2016 NFL Draft: Top 25 Prospects

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The top 25 prospects in the 2016 NFL Draft are by far the most talked about and debated players among Cowboys’ fans. It doesn’t matter if it’s an average fan, a Fantasy Football guru, or a trained analyst: everyone has an opinion. Here is our two cents worth.

laremy tunsil 2016 NFL Draft Prospect

The 2016 NFL Draft is only a few months away, but it never seems  to get here fast enough. On the other hand, it’s a cruel reminder to life-long Cowboys’ fans that yet another season has come and gone, and once again, the Cowboys are on the couch for the playoffs.

The 2016 NFL draft will give us plenty to talk about. For some it will provide some much needed “HOPE”, but for draft pundits such as ourselves it fills us full of dread. There are some folks who will continue to peddle the Kool Aid by saying we’ll get em next year. Every year there is talk of the Cowboys going to the Super Bowl. Sometimes we have to be realists. The Cowboys have won two playoff games since 1996.

Tom Landry won two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), five NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 270-178-6 record: the third-most wins all-time for an NFL coach. His 20 career playoff victories are the second most of any coach in NFL history. (Recently surpassed by Bill Belichick.)

The most awe-inspiring aspect of his 20 consecutive winning seasons (1966–1985), is between 1966 and 1982 the Dallas Cowboys appeared in 12 NFL or NFC Championship games during those 17 years. Even more momentous is the Cowboys’ appearing in 10 NFC Championship games during the 13-years between 1970 to 1982, and he led the Cowboys to three Super Bowl appearances between 1975 and 1978, and five over the nine years between 1970 and 1978. This is why many life-long Cowboys’ fans dread draft time under the Jones administration.

Poor drafting is the main reason the Cowboys have two playoff wins over the 20 years between 1996 and 2015; instead of 12 championship appearances. Reality stinks. A lot of coaches have come and gone over the last 20 years: the only constant has been the GM, Jerry Jones. That being said, here is our list of the top 25 prospects in the 2016 NFL draft. The thought of what the Jones’ may do with the 4th overall pick is harrowing.

Editors Note: Here at YDCFF we pay no mind to media hype or projections. We set up our board based on the grades we gave the players. We will not put players on our board because they may get drafted out of desperation. Especially quarterbacks. We will not repeatedly update our board between now and the draft. There will be one update following the combine.

The tape never lies and anyone who repeatedly updates obviously didn’t do the film study and is playing a guessing game. Grades don’t change from week to week once their college career is over. However, there are hundreds of players to study and some listed may be subject to replacement if we find a better player before the draft.


2016 nfl draft big board

Rank Player Pos. Pos. Rank School Class Ht. Wt. Proj. Round
1 Laremy Tunsil OT 1 Ole Miss Jr 6-5 305 1
2 Shaq Lawson DE 1 Clemson rJr 6-3 270 1
3 Laquon Treadwell WR 1 Ole Miss Jr 6-2 210 1
4 Jalen Ramsey CB 1 Florida State Jr 6-1 202 1
5 Joey Bosa DE 2 Ohio State Jr 6-5 275 1
6 A’Shawn Robinson DT 1 Alabama Jr 6-3 312 1
7 Ronnie Stanley OT 2 Notre Dame rJr 6-6 315 1
8 Scooby Wright III up from 19 ILB 1 Arizona Jr 6-1 246 1
9 Mackensie Alexander CB 2 Clemson rSo 5-10 195 1
10 DeForest Buckner DE 3 Oregon Sr 6-7 290 1
11 Michael Thomas WR 2 Ohio State rJr 6-3 210 1
12 Myles Jack* OLB 1 UCLA Jr 6-1 245 1
13 Jarran Reed DT 2 Alabama Sr 6-3 313 1
14 Vernon Hargreaves III CB 3 Florida Jr 5-11 199 1
15 Andrew Billings DT 3 Baylor Jr 6-1 310 1
16 Eli Apple CB 4 Ohio State rSo 6-1 200 1
17
Darian Thompson
FS 1 Boise State rSr 6-1 210 1
18 Ezekiel Elliott RB 1 Ohio State Jr 6-0 225 1
19 Reggie Ragland down from 8 ILB 2 Alabama Sr 6-2 252 1-2
20 Darron Lee OLB 2 Ohio State rSo 6-1 235 1
21 Devontae Booker RB 2 Utah Sr 5-11 212 1-2
22 Robert Nkemdiche DT 4 Ole Miss Jr 6-3 296 1-2
23 Jonathan Bullard DE 4 Florida Jr 6-3 283 1-2
24 Emmanuel Ogbah DE 5 Oklahoma State rJr 6-3 275 1-2
25 Cody Whitehair OG 1 Kansas State rSr 6-4 309 1-2
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  • gcarr1213

