<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Blue Star]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/blogs/blue-star http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 20 Feb 2017 19:42:59 -0600Mon, 20 Feb 2017 19:42:59 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Romo Open to Reworking Contract to Facilitate Trade: Report]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:05:09 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-130151750.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will do what he can to help the team trade him, according to a report.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that sources told him Romo is open to "massaging his contract" to help facilitate a trade to a contending team.

Romo likely knows his $24 million salary for the 2017 season would make him an unappealing option in light of his age — he'll turn 37 years old in April — and recent injury history.

The Cowboys would also rather trade Romo than take a more than $10 million cap hit on the 2017 season by releasing him.

The Cowboys and Romo have not yet had formal discussions about the erstwhile starting quarterback's future. La Canfora's sources said they would likely meet before team officials head to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine, which begins Feb. 28.

The MMQB's Albert Breer reported that Cowboys sources told him the team "will do right" by Romo and "try not to send him into a bad situation."

The Denver Broncos, Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals have been the most often rumored destinations for Romo. La Canfora added the Kansas City Chiefs to that list.



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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Expects to Be Released, Not Traded: Report]]> Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:53:49 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630768608.jpg

Tony Romo expects to be released, not traded, by the Dallas Cowboys, according to a report.

ESPN's Ed Werder tweeted Thursday that sources told him the 36-year-old Romo also thinks he can start for two to three more years in the NFL.

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Releasing Romo would cost the Cowboys more than $10 million against the 2017 salary cap.

Werder added that the team will try to trade their former starting quarterback, but will likely have a hard time finding a taker for Romo's $24 million 2017 salary.



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<![CDATA[Tony Romo, Wife Expecting Third Child]]> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:01:12 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Romo+family.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is apparently expecting more than just a new employer this year.

Romo's wife, Candice Romo, announced the couple is expecting their third child on sports radio station The Ticket Tuesday morning.

"We will be expecting our third little Romo offspring this August," she told the Ticket's Morning Musers.

The Romos currently have two sons.

The Cowboys will have a decision to make on their former starting quarterback's roster spot before the baby is born. The team will have to pay Romo $24 million to be on the team, cut him and face a $10 million cap hit or try to trade him.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Ohio State CB Marshon Lattimore]]> Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:32:16 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MarshonLattimore.jpg

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
Ht. 6', Wt. 192, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Oklahoma, Michigan, Clemson

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Marshon Lattimore was quite a football player as an Ohio high schooler. In addition to being a top-10 cornerback recruit, he caught 16 TDs as a wide receiver and scored 3 more on special teams. As a senior, he was named Ohio's Division II Defensive Player of the Year in 2013 and was a finalist for player of the game in the Under Armour All-America game.

The 4-star recruit was one of the top commits in Ohio State's 2014 class, but he missed the entire 2014 season after having surgery to repair a high school hamstring injury that never healed properly. He played in 7 games in 2015 before re-injuring his hamstring. When finally healthy in 2016, he registered 41 tackles, 4 INT (1 returned for TD) and 9 passes defended and was named first-team all-conference.

Strengths

• Recovery Speed - Electric, makes up ground fast
• Hips - Flips, changes direction quickly
• Technique - Efficient pedal, transition, uses boundaries
• Anticipation - Runs routes like WR
• Length - Good height, long arms
• Physical - Aggressive, feisty
• Ballhawk - Tracks ball well, WR-like hands
• Awareness - Peels off coverage to help

Weaknesses

• Injuries - Missed nearly half of college games
• Strength - Must add bulk
• Handsy - Can grab in zone coverage
• Experience - Basically one year as starter

Verdict: First Round

I've been waiting to do this profile since Lattimore kept standing out while I was watching Malik Hooker. Lattimore's combination of electric feet, fluid hips and sound technique might be unmatched in this draft. Combine that with his route anticipation and former-WR hands, and he's the best pure cornerback prospect since Patrick Peterson.

Lattimore is exactly the type of cornerback needed in Dallas. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, he'd upgrade any secondary in football and will likely be gone well before the 28th pick. Barring an unexpected drop or an unwise trade up, Lattimore won't be a Cowboy.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: LSU S Jamal Adams]]> Thu, 09 Feb 2017 09:04:26 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JamalAdams2.jpg

Jamal Adams, S, LSU
Ht. 6'1", Wt. 213, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Auburn, Texas A&M, Alabama

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Lewisville native Jamal Adams was a star at Hebron High School in Carrollton, where he notched 138 tackles and 7 INT as a defensive back and 20 TDs as running back in two years. The 5-star recruit went where all the good defensive back recruits go, LSU. He started 2 games as a true freshman and played in 11 others 66 tackles, 1 sack, 5 TFL and 5 passes defended.

Adams steadily improved after being named the starter in 2015, finishing with 67 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 INT, 6 passes defended and second-team All-SEC honors. He was even better in 2016, earning All-America honors with 76 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 1 INT and 4 passes defended. He now looks to follow in the footsteps of his father, George Adams, a first-round pick who played for the New York Giants and New England Patriots from 1985 to 1991.

