***2016 Cowboys Draft Picks***

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    [​IMG]First Round (4) RB Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State

    [​IMG]Second Round (34) OLB Jaylon Smith ND

    [​IMG]Third Round (67) DT Maliek Collins Nebraska

    [​IMG]Fourth Round (101) DE Charles Tapper Oklahoma

    [​IMG]Fourth Round (135) QB Dak Prescott Mississippi State

    [​IMG]Sixth Round (189) CB Anthony Brown Perdue

    [​IMG]Sixth Round (212) S Kavon Frazier Central Michigan

    [​IMG]Sixth Round (216) RB Darius Jackson Eastern Michigan

    [​IMG]Sixth Round (217) TE Rico Gathers Baylor

    Undrafted Rookie Free Agents

    DE Caleb Azubike

    C Jake Brendel

    WR Chris Brown

    DT Rodney Coe

    CB Arjen Colquhoun

    WR/KR Ed Eagan

    OT David Hedelin

    WR Andy Jones

    LB Deon King

    OT Ryan Mack

    CB Jeremiah McKinnon

    S Rolan Milligan

    DT Jason Neill

    OG Boston Stiverson

    TE Austin Traylor

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    RB Ezekiel Elliott Ohio State

    Elliott was able to generate monster stats during the 2015 season despite being the focus of nearly every opponent due to the struggles of the Buckeyes' passing game.
    He caused a bit of a ripple following a loss to Michigan in November when he questioned the playcalling and told the media it was his last game in the Big House. Still, most believe that will have minimal impact on his draft status.

    "Did you see him in tears before the game? That's passion. I wish all of the players on our team had his passion and character," an NFL scout told NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler. "The talking heads who say he's going to fall in the draft are simply living in the moment ... just like Elliott did. The next talented player who falls in the draft because of a 'too honest' moment after a game will be the first."

    Elliott can expect to be grilled about the comments during pre-draft interviews, but he will still likely emerge as a strong candidate to be the first running back drafted. Within the Ohio State program, he is known as the ultimate team guy, something that is obvious on the field and with the way his coaches and teammates respect him off the field.

    "Look, it was unacceptable," another scout told Brugler about the comments. "Those who watched that game know he was right. But you just can't say what he did and call out the coaches. He had an immature moment and I know our coaches will have something to say about it. But this is a player who doesn't have a track record of maturity issues or character problems. He comes from a supportive family. He hands the ball to the official after each score.

    "I bet he'll learn from this, apologize and be a better teammate because of it. And as long as he shows that moving forward, it'll just be a small bump in the road that won't slow him down. He's better than the Wisconsin kid (Melvin Gordon) last year. We'll gladly take him."

    Elliott gained legendary status in the state of Ohio with his performance down the stretch in 2014, recording back-to-back-to-back 200-yard rushing performances in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. Wisconsin (220 yards), Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama (230) and National Championship game vs. Oregon (246). He earned offensive MVP honors in the final two games and finished the 2014 season with 1,878 rushing yards, the second-most in school history, adding 18 touchdowns.

    Strengths Weaknesses
    Elliott is extremely well-rounded as a runner with ideal size for the position along with coordinated footwork that is always in sync with his eyes. He runs with natural pad level and fantastic forward lean, using his balance, leg drive and relentless fight to move the chains and pick up every inch he can. Plays with a strong intensity for the game.
    Elliott is at his best on counter run plays, stopping on a dime and transitioning his weight to shoot through holes and dart through the second level of the defense. He displays outstanding vision to quickly read blocks and rarely runs with hesitation, bouncing away from would-be tacklers without slowing down.

    WEAKNESSES: Elliott needs to become more consistent as a receiver and needs refinement as a blocker, but it's tough to find weaknesses in his run style, which is why he could projects as one of the top running backs and a likely first-round pick in the 2016 class.

    --Dane Brugler (12/1/15)

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    Player Overview
    Smith's draft stock took a hit on New Year's Day when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in the Fighting Irish's Fiesta Bowl loss to the Ohio State Buckeyes, but still he opted to declare early for the 2016 NFL Draft.

    He is recovering after surgery and his return to football in 2016, or ever, remains in question, making his projection vastly different among NFL teams. At issue is a six-inch long area of stretched nerve that takes a month per inch to heal, if it heals. He is approximately three months into rehab, and wears an ankle foot orthosis (AFO) device to combat drop-foot.