    Wow I didn’t think you guys would have Treadwell that high, and I love Michael Thomas.

  • Johnathanknt

    Absolutely refreshing to see this draft board!  Thank you for not hyping those reached QB this year.  Bosa available at 4 and Jaylen still there, who are you picking?

  • Californy

    I like Shaq Lawson, I don’t even think he was healthy in the championship game and yet he stood out for the right reason.

  • Californy

    I dont know who created that list but no where have I seen Scooby Write being a top 25 player. I like him a lot but I was hoping we can find a gem in the later rounds of the draft

  • Californy

    I dont know who created that list but no where have I seen Scooby Write being a top 25 player. I like him a lot but I was hoping we can find a gem in the later rounds of the draft

  • Californy

    I wasn’t impressed with the 2 team Championship defense  outside of Shaq Lawson, having a team score 40 plus point in the game against these top defensive player don’t impress me at all

  • Californy

    I wasn’t impressed with the 2 team Championship defense  outside of Shaq Lawson, having a team score 40 plus point in the game against these top defensive player don’t impress me at all

  • Californy

    Someone has a bias against Ezekiel Elliot there no way he get out of the first rd.  I love player who can take over a game and he is one of those players.  I dont think the other 2 RB have that ability he has.

  • Californy

    Someone has a bias against Ezekiel Elliot there no way he get out of the first rd.  I love player who can take over a game and he is one of those players.  I dont think the other 2 RB have that ability he has.

  • Californy I don’t give a crap where other people put Scooby! I graded him. Burfict went undrafted and I had a high first round grade on him! How did that work out?

  • Californy I don’t give a crap where other people put Scooby! I graded him. Burfict went undrafted and I had a high first round grade on him! How did that work out?

  • Californy no bias lol he will be on the final board,

  • Californy no bias lol he will be on the final board,

  • Johnathanknt  Thank  You and Jalen.

  • Johnathanknt  Thank  You and Jalen.

  • gcarr1213 Treadwell is just amazing to watch. He is the real deal. I saw like no flaws in his game. He is just an amazing athlete with great hands and body control. Runs good routes, plays with nasty and will fight for the ball. Most dynamic rec I saw since Julio Jones was in college. I love this guy. I think he will be better than Jones in the right system. He will probably end up on a crap team which sux for him.

  • gcarr1213 Treadwell is just amazing to watch. He is the real deal. I saw like no flaws in his game. He is just an amazing athlete with great hands and body control. Runs good routes, plays with nasty and will fight for the ball. Most dynamic rec I saw since Julio Jones was in college. I love this guy. I think he will be better than Jones in the right system. He will probably end up on a crap team which sux for him.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Well going by Broddus, Treadwell is a potential target for Dallas. Hope not.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Well going by Broddus, Treadwell is a potential target for Dallas. Hope not.

  • gcarr1213

    Myles Jack will move up on my board, when he finishes his combine and pro day. Unless the injury affects his numbers.

  • gcarr1213

    Myles Jack will move up on my board, when he finishes his combine and pro day. Unless the injury affects his numbers.

  • gcarr1213

    Derek Henry is not on my board though. He’s on my bust watch list. Do you think McKenzie Alexander fits here? Because I don’t see him as a physical enough player right now.

  • gcarr1213

    Derek Henry is not on my board though. He’s on my bust watch list. Do you think McKenzie Alexander fits here? Because I don’t see him as a physical enough player right now.

