Cowboys' Draft: Later Rounds Offer Instant Upgrade

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NFL scouts and General Managers across the league must be licking their chops in anticipation of the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.  Especially those teams looking for quarterbacks, defensive linemen, and secondary help.

It’s not so much each category offers a handful of surefire stars (they don’t).  But moreso each position is unusually deep with potential NFL contributors.

Beyond the posterboys of the groups, remaining players rank in wildly varying orders depending on the source.  Undervalued, hidden gems are scattered everywhere.

NFL execs should rely heavily on their scouts this year, some lesser known players are better than their spotlighted peers. Several have the skills to contribute quickly.

This draft will certainly separate the men from the boys in regards to evaluating talent. Below are 3 mid-range players that would improve the Cowboys from day one.

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  • ctcowboy1968

    Ward would be great in the 3rd. Then the Boys can take two DL in the first two rounds. Not sure what Ha-Ha’s or Pryor’s weaknesses are. They will both be selected in the first round. Mentioning that players would be great on special teams scares me. Remember 2009, the worst draft in NFL history? 12 picks of special teamers of which the majority never played at all. Never draft for special teams. That’s what UDFA’s are for.

  • BradAustin

    When you evaluate late round picks, all teams factor in special teams ability. But not as a way of bumping someone past another guy if he is slightly below in talent before considering that. However, when 2 guys are neck and neck, the special teams guy almost always gets the nod when drafting, and even when deciding on guys to keep/cut on your current roster. It’s a known fact of roster evaluation on every team in professional football.

    In the case of these 3 guys, they are not attractive because of special teams promise, yet all 3 guys have unique attributes that make them solid on special teams as well as contributors on the field. Ward is a kick block specialist. He flies off the edge aggressively and is known for it. Kennard and Copeland are both around 275 pounds, run a 4.8 40, and played positions that are mobile and attack (FB, LB). So yeah, all 3 guys have extremely solid and unique special teams intangibles, in addition to their original value at the positions I’d draft them for.

    Special teams are extremely important. You have 46 active players each week. At least 18-20 of those guy on average will fill the special teams units. Sometime half the active roster does. There’s not a team in the NFL that doesn’t factor in special teams during the 5th-7th round. Every single team does it. You better make sure you’re back-up contributors have ability to play well on the special units. Just not at the expense of position talent, which was never stated here.