    Smith is working out diligently, but there are no guarantees. This is a blow to a player -- and any NFL team that wanted him -- whose various abilities are compared to Patrick Willis and Von Miller. Smith was an every-down linebacker who held up against running plays and showed great instincts covering receivers. Smith is Notre Dame's top tackler since 2014 with crazy closing speed that usually ended with a violent hit.

    "No, the nerve wasn't stretched at all. It's just the healing game, that's all," Smith said at the NFL Combine. "It's a process. I'll be back 100 percent. We just don't know when."

    A player who Irish coach Brian Kelly said is the best he has ever coached, Smith was a consensus All-American in 2015. He tied his career high with 9.0 tackles for loss to go along with a career-high 115 tackles, a sack, five passes defensed and two fumble recoveries in 13 games before suffering his knee injury. That came on the heels of 111 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and a pair of passes defensed as a sophomore.
    Strengths Weaknesses
    STRENGTHS: He is a greased up athlete with natural twitch and flexibility, showing balance, burst and excellent speed in pursuit. Scouts are enthralled with Smith's explosiveness and it isn't difficult to understand why.

    He reads plays quickly and keeps his eyes glued on the ball to collect himself in space and burst toward the ballcarrier with excellent closing speed. Shows tremendous secondary quickness to unhook himself from blocks and make up ground in a flash.

    He might be the nation's most forceful tackler, generating incredible power to knock ballcarriers back. Smith is every bit as fast and fluid as he is powerful, however, slipping by (or leaping over) would-be blockers in the running game and dropping effectively in coverage.

    It is the ability to play back in coverage and rush the passer that makes Smith such an exciting prospect, as proponents of the 4-3 and 3-4, alike, will see him as a true three down defender.

    WEAKNESSES: Smith lacks elite take-on strength for the position and can be late to stack-and-shed. Will take some false steps and needs to add a dash of discipline to his playing recipe. Needs to tweak his strike zone and tackling mechanics, preferring to hug-and-slam instead of spearing and driving.

    Needs to do a better job finding the ball in coverage once his back is turned to the quarterback. Suffered a devastating left knee injury in his final collegiate contest that required surgery (Jan. 2016) to repair a torn ACL and LCL.

    IN OUR VIEW: In today's ultra-specialized NFL, defenses routinely substitute powerful linebackers on running downs and faster, more agile defenders on obvious passing plays. Teams won't have to swap Smith out, however. He started all 39 games the last three seasons, but in a cruel twist of fate, Smith suffered a serious knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl, putting his draft stock in limbo based on his rehab.

    Before the knee injury this was a no-brainer. Now, some team must want Smith enough to spend a pick and roll the dice. He cannot realistically be in the plans to play in 2016. If he overcomes the injury, the upside is tremendous -- in the All-Pro neighborhood.

    --Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (4/25/16)
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    DT Maliek Collins Nebraska

    Player Overview
    Collins isn't the most intimidating defensive tackle prospect on the sidelines with average size and bulk, but his play stands out due to his impressive movement skills.

    After leading Nebraska with 13.0 tackles for loss in 2014 to go along with 4.5 sacks, Collins failed to build on those numbers last season, finishing with 7.0 stops behind the line and 2.5 sacks. He opted not to return for Year Two under coach Mike Reilly, forgoing his final season to enter the draft.
    Strengths Weaknesses
    STRENGTHS: Outstanding athlete for the position with light feet, smooth hips and above average body control, using his initial surge and active hand use to rip and pull through bodies. Collins has an explosive first step to generate pop at the point of attack, adjusting after contact to locate and mirror the ball.

    WEAKNESSES: Lacks the brute strength to overwhelm his opponent in tight spaces and most blockers can match him power-for-power. Easily moved by double-teams and can be washed out of the hole by angle blocks. Stuck on blocks too long. Still developing his counter moves, struggling if he doesn't win with his initial step. Will overrun the pocket and needs to better control his momentum in tight spaces. Needs to better protect his lower body off the snap. Scheme-specific and lacks desired versatility.

    IN OUR VIEW: Collins lacks the bulk and power scouts would prefer in an interior defensive lineman, but he's an exciting athlete among the big guys up front, winning with burst and agility. Collins' ability to disrupt makes him an intriguing three-tech candidate for a classic 4-3 alignment.

