Dallas Cowboys: Austin Pettis

Looking at the picks: Rounds 1-3

May, 8, 2014
IRVING, Texas -- After looking at the history of the selections the Dallas Cowboys have in Rounds 4-7 on Wednesday, here is a look at Rounds 1-3.

Click here for the late-round review.

First round (No. 16)
2009 LB Larry English, San Diego
2010 DE Derrick Morgan, Tennessee
2011 LB Ryan Kerrigan
2012 LB Quinton Coples, NY Jets
2013 QB EJ Manuel

Notable: Manuel was something of a surprise pick last year but had some moments as a starter before getting hurt. Morgan’s rookie season was cut short by a knee injury, but he’s recorded 12.5 sacks the past two seasons. Kerrigan is solid. Coples is something of an enigma after his first two seasons but has some pass-rush ability.

Second round (No. 47)
2009 S Mike Mitchell, Oakland
2010 LB Daryl Washington, Arizona
2011 TE Lance Kendricks, St. Louis
2012 LB Bobby Wagner, Seattle
2013 TE Gavin Escobar, Cowboys

Notable: Escobar is the third second-round pick the Cowboys have used at tight end since 2006 and caught just nine passes as a rookie. He needs a huge 2014 season. Wagner was on the Cowboys’ radar in 2012 but the trade up for Morris Claiborne ended that chance. Mitchell was a controversial pick but found a home last year in Carolina and signed a lucrative deal with Pittsburgh in the offseason.

Third round (No. 78)
2009 OL Louis Vasquez, San Diego
2010 WR Brandon LaFell, Carolina
2011 WR Austin Pettis, St. Louis
2012 TE Michael Egnew, Miami
2013 WR Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo

Notable: A track standout at Texas, Goodwin caught 17 passes for 283 yards and three scores last season. Pettis has been a solid backup receiver with 95 catches for 916 yards and eight touchdowns for his career. LaFell signed with New England in the offseason after catching a career-high 49 passes in 2013. Vasquez made his first Pro Bowl last year after signing with Denver.

Morris Claiborne passes test, denies Rams

August, 26, 2012
ARLINGTON, Texas – Rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne really got tested for the first time as a pro Saturday night.

He gave up a few catches, but Claiborne passed the tests with flying colors, especially in the red zone.

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford targeted Claiborne twice in the end zone on St. Louis’ final series of the first half. Claiborne had good coverage on both occasions. He crowded Austin Pettis on an incomplete back-shoulder fade in the front corner of the end zone and swatted away a ball intended for Steve Smith while running across the back of the end zone.

“He seems comfortable out there,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He seems like he feels more and more confident.”

This was probably the last playing time Claiborne will get this preseason, as is the case for all of the Cowboys’ starters. After missing all of offseason (wrist surgery) and a week of training camp plus the preseason opener (knee), he had acknowledged that he was still in the mode of thinking too much on the field.

Claiborne said he played looser Saturday night and felt like he made progress.

“I feel pretty good,” Claiborne said. “I’m going to keep working. These 10 days (before the season opener) I’m going to use to my advantage and try to get better and better.”

Bowl week 1 draft watch

December, 17, 2010
With the Cowboys on pace to own a top-10 pick and needing to fill several holes, the interest in this year's draft will be high around these parts. We'll help feed that hunger by looking at potential draft prospects in each game throughout bowl season.

Here's a look at the top prospects playing in the opening week of bowls:


BYU vs. UTEP, 1 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)

BYU OT Matt Reynolds -- The 6-foot-6, 323-pound Reynolds is considering forgoing his senior season to declare for the draft. He’s started every game the last three seasons at left tackle, but he’s projected to play on the other side in the NFL. The son of a BYU assistant coach is not a great athlete, but he’s a mauler with intelligence. Scouts Inc. ranks him as the No. 12 tackle, projecting him to be a mid-round pick.


Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State, 4:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)

Fresno State OG Andrew Jackson At 6-foot-5, 288 pounds, he’s a little lighter than the Cowboys like their offensive guards. He might be a better fit for a zone-blocking team like the Redskins or Texans. He has good quickness and is extremely intelligent, having been named a first-team Academic All-American in 2009. Ranked as the No. 6 guards by Scouts Inc.


Ohio vs. Troy, 8 p.m. Saturday (ESPN)

Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan Scouts Inc’s No. 6 receiver is small (5-9, 183) but tough to tackle in the open field. If Cowboys decide to cut Roy Williams, receiver is a need. Jernigan, who also operated Troy’s Wildcat offense, could be a shifty complement to big, physical receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant.


Southern Miss vs. Louisville, 7 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN)

TE Cameron Graham With John Phillips coming back off a knee injury, tight end isn’t a need for the Cowboys. But Graham is highest-rated player in this game, according to Scouts Inc., which ranks him as the No. 10 tight end.


Utah vs. Boise State, 7 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN)

Utah CB Brandon Burton He’s a 6-0, 187-pound junior who Scouts Inc. ranks as the No. 9 draft-eligible player at his position. He’s been clocked at 4.35 seconds in the 40. He’s a quality special teams player, having blocked a field goal to seal the Utes’ win over rival BYU this season.

Utah C Zane TaylorAt 6-foot-2, 298 pounds, Taylor isn’t overpowering. But the No. 5 center on Scouts Inc.’s board does a good job of getting into position to make blocks at the second level. The Cowboys like undrafted rookie Phil Costa, so center isn’t a high priority.

Utah OG Caleb Schlauderaff – He’s a four-year starter who gets high marks for his study habits, awareness and nasty disposition. Schlauderaff (6-3 , 298) is Scouts Inc.’s No. 13 guard.

Boise State WR Titus YoungHe’s a big-play threat with 2,192 yards and 22 touchdowns the last two seasons. But Young, Scouts Inc.’s No. 11 receivers, comes with some character concerns. He was suspended for 10 games in 2008 due to off-the-field problems.

Boise State WR Austin Pettis Pettis (6-2 , 204), Scouts Inc.’s No. 26 receiver, has strong hands and is an outstanding blocker. But there concerns about whether he is fast and quick enough to get open against NFL defensive backs.


Navy vs. San Diego State, 7 p.m. Thursday (ESPN)

San Diego State WR Vincent Brown Brown, the No. 13 receiver on Scouts Inc.’s board, has played his best against the best competition on the Aztecs’ schedule. He had four catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns against TCU. He followed that up with eight catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns against Utah.