Strengths

• Intelligent - Understands entire defense, route concepts
• Physical - Aggressive, big hitter
• Size - Solid frame, near ideal length for position
• Coverage - Fluid hips, efficient feet
• Feet - Efficient, good change of direction
• Ballhawk - Plus range, angles, tracking
• Disciplined - Reads keys, plays assignment, rarely fooled
• Run Defense - Quick, aggressive downhill

Weaknesses

• Tackling - Drops head, misses at times
• Speed - Appears to lack elite long speed

Verdict: First Round

The thing that really sets Adams apart is his intelligence. Not only did he make calls in the secondary for LSU, his grasp of the entire defense and understanding of route combinations allowed him to freelance intelligently. Combine that with his aggressiveness and physicality, and he can be a team's Landon Collins from Day 1.

Adams would be perfect in the Cowboys secondary, fitting as a box safety that would allow Byron Jones to play center field. He's physical against the run, sticky in coverage and simply a natural playmaker. The only problems is that the North Texas native won't last until the 28th pick.



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<![CDATA[Dak Prescott Starts Youth Football Camp]]> Wed, 08 Feb 2017 12:38:29 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-621512504.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will hold his first youth football camp in Texas this summer.

Prescott's public relations team made the announcement Wednesday, saying the camp will run June 24-25 at Lake Dallas High School in Corinth.

The two-day camp will cost $249 per athlete and is open to boys and girls of all skill levels between grades 1 through 8.

"Participants will learn fundamental football skills and have the opportunity to meet and interact with the quarterback. Each camper will receive a souvenir autograph from Dak and a team photo with Dak," organizers said.

Prescott's camp has a host of corporate sponsors and is organized by ProCamps Worldwide, a company specializing in instructional camps tied to professional athletes. The company also produces Jason Witten's ProCamp and another for Prescott in Louisiana.

Registration information can be found here: DakPrescottCamp.com.



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<![CDATA[Bob McNair on Tony Romo and Jerry Jones Going Into NFL HOF]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:01:18 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_BOB_MCNAIR_FOR_WEB_1200x675_871952963749.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs caught up with Houston Texans owner Bob McNair t at the NFL Honors Red Carpet event in Houston.  McNair shared his thoughts on Tony Romo, why he feels Jerry Jones belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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<![CDATA[Joe Namath Loves to Watch Dak Prescott Play]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:58:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_JOE_NAMATH_ON_DAK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_871938627583.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs caught up with Hall Of Fame quarterback Joe Namath at the NFL Honors Red Carpet event in Houston.  Namath explains why he loves watching Dak Prescott play.

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<![CDATA[Rayfield Wright on Jerry Jones and Cowboys O-Line and QB]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:56:14 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RAYFIELD_WRIGHT_NEWY_SCRUGGS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_871931971659.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs caught up with former Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Fame offensive lineman Rayfield Wright at the NFL Honors Red Carpet event in Houston.  Wright explains why Jerry Jones belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, shares his thoughts on the Cowboys current offensive line, and why he’s some impressed with Dak Prescott.

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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Texas A&M S Justin Evans]]> Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:03:40 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JustinEvans.jpg

Justin Evans, S, Texas A&M
Ht. 6'0", Wt. 193, Arm: 30⅞", Hand: 9¾", Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Alabama, LSU, UCLA

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Justin Evans didn't receive a lot of attention from colleges as a high schooler from Perkinston, Miss. That changed after he went to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and recorded 6 INTs (returning two for TD) and 13 passes broken up in two seasons. As a four-star transfer recruit, he picked Texas A&M over Texas, Auburn, Georgia and his hometown Mississippi.

In two years with the Aggies, Evans totaled 165 tackles, 5 INT, 11 passes broken up and 5 TFL. He also returned 17 kick-offs for an average of 27.9 yards per return. As a senior, the kid with only one scholarship offer out of high school was named to the All-SEC team and a Thorpe Award semifinalist.

Strengths

• Speed - Quick recovery speed, downhill
• Length - Good height, arm length
• Hips - Fluid in coverage
• Feet - Efficient, good change of direction
• Intelligent - Instinctive, recognizes route concepts
• Coverage - Excels in zone, man
• Disciplined - Knows role, always in position
• Run Defense - Willing, attacks ball carriers
• Special Teams - Added value as returner

Weaknesses

• Tackling - Misses a LOT of tackles
• Angles - Inconsistent angles against run
• Size - Light for the position
• Durability - Bad combo of size, playing style

Verdict: Second Round

Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis said Evans is as good as any safety he's ever coached, including his more than 25 years in the SEC. That's certainly possible, but Evans is too much of a liability against open-field runners to be an elite prospect. That said, he has the hips, speed, coverage ability and route recognition to be a versatile safety in the NFL.

