The number 9 spot for the Cowboys seems to be growing more and more uncertain as draft boards shift around in the top 10 positions. Most signs point to Prince Amukamara as the best pick to fill one of their most vulnerable spots in the secondary, but after the NFL Combine some are speculating that Amukamara will not be available at the 9 spot and Dallas will be left at too high of a position to take an offensive lineman, their other most pressing need, though a defensive lineman may make sense as well.
An interesting idea is that Cam Newton, who received mixed reviews from the Combine, may slide to their position. With teams behind Dallas like Washington, Minnesota that are need of a quarterback, and pending the agreement of a new CBA, the Cowboys could do well to slide down the boards and recover more picks, hopefully 3rd rounders. With a good deal of 2nd and 3rd round talent Dallas could begin adding a little more youth to the team at key positions that may need a change. Even if Newton goes early is may better serve Dallas to trade down. Also, with the resigning of Kyle Kosier and Marc Colombo still up in the air, Dallas may be looking to build some depth with young talent.
It’s tough to argue Dallas passing on some very gifted players that could be available at a top 10 position, with the likes of a Von Miller, Marcell Dareus, and Robert Quinn hoovering around that area some may argue that trading down would be a waste. In all likelihood none of these players, who have been projected as high a number 2, will be available and with a a draft that is looking rich in defensive players and linemen it may better serve Dallas to trade down to increase their picks and save some money over grabbing a top 10 player.
Some mid round players to look at were they to move down could be:
Jimmy Smith (Colorado) – Smith had a good combine and is being overshadowed by Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara, understandably, on a lot of boards. However, Smith is 6’2 and ran a 4.46. He has speed, size, and is good tackler, recording 70 last season, and one of the most important things the Cowboys need in their secondary is hard hitting and speed. He would be another prospect to slide to safety or even help out as a nickle corner as he transitions into the NFL.
Nate Solder (Colorado) – I know another guy out of Colorado, but Solder was solid at the tackle position. Solder is a converted tight end and at the spot only allowed 5 sacks last season. He has put on size and not slowed down too much.
Mike Pouncey (Florida) – Pouncey played outside of the shadow of his brother Maurkice last season, though he played well while they were both there. Pouncey is a player who could play the guard or center position, probably right away, and may be a reach depending on Dallas’ position but could produce quickly. He could use some coaching, but is a highly gifted player.
Some later round guys:
Stefen Wisniewski (Penn State) – Wisniewski is another good versatile lineman who the Cowboys could grab in anticipation of eventually replacing Andre Gurode. He has played the guard and center position, though he has a few technique issues and could get a bit stronger, he is a sound player with a good head on his shoulders. Meaning most of his issues are coachable. He is known for being a hard worker and being a good student, and grabbing a player with a good work ethic is a boon in this league for sure.
Marcus Cannon (TCU) – Though it’s debatable that Cannon will be in the 2nd round the idea that he may would inspire me to place him here, though I could see him sneaking into the first round. Cannon seems to be widely overlooked for a player who in 2009 did not allow a sack and has made the switch seamlessly from right to left tackle. He is fairly athletic for a man of his size, 6’6 350 lbs, but playing for TCU is probably one of the bigger knocks on him for a lack of big games and competition. He is another player the Cowboys should grab, especially if he falls to the 3rd round as he is rumored to do.
Curtis Brown (Texas) – Though the Longhorns didn’t have the best of years Brown could be a good prospect for a later round pick. With the ability to shut down opposition on his side at times, Brown has the skills to play at the NFL level. His value may be a bit up in the air though until he performs at his pro day.
Hopefully, Dallas will address some of their glaring needs early in the draft, though I focused mainly on the O-Line and secondary the team could address their LB and DL core as well. As always, the closer we get to the draft the more things change. Guess we’ll have to wait and see as it develops.
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Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.