THE FORTUNE 15
To clarify, I’m not saying these 15 players will all be selected in the top 15 selections. NFL drafts rarely follow common logic as talent evaluations and needs vary vastly.
What I am saying is if ANY of these players fall to Dallas’ 16th selection, Jerry will either select him or wisely trade the pick to a very willing customer.
QB: Blake Bortles , Teddy Bridgewater , Johnny Manziel
All 3 QB’s will easily be gone by 16, without question. Each is rated as the #1 QB in the draft by at least one of the 32 teams.
WR: Sammy Watkins , Mike Evans , Marqise Lee , Kelvin Benjamin
Excellent combines by these guys, with Mike Evans blooming into a star. He and Watkins are surefire top 15 selections.
Lee also showed well and remains graded above the safeties. Benjamin is a 6’5, 240 size freak at WR, and ran a 4.61 40-yard dash.
Dallas is less settled at WR in Jerry’s mind than safety (I’ll explain later). Watkins and Evans would absolutely become Cowboys if they fell to 16.
If those 2 are gone and Jerry doesn’t like either Lee or Benjamin, another very eager team would come calling.
OT: Greg Robinson , Jake Matthews , Taylor Lewan
These 3 offensive tackles being in huge demand isn’t even in question. I wouldn’t be shocked if all went in the Top 12, they are rock solid tackles.
DE: Jadeveon Clowney
Once in a decade type talents like Clowney will never make it past the top 3 picks. His 4.53 40-yard dash was mind blowing for a 6’5, 266 pound man.
LB: Anthony Barr , Khahlil Mack , C.J. Mosley
Each one of these LB’s grades well above the safeties, Dallas would select any of them first. Sean Lee is movable to the outside if needed to adjust around Mosley inside. Superior talent will trump bigger need.
CB: Justin Gilbert
The top rated CB in the draft turned in a sickening 4.37 40-yard dash, while benching 20 reps of 225 pounds. Gilbert was every bit as advertised, long gone by 16.