Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Who Is Likely To Be Available When The Dallas Cowboys Draft?

Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; A general view of the NFL shield logo and main stage before the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is still a long ways away. But it’s never too early to start preparing for it. And here is a quick exercise I like to use every few weeks just to see who is likely to be there when Dallas drafts, and who won’t be. Below I have gathered four draft sites (ESPN Scouts Inc, CBS, Bleacher Report-done by Matt Miller and Draft Countdown) and took their top ranked players. I then took the average of a players rank on all four sites and put them into the chart below. The sites were all updated as of February 1st. So let’s get into it:

Average Draft Rank

The very first thing I want you to notice is that a few of the heavily mocked players such as Defensive Tackle Aaron Donald and Safety Calvin Pryor are missing. Neither of those players made the top 20 of any of the four sites, which explains why they are not on the above chart. We will get back to these two.

The first 8 players on that list you can almost bank on won’t be available for the Cowboys to draft at #16/17, assuming nothing major happens between now and the draft. It is also important to note that Quarterbacks, Cornerbacks and Safeties tend to rise come draft day. As you can see, Johnny Manziel is the 16th ranked player according to this chart, yet, I will be willing to bet that he is selected in the top 10. We also don’t see QB prospect Derek Carr on this chart. I have a gut feeling we will be hearing his name more as the weeks go by.

But I want to go back to Aaron Donald for a minute. If you haven’t heard of Aaron Donald, he is a defensive tackle from The University of Pittsburgh who has dominated every level that he has ever played, including the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago. He was nearly unblockable and is a perfect fit for Rod Marnelli’s defense.  Check him out:

I bring him up because he is likely going to be on the short list of players the Cowboys will consider in the first round. But they may be able to move down and select him.

I will update this chart at the beginning of every month, using the same four sites and monitor the changes. This type of exercise  is what NFL teams do often to be prepared for any scenario. Who would you choose out of this list? Would you trade up to make sure you grab an elite talent or would you fall back some and take an Aaron Donald? The NFL draft is still months away, but that doesn’t mean we have to wait to prepare.

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  • Ed

    I’m sold. Suit him up.

  • Old Frog

    I hear you but after the Senior Bowl I don’t think he’ll be there. He’d be a great pick. Add a premier guard in the second and I’d call it a very successful draft.

    • Earl Robertson

      I hope cowboys go all D line and O line and safety

  • Jimmbo94

    Hate to say it but Donald will be the first DT off the board and most likely going to Tampa,Giants,or Chicago :(

  • Brian

    Stay at 16/17, or trade back. Too many needs to give up draft picks unless you are talking trading a couple of the 7th round picks to move up to the 5th or more likely 6th round.

    I am fully on board drafting defense, defense and more defense, with 2, exceptions. 1. An outstanding guard falls to them. 2. A QB like Manziel falls to 16 or 17. I am not saying I would take him if he falls, but I think it would have to be considered. I also am willing to bet someone would be willing to trade up to get Manziel. Go back a few spots, get more draft picks.