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The Cowboys didn't address running back during the draft.

Dallas is thin there, but it may not matter. The Cowboys' offensive line dominated last season, helping DeMarco Murray rise to superstardom. Though it's unlikely Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle will approach those same heights, the Cowboys' line should open up holes for them while keeping quarterback Tony Romo on his feet. The Cowboys could have gone after disgruntled Rams running back Zac Stacy, but the Jets struck first, landing him for a seventh-round pick.
May 3 - 8:21 AM

Cowboys signed Miami C Shane McDermott.

McDermott (6'4/301) made 36 starts at The U, all at center and earned first-team All-ACC accolades from the conference's coaches as a senior. A below-average athlete, McDermott managed a 5.42 forty with an 8-foot-7 broad jump and 27 1/2-inch vertical at the Hurricanes' Pro Day. Limited in both strength and movement skills, McDermott's ceiling is a versatile interior "swing" reserve. He doesn't project as a starter.
May 2 - 7:30 PM

Cowboys signed Baylor WR Antwan Goodley.

Goodley (5'10/209) made 30 starts for the Bears, parlaying 150 catches into 2,366 yards (15.8 YPR) and 21 TDs. After a prolific junior season, Goodley's numbers dipped as a senior due to a year-long quad injury. Goodley ran 4.44 in Indy before recording an explosive 10-foot-7 broad jump at Baylor's Pro Day. Old for a rookie, Goodley turns 24 in September and is a straight-line athlete with inconsistent hands. His calling cards are vertical ability and physical tackle breaking after the catch. Not built like a perimeter receiver and a questionable fit for the slot, it's fair to wonder how Goodley's game will translate. He may max out as a sub-package wideout and kickoff returner.
May 2 - 7:29 PM

Cowboys traded up to select Texas TE Geoff Swaim with the No. 246 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Dallas gave up a sixth-round pick to the 49ers in 2016 to move up. Swaim (6'4/252) spent two seasons as a Longhorn after transferring from JUCO, catching just 13 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown despite starting 22 games. Badly underutilized in Texas' dysfunctional offense, Swaim showed athletic upside with a 4.71 forty, 10-foot-4 broad jump, and 35 1/2-inch vertical at the UT Pro Day. Swaim is worth a flier based entirely on his movement ability, which ranks among the best in this year's weak tight end class.
May 2 - 6:18 PM

Cowboys selected Virginia Tech T/G Laurence Gibson with the No. 243 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Gibson (6'6/305) made 19 starts for the Hokies, dabbling at guard and right tackle before protecting the blind side as a senior. Gibson has a limited college resume but shredded the Combine, running 5.04 with highly impressive vertical (33 1/2") and broad (9'5") jumps. He also has vines for arms (35 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). Gibson looks the part getting off the bus, but is a 24-year-old project. He'll need to be coached hard to hit his ceiling.
May 2 - 6:07 PM

Cowboys selected Wyoming LB Mark Nzeocha with the No. 236 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Nzeocha (6'2/232) played outside linebacker and safety for the Cowboys, finishing his career with 13.5 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, and one interception. Nzeocha tore his ACL last October, but ripped up his April Pro Day, running 4.52 with a 10-foot-11 broad jump and 39-inch vertical. Already 25 years old, Nzeocha's ticket to playing time will be on special teams with some potential to contribute as a dime linebacker.
May 2 - 5:51 PM

Cowboys selected Purdue DE Ryan Russell with the No. 163 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Russell (6'4/269) made 47 starts for the Boilermakers, amassing 25 career tackles for loss and ten sacks. Measuring in with long arms (33 3/8") and big hands (10 1/4"), Russell showed good athletic ability in Indianapolis, running 4.75 with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Russell offers big-time tools, but was seen as an underachiever at Purdue, and NFL scouts have questioned his toughness. He would appear to be a boom-or-bust prospect.
May 2 - 3:02 PM

