Saturday, April 27, 2013
W2W4: Day 3 for the Cowboys
The final day of the draft is here and he's our preview.
What to expect: The Cowboys have three draft picks (114, 151 and 185) remaining but none in the seventh round.
Needs: Blocking tight end, running back and tackle.
Best best available prospects: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse; QB Matt Barkley, USC; DT Jesse Williams, Alabama; WR Quinton Patton, La. Tech, OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers; QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas; DE Alex Okafor, Texas; C Brian Schwenke, Cal; RB Andre Ellington, Clemson, S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse.
Cowboys best available: RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford; T David Quessenberry, San Jose State; RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State; TE D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers; TE Dion Sims, Michigan State; LB Gerald Hodges, Penn State.
Day 2 recap: No trades but the Cowboys picked the highest available players on their board starting with TE Gavin Escobar in the second round. Escobar, from San Diego State, is a pass-catching tight end the team wants to pair up with Jason Witten and James Hanna in a revamped offense. The next two picks were solid third-round selections in Baylor WR Terrance Williams and Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox. Williams has a chance to get significant snaps as an outside receiver while Wilcox might become a solid special teams player with the potential to become a starting strong safety. Cowboys didn't feel the the need to force a pick and allowed several running backs to go free.
Quotable from Stephen Jones: "Take the best player. We've just got to sit there and pick good football players. I think they'll be there. We're going to get good players. I think the draft is strong. I think we'll get a good player in the fourth, a good player in the fifth and a good player in the sixth."