So I pictured the Dallas Cowboy leadership at the combine chatting with each other about the people they were watching on the field. I could hear Jerry Jones talking about this year’s crop of TEs. Jason Garrett responding with how good the WRs look. And the scouting staff shaking their heads in futility. While I am only slightly joking there were a few players that were either not invited to the combine or are under the radar as far as NFL prospects. Let’s have a look at some of them that would fit with the Cowboys.
Defensive Tackle – Bruce Gaston, Purdue (6’2” 315lbs.) – While he had a disappointing year this year, what many fail to realize is he was transitioning to a 3-4. He was much better in the 4-3 last season and has a quick snap response. He had a pretty good East-West Game and is projected now to go in the 7th round.
Defensive End – Chaz Sutton, SC (6’4” 253lbs) - Let me guess many of you don’t know this kid. Well would it surprise you if I told you he had the same number of sacks as Clowney did this season? He is the guy on the other side. While he may not be the freak Clowney is, he could be had in late rounds.
Free Safety – Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky (6’3” 190lbs.) - With a 4.52 40 and pretty good hands (he had 9 INTs in 2 years) he would be around in the later rounds. I am not saying this is the starter from day 1, but he is worth looking at.
Fullback – J.C. Copeland, LSU (5’11” 271lbs.) – Read that weight again, I’ll wait…he is a converted lineman who moved to fullback. He takes pride in laying out defensive linemen and would be great in short yardage situations. He will most likely hang around until at least the 6th round.
OLB/DE – Jonathan Newson, Ball St. (6’3” 247lbs.) – Now he was a OLB in college and is better suited as a DE in a 4-3. But it is his ability that leads me to believe he will be better than many expect. He can play in space and can get to the QB when asked. He had an arrest in 2012 for marijuana possession and will be had in later rounds.
I will leave QBs, WRs, and TEs, out for obvious reasons, well QB because it would pretty much be its own article. I know there is a lot of talk about the first 4 or 5 rounds in the draft, but sometimes it is good to talk about the guys who can be had later. While I know I passed over a few sleepers I thought this would get some attention to a few guys and start the conversation about the later rounds. Let me know what you think.