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.
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.
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 Round||Third 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
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.
|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
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.