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.
The 2016 NFL Draft is only a month 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 were 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.
The rankings below are not where we think players will go in the draft. This is based solely on the grades we put on the players. Just because some of these guys may get drafted later than we have them listed, doesn’t mean they are not worthy of the grades we put on them. We had Justin Houston as the best pass rusher on our board and he went in the third round. We had a 1st round grade on Vontaze Burfict and he went undrafted. We may miss on some of these guys, it happens to everyone, but we trust our grades all the same.
|Rank||Player||Pos.||Pos. Rank||School||Class||Ht.||Wt.||Proj. Round|
|1||Laremy Tunsil||OT||1||Ole Miss||Jr||6-5||305||1|
|3||Laquon Treadwell||WR||1||Ole Miss||Jr||6-2||210||1|
|4||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||1||Florida State||Jr||5-10||204||1|
|7||Ronnie Stanley||OT||2||Notre Dame||rJr||6-6||315||1|
|8||Scooby Wright III||ILB||1||Arizona State||Jr||6-1||245||1-3|
|10||Joey Bosa||DE||3||Ohio State||Jr||6-7||275||1|
|11||Darron Lee||OLB||1||Ohio State||rSo||6-1||232||1|
|14||Matt Judon||DE||4||Grand Valley State||Jr||6-3||275||1-3|
|15||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||1||Ohio State||Jr||6-1||202||1|
|16||Eli Apple||CB||3||Ohio State||rSo||6-1||200||1-2|
|19||Taylor Decker||OT||3||Ohio State||Sr||6-7||315||1|
|20||Jalen Ramsey||FS||2||Florida State||Jr||6-1||202||1|
|22||*Robert Nkemdiche||DT||3||Ole Miss||Jr||6-3||296||1-2|
|23||Carl Nassib||DE||5||Penn State||Jr||6-7||277||1-3|
|24||Jack Conklin||OT||3||Michigan State||rJr||6-6||308||1-2|
|25||Cody Whitehair||OG||1||Kansas State||rSr||6-4||309||1-3|