Draftanalyst.com's Tony Pauline said he's heard Evans' name linked with the Dallas Cowboys as a possible first-round pick. I think that would be a bit of a reach in a class so deep in defensive backs. Evans has high upside, though, and his versatility would fit well into the Cowboys' secondary if he's available after Day 1.



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<![CDATA[Harry Connick, Jr on Dak and Zeke and What's Next for Him]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:14:00 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_HARRY_CONNICK_JR_FOR_WEB_1200x675_871251011987.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs caught with entertainer Harry Connick Jr. on the NFL Honors Red Carpet in Houston and talks to him about Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. He also tells us what’s next with his career.

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<![CDATA[Shannon Sharpe on the Cowboys and Romo's Future]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 17:08:35 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SHANNON_SHARPE_NEWY_FOR_WEB_1200x675_871237187760.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director  Newy Scruggs caught up with Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe and got his thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys and the future of Tony Romo. 

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<![CDATA[Steve Young on Dak and Romo]]> Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:45:40 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/vlcsnap-2017-02-06-16h44m16s781.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs speaks with Hall Of Fame quarterback about what impresses him about Dak Prescott and his thoughts on Tony Romo.

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<![CDATA[Newy's Thoughts on This Year's Hall of Fame Class]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:05:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_hall_of_fame_1200x675_870388291981.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs discusses who's in and who's out in the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.]]> <![CDATA[1 on 1 With Jerry Jones in Houston]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:06:40 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_one_on_one_jerry_jones_1200x675_870384195566.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs talks with Jerry Jones after the Cowboys owner/general manager was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.]]> <![CDATA[Witten Hopes Romo Gets to Continue to Play]]> Sat, 04 Feb 2017 15:58:45 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TONY-ROMO-JASON-WITTEN.jpg

When Cowboys tight end Jason Witten spoke to NBC Sports Network in Houston, Texas, as part of Super Bowl week, the veteran weighed-in on the future of his long-time Cowboys teammate and quarterback Tony Romo.

"I hope he gets to continue to play,” Witten said. “There's a burn inside of him to play. We'd all be surprised if he retired."

Romo spent all but one series of the 2016 season on the sidelines after rookie quarterback Dak Prescott led Dallas to a 13-3 record, tied for the most wins for a rookie QB in NFL history.  Romo ran the scout team during Cowboys practices extremely effectively, which is one reason Witten believes he’ll play again next season.

“The way he approached it in practice and ran scout team… we all sense (he wants to continue to play),” Witten said.  “The guy is so competitive and works at it and works at it.  He’s worked so hard to get himself back, now we’ll see what takes place going forward.”

One of the most-talked about topics at the Super Bowl has been about Romo’s future and potential suitors for the veteran quarterback.  Witten described Cowboys decision-makers as “intelligent people,” who will “formulate a plan and move forward.”

As for Witten, the 34-year old finished 2016 with 69 receptions and three touchdown catches, and said he’ll take his future “one year at a time,” but he believes he can “still play at a high level.”

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<![CDATA[Cowboys QB Dak Prescott Named Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Year]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 11:41:16 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dak-pepsi-roy.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year Friday morning.

Pepsi and the NFL announced Prescott as the winner of the award Friday morning over teammate Ezekiel Elliott, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, Falcons linebacker Deion Jones and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.

The Cowboys selected Prescott out of Mississippi State with a fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He went from third on the depth chart to the starter after injuries to Tony Romo and Kellen Moore.

Prescott finished the year with 3,667 passing yards, 23 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 282 yards and 6 touchdowns. His passer rating of 104.9 was third best in the NFL.

Prescott was also named to the Pro Bowl after leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and the NFC's No. 1 seed in the playoffs

Online: Prescott Named Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Year



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Iowa DL Jaleel Johnson]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 08:31:57 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JaleelJohnson.jpg

Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa
Ht. 6'3", Wt. 309, Arm: 32¾", Hand: 9¾", Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Purdue (2015), Iowa St., Penn St.

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New York-native Jaleel Johnson moved in with his aunt in Illinois, where he was an All-America high school lineman and varsity wrestler. After committing to Iowa, he took a while to make an impact. He redshirted in 2012 and managed 1 sack in 20 games as a rotational player during his next two years.

After being named a starter, he finished the 2015 season with 45 tackles, 4 sacks and 5.5 TFL. He was even better as a senior, with 56 tackles, 7.5 sacks and 10 TFL on his way to first-team all-conference honors. He then opened many eyes at the Senior Bowl, where he was unblockable in practice and clocked at 19 mph, faster than any running back.

