Some Late Round Targets for the Dallas Cowboys


With the 2013 NFL Draft starting Round 1 in a few hours, every NFL fan is excited and anxious to find out what their team will do.  Most Cowboy fans that I have come across are hoping for an offensive lineman.  Among the possibilities at #18 are Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, and D.J. Fluker. The other three first round graded linemen will be long gone by the time the Cowboys are on the clock. Assuming the team is able to land one of these offensive linemen, the Cowboys could go defensive line, safety, or offensive line again in Rounds 2 & 3.  Last year I had wanted the team to select David DeCastro from Stanford when he dropped, but the team opted to surrender their 1st and 2nd rounder to move up and select Mo Claiborne.

Nov 25, 2011; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kent State Golden Flashers offensive lineman Brian Winters (66) along the sidelines during the second quarter against the Temple Owls at Lincoln Financial Field. Temple defeated Kent State 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The team needs to “hit” on all three of these picks as team depth is low, and the team’s salary cap issues are high.  Jerry Jones has come out and said the team may look to trade back if the player they want is off the board. However, at this time of year you cannot trust anything you hear as teams are trying to keep everyone off-balance as to what their true plans are. A trade back to obtain an additional 2nd or 3rd rounder would be a good move for the team, but I would have a hard time believing it until I actually see it. Jerry Jones likes to make the “big” move and keep Americas Team in the spotlight.  Jones has used a 1st round pick on an offensive linemen only once since owing the team (Tyron Smith, 2011), and fans should hope this year he finally realizes that the Super Bowl can’t be won on draft night and decides to draft an offensive lineman again.

While the team should (hopefully) be able to find legit NFL caliber players in Rounds 1-3, it’s Rounds 4-7 where the team has just been terrible in recent years.  Here are some players later in the draft that the team and its fans should keep an eye out for on Saturday:


Barrett Jones                     C/G                        Alabama

Brian Winters                     G                             Kent State

David Quessenberry         OL                           San Jose State


Malliciah Goodman         DE                           Clemson

Jordan Hill                        DT                           Penn State

Walter Stewart                  DE                           Cincinnati

Bennie Logan                    DT                           LSU

Joe Kruger                         DL                           Utah

Kwame Geathers              DT                           Georgia

Devin Taylor                     DE                           South Carolina

David Bass                         DE                           Missouri Western


T.J. McDonald                    S                              USC

Tony Jefferson                    S                             Oklahoma

Steve Williams                   CB                           California

Jakar Hamilton                  S                              South Carolina State

Tyrann Mathieu                 CB                           LSU

Robert Lester                      S                              Alabama

Josh Evans                          S                              Florida

Brandon McGee                 CB                           Miami

Zeke Motta                          S                              Notre Dame


Montee Ball                       RB                           Wisconsin

Marcus Lattimore            RB                           South Carolina

Knile Davis                        RB                           Arkansas

Rex Burkhead                   RB                           Nebraska


Denard Robinson             WR                         Michigan

Markus Wheaton             WR                         Oregon State

Philip Lutzenkirchen       TE                          Auburn

Kenny Stills                       WR                         Oklahoma


Landry Jones                    QB                          Oklahoma

If the team can end up having a successful draft this weekend and hit on the majority of their picks, this would be great news for the team. If this string of poor to so-so drafts can be avoided, hopefully Cowboy fans can have a positive outlook for the upcoming season and the string of .500 ball can be avoided as well.

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