Cowboys selected Minnesota LB Damien Wilson with the No. 127 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Wilson (6'0/245) spent two seasons as a Gopher after transferring from community college, racking up 16 tackles for loss as a 24-game starter. He was a second-team All-Big Ten by the conference's coaches as a senior. Long armed (33 3/4") and a plus athlete, Wilson runs 4.77 with a 37-inch vertical and 9-foot-11 broad jump. Wilson plays hard and made a ton of tackles in college, but he was too frequently victimized on long runs on tape, either because he couldn't detach from blocks or simply overran plays. He's a project with tools-based upside.
May 2 - 1:21 PM

Before the draft, Randy Gregory requested the Cowboys put structures in place similar to the ones used with Dez Bryant to help keep him out of trouble as he transitions to the NFL.

A failed drug test and inconsistent behavior in the pre-draft process prompted Gregory's precipitous fall in the draft, but his pre-draft conversation with the Cowboys made the team feel comfortable enough to take him in the second round. A top-ten talent, Gregory could be a steal if he stays out of trouble. Dallas will do everything in their power to ensure he does.
May 2 - 11:36 AM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said WLB Sean Lee (ACL surgery) "looks fantastic."

Jones added Lee is "ready to go." A top-flight defender when healthy, Lee has only played 17 games over the last three seasons. After playing as a middle linebacker his entire career, Dallas is moving Lee to the weak side in an effort to keep him healthy.
May 2 - 11:10 AM

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, "some people in the league think there are mental health issues" with Cowboys DE Randy Gregory.

NFL Media previously reported there is "concern about Gregory’s ability to handle the mental rigors of professional football." The Cowboys, always willing to take risks with troubled players, thought about taking him at No. 27 overall. Instead they got Gregory at No. 60.
May 1 - 11:34 PM

Cowboys selected Florida OT Chaz Green with the No. 91 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Green (6'5/315) bookended D.J. Humphries for the Gators, making 30 career starts at various positions on the line. He showed above-average athleticism in Indianapolis, running 5.16 with a 29 1/2-inch vertical. Short on strength, Green projects as a liability in the run game and was only functional as a college pass blocker. He does have an NFL body and enough versatility to potentially develop into a "swing" type backup. After stealing Byron Jones and Randy Gregory in the first two rounds, the Cowboys reached with this pick.
May 1 - 10:59 PM

Cowboys selected Nebraska DE Randy Gregory with the No. 60 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The Cowboys stop Gregory's fall as they had a dire need off the edge after RE Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension. Based on talent alone, Gregory was a top-10 prospect in this class before mental capability and off-field character issues torpedoed his stock. Gregory (6'5/235) spent two seasons as a Cornhusker after transferring from JUCO, earning first-team All-Big Ten in each year. He posted 17.5 career sacks and 29 tackles for loss. Gregory ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 36 1/2-inch vertical, showing burst in a 10-foot-5 broad jump. Long armed (34") and lean, Gregory is built like a cross between Jason Taylor and Leonard Little and can convert speed to power. He also held up well as a college run defender despite playing at around 220 last year. Gregory has loads of room for growth. He will enter the NFL already in the league's substance-abuse program after testing positive for marijuana at the Combine.
May 1 - 9:14 PM

ESPN New York reprots Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory has "serious character concerns that go beyond multiple failed drug tests."

"Gregory is a good kid, but he has a lot of things going on – medical, psychological and emotional issues that need to be looked at," an anonymous NFC scout told reporter Rich Cimini. The report comes two days after multiple NFL personnel men told NFL.com they were concerned about Gregory's ability to "handle the mental rigors of professional football." Gregory should come off the board in Round 2, but it's becoming clearer why he didn't go on Day 1.
May 1 - 1:31 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Nebraska DE/OLB Randy Gregory is on the Bucs' draft board.

It's notable, because it would appear Gregory was removed from some teams' boards. Tampa picks at No. 34 overall on Friday evening, and needs to goose a pass rush that generated just 36 sacks last season.
May 1 - 1:13 PM


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