving flashed in games and Terrell McClain finally healthy delivered however there’s no doubt that Rod Marinelli would welcome some reinforcements to his Orphanage of defensive lineman. 2016 draftee Maliek Collins had a decent rookie season, fellow addition Charles Tapper effectively red-shirted the season due to injury it’d be nice to expect more from any incoming picks this April.

If the Cowboys wanted to address this need via the 2017 draft, who could they look for? Over the coming days we’ll be sharing scout reports of my personal top 10 edge rushers.

Takkarist McKinley | UCLA

HEIGHT: 6’2” | WEIGHT 265LBS

Games Total Tackles Solo Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Passes Deflected Forced Fumbles
28 99 80 28 16 0 10 6

 

Like Myles Garrett, Mckinley is one of the most supreme athletes in this draft pool. He’s expected to light up the Scouting Combine and doing so may push him out of the Cowboys reach picking at 28.

It’s predicted that Mckinley will run the forty around 4.45, hit 37 inches in the vertical jump and get around 25 reps in on the bench press – similar to the numbers achieved by Jadeveon Clowney (4.53 dash, 37.5” vertical leap, 21 bench press reps).

Watch McKinley and you’ll see he’s relentless. He has that non-stop motor and many of his plays come from the fact he refuses to give up the chase. He’s explosive and has a nice burst able to bounce off blocks.

His game improved year on year through college. Initially just a rotational player in his first season before breaking out as the main man for UCLA in his final year. 3 tackles, 2.5 sacks in 2014, 35 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 2015 and 61 tackles and 18 sacks in 2016 is progress indeed.

He is a little raw when it comes to pure technique and as mentioned relies on his athleticism to out play opponents. His hands aren’t great and he’s going to have to add more pass rush moves to his game.

Because of the athleticism he maybe more suited to a 3-4 defense playing as an OLB. But when you have as much raw potential as he does teams of all schemes will be sniffing round. I genuinely believe that with the right fit and coaching McKinley could well become one of the best picks in this whole draft.

Check out some of his highlights here: https://youtu.be/pGZhIE42Ess

Edge Rusher: Derek Barnett

While the defense performed above expectations in 2016, the lack of sacks and ultimately pressure was and still is a major concern.

Benson Mayowa led the Cowboys in sacks with 6. Compare that to the Super Bowl teams and the Atlanta Falcons had Vic Beasley with 15, and while New England weren’t sack heavy they still edged the Cowboys with Trey Flowers on 7 sacks for the year.

Even looking through the tackles chart is a worry for the Cowboys from a defensive line perspective. Terrell McClain had the most tackles amongst the defensive line with 21, but he sits 12th overall on the team.

Stay in the division to compare these numbers – Damon Harrison made 55 tackles from DT for the Giants (3rd overall on their roster), Redskins had Chris Baker with 30 (8th overall on their roster) and the Eagles Brandon Graham with 41 (6th overall on their roster.

This was supposed to be the breakout year for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Tank was expected to lead the team with dominant defensive performances, and while injuries (and suspension) limited his game time he still disappointed. One sack and 8 tackles from a third year second round pick. Not good enough.

Practice squad pick up David Irving flashed in games and Terrell McClain finally healthy delivered however there’s no doubt that Rod Marinelli would welcome some reinforcements to his Orphanage of defensive lineman. 2016 draftee Maliek Collins had a decent rookie season, fellow addition Charles Tapper effectively red-shirted the season due to injury it’d be nice to expect more from any incoming picks this April.

If the Cowboys wanted to address this need via the 2017 draft, who could they look for? Over the coming days we’ll be sharing scout reports of my personal top 10 edge rushers.

DEREK BARNETT | TENNESSEE

HEIGHT: 6’3” | WEIGHT 265LBS

Games Total Tackles Solo Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Passes Deflected Forced Fumbles
39 198 131 52 32 1 6 3

 

Derek Barnett heads to the pros after spending three years as a starter for Tennessee. He’s had an impact each year and developed and improved with game time. He’s an aggressive rusher and had a bucket load of tackles averaging over 5 a game.

