Having a high draft pick in each round, the Dallas Cowboys will get the opportunity to nab some players that can really help in 2015. But when you’re one of the worst teams in football the previous season, that’s one benefit a team can get. In today’s NFL, where the salary cap plays such a huge role in how teams are shaped and how they are developed, the draft is seen as the most important event of the offseason. Yep, even more important than free agency.
Fortunately, the Cowboys are unlike any other team choosing in the top five. Dallas is in position to do special things in 2016 and a solid draft class will help them attempt to get to their ultimate goal, playing through February. The Cowboys are in perfect position to pick up prospects who could have first-round potential, but don’t make the cut there on draft day. Let’s take a look at five names that could come to mind when thinking about the Cowboys’ second-round pick.
Michael Thomas, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Receivers are a bit less valued now in football because teams can find so many productive ones towards the end of the draft. On top of that, this year’s receiving class isn’t that talented as years past. Laquon Treadwell’s stock has gone down and when you add in the concerns for both Corey Coleman and Josh Doctson, it may contribute to a slide for all receivers, including Thomas, who seemed to have benefited from an uber-talented offense at Ohio State.
Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky
Spence’s draft stock has been somewhat intriguing to witness over the past couple of weeks. On one hand, he’s a freak talent who shows the makings of a stud pass rusher thanks to his length and explosiveness. However, there are some character problems that relate back to high school and given the influx of off-field problems NFL players have had lately, it may make teams move away from Spence. But one team who has proven to take chances on these types of players are the Cowboys. If Dallas goes Jalen Ramsey in the first round and then Spence at 34, I would be the happiest of campers.
Jonathan Bullard, Defensive End, Florida
Bullard is a productive, gap-hitting type of lineman that could be of great use in the Cowboys’ scheme. Rod Marinelli values versatility and Bullard is a guy who can move around the line while also being able to hold his own in the running game. I’m really hoping Bullard is around at 34 because there is potential for a really good football player in him.
Karl Joseph, Strong Safety, West Virginia
The injury is going to scare teams away, but I honestly believe Joseph has sealed his status as a first-round talent. Sure he’s not a complete product, but he’s a much better player than Calvin Pryor was coming out of college, and Pryor was the 18th pick in first round of his draft class. Joseph isn’t a finished product by any means, but he’s a safety who looks extremely comfortable at coming up to make tackles or guarding opposing receivers. Dallas needs an upgrade at safety and Joseph makes sense.
Emmanuel Ogbah, Defensive End, Oklahoma State
Ogbah is a guy that should warrant first-round potential, but because he doesn’t look dynamic on tape and he doesn’t wow you with his athleticism, there is a possibility that he could get past the back-end of the first round and slip into the second round. It also doesn’t help that it’s yet to be clear whether Ogbah would benefit more in a 3-4 defense or in a 4-3. Even if he slipped to 34, his lack of athleticism may mean that the Cowboys will look past him.