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 I doubt he gets by SD. They are desperate for a WR.

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 I doubt he gets by SD. They are desperate for a WR.

  • gcarr1213 I don’t think alexander is a fit. I don’t see Henry as a bust, but he is not a fit for Dallas. He is a Bettis type guy.  Actually Elliot is supposed to be in that spot. I was up all night getting the board ready for publication and missed that edit. Broaddus asked me this morning where Elliot was and I was like Oh crap. He scolded me for rushing it and mentioned Parcells’ saying. If you mess up on one you mess up on them all.

  • gcarr1213 I don’t think alexander is a fit. I don’t see Henry as a bust, but he is not a fit for Dallas. He is a Bettis type guy.  Actually Elliot is supposed to be in that spot. I was up all night getting the board ready for publication and missed that edit. Broaddus asked me this morning where Elliot was and I was like Oh crap. He scolded me for rushing it and mentioned Parcells’ saying. If you mess up on one you mess up on them all.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 At least he will go where they have a good QB, and another good receiver opposite him to take some pressure off in his rookie season. Only way I could justify drafting Treadwell is if we trade down and grab a CB in FA.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 At least he will go where they have a good QB, and another good receiver opposite him to take some pressure off in his rookie season. Only way I could justify drafting Treadwell is if we trade down and grab a CB in FA.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 I assumed either you didn’t study him yet, or clearly didn’t think of him as highly as I did.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 I assumed either you didn’t study him yet, or clearly didn’t think of him as highly as I did.

  • gcarr1213

    Who did you have higher Darron Lee or Shazier? I’ve seriously gotta stop favoring O linemen. I have Tunsil as the top rated player as well, and Whitehair is a little higher on my board. If Tunsil is sitting there when we pick. I struggle not taking him.

  • gcarr1213

    Who did you have higher Darron Lee or Shazier? I’ve seriously gotta stop favoring O linemen. I have Tunsil as the top rated player as well, and Whitehair is a little higher on my board. If Tunsil is sitting there when we pick. I struggle not taking him.

  • gcarr1213 I missed on Shazier. I didn’t think he was going to translate. I wouldn’t be able to pass on Tunsil either.

  • gcarr1213 I missed on Shazier. I didn’t think he was going to translate. I wouldn’t be able to pass on Tunsil either.

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 it was neither. we had a board started and at the time we made it henry was #1. I forgot to make the switch when I transferred the players from Wordpad to the spread sheet I put in WP.

  • gcarr1213 he scares me. I sense a Clowney or Mo type experience with him. He lost credibility with me not even trying to at least finish his Jr year of school. Personally I like Parcells rule of not drafting guys that don’t graduate, but now days so many are declaring as Jrs you don’t have a lot of choice.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Between career ending injuries, and the chance to get a second contract sooner, I can’t hold it against them. I have some of the same worries on Jack as well. However, I don’t think he’s Clowney level in terms of inexperience. I’ve been wrong on guys like Poe and JPP too.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 Unless Tennessee is able to find a trade partner which I don’t think they will. Tunsil may very well be their pick, if not there, the Chargers are in serious consideration as well.

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 we can’t be drafting more skill positions on offense the last how many firsts went on offense. we don’t have a single 1st round pick on defense

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 we can’t be drafting more skill positions on offense the last how many firsts went on offense. we don’t have a single 1st round pick on defense

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 Cle needs an ot too

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 Cle needs an ot too

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 gcarr1213 I’m saying that’s they only way I would accept Dallas taking him.

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 I plan to look for sleeper WR’s in the mid to late rounds for depth

  • Defense 28

    I want Ramsey or Lawson hope Ramsey

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Great work.  Some of the best draft articles year in and year out.  Darron Lee and Darian Thompson are 2 of my favorites prospects.  Athletic playmakers
    with good football IQ and instincts.  Hope there are writeups on both.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Great work.  Some of the best draft articles year in and year out.  Darron Lee and Darian Thompson are 2 of my favorites prospects.  Athletic playmakers
    with good football IQ and instincts.  Hope there are writeups on both.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Thank You: we are hoping to complete writeups for all 25 on the board. The more I study, the more I certain Scooby will be the #1 Mike. That guy is a beast.

