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Don't Sleep on These Sleepers

By Joe D.

It’s not fair to call a 4th round draft pick a sleeper, but Dallas Cowboys has yet to fill their perceived needs in the first three rounds of the 2010 draft. Certainly, drafting a tackle or safety in the 4th round wouldn’t translate into a Day 1 starter. With the Cowboys first two picks, they drafted the best player available, Dez Bryant. Bryant is a top 10 talent and Sean Lee was #16 on the Cowboys draft board.

The remaining Cowboys picks are as follows:

Round 4, Pick 21 (119) (From Patriots)
Round 6, Pick 27 (196)
Round 7, Pick 27 (234)

I could certainly see the Cowboys trading down to pick up an extra 7th round pick, though I doubt the Cowboys will part with any veteran players for picks.

Players who may be available when the Cowboys draft at 119 (overall) are (my preferences are bolded):

Offensive Line:

Bruce Campbell – So much for going to the Raiders in the top 10.  When he is drafted, I hope he makes the joke that he should be paid like a top 10 pick because the mock drafts had him going that high.

Tony Washington – I’ve accepted that he is very close with his family.  He’s an obscure player who only has one black mark on his record.  If Jerry and Co. believe he can play at the next level, he is certainly worth a 6th round pick, and possibly a 4th.

Chris Campbell - It’s a story made in heaven, or a cheese factory in Illinois.  Romo, an undrafted free agent having his blind side protected by a 6th round pick from his alma mater.

Usual suspects:  Ed Wang, Ciron Black, Selvish Capers, Reggie Stephens (Reggie’s a stand up guy.  He can play several position; read the interview posted yesterday.)Mitch Petrus, Marshall Newhouse, Matt Tennant

Running Back:

Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight, both USC RB’s, are available.  They are not considered elite athletes, but certainly there has to be a future starter among the remaining running backs.  All I heard prior to the draft was that there were speedy RB’s with good wiggle and balance to be had in the later rounds.

Defensive Tackle:

I read that good defensive lineman are drafted in the first round.  There have to be some run stuffing specialists available in the later rounds.

Cam Thomas, Al Woods, Geno Atkins (one gap defender and we run a 1 gap system), Doug Worthington (captain at Ohio State and solid against the run, did have a DUI),


Reshad Jones (Slow decision making in coverage, but a force against the run and speedy.  Coach ‘em up?), Kurt Coleman (complete safety and underated.  Slower than a safety should be, however), Myron Rolle (I absolutely do not believe he is being given a poor draft grade because he was a Rhodes Scholar.  I also don’t believe he would have been a 1st round pick if he entered the draft last year.  He’s slowish and lacks good instincts.  He is smart and could be a Cal Ripkin type player in the sense that he will know more than comparable players and be in a good position because of it.  7th round, no sooner),

Kicker if the Beuhler experiment fails:

Leigh Tiffin & Brett Swenson (They are kickers, what’s there to analyze.)


John Conner

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