Dallas Cowboys: 2013 draft series

Advanced scouting: Tyler Wilson

April, 18, 2013
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Tyler WilsonAP Photo/April L. BrownArkansas QB Tyler Wilson shows good poise in the pocket and can make all the NFL throws.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 quarterback: Tyler Wilson


Height/weight: 6-foot-2 1/8, 215 pounds

School: Arkansas

Why he’s on the radar: No, not just because Wilson played for Jerry Jones’ alma mater. He’s a tough, poised passer who has proven his ability to throw accurately under pressure. He was productive as a senior despite extremely difficult circumstances, throwing for 3,387 yards and 21 touchdowns on a team that endured coach Bobby Petrino’s personal scandal and dismissal and lost its top three receivers from the previous season.

Projection: Second or third round

Stretch Truths: Like this kid's upside. ... Has the arm to make all the NFL throws. ... Good feet in the pocket. ... The pass rush does not bother him; keeps his eyes down the field and handles pressure. ... When he gets comfortable under center, think he can be dangerous at NFL level. ... Needs to be an understudy for a couple of years, but it's all in front of him.

Advanced scouting: Datone Jones

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Ameer Abdullah and Datone JonesKirby Lee/Image of Sport/US PresswireDatone Jones has the flexibility to play all over the defensive line.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 defensive lineman: Datone Jones


Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 283 pounds

School: UCLA

Why he’s on the radar: He looks the part in the way a Julius Peppers looks the part. He turned it on for his senior season, especially later in the year. He finished with 6.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss and was one of the most impressive players in the Senior Bowl workouts, as well. He would fit more with the Cowboys in DeMarcus Ware's spot, but showed at UCLA he can play all over the line.

Projection: Late first round, second round

Stretch Truths: Will show an explosive initial step off the ball. … Has some pass rush moves and will punch and separate to get off blocks. … Effort guy but does not have quick turnover to pursue sideline to sideline. … Not sure where to play this kid. … A little light to play as a tackle and not fast enough to play at end.

Advanced scouting: Andre Ellington

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Andre EllingtonJoshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY SportsClemson running back Andre Ellington could challenge Lance Dunbar for the Cowboys' backup spot.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 Running back: Andre Ellington


Height/weight: 5-foot-9, 199 pounds

School: Clemson

Why he’s on the radar: Ellington might not be the best running back in the draft, but he's a good fit for the Cowboys to back up DeMarco Murray. Ellington is elusive, not afraid of contact and produced solid numbers in college. He was one of four running backs to get 1,000 yards in the ACC last season. The Cowboys want their backup running backs to play special teams and that could be a negative for Ellington, who isn't that big. Ellington would be a nice selection to challenge Lance Dunbar as the No. 2 running back on the roster.

Projection: Third or fourth round

Stretch Truths: For his size, this back will attack the line of scrimmage and at the point of attack. ... He shows straight-line speed, but I do not see a top gear. ... Has vision and reads his blocks well. ... Flashes balance and body lean. ... He’s a tough kid who takes big hits, but he’s not a power-after-contact type back or very physical as a pass protector. ... Has some kick return ability.

Advanced scouting: Matt Elam

April, 15, 2013
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Matt Elam Richard Dole/Icon SMIFlorida safety Matt Elam has shown that he can be a physical presence and make plays on the ball.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 safety: Matt Elam


Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 208 pounds

School: Florida

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys need to improve their play on the backend of the secondary. With veteran Gerald Sensabaugh gone and veteran backup Will Allen now on the roster, finding a younger player who can cover and play close to the line of scrimmage is important. That's Elam, who covered slot receivers and displayed a physical presence in college. Making plays on the ball is important in the new Tampa 2 scheme and Elam is someone who can do that. Getting Elam in the second round is a good selection if the Cowboys go with an offensive lineman in the first round.