  • Defense 28 I was plating around at fanspeak and this was my first mock: 
    DE SHAQ LAWSON
    CLEMSON
    34: R2P3
    DT JARRAN REED
    ALABAMA
    67: R3P4
    CB WILLIAM JACKSON III
    HOUSTON
    98: R4P3
    RB PAUL PERKINS
    UCLA
    171: R6P14
    QB KEVIN HOGAN
    STANFORD

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Someone will steal Scooby outside the top 50 picks.  Michael Thomas out of Southern MIss impresses me on tape at the WR spot.  Looking forward to seeing him at NFLPA Collegiate game

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Someone will steal Scooby outside the top 50 picks.  Michael Thomas out of Southern MIss impresses me on tape at the WR spot.  Looking forward to seeing him at NFLPA Collegiate game

  • @gulfcoastdawg Have you looked at Farmer for WR? What about Cravens as a SS? You can’t coach the instincts, awareness, raw power and nasty Scooby brings with him. After doing more studying the question I asked myself was who woud I rather have between the goal line and my LB on 3rd and goal, I had to answer Scooby. Ragland doesn’t have the power he does. Watching the way he got pushed in to the ebdzone in the Championship game was all the convincing I needed.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Have you looked at Farmer for WR? What about Cravens as a SS? You can’t coach the instincts, awareness, raw power and nasty Scooby brings with him. After doing more studying the question I asked myself was who woud I rather have between the goal line and my LB on 3rd and goal, I had to answer Scooby. Ragland doesn’t have the power he does. Watching the way he got pushed in to the ebdzone in the Championship game was all the convincing I needed.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Cas
    Have not looked at Farmer yet, but will do. Just started looking at Cravens and Killebrew. Lot of buzz on Killebrew and he looks like a great athlete but everything I have seen so far emphasizes his play downhill. Senior Bowl will really test
    His coverage skills. More an in the box run stopper so far. His teammate Sims looks like a good CB prospect. Can really see him getting early playing time. Another great safety athlete is Kearse from Clemson. Every time I watch him he takes a lot of bad angles. Out of position a lot. Don’t think he is really instinctive. His athleticism will lead to someone taking him earlier than the tape supports.

  • @gulfcoastdawg I wouldn’t take Kearse as an undrafted FA. I haven’t looked at Killebrew. I see a sleeper in the NM CB. He made some fantastic plays in the NM Bowl. He has really good ball skills and decent speed. I need to watch some more of him before grading. I didn’t know who he was before that game, but I am not in the habit of watching NM either lol.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Su’a Cravens-like him as a safety after playing LB at USC; could play the Will in a 4-3 too.  Has that Bucannon “space backer” feel to his game the NFL seems to love these days.  3 down player. Very aggressive, flows to the ball quickly and with bad intentions.  Overruns plays at times and will need to get better at reading the play action fakes at the next level.  Also needs to wrap up better especially in the open field.  

    Hit hards, an “eraser” at the second level.  Causes fumbles, excellent blitzer off the edge; closes well; decent cover skills.

    Good athlete, good instincts, played at high level; productive, only 20 right now; could be the next Polamalu.

    Will probably be under drafted due to tweener label ala Shaq Thompson.  If there early 2nd; run to the podium

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Su’a Cravens-like him as a safety after playing LB at USC; could play the Will in a 4-3 too.  Has that Bucannon “space backer” feel to his game the NFL seems to love these days.  3 down player. Very aggressive, flows to the ball quickly and with bad intentions.  Overruns plays at times and will need to get better at reading the play action fakes at the next level.  Also needs to wrap up better especially in the open field.  

    Hit hards, an “eraser” at the second level.  Causes fumbles, excellent blitzer off the edge; closes well; decent cover skills.

    Good athlete, good instincts, played at high level; productive, only 20 right now; could be the next Polamalu.