    --Dane Brugler/Rob Rang (2/10/16)
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    DE Charles Tapper Oklahoma

    Player Overview
    Few programs can match the Oklahoma Sooners' regular production of quality NFL prospects, with Tapper ranking as simply the latest future pro starter to get his start in Norman. While he struggled a bit with consistency over his four seasons in the Big 12, Tapper certainly ended his collegiate career well, earning First Team all-conference honors and enjoying an impressive week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
    Like many of the Sooners' best players, Tapper signed with Oklahoma as a highly regarded prep prospect and earned immediate playing time, seeing action in five games overall as a true freshman in 2012. He exploded a year later, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors as a true sophomore with 49 tackles, including nine tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

    Rather than build upon this momentum, however, Tapper saw his numbers drop in 2014 to "just" 37 tackles, including 7.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks before again ranking among the Big 12's top defensive linemen as a senior.

    Scouts wish Tapper was a little more explosive off the edge but his underrated athleticism and power combination promises positional versatility at the next level. Tapper is one of the few prospects in this class athletic enough to offer enough length and agility to remain outside at defensive end on anticipated run downs but the size to slide inside on obvious pass rushing downs and still be able to get after the quarterback.

    Strengths Weaknesses
    STRENGTHS: While perhaps slightly shorter than ideal, Tapper possesses an NFL-ready frame with broad shoulders, disproportionately long arms (34 1/8 inches) and evenly distributed muscle mass.
    He flashes enough initial quickness off the snap to force tackles to respect his outside speed and complements it with a powerful bull rush. Extends well off the snap and uses his long arms to generate push with his upper body, displaying nonstop effort to motor through blockers. While there are concerns about his quickness and agility, Tapper shows impressive straight-line speed - both when closing in on the quarterback and in downfield pursuit.

    He's likely to test very well for a man of his size in the 40-yard dash, indicating perhaps un-"tapped" potential to be harnessed with better technique. Offers some positional versatility, often lining up in the four-point stance in Oklahoma's scheme and often taking on multiple blockers.

    WEAKNESSES: Isn't the sum of his parts, showing little consistency to his game in part because he remains technically flawed. Too often resorts to simple bull rushes and isn't as effective in this area as he should be due to poor pad level.

    Was asked to play mostly contain for the Sooners and offers little creativity as a pass rusher. His compact, muscle-bound frame leaves Tapper with limited flexibility and just average agility, overall, and he struggles to change directions in close spaces to make tackles on his own. Will be viewed by as a 'tweener who lacks a real position in the NFL.

    COMPARES TO: Allen Bailey, Kansas City: After underwhelming for much of his career at Miami, Bailey has emerged as a quality five-tech defensive end in Kansas City's 3-4 scheme. Tapper has a similar combination of power and athleticism but must commit to his craft (as Bailey did) to enjoy similar success in the NFL.

    IN OUR VIEW: Possessing a stout frame and surprising overall athleticism, Tapper is a quality all-around defensive lineman offering positional and scheme versatility. That combination will likely will earn Tapper a spot in the top 100, even though he was a bit inconsistent over his career.

    --Rob Rang (@robrang) (2/10/16)
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    QB Dak Prescott Mississippi State

    Player Overview
    After serving as running complement to pocket passer Tyler Russell for two seasons, Rayne Dakota Prescott emerged as one of the SEC's most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in 2014.
    The frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy in 2014 before his play leveled off in SEC play, Prescott is a true dual-threat quarterback with the mobility and size to power through would-be tacklers, along with the arm talent to push the ball downfield through the air. He needs to improve his consistency and ball placement, but in the right system could have a future at the NFL level.

    Prescott owns 38 school records (15 career) and was a two-time All-American, two-time first-team All-SEC in 2014 and '15 after winning MVP of the 2013 Liberty Bowl.

    Tim Tebow is the only SEC player who had 60 TD passes, 40 TD runs, 8,500 yards passing and 2,000 rushing yards. Head coach Dan Mullen -- who coached Tebow -- called Prescott the best player he ever coached, praised his leadership and community leaders lauded his involvement and volunteerism while at Mississippi State.

    Although the Tebow comparisons are often overused, Prescott has similar size, skill set, composure and leadership as the former first-round pick.

    Strengths Weaknesses
    Scouts are most impressed with his development above the neck, showing above average awareness as a passer, recognizing things quickly and working through his progressions to easily load and fire.
    Displays an ability to use his eyes and hold defenders and has a quick memory to move on from mistakes and not let the negative plays linger. Overall, he has a much more natural feel in the passing game than in 2013 and appears in complete control of that offense.

    When he does step into his throws, Prescott can deliver strikes. He's a very dangerous runner, combining aggression, agility and the power to break arm tackles.