Projection: Late first round, early second round

Stretch Truths: Another of many box safeties in this draft. ... Flashes to play the run. ... Inconsistent to force and rush. ... Has some catch-up speed and makes big hits. ... Not natural to pedal, turn his hips and run. ... Not comfortable as a half-field or single-high safety. ... Not very aggressive to plant and drive on the ball. ... Poor hands to go and make the catch. ... Does play the game with some passion.

Advanced scouting: Jonathan Cooper

April, 14, 2013
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Jonathan Cooper Spruce Derden/US PresswireNorth Carolina's Jonathan Cooper is a top guard, but will he be available for the Cowboys at No. 18?

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 1 offensive lineman: Jonathan Cooper


Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 311 pounds

School: North Carolina

Why he’s on the radar: The inconsistent play of the Cowboys' guards in 2012 raised serious questions about the team's future at the position. There were two guards taken in the first round last year and that trend could continue with Cooper considered the top player at his position. The issue is whether he'll fall to the Cowboys at No. 18. If he's still on the board at No. 14 or No. 15, Dallas might have to move up to get him. Fixing the offensive line is a high priority at Valley Ranch and getting Cooper could help the Cowboys improve.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Guard who was also a high school wrestler so he plays with excellent leverage and feel. He’s flexible for a big man with good bend and balance, which helps him in pass protection to recover. ... Has good feet to pull and get second level blocks. ... Average punch and pop. ... The question I have with this kid is size and lower football functional strength to run through contact. ... Overall opinion: He’s the fifth-best offensive lineman.

Advanced scouting: Landry Jones

April, 11, 2013
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Landry JonesMatthew Emmons/US PresswireLandry Jones looks like a prototypical quarterback and has the arm to make all the NFL throws.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 quarterback: Landry Jones


Height/weight: 6-foot-4 1/8, 225 pounds

School: Oklahoma

Why he’s on the radar: Jones looks like a prototypical quarterback and started 50 games at Oklahoma, being put in the unenviable position of replacing Heisman winner Sam Bradford. Jones wasn’t as productive for the Sooners as his tools suggested he could have been, but he has a strong arm and excellent intangibles. Can his tendency to have tunnel vision be coached out of Jones?

Projection: Third or fourth round

Stretch Truths: Big, physical quarterback has the arm to make all the NFL throws. … My concern is that he gets bothered by the rush and gets happy feet. … Always in the gun, which presents a challenge for him. … Makes poor throws on the move. … I question this kid's "want to."

Advanced scouting: Tank Carradine

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Cornellius Carradine Kim Klement/US PresswireCornellius Carradine had 11 sacks in 12 games last season before suffering a torn ACL.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 defensive lineman: Cornellius "Tank" Carradine


Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 276 pounds

School: Florida State

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys have shown a willingness to draft players coming off major injury in recent years (Sean Lee and Bruce Carter), hoping patience pays off. It has with Lee and Carter and could with Carradine, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in November against Florida. He had 11 sacks in 12 games, as well as 13 tackles for loss before the injury. He is also considered an excellent run defender.

Projection: Second round

Stretch Truths: Junior college defense end who was very productive during his junior and senior seasons at Florida State. … Explosive off the snap with strong hands to shoot and shed. Has big upside. … Plays the game with the purpose and passion you want. … He played opposite Bjoern Werner, who gets all the attention, but this kid could really develop. … Love him if the Cowboys can get him in the second round.

Advanced scouting: Joseph Randle

April, 9, 2013
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Joseph RandleAP Photo/Sue OgrockiJoseph Randle is a physical runner who also shows good hands coming out of the backfield.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 running back: Joseph Randle


Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 204 pounds

School: Oklahoma State

Why he’s on the radar: With durability issues regarding starter DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys are seeking quality backups in case of injury. Randle isn't the fastest running back in the draft -- posting 40 times of 4.54, 4.60 and 4.63 -- but he's a quality runner and led the Big 12 with 1,417 rushing yards last season. Randle (14 touchdowns in 2012) is a physical runner and can catch passes out of the backfield, making him an option on passing downs.

