Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wouldn't "completely rule out" second-round OLB Jaylon Smith (knee surgery) playing in 2016.

The Cowboys know Smith's status as well as anyone in football, as it was their team doctor that performed Smith's surgery in January. Despite ol' Jer's open door for 2016, however, the odds are against Smith taking the field during his rookie season. Smith comes with an unbelievably high ceiling, but his floor has been drastically lowered by his severe injury. Smith turns 21 in June.
Apr 29 - 11:46 PM

Cowboys selected Nebraska DT Maliek Collins with the No. 67 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Collins (6'2/311) turned pro after three seasons at Nebraska, logging 23 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 26 starts. He made second-team All-Big Ten as a junior. A gap-shooting penetrator, Collins' athletic ability showed up in Indy with a 5.03 forty and 29 1/2-inch vertical. Collins' run defense needs a lot of work, but he's pro ready to cause backfield havoc, and just turned 21 a few weeks ago. He's an upside three-technique prospect.
Apr 29 - 9:52 PM

Cowboys selected Notre Dame OLB Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Smith was expected to tumble even further than this due to his gruesome knee injury, but the Cowboys' team doctor actually performed his surgery, so they know his medical records better than anyone. Smith (6'2/223) earned the 2015 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker, finishing his three-year career with 24.5 tackles for loss as a 39-game starter. Unfortunately, Smith tore his ACL and LCL in January's Fiesta Bowl and won't be available for his rookie season. Due to nerve damage in the knee, there is concern Smith may never play again if his nerve doesn't "wake up." On game tape, Smith was an instinctive playmaker who drew comparisons to ex-49ers ILB Patrick Willis. To make good on his once-limitless promise, Smith is going to need good fortune. He was reportedly diagnosed with "drop-foot" syndrome at the Combine.
Apr 29 - 7:24 PM

The Cowboys are fielding trade calls for OG Ronald Leary.

Leary signed his second-round tender Thursday for the express purpose of arranging a trade. Dallas has yet to find an acceptable deal, but the Dallas Morning News' Brandon George said it is "very possible he's moved" before the end of the draft. Only 26 and with 35 starts to his name, Leary could fetch a Day 3 pick.
Apr 29 - 1:10 AM

Cowboys selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Fantasy players rejoice. Elliott (6'0/225) emerged from Carlos Hyde's shadow to carry the mail for two years in Columbus, finishing his career with 3,961 yards and 43 TDs on 592 carries (6.69 YPC), adding 58 receptions. Elliott turned in a rock-solid Combine, running 4.47 with a 9-foot-10 broad jump and 32 1/2-inch vertical. On tape, Elliott "runs hot" with fiery competitiveness, and consistently maintains balance with low pad level on contact. Also an NFL-ready pass blocker, Elliott repeatedly stood up Notre Dame's defensive line in blitz pickup during Ohio State's Fiesta Bowl win. An exceptionally young prospect, Elliott won't turn 21 until just before his first NFL training camp. With the Cowboys' elite offensive line in front of him, Elliott is a solid RB1 in redraft and worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in Dynasty rookie drafts.
Apr 28 - 8:39 PM

The Dallas Morning News reports the "lobby" for Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott in the Cowboys' draft room is "gaining steam."

Owner/GM Jerry Jones has controlled his draft weekend impulses in recent years, but Elliott may be too big of a name for ol' Jer to pass up. It doesn't hurt, of course, that the Cowboys actually need a bell-cow running back. Big D would probably still be best served by addressing its defense, but Elliott would be a quintessentially Jerry pick.
Apr 28 - 6:57 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Ravens are a "suprise team" for Ezekiel Elliott, and will "strongly consider" the Ohio State runner at No. 6 overall.

Consider us deeply skeptical. Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome is one of the best in the business, and hasn't picked inside the top 10 since 2003. It's almost impossible to believe he would use the pick on a running back, especially with so many glaring needs on defense. This is likely just an effort on someone's part to get a desperate team to trade up for the Buckeye.
Apr 28 - 5:31 PM

A source with knowledge of the Cowboys' draft deliberations told PFT the team is "struggling" with whether to draft Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4.

