The tail end of the draft is where the pressure eases somewhat on scouts and coaches. You can take a flyer on players with potential in the hope that one of them will ultimately stick. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their second half draft picks have left much to be desired that last two seasons.
Eight players have been drafted in the seventh round by Dallas in the past two years. These players have accumulated 14 games between them. In most instances, a swing and a miss. But a player like Victor Ochi could well be worth spending one of those picks on.
A small school prospect such as Ochi will always come with the question marks as to whether they’ll step up to the NFL standard of competition. Coming from an FCS school of course that will be a worry. However, you can only beat what’s put in front of you and Ochi dominated.
Ochi plays the game with that violent nasty streak and displays real toughness in making tackles everywhere. At times looked like he was a man playing against boys at college in the effortless manner he brushed opponents aside or blew them up with thumping tackles.
There’s no question that you’d be getting a very raw proposition in Ochi. He’s not going to play immediately and would certainly need some refinement on his game. The NFL is going to be remarkably quicker than what he’s faced thus far.
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