Projection: Second or third round

Stretch Truths: Is a straight-line back who runs upright and does not show a top-end gear. … Has good hands and runs good backfield routes. … Has adequate punch and pop as a pass blocker. … Because of his upright style, he needs to be in a zone scheme. … Overall opinion: I don't see him as a tough north/south back.

Advanced scouting: Tony Jefferson

April, 8, 2013
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Tony JeffersonAP Photo/Sue OgrockiTony Jefferson doesn't have great speed but can play the run and contribute on special teams.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 safety: Tony Jefferson


Height/weight: 5-foot-11, 213 pounds

School: Oklahoma

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys are thin at safety thanks to the release of veteran Gerald Sensabaugh. Barry Church is one starter, but there is some concern about who will play alongside him. If the Cowboys don't draft a safety in the first two rounds, maybe getting Jefferson, who can play both safety spots, is an option. He's good in coverage and playing near the line of scrimmage.

Projection: Fifth round

Stretch Truths: Does not have top-end speed (ran the 40 in 4.75 seconds). … Not natural pedaling and turning his hips. … He is a box safety who can play the run with force. He’ll tackle with pop and deliver a blow. … Could be a demon on special teams but lacks size and speed to be an elite safety. … Cowboys need better in the first four rounds.

Advanced scouting: Chance Warmack

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Chance Warmack AP Photo/John WilliamsonChance Warmack plays with an edge and is considered one of the top guards in the draft.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 Offensive lineman: Chance Warmack


Position: Guard

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 317 pounds

School: Alabama

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys signed Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau in free agency last year but still want to upgrade the interior of the offensive line. Warmack is considered one of the top guards in the draft and probably will be off the board when its time for the Cowboys to select at No. 18. Warmack doesn't have the position flexibility the Cowboys normally want, but he's a solid player who has the potential to be a starter for the next 10 seasons.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Played all four years at Alabama. … Has strong punch and power to press a defender in pass protection. … Good lower body to anchor, and balance that matches. … Has excellent feet to get to second-level blocks and run his feet through contact. … Is comfortable with a tackle over his nose. … I only question his true foot speed after running 40 in 5.49 seconds. … He’s the top guard in the draft and has a real nasty side. … Overall opinion: Take him if he's there with the 18th pick.

Advanced scouting: Tyler Bray

April, 4, 2013
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Tyler BrayAP Photo/Wade PayneTyler Bray has an outstanding arm but would need time to develop as an NFL quarterback.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 quarterback: Tyler Bray


Height/weight: 6-foot-6 1/8, 232 pounds

School: Tennessee

Why he’s on the radar: Bray, ranked as the No. 8 quarterback in this draft class by Scouts Inc., would be a project who could develop behind Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. He has prototypical size for an NFL pocket passer and possesses outstanding arm strength. He’s raw, however, and didn’t win enough at Tennessee (5-7 in his only full season as a starter). No team will have a better scouting report on Bray than the Cowboys, who hired Derek Dooley as receivers coach this offseason after he was fired as Tennessee’s head coach. Would Dooley recommend a quarterback he couldn’t win with in the SEC?

Projection: Third or fourth round

Stretch Truths: Has a big-time arm that can spin it from several different arm angles. … Adequate throwing on the move, but his footwork is poor at times in the pocket. … I question his football smarts and ability to read coverages. Throws too many balls into coverage. … If you take this kid, he needs to learn and develop as a backup.

Advanced scouting: Kawann Short

April, 3, 2013
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Kawann ShortJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesKawann Short was a two-time captain at Purdue and impressed at the Senior Bowl.
To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 defensive lineman: Kawann Short


Position: Defensive tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-3, 299 pounds

School: Purdue

Why he’s on the radar: He is productive, finishing his collegiate career with 18 sacks and 48 tackles for loss. He performed well in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, as well as at the Senior Bowl. He is a crafty player, according to some reports, but he moves better than people think. One possible tiebreaker in the Cowboys' evaluation process that could favor Short: he was a two-time captain for the Boilermakers. Jason Garrett always talks about having the “right kind of guys.”

