The Dallas Cowboys Round 4, Pick 138
Prediction: Cameron Sample, DL
Cameron Sample is the kind of base end many self-taught film watchers like me struggle to evaluate. Without the burst and the bend, it’s hard to see how he’s going to translate at the next level. And without dominant size, it only gets harder.
But Cameron shined at the Senior Bowl to me. His hustle and well-rounded skill set make him an intriguing prospect as a base end and possibly even the occasional 3-tech. Sample has plus power, speed, quickness, hands, and balance. Now, the only thing that’s elite is his effort, but that may be enough.
That’s not a skillset fans usually get excited about but I think Cam fits the mold of what the Cowboys like and he one day slides into the role Tyrone Crawford vacated this offseason.
Dream Scenario: The Dallas Cowboys trade Pick 138 and 227 for Pick 127
Realistic Dream Pick 127: Keith Taylor, CB
While the Cowboys feel good about drafting Caleb Farley in the first round (again, they wouldn’t have drafted him unless they were confident he’ll be back to full strength), he undeniably has added risk. Surtain and Horn are both durable players that don’t require any kind of insurance pick. Farley needs some insurance.
So, here in the fourth round we’ll target a scheme fit guy that may not be overly attractive to other teams, but certainly will be attractive to Will McClay and the Dallas Cowboys.
Keith Taylor, 6-foot-2, 187 lbs, is long, lean, and made for the Cover-3. His 4.53 speed and ability to flip his hips make him a fit to shadow down the sideline in either bump and chase or off man coverage. He can play man and off coverage. He doesn’t make many plays but he doesn’t give many up either.