He’s got all the football smarts you could hope for, he reads the game well and this can be reflected in his 6 deflected passes. He’s got a nose for being in the right place at the right time. One of my favourite traits in a defensive linesman is a constant motor, and Barnett certainly has that. While this isn’t necessarily key in the rotational system Marinelli players having a player that plays hard be it his first snap of the day or the last is the kind of attitude required.

Physically Barnett looks the part, but he’s not blessed with the rare combination of size and elite athleticism. He’s not especially explosive but this is sometimes disguised behind the raw aggression and determination he plays with.

Stepping up to the NFL he’s going to have to work on his pass rush moves. He’s somewhat predictable and the better tackles in the league will make light work of that.

While there’s plenty of better athletes available than Barnett it’s his ability to shut down plays that is so attractive, arguably a trait that you can’t teach. He’d be good value for the Cowboys with their late first round pick.

Check out some of his highlights here: https://youtu.be/3QPiCDUZ_wY

Edge Rusher: Solomon Thomas

While the defense performed above expectations in 2016, the lack of sacks and ultimately pressure was and still is a major concern.

Benson Mayowa led the Cowboys in sacks with 6. Compare that to the Super Bowl teams and the Atlanta Falcons had Vic Beasley with 15, and while New England weren’t sack heavy they still edged the Cowboys with Trey Flowers on 7 sacks for the year.

Even looking through the tackles chart is a worry for the Cowboys from a defensive line perspective. Terrell McClain had the most tackles amongst the defensive line with 21, but he sits 12th overall on the team.

Stay in the division to compare these numbers – Damon Harrison made 55 tackles from DT for the Giants (3rd overall on their roster), Redskins had Chris Baker with 30 (8th overall on their roster) and the Eagles Brandon Graham with 41 (6th overall on their roster.

This was supposed to be the breakout year for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Tank was expected to lead the team with dominant defensive performances, and while injuries (and suspension) limited his game time he still disappointed. One sack and 8 tackles from a third year second round pick. Not good enough.

Practice squad pick up David Irving flashed in games and Terrell McClain finally healthy delivered however there’s no doubt that Rod Marinelli would welcome some reinforcements to his Orphanage of defensive lineman. 2016 draftee Maliek Collins had a decent rookie season, fellow addition Charles Tapper effectively red-shirted the season due to injury it’d be nice to expect more from any incoming picks this April.

If the Cowboys wanted to address this need via the 2017 draft, who could they look for? Over the coming days we’ll be sharing scout reports of my personal top 10 edge rushers.

SOLOMON THOMAS | STANFORD

Height: 6’2” | Weight 275lbs

Games Total Tackles Solo Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Passes Deflected Forced Fumbles
26 98 63 24.5 12 0 0 1

If Myles Garrett is the tried and trusted vanilla ice cream, then Solomon Thomas is mint choc chip. Many will turn their nose up at the prospect citing him as a tweener for the position. But I love mint choc chip, as I do Thomas!

Thomas has a very solid sophomore season, but as a junior he was even better improving his production across the board and being named the PAC-12 Defensive Player of the year in 2016.

He’s not especially quick but he’s a smooth runner and can shift threw the gears in pursuit when needed.

A powerhouse who lacks the ideal height at the position, but has a consistent motor and an arsenal of pass rush moves with his bull rush a particularly fun one to see. His height means he isn’t effective in batting down balls.

Aaron Donald was considered a tweener who didn’t translate from college to the pros on paper. Yet he’s now one of the most dominant defensive players in the league. While I don’t feel Thomas is as talented as the Ram, there’s similarities to be seen in the way they’re both a nuisance to their opponents.

Thomas could slot in with Marinelli’s Orphans nicely. Similar to the Crawford’s (Tyrone and Jack) he could bounce between defensive end and tackle. He lined up right across the defense for Stanford – hand in the dirt and upright.

He’ll pack a punch wherever he’s drafted.

Check out some of his highlights here: https://youtu.be/qoJP2nFFH_k

Edge Rusher: Myles Garrett

While the defense performed above expectations in 2016, the lack of sacks and ultimately pressure was and still is a major concern.

Benson Mayowa led the Cowboys in sacks with 6. Compare that to the Super Bowl teams and the Atlanta Falcons had Vic Beasley with 15, and while New England weren’t sack heavy they still edged the Cowboys with Trey Flowers on 7 sacks for the year.