Strengths

• Burst - Flashes top first step
• Speed - Insane long speed, converts to power
• Hands - Quick, strong punch
• Length - Uses long arms well
• Strength - Strong lower body
• Instinctive - Intuitive block beater
• Agility - Good body control, can slip blockers
• Attitude - High motor, nasty demeanor

Weaknesses

• Disengaging - Trouble shedding blockers
• Pad Level - Can play tall at times
• Run Defense - Struggle when he doesn't initiate contact
• Consistency - Looks technically raw occasionally

Verdict: First Round

I have a soft spot for linemen with wrestling backgrounds like Johnson because they typically use better natural leverage and are athletically instinctive. Johnson disappeared at times on tape when he lets blockers into him, but he's tough to block when he controls contact. If he can be a little more consistent with his technique, he could be the best defensive tackle from this class.

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Johnson is similar to Maliek Collins, the Cowboys' third-round pick last year, but he's a more complete player. He's a disruptive one-gapping 3-technique and talented enough to improve the team right away If the team misses out on the top edge rushers in the first round, Johnson could be an option with the 28th overall pick.



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<![CDATA[Cotto-Kirkland Fight Cancelled Because of Injury]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:31:40 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-495710838.jpg

The showdown between five-time world boxing champion Miguel Cotto and James Kirkland that was set for Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco has been called off.

Kirkland's team announced that he has suffered an injury which will force him to withdraw from his match with Cotto. The reported injury is a fractured nose. The entire HBO pay-per-view show has been cancelled.

For customers who purchased through Ticketmaster via phone, online or mobile channels, you will receive a credit to the method of payment used.

If you purchased in person at the Ford Center or AT&T Stadium ticket office, bring the tickets and method of payment used at time of purchase to the AT&T Stadium North Ticket Office, located adjacent to Entry A, to receive your refund.

If you purchased tickets from any other source, you will need to contact that point of purchase for your refund.



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<![CDATA[Jerry Jones Poised to Join the Pro Football Hall of Fame?]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:23:47 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-454306262.jpg

The Dallas Cowboys aren't in the Super Bowl, but it's still a big weekend for owner Jerry Jones.

Saturday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee announces the 2017 class of inductees.

If Jones gets in to Canton, it'll be his greatest individual accomplishment.

Jones has been a major part of the success and growth of the NFL in the last 20+ years.

Hall of Fame voter Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News  points Jones isn't being inducted as a general manager or owner but as a contributor.

Gosselin says Jones can be credited with teams owning their stadiums, as he taught owners how to make money on a stadium with naming rights and sponsorships. Jones was also instrumental in negotiating TV contracts.

"When Jerry Jones talks money, this league listens," said Gosselin.

Gosselin has a response for those that say Jones shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame because the Cowboys haven't won a Super Bowl in 21 years.

"Don Shula went the last 22 years without a Super Bowl, and he had Dan Marin, and that didn't keep him out of Canton," said Gosselin.

Another note from Gosselin -- Jones has won more Super Bowls than any active owners but New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"Jerry is a hall of famer, he has done a great job, he has grown, not only the Cowboys, but he's grown the NFL brand. He's a world champion, they won a couple of championships, so I think he would be very deserving of an entry into the Hall of Fame," said Dan Hunt who is the owner of FC Dallas and co-owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee also considers 15 modern-era candidates -- (first-year eligible LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, and Brian Dawkins, as well as Terrell Owens, Kurt Warner, Ty Law, Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Joe Jacoby, Tony Boselli, John Lynch, Alan Faneca, Isaac Bruce, Kevin Mawae, and Don Coryell) plus Seniors and Contributors Committee finalists Kenny Easley and Paul Tagliabue.

Board's decision on the class of between four and eight, will be announced during the annual 'NFL Honors' awards ceremony Saturday.



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<![CDATA[5 Cowboys Appear on NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 10:15:22 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-dak-jersey.jpg

Five Dallas Cowboys players appeared on the NFL Players' Association's Top 50 Player Sales List released Thursday.

Rookie running back Ezekiel Elliott was the highest ranked Cowboy — No. 2 — on the list, based on sales of officially licensed NFL merchandise from March 1 through Nov. 30.

Tom Brady reclaimed the top spot from Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, who held the No. 1 spot early last year and was the first non-quarterback to reach the top spot. Bryant fell to third on Thursday's list.

Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott ranked eighth on the list, giving the Cowboys three players in the top 10.

Tight end Jason Witten and quarterback Tony Romo — Nos. 13 and 14, respectively — rounded out the list for the Cowboys.

The Seattle Seahawks joined the Cowboys with five players ranked in the top 50. The Minnesota Vikings were the only other team with more than three players on the list.

Online: NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales List



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<![CDATA[Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees Loves Dak Prescott's Leadership]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 06:17:55 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-633062974.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott seems to have won over fellow Pro Bowler Drew Brees.

The Saints' former Super Bowl MVP quarterback was on the NFC Pro Bowl squad and gave me his insight into Prescott.

 

“I say Dak….has presence about him. He’s got leadership ability,” Brees said on the Newy Scruggs Radio Show. "He’s a confident guy. Very poised. Seems like a guy, no matter what the situation, the stress of a situation he’s always gonna be pretty calm and cool.”

