The Cowboys signed two UFAs this last Off Season. They were Will Allen and Justin Durant. They lost a total of seven UFAs in Kenyon Coleman, Mike Jenkins, Felix Jones, John Phillips, Kevin Ogletree, Brian Moorman, and Victor Butler. So if each of those players qualified the Cowboys could have had up to five Compensatory picks. That will not happen of course. I predict they will end up with two Compensatory picks. I am rooting for three. Told you I was greedy.
I believe those picks will end up as 6th round picks and 7th round picks. All of the Draft slot numbers will change from the 4th round on down as the Compensatory picks are added beginning with the 3rd round. Usually the 4th round picks moves down just 3 or 4 slots at the most. For the sake of this article and for fun I am going to add what I believe will be the two Comp picks in the 6th and 7th rounds.
Now, before you consider who to Draft you have to look at who is leaving via Free Agency I believe. There has been a lot of talk about waiving DeMarcus Ware due to his large salary. I do not think this will happen and I will tell you why. I think Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer are both likely gone in Free Agency and I highly doubt they want to fill 3 slots on the DL and keep Nick Hayden. For this reason I believe we will restructure Ware’s deal to create room and say goodbye to Hatcher and Spencer.
I do not believe the Cowboys will be players in Free Agency other than to keep Restricted Free Agents Dan Bailey and Chris Jones. I wouldn’t mind Brian Waters coming back, but I think Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ronald Leary played well enough that it just isn’t likely. Cap room is critical. So with that in mind here is my greed on display early for the 2014 NFL Draft. I am using the current Draft rankings of CBS Sports. If you have issues with the slotting blame them. I usually look 5 above and below the slot in round 1 and 10 above and below in all other rounds because so much can happen.