Even looking through the tackles chart is a worry for the Cowboys from a defensive line perspective. Terrell McClain had the most tackles amongst the defensive line with 21, but he sits 12th overall on the team.

Stay in the division to compare these numbers – Damon Harrison made 55 tackles from DT for the Giants (3rd overall on their roster), Redskins had Chris Baker with 30 (8th overall on their roster) and the Eagles Brandon Graham with 41 (6th overall on their roster.

This was supposed to be the breakout year for DeMarcus Lawrence. The Tank was expected to lead the team with dominant defensive performances, and while injuries (and suspension) limited his game time he still disappointed. One sack and 8 tackles from a third year second round pick. Not good enough.

Practice squad pick up David Irving flashed in games and Terrell McClain finally healthy delivered however there’s no doubt that Rod Marinelli would welcome some reinforcements to his Orphanage of defensive lineman. 2016 draftee Maliek Collins had a decent rookie season, fellow addition Charles Tapper effectively red-shirted the season due to injury it’d be nice to expect more from any incoming picks this April.

If the Cowboys wanted to address this need via the 2017 draft, who could they look for? Over the coming days we’ll be sharing scout reports of my personal top 10 edge rushers.


Myles Garrett | Texas A&M

Height: 6’4” | Weight 268lbs

Games Total Tackles Solo Tackles Tackles for Loss Sacks Interceptions Passes Deflected Forced Fumbles
34 141 81 47 31 1 5 7

Cowboys fans who haven’t watched a single second of college football this season will know who Myles Garrett is. Earlier this week a video was released of him pleading for Jerry Jones to trade up in the draft to make him a Cowboy!

While he’s since revealed it was a bit of fun (pump the breaks overreaction army) he’d make a fine addition to this roster. Already being touted as a number 1 pick overall he’s ultimately going to be too expensive for the Cowboys. However, if Jerry and co unleash their inner Del Boy, what type of player would you get in Garrett?

As an Aggie he played predominantly on the right side of a 4-3 defense. That’s box one ticked for the Cowboys! Garrett is blessed with size and athleticism that is so important in the modern game. He’s incredibly quick off the edge with long limbs he can close his man down in a flash.

His excellent hand usage jumps out at you on the film. He’ll rip, slap, tap at his opponent and the 5 deflected passes are evidence further of his fast reactions. Speed and power are such a potent combination and Myles Garrett boasts them effortlessly.

The size/speed trait will inevitably draw comparisons to Jadeveon Clowney, the number 1 draft pick back in 2014. Clowney only started to play up to his expectations last season and those concerns that existed prior to his selection by the Texans around intensity and consistency don’t exist with Garrett.

Clowney’s production dipped in his final college year, many cited that he was protecting himself. Yet Garrett carried an injury for much of this season at college, and while that will need checking out properly by the medics statistically speaking he was consistent from year 1 through to 3.

Character wise there’s no concerns that Garrett will mimic Johnny Manziel straight out of Texas A&M! He’s already declared he’s watching the draft at home with family. The one Aggie he could follow in the footsteps of is Von Miller. He’s talented enough to become a Pro Bowl calibre NFL player. Assuming he avoids the Browns, of course.

Have a look at some highlights here: https://youtu.be/ZScgx_BlZmA

2016 UK Cowboys Fans Draft Grades

We asked you the fans what you thought of this years draft haul. Like or loathe the pick, here’s the grades and what you all had to say.

#1.4 – Ezekiel Elliot, Running Back – A

zeke frame

  • Absolutely no doubt on what this guy can do.
  • The potential impact this kid can have on this team immediately, both directly and indirectly, is massive.
  • Not who I’d have gone for, but I can see the logic.
  • Best player on board. Real difference maker which is what needed to happened when drafting that high.
  • A running back we didn’t need; Its going to be a better season than last year but no superbowl run.
  • I don’t doubt that we’ve got ourselves a player, I just can’t get away from it being a luxury pick still when you consider needs.
  • The next face of our franchise. Extends Romo’s career. Keeps the D off the field. Love it. Love it. Love it.
  • Was the player I wanted us to draft. Bring on the best oline on the NFL opening big holes for him to move those chains and score plenty of TDs