    Will probably be under drafted due to tweener label ala Shaq Thompson.  If there early 2nd; run to the podium

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Interested in some of the small school secondary talent this year:

    Miles Killebrew SS Southern Utah
    DeAndre Houston-Carson  CB/FS William and Mary
    Michael Jordan CB Missouri Western
    Deiondre Hall   CB Northern Iowa
    James Bradberry CB  Samford
    Harlan Miller CB SE Louisiana
    LeShaun Sims CB Southern Utah

    Might be some good options in rounds 3-5 here; although Killebrew is a potential riser into a top 50 slot with a good Senior Bowl and Combine

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Interested in some of the small school secondary talent this year:

    Miles Killebrew SS Southern Utah
    DeAndre Houston-Carson  CB/FS William and Mary
    Michael Jordan CB Missouri Western
    Deiondre Hall   CB Northern Iowa
    James Bradberry CB  Samford
    Harlan Miller CB SE Louisiana
    LeShaun Sims CB Southern Utah

    Might be some good options in rounds 3-5 here; although Killebrew is a potential riser into a top 50 slot with a good Senior Bowl and Combine

  • Californy

    @gulfcoastdawg I like Kilebrew the S Utah Safety-lb, he is 6-3 230 lbs, and run a 4.45 or less.  He is a former CB playing the safety and LB spot that he could cover the whole field.

    Cravens is the USC player who play the same hybrid Mold that Kilebrew does.  This is what the NFL is going too a cb-Sfaty-Lb that can act like a middle lb on passing down

  • Californy

    @gulfcoastdawg I like Kilebrew the S Utah Safety-lb, he is 6-3 230 lbs, and run a 4.45 or less.  He is a former CB playing the safety and LB spot that he could cover the whole field.

    Cravens is the USC player who play the same hybrid Mold that Kilebrew does.  This is what the NFL is going too a cb-Sfaty-Lb that can act like a middle lb on passing down

  • @gulfcoastdawg Scooby is training hard in Miami. Check out this article. He really toned up and is down to 238 getting ready for the combine. They expect a 4.6 40 you can get the details here. A good showing there will get him in to the 1st round. Teams were worried about his speed and coverage skills. He has been working on the coverage skills there of course. He got Rosenhaus for an agent so you know he is getting top notch training. 
     http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31006168/scooby-slims-down-in-miami?clienttype=generic  His dad, Phil Wright, told TucsonNewsNow.com that his son recently bench pressed 485 pounds and that he expects Scooby to do at least close to 30 reps of 225 at the Combine — which would be rare status for an inside linebacker.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Scooby is training hard in Miami. Check out this article. He really toned up and is down to 238 getting ready for the combine. They expect a 4.6 40 you can get the details here. A good showing there will get him in to the 1st round. Teams were worried about his speed and coverage skills. He has been working on the coverage skills there of course. He got Rosenhaus for an agent so you know he is getting top notch training. 
     http://www.tucsonnewsnow.com/story/31006168/scooby-slims-down-in-miami?clienttype=generic  His dad, Phil Wright, told TucsonNewsNow.com that his son recently bench pressed 485 pounds and that he expects Scooby to do at least close to 30 reps of 225 at the Combine — which would be rare status for an inside linebacker.

  • @gulfcoastdawg I will definitely check those guys out. I didn’t do many DBs yet. My favorite safety in this class so far is  Thompson from Boise. 19 picks from a FS is unheard of. Dal needs a safety who takes the ball away.