Brees — in the midst of a Hall of Fame career — also recognized Prescott’s run to tie the NFL record for 13 wins by a rookie.

“Pretty unbelievable what Dak was able to accomplish as a rookie," he said. "Coming into the league, I felt like he showed great command of the offense. He played very composed.”

Click here to listen to the interview on NBC Sports Radio.  Brees starts talking about Prescott at 9:13.



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<![CDATA[HOF QB Warren Moon Sees Some of Himself in Dak Prescott]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 07:18:02 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-528787376.jpg

Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon had a lot of praise for Cowboys Pro Bowl rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.

I ran into former Cowboys defensive back Dennis Thurman — who played Pop Warner football with Moon in Los Angeles — at the Mavericks-Cavaliers game Monday. Thurman, now a seasoned NFL assistant coach, told me Prescott is the closest player he’s ever seen to Moon.

I couldn’t wait to ask the Hall of Famer about the comparison on my NBC Sports Radio show.

“There’s lot of similarities in our game," Moon said. "When I watch Dak out there, the way he throws it, his footwork. I see a lot of similarities. He’s off to a tremendous start.”

Moon played in the NFL from 1984 to 2000. Before joining the Houston Oilers in 1984, he won five Canadian Football League championships with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Moon was also calling the Seahaws radio broadcast when Tony Romo injured his back against Seattle in the 2016 preseason. He says was impressed by what he saw in 13 regular season wins by Prescott.

“He seems to be a real hardworking kid and he really got liked in that locker room. That’s unusual for a rookie to come in there and make the type of impact on a veteran football team, especially when have a quarterback like a Tony Romo who’s been so successful around there. That shows you a lot about this kid and his character and what those teammates of his think about him to come in there and make that type of impact in first year.”

Click here for the full Newy Scruggs Show interview.



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<![CDATA[Texas Tech Spring Football Game To Be Played at The Star]]> Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:05:06 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/The+Star+in+Frisco.jpg

Get your guns up, Texas Tech fans, because the Red Raiders' spring game is coming to North Texas.

Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury told NBC 5 the team's 2017 spring game will be held at The Star in Frisco, where the Dallas Cowboys train.

The Texas Tech spring game will be held April 1.

Give Cowboys owner Jerry Jones credit for bringing another event to North Texas.

This is also a great recruiting opportunity for Coach Kingsbury who had success in the Metroplex with his 2017 class. Five of Texas Tech's 2017 recruits hail from North Texas.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Florida DL Caleb Brantley]]> Fri, 03 Feb 2017 07:55:47 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CalebBrantley.jpg

Caleb Brantley, DL, Florida
Ht. 6'2", Wt. 297, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Vanderbilt, Florida St., Alabama

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Before committing to Florida over countless major schools, Caleb Brantley was named All-State, an Under Armour All-America and the top defensive tackle at the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge. After redshirting in 2013, he notched 21 tackles, 4 TFL and 3 quarterback hurries in 12 games as a rotational player.

Brantley took over as a starter in 2015, finishing the season with 2 sacks, 6.5 TFL and nomination to Pro Football Focus's All-America team. After the season, the self-proclaimed "best D-lineman in the country" vowed to back up his words in 2016. His production — 2.5 sacks and 9.5 TFL — didn't measure up and he decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Strengths

• Hands - Quick, active
• Feet - Good lateral movement, change of direction
• Strength - Strong push, anchor
• Burst - Flashes quick first step
• Pad Level - Plays with naturally low pads
• Pass Rush - Good Swat/swing, spin, etc.
• Run Defense - Stacks, reads well
• Disruption - Lives in opposing backfields

Weaknesses

• Finishing - Doesn't close sacks, TFLs often
• Size - Smaller than ideal
• Length - Appears to lack ideal arm length
• Disengaging - Trouble shedding blocks
• Awareness - Fooled by misdirection at times

Verdict: Second Round

Brantley is a top 50-level player, but a lack of top defensive tackles in this draft increases his value. His combination of strength, quick feet and instinctive hand use put him in position to make a ton of plays in the backfield, but he doesn't always finish. If you're looking for a disruptive three-down defensive lineman, though, there aren't many in this draft better than Brantley.

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Brantley is the latest version of undersized three-techniques that are growing in popularity around the league. He's not on the level of Aaron Donald or Geno Atkins, but he's cut from the same cloth. The Cowboys need pass rushers all along their front four and Brantley might be their best bet to bring pressure up the middle.



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<![CDATA[Your Cowboys Fan Photos - Gallery VIII]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 04:15:32 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/de70b1de88d34faaaaded6612a13256f.JPG.jpg Your Dallas Cowboys fan photos.

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<![CDATA[Ezekiel Elliott Tackles Fan on Field During Pro Bowl]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:41:13 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zeke-tackle.jpg

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott channeled his father — a linebacker for the Missouri Tigers — when a fan ran onto the field during the Pro Bowl Sunday night.