    WEAKNESSES: Work in progress as a passer but has a live arm and good field vision. His footwork is inconsistent and he loses accuracy when his feet are not set.

    Tends to predetermine some throws and relies on a lot of back shoulder patterns, something that got him in trouble against Auburn and Alabama. Has not shown the consistency to lead his team through the air in tough road environments when the ground game is shut down.

    COMPARES TO: Tim Tebow, ex-Broncos, Jets, Patriots - It is the natural comparison, beyond just the connection to Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen, who was Florida's offensive coordinator when Tebow was in Gainesville. Although Prescott has a slightly better arm and more consistent mechanics, he and Tebow grade similar in several categories, including composure, mobility, power and leadership.

    IN OUR VIEW: Evaluators knew he was a bruising runner, using his size, quickness and toughness to run over defenders, but Prescott has shown a much improved feel in the passing game, displaying anticipation, decisiveness and above average awareness to recognize things quickly and react accordingly. He deserves credit for the positive steps he has taken, but a lot of evaluators aren't sold quite yet as Prescott tends to predetermine his throws and has the bad habit of locking onto his targets, missing open reads downfield.

    --Rob Rang and Dane Brugler (4/28/15)

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    CB Anthony Brown Perdue

    Player Overview
    A three-star cornerback recruit out of high school, Brown committed to Purdue over offers from Indiana, Iowa State and several others - also a standout track athlete with a 10.58 100-meters.
    After spending his true freshman season as a back-up, Brown earned a starting job as a sophomore (10 starts), posting 69 tackles and three passes defended. He started all 12 games as a junior in 2014 and recorded 54 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a team-best 10 passes defended.

    Brown again started all 12 games as a senior in 2015 and finished with a team-high four interceptions, adding 59 tackles and 10 passes defended to earn All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He accepted his invitation to the 2016 East-West Shrine Game.

    Strengths Weaknesses
    Above average speed with quick feet to press and stay hip-to-hip with receivers downfield...easy gas to recover and close gaps...recognizes formations to jump routes and crowd the air space of receivers...patient and trusts what he sees.
    Has some issues as a tackler, but generally gets his man on the ground...leverages defenders with his lengths to hold contain, stay clean and show up as a run defender...finds the quickest path to the ballcarrier...adequate height, strength and length blend for the position...physical mentality and able to play tight without making obvious contact...improved finishing skills as a senior to complete interceptions, including three in one game vs. Nebraska (Oct. 2015).

    Impact potential on special teams with one career blocked kick (Purdue assistant coach: "We can't block him on field goal tries in practice...")...graduated with a degree in organizational leadership and supervision (Dec. 2015)...self-assured competitor with reliable football character, starting 34 straight games to finish his career.

    WEAKNESSES: Splay feet and finds his hips turned the wrong way at times...the words "spacing issues" show up frequently in my notes...upright in his stance, causing him to be late driving on throws in front of him...hands-on defender and will attract flags when he allows his discipline to lapse...allows too much cushion in off-coverage...needs to better find the ball with his back to the ball downfield...wild jam technique and needs to stay composed nose-to-nose.

    Needs to tighten his break down skills and drive through his target as a tackler...small hands and inconsistent ballskills with too many dropped interceptions on his tape - all four of his career interceptions came in 2015.

    IN OUR VIEW: A three-year starter at Purdue, Brown played primarily field cornerback in both man and zone looks, starting the last 34 games for the Boilermakers - lined up exclusively outside as a starter. He has blur speed with smooth ease of movement to stay balanced and within arms-length of receivers in man coverage.

    Brown plays with patience and a nose for the ball, but needs to improve his spatial awareness and cut down on the contact - will get caught with his hand in the cookie jar due to his physicality in coverage. His technique in coverage and run support require maintenance, but his blend of size, speed and confidence are great building blocks for his pro future.

    --Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) (4/25/16)

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    S Kavon Frazier Central Michigan

    Player Overview
    Frazier recorded 108 tackles for the Chippewas his senior season, nearly surpassing his sophomore and junior totals combined (125), as he really flourished under new head coach John Bonamego. Frazier was named to the 2015 All-MAC second team and was the Defensive Player of the Week against Oklahoma State after recording 13 tackles (11 solo).

    Frazier leaves Central Michigan with five career interceptions for 79 return yards and 269 tackles. A two-way star in high-school, Frazier was a very explosive running back with quick shifty hips that translates nicely into his ability to transition in coverage.

