Cowboys 2016 NFL Draft: Five Questions with Dane Brugler
Draft expert Dane Brugler answers five questions we have about the Dallas Cowboys and the upcoming NFL Draft.
Possessing the fourth overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, it’s more important than ever for the Dallas Cowboys to get their top selection right. But with so many prospects to choose from, the entire draft process can become a blurry haze. Luckily, we have experts like Dane Brugler to help us break though the fog and point us at some prospective players the Cowboys should be taking a close look at.
Mr. Brugler provides his valuable draft insights over at CBS Sports, but Cowboys fans will likely know him better as the co-host of The Draft Show, which is broadcasted every Friday on DallasCowboys.com. Below, Dane graciously took the time to answer five Cowboy-related draft questions for you, our loyal readers.
1. If the Dallas Cowboys could use their first pick (fourth overall) for any single player in this draft, who do you think would be the best overall selection for this team?
DB: I could make a strong argument for a handful of players in this draft. Bosa, Treadwell, Ramsey. But the Cowboys have been searching for that athletic linebacker the last few years and Myles Jack fits the bill. As long as he’s healthy (meniscus), Jack will be in play with that fourth pick. Not only does he fit a need, but he’s one of the best players in this class.
2. How big of a draft advantage is it that the Cowboys staff will be coaching in the Senior Bowl this year?
DB: Huge advantage when you consider who will be on the North roster, most notably QB Carson Wentz. After Senior Bowl week, no one in the NFL will have a better understanding of Wentz and his strengths/weaknesses/ability than Garrett and his staff. The Senior Bowl is a great opportunity to evaluate the draft’s top seniors and also allow the Cowboys to cross players off the board.
3. Do you have a sleeper prospect or two that you believe will shoot up draft boards the most from now until April?
Auburn OT Shon Coleman, Colorado State WR Rashard Higgins, Boise State DE/LB Kamalei Correa are three players who are being underrated by many right now. Ohio State WR Braxton Miller is another player who I think will be drafted much higher than many think. If he performs well at the Senior Bowl and Combine, he’ll be a top-40 type.
4. I think the Cowboys will be looking for a speedy, playmaking wide receiver to pair with Dez Bryant. Any favorite candidates?
DB: Will Fuller and Rashard Higgins are two players I would look at in the 2nd round. Both are terrific at locating, tracking and finishing downfield. Fuller has superior speed and can take the top off a defense. Higgins is more reliable and finds ways to get open.
5. I’m intrigued by this year’s running back class. Likely not as talented as 2015, who is your favorite overall, a sleeper choice and any thoughts on Notre Dame’s C.J. Prosise?
DB: Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams has been a forgotten prospect after missing all of the 2015 season, but if he returns healthy, he is a top-3 RB in this draft class and could be a terrific value on day two. I’m a Prosise fan. After never playing RB in his life, he moved to the position just weeks before the 2015 season and flourished with his cutting ability, body control and vision. As his instincts as a back continue to develop, he should get better. Prosise is highly intriguing due to his upside.
I want to personally thank Dane Brugler for taking the time out of his very busy schedule to participate in this article. I’m a huge fan of his and love watching him on The Draft Show every Friday on DallasCowboys.com. Dane also has an invaluable Draft Guide he releases every year that I encourage our entire audience to purchase once it becomes available in the next couple months. I believe it is a must have for anyone who covers or is interested in the NFL Draft. Also please be sure to check out his work over at CBS Sports.
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