Video captured the fan running by huddled referees at the Orlando Citrus Bowl before Elliott ran from the sideline and very gently tackled him.

After being shown more mercy by Miami Dolphins edge defender Cam Wake, the fan ran toward the end zone followed by Elliott.

Security guards then took the fan into custody.



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<![CDATA[Newy, 'Goose' Discuss Dak Prescott's Second Year]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:40:03 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Prescott_Year_Two_1200x675_865573955972.jpg Newy and The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin discuss what Cowboys fans can expect from quarterback Dak Prescott in his second season.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, 'Goose' Discuss Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:38:31 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cowboys_Jaylon_Smith_1200x675_865573955620.jpg Newy and The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin talk about linebacker Jaylon Smith and his potential impact on the 2017 Cowboys defense.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Named 4th-Best Football City in U.S.]]> Tue, 31 Jan 2017 08:20:18 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/124724602.jpg WalletHub ranks Dallas as the fourth best city in the United States for football fans based on average ticket price, fan friendliness and more.

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<![CDATA[Newy, 'Goose' Discuss Football HOF Candidates]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 07:53:07 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Gosselin_HOF_Candidates_1200x675_865567299714.jpg Newy and The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin discuss the 2017 candidates for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, 'Goose' Talk Cowboys Offseason Plans]]> Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:28:22 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Gosselin_Cowboys_Offseason_1200x675_865572931571.jpg Newy and The Dallas Morning News' Rick Gosselin talk about the Dallas Cowboys plans in free agency and the NFL Draft.]]> <![CDATA[Making the Case for Jerry Jones as a Hall of Fame Candidate ]]> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:03:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1482776304-2012-NS_12cowsminiF.jpg NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News discuss Cowboys owner Jerry Jones being named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Michigan EDGE Taco Charlton]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2017 09:25:13 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TacoCharlton.jpg

Taco Charlton, EDGE, Michigan
Ht. 6'6", Wt. 272, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Penn St., Wisconsin, Florida St.

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Vidauntae "Taco" Charlton had 19 sacks as a high school senior in Ohio before committing to Michigan. He played sparingly in his first three seasons for the Wolverines, making only four starts. He totaled 9 sacks and 14 TFL in his time as a reserve.

Charlton was named the starter before his senior year and he responded with a season that earned him first-team all-conference honors. He finished the year with 13 TFL and 9.5 sacks, including at least one in each of his last four games.

Strengths

• Size - Ideal frame, build for position
• Length - Ideal, uses it well
• Burst - Surprising first step
• Strength - Converts speed to power well
• Flexibility - Good bend for size
• Hands - Quick, accurate
• Pass Rush - Spin, rip, swat/swing, etc.
• Run Defense - Good stack, shed

Weaknesses

• Inconsistent - Flashes, disappears
• Pad Level - Plays too upright
• Balance - Loses effectiveness when playing tall
• Inexperience - Looks like he's still figuring out position

Verdict: Second Round

Despite an all-conference season, Charlton still isn't the sum of his parts. He has the look of an All-Pro defensive end and has shown he can beat offensive linemen in virtual every way, but there were still a lot of plays where he was erased too easily. But the NFL Draft is all about traits, and Charlton's are elite.

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The NFL is good at valuing edge defenders, so teams picking outside the top 15 or so typically have to take a chance on flawed players. Charlton's flaw is why his elite traits didn't translate to more production. If the Cowboys want a guy with an ideal frame and a quick first step that can bend around the edge, convert speed to power and counter with an elite spin move, Charlton could be worth the risk.



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<![CDATA[Tony Romo Belongs in Denver: Mark Schlereth]]> Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:13:44 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/schlereth-romo.jpg

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is likely looking for a new team this off-season and the Denver Broncos are among the teams that are a potential fit.

Romo was spotted with Broncos general manager John Elway at House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's victory party Monday.

I asked Elway's former teammate and current Denver sports radio talk show host Mark Schlereth on my NBC Sports Radio show if he thinks Romo could be under center for the Broncos next year.

"The mantra there in Denver — and I played there six years — is 'Super Bowl or bust,'" he said. "We're about winning championships."



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<![CDATA[Newy on Tony Romo's Future Without Cowboys]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2017 07:16:43 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BSB_Romo_Future_1200x675_862117955826.jpg NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks about the future of Tony Romo, which will likely not be with the Dallas Cowboys.]]> <![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: UCLA EDGE Takkarist McKinley]]> Tue, 24 Jan 2017 08:39:17 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TakkaristMcKinley.jpg

Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA
Ht. 6'2", Wt. 265, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Stanford, Colorado, Utah

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After recording 26 sacks during his final two years as a high schooler in California, where he also ran a 10.58 in the 100 meters, Takkarist McKinley committed to Cal. He was ruled a nonqualifer, though, and enrolled in Contra Costa College for one season. He finished the year with 10 sacks and 18 TFL and transferred to UCLA.

