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    CHICAGO: Byron Jones of the Connecticut Huskies holds up a jersey after being picked 27th by the Dallas Cowboys during the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University April 30. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

    Many NFL fans are finished watching the draft once the first round is done, but days 2 and 3 of the draft are where good teams are built.

    The Cowboys said they though defensive back was their biggest need. To me, free safety is definitely the team's biggest need, but the question is whether they picked the best player available.

    Day 1 Review

    Connecticut defensive back Byron Jones was a player that many went back to watch tape on after his terrific combine. His world-record broad jump is well known by now, but he is much more of a prospect than a combine warrior.

    • Strengths: Safety size, CB quickness. Phenomenal athlete. Fluid hips and efficient feet. Feisty run supporter. Good recovery speed.
    • Weaknesses: Mediocre plant and drive. Not as good in off coverage. Needs to improve jam. OK tackler.

    Jones was my top remaining defensive back prospect when the Cowboys went on the clock Thursday, but there were better prospects at more valued positions available at the time. Jones has the tools to become a player like Devin McCourty at free safety, but the impact he's likely to have at cornerback is far less than the impact a defensive lineman could have.

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    Day 2

    The value in the 2015 draft is definitely Day 2. Even though  the Cowboys aren't scheduled to pick until the end of the second and third rounds, they should have no problem finding two impact players.

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    My Day-2 big board starts with the three remaining first-round talents:

    • Randy Gregory, Edge, Nebraska
    • TJ Clemmings, OT, Pitt
    • La'El Collins, OT, LSU

    Forget the rumors about Gregory, because Vic Beasley is the only edge rusher with Gregory's ability and upside. Passing on Collins is understandable, but Clemmings has the potential to be an elite tackle in the NFL. If the price is right, the Cowboys would be wise to try to move up for Gregory or Clemmings.

    There're are also still plenty of Cowboys' fits with Day-2 value available.

    Second RoundThird Round
    Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Edge, UCLA
    Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
    Danielle Hunter, Edge, LSU
    Grady Jarrett, DT, Clemson
    Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
    Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise St.
    Preston Smith, Edge, Mississippi State
    Bernadrick McKinney, LB, Mississippi State
    Denzel Perryman, LB, Miami
    Carl Davis, DT, Iowa
    Trey Flowers, Edge, Arkansas
    Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
    Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State
    Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
    Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State
    Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State
    Landon Collins, S, Alabama
    TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama
    Eli Harold, Edge, Virginia
    Xavier Cooper, DT, Washington State
    Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
    PJ Williams, DB, Florida State
    AJ Cann, G, South Carolina
    Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma
    Tre' Jackson, G, Florida State
    Mario Edwards, Jr., DL, Florida State
    Clive Walford, TE, Miami
    Nate Orchard, Edge, Utah
    David Johnson, RB, Northern Iowa
    Rakeem Nunez-Roches, DT, Southern Mississippi
    Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
    Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
    Ali Marpet, OL, Hobard
    Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
    Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
    Henry Anderson, DT, Stanford
    John Miller, G, Louisville
    Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
    Anthony Chickillo, Edge, Miami
    Daryl Williams, OL, Oklahoma
    Eric Rowe, DB, Utah
    Marcus Hardison, DT, Arizona State
    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
    David Cobb, RB, Minnesota
    Za'Darius Smith, Edge, Kentucky
    Steven Nelson, CB, Oregon State
    Markus Golden, Edge, Missouri
    Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford
    Davis Tull, Edge, Tennessee Chattanooga
    MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois
    Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
    Mitch Morse, G, Missouri
    Josh Shaw, DB, USC
    Adrian Amos, S, Penn State

    Day 3

    If you've made it this far, congratulations. Even the most enthusiastic NFL Draft fans are a little beat down by this point. There are a few players that could make a significant impact on an NFL roster that should be available Saturday.

    OffenseDefense
    Quinton Spain, OL, West Virginia
    Jeremiah Poutasi, OL, Utah
    Chris Bonner, QB, CSU-Pueblo
    Javoris Allen, RB, USC
    Malcolm Brown, RB, Texas
    Zach Zenner, RB, South Dakota State
    Blake Bell, TE, Oklahoma
    Darren Waller, WR/TE, Georgia Tech
    Kenny Bell, WR/KR, Nebraska
    Stefon Diggs, WR/KR, Maryland
    Deontay Greenberry, WR, Houston
    Bobby Richards, DT, Indiana
    Derrick Lott, DT, Tennessee-Chattanooga
    Xavier Williams, DT, Northern Iowa
    Marcus Rush, Edge, Michigan State
    Lynden Trail, Edge, Norfolk State
    Cedric Reed, Edge, Texas
    Deiontrez Mount, Edge, Louisville
    Jordan Hicks, LB, Texas
    Gerod Holliman, FS, Louisville
    Tray Walker, DB, Texas Southern
    Jacoby Glenn, CB Central Florida

    Prediction

    The Cowboys would be best served choosing the best players available for the rest of the draft, but they should put some emphasis on finding a 3T, edge defender, running back and offensive lineman.