#2.34 – Jaylon Smith , Linebacker – B

Jaylon frame

  • Once-in-a-generation talent, top 5 pick if healthy. Butkus award winner in HS and in college. Best LB in the draft.
  • seems like a top guy. Such a good kid, impossible not to will him to succeed.
  • Great, brave move for a “right kind of guy”
  • I understand his immense talent, his track record of success, his fantastic character and so the potential reward of the pick. I’m hoping it pulls off just like everyone else.
  • The guy is Outstanding when fit

#3.67 – Maliek Collins, defensive tackle – B

Collins frame

  • Think it was a bit of a “get the best remaining D line talent we can”. Seems solid enough but he’s not a DE. Might light a fire under our other interior linemen.
  • Read nothing but good things, seems like a great athlete.
  • I really like how disruptive he is in the middle! Gives us options if T-Craw doesnt live up to that contract!

#4.101 – Charles Tapper, defensive end – B

Tapper frame

  • Huge pick this one…this guy is a monster
  • Wouldn´t have been my first DE choice but seems like a good pick if he can improve his movement.
  • This is a bit meh for me! So middle of the road I’m afraid!
  • Hear and read nothing but good things about Tapper so pretty good.
  • This guy is going to produce big time.

#4.135 – Dak Prescott, quarterback – A

Dak frame

  • Hard to get excited.
  • Given the right time an no immediate pressure I feel he can develop.
  • QB’s after round 3 very rarely work out
  • Think from his interviews he’s got the right amount of ego and obviously loves the team!
  • Brilliant…. but I really wanted Connor Cook.
  • I like the look of Dak I really think he could be a really good pick!

#6.189 – Anthony Brown, cornerback – B

Brown frame

  • Awesome – purely from a value standpoint
  • Like this from value point. If he turns into a stud fine if not we haven’t lost a lot.
  • Good pick because of where they got him
  • A nice CB to have as 5th choice

#6.212 – Kavon Frazier, safety – B

Frazier frame

#6.216 – Darius Jackson, running back – C

DJ frame

  • Another RB? To do what exactly?

#6.217 – Rico Gathers, tight end – C

Rico frame

  • Depth pick an with the guy’s physical attributes well worth the chance.
  • this guy is an expert at finding space in traffic. he has fantastic feet and measurables that are beyond belief. if he can engage his football brain i honestly believe this guy could be an absolute monster
  • Doesn´t look that good for me. But analysis is theory.

 

Meet the Dallas Cowboys Draft Class of 2016

Over the past few days (or nights here in the UK!) the NFL Draft has been taking place in Chicago. The Dallas Cowboys made their picks in the first, second, third, fourth and sixth rounds; drafting a total of nine players.

Introducing the Dallas Cowboys Draft Class of 2016

zeke framePick: #1.4
Name: Ezekiel Elliott
College: Ohio State
Position: Running Back
Height/Weight: 6’0″ | 225 lbs
Career Stats: 592 attempts | 3961 rushing yards | 6.7 yards per carry | 43 touchdowns
58 receptions | 449 yards | 7.7 yards per catch | 1 touchdown

  • 2015 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year
  • 2015 Big Ten Rushing Yard Leader
  • 2015 Big Ten Rushing Touchdown Leader

“Don’t worry about the blocking. No one’s getting to Romo, I’ll take care of that.”


Jaylon framePick: #2.34
Name: Jaylon Smith
College: Notre Dame
Position: Linebacker
Height/Weight: 6’2″ | 223 lbs
Career Stats: 284 tackles | 23.5 tackles for loss | 4.5 sacks | 10 deflected passes | 3 forced fumbles

  • 2015 Consensus All American
  • 2015 Dick Butkus Award
  • 2015 Independents Total Tackles Leader

“We think he can be a cornerstone defensive player, a real impactful player, a player we’ve got in our top five” – Jerry Jones


Collins framePick: #3.67
Name: Maliek Collins
College: Nebraska
Position: Defensive Tackle
Height/Weight: 6’2″ | 311 lbs
Career Stats: 86 tackles | 21.5 tackles for loss | 8 sacks | 1 deflected passes | 1 forced fumbles

“I feel like this is the perfect fit for me. I can’t go out there and make any predictions of what might happen, but I feel like this is the best fit for me and I’ll be able to develop under Coach (Rod) Marinelli.”