McKinley was mainly a rotational player in 2014, making little impact in 10 games. He started 12 games as a junior and finished the season with 35 tackles, 4 sacks and 7.5 TFL. His production jumped in 2016, when his 10 sacks and 18 TFL landed him on the All-Pac 12 team.

Strengths

• Athleticism - Elite raw tools
• Speed - Closes quickly, converts speed to power
• Burst - Quick first step
• Quickness - Change of direction, added spin
• Strength - Anchor
• Length - Ideal arm length
• Motor - High-effort player

Weaknesses

• Raw - Relies on athleticism, lacks rush repertoire, doesn't use length
• Inconsistent - Flashes, disappears
• Hands - Easily engaged, trouble disengaging
• Pad Level - Plays too upright at times
• Flexibility - Mediocre bender

Verdict: First Round

McKinley has great speed, but he doesn't bend well around the edge. He has length, but doesn't use it. His play looked like that of a second rounder on tape, but his raw tools give him an intriguing upside. If he lands with the right team, he could end up being the best pass rusher from this draft.

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McKinley will be more attractive to 3-4 teams that can get him on the field sooner, but his upside will appeal to any team that wants to improve their pass rush. The Cowboys need his upside on the edge of their defensive line and Rod Marinelli is the type of coach to bring out the best in him. Right now, the Cowboys and McKinley seem like a perfect match.



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<![CDATA[The Fan's Shan Shariff on What Fans Want for Romo]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:14:59 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/205*120/pat+shan+shariff.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney and 105.3 The Fan's Shan Shariff discuss Cowboys fans' opinions about Tony Romo's future.]]> <![CDATA[Dez Bryant Makes Third Pro Bowl Team]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:57:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-610472936.jpg

You can add another Dallas Cowboys player to the Pro Bowl team. 

Receiver Dez Bryant has been named as a replacement for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones who will not play in the game due to the Falcons playing in the Super Bowl. 

This will be Bryant's third Pro Bowl team appearance. 

He missed three games this season due to injury, but finished the year with 50 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns.

Bryant's addition brings the number of Cowboys playing in the All-Star game to seven. 

Joining Bryant will be quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebacker Sean Lee and offensive linemen Travis Frederick, Zack Martin and Tyron Smith. 

Jason Garrett and his staff will coach the NFC roster.

The Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, January 29 in Orlando.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Auburn EDGE Carl Lawson]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 08:44:33 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CarlLawson.jpg

Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn
Ht. 6'2", Wt. 253, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Clemson, Mississippi St., Alabama

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Carl Lawson was a 5-star recruit out of Milton High School in Georgia and many publications ranked him their top defensive end in 2012. He started producing for the Tigers right out of the gate, notching 4 sacks and 7.5 TFL and earning Freshman All-America honors. He started 2014 on the Ted Hendricks Award watch list, but an ACL injury forced him to miss the season.

Lawson returned in 2015 as Auburn's starter at Buck end, but he missed six games with a hip injury. He finally had a full season in 2016 and showed why he was so coveted out of high school, finishing with 9 sacks, 13.5 TFL and 24 QB hurries in 13 games. He announced his intent to enter the 2017 NFL Draft on Twitter.

Strengths

• Burst - Quick first step
• Speed to Power - Good bull rush
• Strength - Surprisingly stout lower body
• Hands - Active, stays clean
• Bend - Flexible, fast around edge
• Pass Rush - Variety of moves, instinctual
• Anchor - Stacks well against run
• Motor - High-effort player
• Production - Lived in opposing backfields

Weaknesses

• Injuries - Missed 19 games
• Length - Short, squatty build
• Gap Discipline - Loses contain at times
• Balance - Trouble with cut blocks

Verdict: First Round

Lawson has his warts that will devalue him to a lot of teams. He isn't a Day 1 starter in the NFL, but his burst, bend, speed-to-power conversion and hand usage make him one of the top pass-rushing threats in this draft. If he can clean up his flaws a bit, he'll be an above average edge rusher in any scheme.

Another first-round edge rusher bodes well for the Cowboys. Lawson lacks some of the physical traits coveted by NFL teams and he might be more attractive to 3-4 teams. But when it comes to getting after the quarterback, Lawson might be the best available when Dallas picks in April.



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<![CDATA[Newy, Pat Talk Cowboys' Draft Strategy]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 07:12:42 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BSB_Cowboys_Draft_1200x675_860443203930.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney talk about Will McClay's comments regarding the 2017 NFL Draft.]]> <![CDATA[Newy, Pat Break Down Super Bowl LI]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:59:58 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/BSB_Super_Bowl_1200x675_860444227919.jpg NBC 5 Sports' Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney break down Super Bowl LI featuring the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in Houston.]]> <![CDATA[Doney: Where Will Romo Play in 2017?]]> Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:44:54 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-630768608.jpg NBC 5's Pat Doney breaks down the Cowboys options this offseason with veteran quarterback Tony Romo.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Fire Chief Installs Packers Smoke Alarm As Bet Payoff]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 11:59:13 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/packers-smoke-alarm.jpg

Dallas Fire-Rescue's chief paid off a bet by installing a Green Bay Packers smoke alarm Friday.

