Originally Posted by kjcmeb
Great recap.....A few thoughts....Ansah is going to be one of those guys that goes under the microscope....as mentioned, boom or bust pick....but, it only takes one team to fall in love with him.....issue for him in college was actually conditioning....and teams are going to have to be 100% sure that he can hold up in a more demanding environment....it does no good to have one of your best players on the sideline on key downs.....if he can show that his conditioning can be fixed, you have him high on your board....if you think that he won't ever be able to be a full time player due to his medical, you don't put him on your board.
Warford - won't make it out of the 2nd round...might even go at the late end of the 1st.....he is a mauler and is so quick on his feet considering how much weight that he carries.....he's one of those guys that "if" you can get him in the 2nd, you have no problem passing on either the kid from Alabama or UNC.
[View Full Quote]Fisher - love the kid....2nd best OT in the draft....if he somehow slipped to 18, i would have no issue with him.....Mayock thinks that he'll be a top 12 guy.
Johnson - seems like he could be the bottom of 1st or top of 2nd round guy....has the tools.
Long - depends on if he is viewed as an OG or OT....IMO - i agree with the OP that his best work would be in a phone booth (inside at OG).
i would love to see us go DL and OL in the top 2 rounds and look for a S in the 3rd or 4th round......i'd like to see us take a smaller, fast, RB with some wiggle in the mold of J Rodgers or D Sproles too....not an every down guy, but some one that brings energy when on the field....now that felix is gone, we have a spot to invest a middle to late round pick on a RB that couldn't do it every down, but is more of a specialty guy that creates a mismatch when used properly.
Nice thoughts, kjcmeb.
Honestly, I don't think Ansah's conditioning is going to be a problem at all. He was a track guy initially at BYU (ran a 10.9 sec 100m from what I understand) and a lot of that training is for burst speed, not the kind of endurance you need to go at a high level for 60 minutes of football. Change the training regimen, and he'll be fine. Also, the reports I've seen say that, off the field, he not only works hard, but takes coaching well. The Cowboys will find out more in their interviews, but I don't think he'll even last to the Cowboys' pick at this point.
I'm inclined to agree about Warford after his performance last week. He'll likely be taken with the 10-15th pick in the second round, assuming his interviews and workouts go well, with a chance to go slightly higher. I don't think he gets into the first simply because there are three other interior O-linemen rated ahead of him (Chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper, and Barrett Jones), and the position isn't regarded as highly in terms of importance and value as most other positions.
The Cowboys taking a safety in the third or fourth wouldn't surprise me, but for all intents and purposes they already have a fourth round rookie at the position. Matt Johnson never saw the field last year because of his injuries and late start, and many on the coaching staff really think he's going to be a player. I think they'll try to pick up a reasonably priced veteran as insurance against Barry Church not being 100% and roll with that. Not saying it's a good thing, or that they won't jump on a guy if he slides to them in the draft...but if they didn't take one, I wouldn't be surprised either.
At RB, the guy you want them to take to be the change of pace back is already on the roster in Lance Dunbar. The RB they need IMHO is someone who can step in and carry the ball 20-25 times per game if (and when) Murray gets hurt. I think they were hoping Tanner would develop into that guy, and he still might. But he didn't really pick up some of the nuances of the position last year--like blitz pick-up--and he's not going to see the field like that. A guy like Mike Gillislee might not make it out of the 3rd round after his performance last week, but there were some other guys there like Johnathan Franklin from UCLA and Kenjon Barner from Oregon that have fourth round grades on them. And considering the Cowboys love to take high potential, currently injured players, don't be surprised to see Marcus Lattimore from South Carolina get a long look if he's still on the board in the fourth.