    He wore No. 21 twice last season, honoring former teammate Derrick Nash, who passed away in June (2015) after a two-year battle with leukemia.
    Strengths Weaknesses
    STRENGTHS: Superb size and knows how to enforce it on opposing players. Frazier brings an attitude to the secondary that puts all opposing offensive players on notice with his big-hitting ability. The tempo-setting safety with a physical and nasty demeanor, Frazier's energy and passion elevates those around him.

    Made big plays in key moments throughout his collegiate career, including a blocked a punt against Eastern Michigan this season and in 2013 he was also named MAC Defensive Player of the Week after he forced two turnovers against Ohio. Very aware of his surroundings on the field and supports the run fast and gets downhill.

    WEAKNESSES: It is noticeable that receivers catch the ball in front of him instead of Frazier making a play on it. Can be overemotional at times, and can play too recklessly against the run and over-pursue the football. Susceptible to biting on play-action fakes.

    COMPARES TO: Barry Church, Cowboys - Another MAC product who excelled against the run and has some mishaps in the passing game. Church is a superb in-the-box safety and will have those moments in coverage to allow a big play. Frazier appears to be better suited for defending the passing game.

    IN OUR VIEW: Frazier passes the eyeball test and his ability and leadership qualities are equally impressive. He is likely a later-round prospect who will carve out his role on special teams before getting reps at safety.

    --Bo Marchionte (2/10/16)
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    RB Darius Jackson Eastern Michigan

    Player Overview
    A year ago it was Central Michigan that produced undrafted free agent turned starting NFL running back Thomas Rawls. This year, it's the Eagles with the sleeper at the position.
    Jackson didn't generate a great deal of interest out of high school despite rushing for over 1,000 yards as a senior while splitting duties between quarterback, running back and safety. He also was interested in competing in both football and baseball, which scared off a number of programs - but not the Eagles.

    Jackson played mostly a complementary role with the Eagles early in his career, rushing for a total of 508 yards over his first three seasons. He was handed the keys as a senior, however, and exploded for 1,089 yards and a school record 16 total touchdowns.

    The real numbers which caught scouts' attention, however, didn't come until Jackson opted to travel to the University of Michigan and work out at their Pro Day. There, he was clocked in the low 4.4s and wowed scouts with his explosiveness, generating a 41" vertical and an 11-1 broad jump.

    Strengths Weaknesses
    STRENGTHS: Looks the part of an NFL athlete with a sculpted frame and excellent size for the position. Shows quick feet and coordination to elude in tight quarters for a back of his size and accelerates in a flash, bursting to and through the line to ruin pursuit angles. Keeps his legs driving on contact and shows good forward lean to pick up extra yards.
    Reliable pass-catcher out of the backfield, hauling in 44 catches over his career. Sets up defenders with subtle shoulder fakes and shows burst out of his cuts, generating separation and showing soft hands to easily pluck the ball and secure it quickly. Was asked to line up out of the slot, showing awareness in the passing game.

    Competitive, physical blocker. Stood out when competing against top competition, including in 2015 contest against LSU and at Michigan's Pro Day. Characterized by head coach Chris Creighton as one of the team's best practice players.

    WEAKNESSES: Only has one season of standout production despite playing for a program that hasn't produced an NFL draft pick since 2009. May be a better athlete than football player, at this time. Too reliant on his burst to get him out of trouble and must show greater willingness to attack the line of scrimmage and get the tough yards.

    IN OUR VIEW: Jackson wasn't invited to the Combine, but make no mistake he's a legitimate NFL prospect. Besides the obvious athleticism, scouts like that he's coming from a pro-style offense and comes with relatively little tread worn off the tires. He recorded just 365 touches over his career. Alabama's Derrick Henry, by comparison, had 406 touches in 2015, alone.

    --Rob Rang (@robrang) 4/13/16)
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    TE Rico Gathers TCU

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    I'm confused. How can you be "the nation's most forceful tackler, generating incredible power to knock ball carriers back", & "lack elite take-on strength for the position"? Doesn't it take "incredible power" to have the "strength for the position"? Just asking.
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    They are talking about two completely different aspects of his game. Taking on a ball carrier you are going to lower your hips and try to explode up through the tackle with your lower body. "lack elite take-on strength for the position" I would assume is going to reference taking on offensive lineman. Those guys are going to have 75-125lbs on him, so your not going to go right through them. This is more about upper body strength, and the ability to keep extension to shed the block.

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