Projection: Late first round, early second

Stretch Truths: It’s frustrating to watch this kid on film, as he’s a feast-or-famine type player. … Will flash some quickness and hands to punch and shed. … Lacks lower strength to bull rush or get any pocket push at the point of attack. … Does not show the speed when pursuing the chase. … Soft body; skinny lower. … Would be tough to pick him early. … In my eyes, he could go early, but at times looks like a free agent on film.

Advanced scouting: Giovani Bernard

April, 2, 2013
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BernardBob Donnan/US PresswirePunishing running back Giovani Bernard scored 25 career touchdowns at North Carolina.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 running back: Giovani Bernard


Height/weight: 5-foot-10, 205 pounds

School: North Carolina

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys have discussed the need to find durable backs to improve at this position. But Bernard has health issues, having torn his ACL in 2010, as well as missing two games last season. When healthy, Bernard has been a productive back, scoring 25 career touchdowns. He's played in two different types of offenses -- pro style and spread -- and could be a physical back to provide help for DeMarco Murray. Lance Dunbar will return as an off-tackle runner, but getting a punisher such as Bernard might prove helpful.

Projection: Second or third round

Stretch Truths: Despite his lack of size, I like this kid. ... Can also return kicks. ... Runs with toughness between the tackles, and he has some short area quickness to make good inside cuts. ... Good vision on draws and screens, and also in the open field as a return guy. ... Question is his health after he tore his ACL in his right knee in 2010. ... Not a physical blocker at the point of attack. ... He likes to cut too much, but this kid has some upside.

Advance scouting: Phillip Thomas

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Phillip Thomas Troy Babbitt/USA TODAY SportsFresno St. safety Phillip Thomas tackles with force and plays with nastiness but may lack pure speed.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 safety: Phillip Thomas


Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 208 pounds

School: Fresno State

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys have newly-signed veteran Will Allen, but they want to get younger at safety. Barry Church made three starts last season before tearing his Achilles tendon. Matt Johnson missed last season because of hamstring injuries, so Allen provides insurance. Drafting another safety will add competition to a position of need.

Projection: Late second early third round

Stretch Truths: This safety plays with nastiness, and he’ll tackle you with force. ... Plays tough in the box. ... Adequate cover skills to play a tight end and backs. ... A concern: He missed the 2011 season after suffering a broken leg and a dislocated ankle during a non-contact drill. ... Adequate in zone coverage, but he lacks start-and-stop cover quickness in man coverage. ... Gets caught cheating on ball fakes; I question his pure speed. But this kid will bloody your nose.

Advanced scouting: Lane Johnson

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Lane JohnsonJustin K. Aller/Getty ImagesOklahoma tackle Lane Johnson has excellent leverage and can play all positions on the offensive line.

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 3 offensive lineman: Lane Johnson


Position: Tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds

School: Oklahoma

Why he’s on the radar: Left tackle Tyron Smith had a good season for the Cowboys last year, but inconsistent play from right tackle Doug Free prompted the team to use Jermey Parnell. The Cowboys need to upgrade the offensive line, and if Johnson is available in the later half of the first round, he would be a good choice. Johnson played both tackle spots at Oklahoma and multiple positions in high school -- from quarterback to defensive end, so athletic ability isn't an issue.

Projection: First round

Stretch Truths: Tall tackle plays with excellent leverage and can play all positions across the line. ... Smart football sense; good punch and power; can reach block; good straight in-line run blocker. ... Has power to sit and stop a bull rush. Also has good balance to recover in pass protection. ... For a big tackle, he can really run, as evidenced by his 4.67 40-yard dash at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. ... Take him if he's there with the 18th pick.

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