  • @gulfcoastdawg I will definitely check those guys out. I didn’t do many DBs yet. My favorite safety in this class so far is  Thompson from Boise. 19 picks from a FS is unheard of. Dal needs a safety who takes the ball away.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    This draft somewhat hinges on the plan for Byron Jones going forward. Especially in the 2nd round. If you put Jones at field corner, draft Ramsey for the boundary corner and Darian Thompson for FS.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    This draft somewhat hinges on the plan for Byron Jones going forward. Especially in the 2nd round. If you put Jones at field corner, draft Ramsey for the boundary corner and Darian Thompson for FS.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Some initial notes on the small school secondary guys. Killebrew does not look like he will measure out at 6-3, 225 as publicly put forth. Michael Jordan going to rise. Kid can play. Needs real secondary coaching. Bradberry not fluid in the hips, more a press man kind of guy. Hall over Miller but behind Jordan.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Some initial notes on the small school secondary guys. Killebrew does not look like he will measure out at 6-3, 225 as publicly put forth. Michael Jordan going to rise. Kid can play. Needs real secondary coaching. Bradberry not fluid in the hips, more a press man kind of guy. Hall over Miller but behind Jordan.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Speaking of secondary coaching: Henderson is interviewing for Jax DC job. Any thoughts on the rumors of Woodson becoming our secondary coach.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Broaddus and others have told me they prefer Ramsey as a safety. I can’t make that decision until I see him in pads against NFL competition. He could very well be a Sherman type corner. However, I am leaning more toward a top pass rusher in the first round because Scandrick will be healthy, Carr is still under contract and there are some solid corners later on. NTM even with Revis back there, with a stagnant pass rush he is useless. 
    Hardy will be gone, Gregorys is still a big ? and I don’t want Mincey or Hayden back. We need a solid NT and an elite DE to compliment Tank. A good pass rush makes avg CBs look good. Crawford’s numbers will improve dramatically with a better NT to compliment him. The Tampa 2 is predicated on getting pressure by only rushing 4: which means all of the pieces need to be in place. Wilcox and church both stink in coverage and there have been too many times they were out of position, took bad angles and missed tackles which resulted in big pays. 

    Jerral has this team in a mess depth wise. He sold the fans the line of BS that Ware’s production didn’t match the cost, but he was playing injured. He has remained a top pass rusher in Denver and Hardy hasn’t even come close to his production. Ware is a FA and I think it would be wise to try and get him back as a bridge player until we develop a pass rusher. He is up in years now and his price should go down. We have crap for depth on the DL. Now we have no depth on the OL behind the starters. I have no faith at all in Green. He is yet to even suit up in a preseason game. We don’t have enough draft picks to even put a dent in the needs.

    I believe signing a veteran safety, swing tackle, NT/DE and possibly a RB or WR, would allow them to approach this draft in much better shape without having to reach out of desperation as Jerral has done in the past. In that event I recommend a trade down to somewhere between 7-15 to get some extra picks. A team like SF who is desperate for a QB may be a good trade partner and at 7 we could still get a day one starter on the DL.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Ok I am going to say it: Scooby Wright will end up the best defensive player in this draft.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 Henderson went to Atlanta if I’m not mistaken.

  • gcarr1213

    @gulfcoastdawg Killebrew is interesting. Haven’t looked at the other guys you mentioned.

  • gcarr1213

    CowgirlCas22 I still prefer the route of Mebane. My top target is trying to create an endless rotation of interior pass rush and run stopping ability. I think Kuechly could still be great, but Louteleli and Short keep the OG from hitting the second level. I say sign Mebane and draft Reed.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Cats
    Live in Atlanta, Henderson to Falcons, Falcons move Raheem Morris to WR coach. Interesting
    I thought Joe Baker could be the secondary coach. Hadn’t heard about Woodson.
    Ramsey would make a better safety in the long run. He can get turned and beaten deep. Little tight in the hips. Eli Apple may be the best “pure” corner in this draft. If you move Byron to FS full time drafting Ramsey might be redundant
    FSU likes to move Ramsey around and he is effective as the boundary corner
    Pass rush is an issue for the Cowboys. You must draft pass rush. Almost impossible to obtain otherwise. Kid I am looking at is Noah Spence. Might be the best edge player in this draft. Also impressed with Shaq Lawson as a 4-3 end. That kid impresses me every time out. Lawson at number 4 would not be a reach.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Cats
    Live in Atlanta, Henderson to Falcons, Falcons move Raheem Morris to WR coach. Interesting
    I thought Joe Baker could be the secondary coach. Hadn’t heard about Woodson.
    Ramsey would make a better safety in the long run. He can get turned and beaten deep. Little tight in the hips. Eli Apple may be the best “pure” corner in this draft. If you move Byron to FS full time drafting Ramsey might be redundant
    FSU likes to move Ramsey around and he is effective as the boundary corner
    Pass rush is an issue for the Cowboys. You must draft pass rush. Almost impossible to obtain otherwise. Kid I am looking at is Noah Spence. Might be the best edge player in this draft. Also impressed with Shaq Lawson as a 4-3 end. That kid impresses me every time out. Lawson at number 4 would not be a reach.