Tapper framePick: #4.101
Name: Charles Tapper
College: Oklahoma
Position: Defensive End
Height/Weight: 6’3″ | 271 lbs
Career Stats: 135 tackles | 24 tackles for loss | 13.5 sacks | 6 deflected passes | 5 forced fumbles

  • 2015 Big 12 Forced Fumbles Leader

 

 

 

 

 

“Tapper is a quality all-around defensive lineman offering positional and scheme versatility.” – Rob Rang from NFLDraftScout.com


Dak framePick: #4.135
Name: Dak Prescott
College: Mississippi State
Position: Quarterback
Height/Weight: 6’2″ | 226 lbs
Career Stats: 1169 attempts | 734 completions | 62.8% completion | 9376 passing yards | 70 passing touchdowns | 23 interceptions |
536 rushes | 2521 rushing yards | 41 rushing touchdowns

  • 2015 SEC Pass Completion Leader
  • 2014 SEC Rushing Touchdowns Leader

 

 

“You have to look at his production first. He won a lot of games at Mississippi State. Physically, he is big, he’s strong. He can throw, he can run. He is a very experienced player.” – Jason Garrett


Brown framePick: #6.189
Name: Anthony Brown
College: Purdue
Position: Cornerback
Height/Weight: 5’11” | 192 lbs
Career Stats: 189 tackles | 9.5 tackles for loss | 1.5 sacks | 4 interceptions | 19 passes deflected | 1 forced fumble

 

 

 

 

 

“I know everything about the defense. My mom’s a die-hard Cowboys fan, so I already have to watch all the games on Sunday.”


Frazier framePick: #6.212
Name: Kavon Frazier
College: Central Michigan
Position: Safety
Height/Weight: 6’0″ | 217 lbs
Career Stats: 233 tackles | 4.5 tackles for loss | 5 interceptions | 13 passes deflected | 3 forced fumble

 

 

 

 

 

“He is more of a downhill safety than a center field safety and has been compared to Barry Church. His immediate contribution could come on special teams.” Todd Archer, ESPN


DJ framePick: #6.216
Name: Darius Jackson
College: Eastern Michigan
Position: Running Back
Height/Weight: 6’0″ | 221 lbs
Career Stats: 321 carries | 1596 yards | 5 yards per carry | 17 rushing touchdowns |
44 receptions | 375 yards | 4 touchdowns

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m kind of a physical, downhill runner that uses my speed to my advantage. I can get the edge and I can pound it between the tackles.”


Rico framePick: #6.217
Name: Rico Gathers
College: Baylor
Position: Tight End
Height/Weight: 6’8″ | 275 lbs
Career Stats: Hasn’t played football since he was 14- played basketball at College

 

 

 

 

 

 

“His style as a basketball player is one that’s very physical; prolific rebounder. We felt like that could translate. Clearly he is a developmental player, but if he turns into something, it might be something we really like.” – Jason Garrett

UKCF Three Round Mock Draft

Over in our Facebook group this last week, we carried out a mock draft. One person took on the mantle for each team, faced with the decision of who to take for their franchise. Owen had the arduous task of picking for Dallas. He passed on a quarterback, instead choosing to add some excitement at running back, a trouble maker at tackle and another member to compete in the secondary.

This was just a bit of fun for the group, and unlikely to warrant too many correct picks! However, we’ll look back after the draft and see whether Chip Kelly will be looking over his shoulder at potential UK trade crazy coaches next season!