Chief David Coatney and Green Bay Metro Fire Chief Dave Litton placed a bet on Sunday's Divisional playoff match-up between the Cowboys and Packers.

Because the Cowboys lost, Coatney had to install the smoke alarm featuring the Packers' logo at the Dallas Fire-Rescue Administration building.

New York-based The Buff Project donated the team-branded smoke alarms to fire stations in Dallas, Green Bay and 48 other departments to promote fire safety.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Alabama EDGE Tim Williams]]> Fri, 20 Jan 2017 09:09:31 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tim+Williams.jpg

Tim Williams, EDGE, Alabama
Ht. 6'4", Wt. 252, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Tennessee, Texas A&M, Washington

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Tim Williams was Louisiana's top-rated player in his class out of high school in Baton Rouge in 2012. The 4-star defender went across the border to Tuscaloosa, committing to Alabama. He was mainly a rotational player during his first two years from Baton Rouge, earning 1.5 sacks in 19 games.

Williams became a starter in his junior season and he opened some eyes with his production. In 2015, he notched 10.5 sacks and 12.5 TFL. He returned for his senior season and put up similar production, finishing with 8.5 sacks, 15.5 TFL and 12 QB hurries on his way to a second-team All-America selection.

Strengths

• Burst - Quick first step
• Speed to Power - Good bull rush
• Strength - Surprisingly stout lower body
• Hands - Quick, violent puncher
• Bend - Flexible around edge
• Pass Rush - Compliments with spin, swat/swim
• Run Support - Strong anchor, stacks well
• Balance - Good body control

Weaknesses

• Spontaneity - Can predetermine rush
• Weight - Might need to bulk up for some schemes
• Off-Field - Multiple red flags

Verdict: First Round

Williams split time as a stand-up outside linebacker and a defensive end with his hand in the dirt for the Crimson Tide and that versatility will translate to the NFL. If you're looking for a pass rusher, Williams is in the discussion for the best one in this draft not named Myles Garrett. His combination of burst, strength and hand usage give him the traits to be selected in the first round of the draft.

The Cowboys need a terror off the edge and Williams fits the bill. The team might be gun shy on edge rushers with character concerns after Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory, but his talent is definitely worthy of their first pick. If he checks out off the field, he could provide the team with a Bruce Irvin-like defender.



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<![CDATA[Scouting the NFL Draft: Tennessee EDGE Derek Barnett]]> Thu, 19 Jan 2017 09:10:09 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DerekBarnett.jpg

Derek Barnett, EDGE, Tennessee
Ht. 6'3", Wt. 265, Arm: -, Hand: -, Bench: -
40 yd: -, 10 yd.: -, 3 Cone: -, Vertical: -, Broad: -
Games Watched: Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M
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Derek Barnett has always been productive on the football field. The 4-star recruit was an all-state selection as a senior and a two-time Tennessee Mr. Football. He committed to the Volunteers and made an impact immediately as the first true freshman to start on the defensive line in school history.

Barnett finished his freshman season with 20.5 TFL and 10 sacks, which — along with Myles Garrett — Jadeveon Clowey's SEC freshman sack record of 8. He added 10 sacks and 12.5 TFL as a sophomore and capped his college career with 13 sacks, 19 TFL and 16 QB hurries as a junior. In the Music City Bowl, he recorded his 33rd career sack, which broke Reggie White's school record of 32.

Strengths

• Strength - Excellent bull rush, anchor
• Hands - Quick, heavy, violent
• Motor - Relentless lots of effort production
• Burst - Flashes plus burst
• Snap Anticipation - Often first off ball
• Versatility - Effective on edge, inside
• Coverage - Comfortable in zone and even man
• Production - 33 sacks, 52 TFL in 3 years in SEC

Weaknesses

• Athleticism - Lacks elite trait
• Technique - No consistent counter move
• Stiff - Mediocre bend, agility
• Offside - You'll have to live with a few penalties

Verdict: First Round

Barnett's worthy of a first-round pick because his floor appears to be a quality strongside defensive end, but I don't think he has the upside of some of the other edge rushers in this draft. He does flash the tools to develop into a consistently disruptive defensive lineman. He also has the strength and hand usage to be an effective 3-technique in sub packages and could even grow into that role full time.

Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli is the type of quality defensive line coach that can help Barnett grow into effective front-four defender. Barnett would provide the Cowboys with top run defense on the edge and backfield disruption from the inside. His lack of elite athleticism could push him down boards, but he would be a nice fit in Dallas.



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