  • Defense 28

    CowgirlCas22  you mean safety are supposed to be able to cover it’s been so long since we had a real safety I forgot. lol  sign Berry move Jones to other safety spot draft Ramsey..

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 He did, I saw the report after I commented.

  • gcarr1213 CowgirlCas22 you would get no complaints from me if we signed Mebane.

  • Defense 28 CowgirlCas22 If they signed Berry drafting Ramsey would be foolish. I am all n for a pass rusher in the first round.

  • @gulfcoastdawg I have Lawson at 2 on our board. I am a huge Apple fan. He may end up the first CB taken.

  • Californy The tampa 2 calls for those types of players too.

  • @gulfcoastdawg Al is pretty high on Nassib. Your thoughts?

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Nassib

    Great frame at 6-7, 272, good size for a 5 technique or Strong side DE.  VERY productive in his final season regarding sacks, forced fumbles and TFL. Good quickness, converts speed to power well; strong kid getting under the pads of the OL.

    Downside: pretty much a straight ahead kind of player when I watch him.  Lacks counter moves, overpowers college lineman.  Really needs refinement at the next level.  One year wonders are a red flag especially when he played on a very good defensive line.  

    Guys like Margus Hunt come to mind, albeit Margus is a better athlete.

    To me his a 50-75 pick

    If you are looking for a pass rusher Noah Spence has all the tools for the next level.  Suspect Von Miller made Noah’s value go up.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Miles Killebrew   came in at 6-1 1/2 216 at Senior Bowl; not as big as advertised.  Safety size, possibly as a WILL.  Really need to see how he plays against upper level competition.  Very good athlete, however misses alot of tackles,needs to take better angles and diagnose the play quicker

    Darian Thompson is the better prospect as the secondary safety valve

  • Defense 28

    CowgirlCas22 Defense 28  Lawson would be nice hope we don’t reach

    • Al

      We have him at 2 on our board. He is raw, but has the tools to be a top DE in the league.

  • @gulfcoastdawg I don’t want anyone else that misses tackles. We have enough of that now. If they still can’t tackle at that age, you are not going to fix it.

  • @gulfcoastdawg My thought is: if Nassib was that productive raw, I would love to finish his development process.
    I placed him in round 2-3. The kid was a walk on and came far fast. I don’t call that a 1 year wonder, I call that progress. He has the IQ and woork ethic to go a long way. I expect to hear his name a lot in the future. I can only imagine that kid with some refined technique.

  • @gulfcoastdawg I don’t think Spence can play with his hand on the ground at the NFL level. He is a 3-4 OLB and I don’t want a kid who failed multiple drug tests. He obviously didn’t give two shits about his future. Guys like him you draft late or acquire as free agents. It minimizes the risk.

  • gulfcoastdawg

    Albeam

    Spence definitely has red flags.  I hear he has really turned it around.  His interviews will be critical.  Urban did have him play out of 2 and 3 point stances.  The kid is the best edge rusher in this draft.  Really flashing at the Senior Bowl.  Nassib looking pretty good too.  Just concerned he is a one year wonder on a talented unit.

    Jihad Ward looking good as a SDE, a 5 tech and maybe even a 3 tech on passing downs.  Concern is where is the production?   Too many staffs
    draft the athlete thinkIng they can make a NFL player out of him.  Athleticism and production.

    Darian Thompson is the best safety in this class other than Ramsey maybe.

    Kevin Byard looks like a baller.  Thick build, explosive and he makes plays on the ball.  Sounds like a SS

    • Al

      I haven’t studied Ward yet. To me: Ramsey is an athlete and Thompson is a baller. It will be interesting to see who develops in to a better pro. I am leaning toward Thompson. I think Nassib will continue to get better. Javon Hargrave is turning some heads now too.

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