FIRST ROUNDEZEKIEL ELLIOTT2

1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff, QB, California
3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
4. Dallas Cowboys – Zeke Elliott, RB, Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
6. Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
7. San Francisco 49ers – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota
8. Philadelphia Eagles – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
10. New York Giants – LaQuon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
11. Chicago Bears – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
12. New Orleans Saints – Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
13. Miami Dolphins – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
14. Oakland Raiders – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
15. Los Angeles Rams – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
16. New York Jets *via trade* – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
17. Atlanta Falcons – Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
20. Detroit Lions *via trade* – Jack Conklin, OL, Michigan State
21. Washington Redskins – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
26. Seattle Seahawks – Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
27. Green Bay Packers – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Williams Jackson III, CB, Houston
29. Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
30. Carolina Panthers – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
31. Denver Broncos – Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

SECOND ROUND

ROBERT NKEMDICHE

32. Cleveland Browns – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
33. Tennessee Titans – Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
34. Dallas Cowboys – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
35. San Diego Chargers – Jonathan Bullard, DT, Florida
36. Baltimore Ravens – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
37. San Francisco 49ers – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Josh Perry, LB, Ohio State
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
40. New York Giants – Derrik Henry, RB, Alabama
41. Chicago Bears – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
42. Miami Dolphins – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
43. Los Angeles Rams – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
44. Oakland Raiders – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
45. Los Angeles Rams – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
46. New York Jets *via trade* – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
47. New Orleans Saints – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
48. Indianapolis Colts – Ronald Zamort, CB, Western Michigan
49. Buffalo Bills – Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State
50. Atlanta Falcons – Joe Dahl, OG, Washington State
51. Detroit Lions *via trade* – Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
52. Houston Texans – Kamalei Correa, DE, Boise State
53. Washington Redskins – Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
54. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Garnett, OG, Stanford
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
56. Seattle Seahawks – Artie Burns, CB, Miami
57. Green Bay Packers – Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah St
58. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
59. Kansas City Chiefs – Vadal Alexander, OL, LSU
60. New England Patriots – Su’a Craven, LB, USC
61. New England Patriots – Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech
62. Carolina Panthers – Jeremy Cash, Duke, S,
63. Denver Broncos – Christian Hackenberg, QB

THIRD ROUNDvonn bell2

64. Tennessee Titans – Keanu Neal, S, Florida
65. Cleveland Browns – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
66. San Diego Chargers – Deion Jones, LB, LSU
67. Dallas Cowboys – Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
68. San Francisco 49ers – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
69. Jacksonville Jaguars – Landon Turner, OG, North Carolina State
70. Baltimore Ravens – Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
71. New York Giants – KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
72. Chicago Bears – Jalen Mills, CB, LSU
73. Miami Dolphins – Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
74. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Zack Sanchez, CB , Oklahoma
75. Oakland Raiders – Christian Westerman , OL, Arizona
76. Los Angeles Rams – Charone Peake, WR, Clemson
77. Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
78. New Orleans Saints – Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State
79. Philadelphia Eagles – Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU
80. Buffalo Bills – Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Texas
81. Atlanta Falcons – Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
82. Indianapolis Colts – Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia
83. Detroit Lions *via trade* – Robert Aguayo, K, Florida State
84. Washington Redskins – CJ Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
85. Houston Texans – Jerrell Adams, TE, South Carolina
86. Minnesota Vikings – Charles Tapper, DE, Oklahoma
87. Cincinnati Bengals – Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina
88. Green Bay Packers – Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame
89. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ronald Blair, DE, Appalachian State
90. Seattle Seahawks – Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
91. New England Patriots – John Theus, OT, Georgia
92. Arizona Cardinals – Isaac Seumalo, C, Oregon State
93. Carolina Panthers – Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
94. Denver Broncos – Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri
95. Detroit Lions – Brandon Doughty, QB. Western Kentucky
96. New England Patriots – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
97. Seattle Seahawks – Devontae Booker, RB, Utah
98. Denver Broncos – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

Five Thoughts

  • Three quarterbacks drafted in the first round; Connor Cook slips to the 2nd and Cowboys still pass.
  • Browns, 49ers and Rams take a quarterback with their first picks, but Texans and Jets don’t. Weeden and Geno Smith the future faces of their franchises?!
  • Ten Ohio State players drafted in the first three rounds; over or under this number come the draft?!
  • Giants are looking to own the NFC East adding attacking flair with their first two picks. Treadwell and OBJ would make a formidable receiving corps for Eli.
  • Dubbed the best pick available early in draft season, Joey Bosa slips out of the top ten.

Author: Lauren Draper-Wood