Dallas Cowboys: Draft Reax

Rapid Reaction: DeVonte Holloman

April, 27, 2013
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Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesDeVonte Holloman had 55 tackles, two sacks and three interceptions as a senior, after spending his first three seasons at safety.

Pick: South Carolina outside linebacker DeVonte Holloman, 185 overall

Pros: Does a nice job against the run and displays power when he tackles. Has the ability to play some safety and he can cover tight ends in a pinch.

Cons: Could be stronger and use his hands better when taking on blockers.

Cowboy fit: Currently the Cowboys have Justin Durant as the other starting outside linebacker in their new 4-3 scheme. However, Durant isn't the future at the position and this is where, maybe, Holloman can assert himself. Holloman will have to make the team on special teams but if he can impress the coaches in training camp and in some preseason games, he could move into a role where he gets a few snaps on game days.

Could have had: DE Cornelius Washington, Georgia; ILB Kevin Reddick, North Carolina; DE Mike Catapano, Princeton, T Roger Gaines, TCU.

Rapid Reaction: Joseph Randle

April, 27, 2013
Pick: Oklahoma State running back Joseph Randle, No. 151 overall

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Jackson Laizure/Getty ImagesThe Cowboys filled a need with Joseph Randle as a backup to DeMarco Murray.

Pros: A good north-and-south runner with above average speed who does a nice job eluding defenders. He also is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield and displayed an ability to block well in pass protection.

Cons: Had a fumbling problem early in his career but seemed to solve it in 2012. Randle doesn't have a strong lower body, something that needs work in the weight room.

Cowboy fit: The Cowboys have talked about finding a solid backup for DeMarco Murray because of some durability issues. Randle adds competition to the position and while the Cowboys like Lance Dunbar, it could mean the end for Philip Tanner. The Cowboys want their backup running backs to play special teams and it will be interesting to see if Randle can handle that aspect of the job.

Could have had: DE Stansly Maponga, TCU; TE Luke Wilson, Rice; DT Josh Boyd, Miss. St.; FB Zach Line, SMU.

Rapid Reaction: B.W. Webb

April, 27, 2013
Pick: William & Mary cornerback B.W. Webb, No. 114 overall

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G Fiume/Getty ImagesAn old adage suggests teams can never have enough cornerbacks. B.W. Webb, out of William & Mary, proved that in the fourth round.
Pros: A solid zone corner with great athletic ability. Has the ability to play the ball and is fast enough to cover up some mistakes. Had 11 interceptions in his career with eight coming as a freshman.

Cons: He is not the most physical player in run support. Is a little slight of size and press coverage is not one of his strengths. Did his interception total slip because he didn’t get much action?

Cowboy fit: You can never have enough corners and this could put Orlando Scandrick on the clock. Scandrick’s cap figures jump up in 2014 and this team will need to make some economic decisions. Webb steps in as the fourth corner with Sterling Moore.

Could have had: Earl Watford, G, James Madison; Landy Jones, QB, Oklahoma, Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson, Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State

Rapid Reaction: Safety J.J. Wilcox

April, 26, 2013
Pick: Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox, No. 80 overall

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AP Photo/Stephen MortonGeorgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox will enjoy a shot at earning a starting job during training camp.
Pros: He plays faster than his timed speed (4.57 40-yard dash). He has good size (6-foot-0, 213 pounds) and is a physical tackler. Has the ball skills of a former wide receiver. Smart player.

Cons: Does not have much experience at safety. He spent his first three college seasons as a wide receiver and running back. He’s still learning how to read keys and needs to improve his recognition.

Cowboys fit: Wilcox will have a chance to earn a starting job during training camp. He’ll be competing with Barry Church (coming off torn Achilles tendon), Matt Johnson (fourth-round pick who didn’t play as rookie due to injuries) and Will Allen (stop-gap free-agent signing).

Could have had: Alabama DT Jesse Williams, Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore, Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton, Missouri Southern State DT Brandon Williams, West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey

Rapid Reaction: WR Terrance Williams

April, 26, 2013
Pick: Baylor WR Terrance Williams, No. 74 overall

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Brett Deering/Getty ImagesWide receiver Terrance Williams had a stellar senior year at Baylor.
Pros: Big receiver (6-foot-2, 208 pounds) who was tremendously productive as a Baylor senior, catching 97 passes for a nation-leading 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns. Doesn’t have blazing speed (4.52 40-yard dash), but he’s a glider with big-play ability. Has good body control and balance.

Cons: Needs to improve as a route runner. Not an explosive athlete. Has to make the transition to the NFL after playing in a spread offense at Baylor and not facing much press coverage. Has reputation for being inconsistent with effort. Has small hands (8.6 inches).

Cowboys fit: Williams can play outside in three-receiver sets, when Miles Austin shifts to the slot. He could potentially be a starter opposite Dez Bryant in the future if the Cowboys decided to part ways with the pricey Austin.

Could have had: California WR Keenan Allen, Georgia DT Johnathan Jenkins, Alabama DT Jesse Williams, Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead, Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore

Rapid Reaction: TE Gavin Escobar

April, 26, 2013
Pick: San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar, No. 47 overall

Pros: Big frame (6-foot-5 7/8, 254 pounds) and fluid athlete. Has outstanding hands, excellent ball skills, fights for the ball in traffic and can adjust to the ball in the air. Good route runner and a big-play threat despite not having great speed.

Cons: He struggles as a blocker, especially when lined up at the traditional tight end position. He tends to get overpowered and doesn’t show much pop at the point of attack. Does not have good speed (4.84 40-yard dash).

Cowboys fit: The Cowboys needed a second tight end who could be a physical, point-of-attack blocker. Escobar does not address that need. Like James Hanna, a 2012 sixth-round pick who showed promise as a rookie last season, he is primarily a receiver. Can Jason Garrett get him involved in the passing game after failing to do so with former second-round picks Anthony Fasano and Martellus Bennett?

Could have had: Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, California WR Keenan Allen, SMU DE Margus Hunt, South Carolina S D.J. Swearinger, Arkansas-Pine Bluff OT Terron Armstead, Kentucky OG Larry Warford, Baylor WR Terrance Williams

Rapid Reaction: Wisconsin C Travis Frederick

April, 25, 2013
Pick: Wisconsin center Travis Frederick, No. 31 overall.

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Pros: The 6-foot-3 5/8, 312-pound Frederick is a big center who is considered a mauler. He has significant experience and position flexibility, having started 18 games at center and 13 at guard during his college career. He was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2012 who has excellent intangibles. He’s a smart player with good awareness and a mean streak.

Cons: Frederick is far from an elite athlete. He ran a 5.58-second 40-yard dash with a 1.91-second 10-yard split. He’s often slow getting to the second level in the running game and tends to struggle against quick interior pass-rushers. This pick will be widely considered a reach. ESPN’s Scouts Inc. ranked Frederick as the No. 70 player in the draft.

Cowboys fit: Frederick could replace Phil Costa at center or start at either guard position. This is a pick that addresses a glaring need for the Cowboys to upgrade the interior offensive line.

Could have had: Georgia LB Alec Ogletree, Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o, Tennessee WR Justin Hunter, Florida S Matt Elam, Florida State OT Menelik Watson, Florida State DE Cornelius “Tank” Carradine, Florida DT Sharrif Floyd.