It's believed owner Jerry Jones is the driving force for Dallas to draft Zeke. As Mike Florio puts it, Ol' Jer "has a much stronger 'win now' vibe than others in the organization," like VP Stephen Jones and personnel man Will McClay. Elliott will certainly be there at the No. 4 pick. Whether the Cowboys ultimately select him will remain a mystery for several more hours. If the Chargers take Jalen Ramsey at No. 3, our money would be on Dallas pulling the trigger on Elliott.
Apr 28 - 5:14 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports it "sounds like" the Cowboys are debating Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott and Florida State DB Jalen Ramsey at No. 4.

Rapsheet appears to just be reading the tea leaves, but they do indeed suggest Elliott and Ramsey are Big D's primary considerations. The Cowboys need talent infusions at every level of the defense, but also have a run-first offense that lacks an alpha back.
Apr 28 - 2:51 PM

NFL Network's Mike Mayock suggested Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) could slip to the late third or fourth round.

"He's such a great kid that somebody is going to draft him," Mayock said. "If Jaylon went with a third- or fourth-round compensatory pick, it wouldn't surprise me at all. ... I don't think anybody knows where he's going to go." Not expected to play during the 2016 season -- with serious questions about his playing longevity beyond that -- Smith warrants nothing more than a day three or perhaps late-day-two flyer. He'll spend his rookie year on the reserve/NFI list.
Apr 28 - 1:00 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reported on SportsCenter that the Cowboys believe Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott could help their defense and potentially "change their win total dramatically."

Although Jalen Ramsey is preferred by the scouting department -- and top personnel men Will McClay and Stephen Jones -- there is a belief at Valley Ranch that Elliott could have a DeMarco Murray 2014-like impact, wherein the Cowboys' running-game dominance and ability to control the clock allowed them to "protect" a defense that was short on talent. Dallas' current defense is also full of holes, particularly up front and in the secondary. It's believed Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett are pulling for Elliott over Ramsey at 4.
Apr 28 - 11:40 AM

Cowboys re-signed restricted free agent OG Ronald Leary to a one-year, $2.553 million contract.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Leary signed the tender in the hope of facilitating a trade this weekend. A solid starter at left guard, Leary understandably does not want to play out the season as a swing interior lineman. Only 26 and with 35 games of starting experience, Leary might be able to fetch a middle-round pick.
Apr 28 - 11:31 AM

DraftInsider's Tony Pauline reports the Ravens will consider Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott at No. 6.

Baltimore hopes Ole Miss' LT Laremy Tunsil falls into their lap, but Pauline reports Elliott would be an option if Tunsil is not available. While it is possible GM Ozzie Newsome would view Elliott as the best player on the board and too big a value to pass up, the Ravens have much more pressing needs at other positions. They could be trying to drum up trade interest.
Apr 28 - 9:52 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns at No. 8 overall "have been having discussions with teams behind them" who want to trade up for Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys are becoming increasingly unlikely to take Elliott at No. 4, leaving the sweet spot for Elliott at the Nos. 8-13 range. A case could be made for all four of the Browns (No. 8), Giants (10), Bears (11), and Dolphins (13) to take Elliott. If the Browns can move back another 3-5 spots and pick up another second- or third-round pick in the process, it'd probably be a smart move. It's hard to imagine an analytics-driven team taking a running back in the top-ten picks.
Apr 27 - 11:07 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith (knee) is expected to be selected before the end of the third round.

Smith has been completely removed from some teams' draft boards due to a torn ACL and LCL in his knee that is expected to force him to miss the entire 2016 season. Smith is also dealing with drop-foot, suggesting there's nerve damage. It's going to take a team with a talented, deep roster and one preferably with around double-digit selections to take a flier on him. The Browns and 49ers each have a league-high 12 picks, but both have bottom-five NFL rosters.
Apr 27 - 9:25 AM


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