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National Football Post's grades for Cowboys' Picks and UDFAs

 

Click here if you want a detailed read up on the 2010 NFL Draft Prospects. The link is to NFP (National Football Post), the have scouting reports for practically every player drafted or signed; as well as assigning grades to those players.

Click here if you want to see an explanation of their grading system; on a scale from 4.0 (Undraftable)-8.0 (Instantly the best player at his position in the NFL). The highest grade given out this year was 7.5

Here are NFP's grade for our 2010 Rookies

1) Dez Bryant: Listed as the top wide receiver in this year's draft. Grade: 7.0, this means he is projected to start his in the first game he plays since he has the physical attributes to create mismatches vs most opponents and thus become a featured player. 

2) Sean Lee: Listed as the 3rd best inside linebacker in this year's draft. Grade: 6.2, this means that despite the fact he has one deficient area of his physical attributes that he can never overcome, he has still been enough of a productive player with the potential to become a starter at his position. In Lee's case, I think he was given a 6.2 only because of concerns about his knee injury from 2008.

3) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah: Listed as the 10th best CB prospect in this year's draft. Grade: 6.1, this means he is a clean prospect who will need time and developement in order to contribute; physically, this player has all the tools to be an NFL starter, but has yet to develope them due to level of competition (in AOA's case). They project him to be a starter at either safety or corner.

4) Sam Young: Listed as the 19th best O-Tackle prospect in this year's draft. Grade: 5.7, this means he fits the category of a backup caliber prospect. A player with this grade is viewed as nothing more than a backup player with "spot' contribution due to physical deficiencies that cannot be overcome, but still taking into consideration that they were productive.

5) Jamar Wall: Listed as the 50th best CB prospect in this year's draft. Grade: 5.5, this means he's viewed as a free agent type player who brings athletic ability, character, and competitiveness.

6) Sean Lissenmore: Listed as the 26th best DT prospect in this year's draft. Grade: 5.6, this means he's viewed as a free agent type player who brings speed, character, and competitiveness. They have no information on him other than the grade he was assigned because he wasn't heavily scouted.

7) Matt Nichols: Listed as the 26th best QB prospect. Grade: 5.5 (see Jamar Wall).

8) Alfonso Greer was not scouted by NFP.

9) Terrell Hudgins: Listed as the 63rd best WR prospect. Grade: 5.4,  Free agent with size, character, and competitiveness. They have no scouting report on him.

10) Verran Tucker: Listed as the 37th best WR prospect. Grade: 5.6 (See Sean Lissenmore). The scouting report they have on him is as follows: Struggles to consistently catch the ball; Is not physical and can be knocked around and battered by any kind of bump off the line; has some intriguing upside, as he gets up to speed quickly and eats up the cushion well off the line, gets on top of corners quickly, has straighline speed to threaten the field vertically, does a nice job getting out of his breaks and exhibits balance as a route runner. Aside from his hands, concentration seems to be an issue as well.

11) Lonyae Miller: Listed as the 30th best RB prospect. Grade: 5.5 (See Jamar Wall). Essentially the scouting report views him as a 3rd running back on the depth chart AT BEST.

12) Will Barker: LISTED AS THE 10TH BEST O-TACKLE PROSPECT. GRADE: 6.2 The reason he went under the radar is because a) he's a RT only prospect who b) happend to play for UVA which wasn't that great of an offense this past season. Here's the linkt to NFP's 2010 Draft Stock Watch. He's considered to be a starting RT.

13) Mike Tepper: Listed as the 16th best O-Tackle prospect. Grade: 5.8, to make a long story short, he's viewed as a backup for now, but the NFP scouting report thinks he can develop into a starting right tackle.

14) Chet Teofilo was not scouted by NFP.

15) Phil Costa: Listed as the 44th best Guard prospect. Grade: 5.1, a free agent with character and competitiveness. Translation, he's slightly better than a "CAMP BODY."

16) Nick Tow-Arnett: I couldn't find information on this guy.

17) Chris Gronkowski: Listed as the 10th best FB prospect. Grade: 5.4 to make a long story short, at best he's described as receiving full back who lacks strength, explosiveness, while possessing average first step.

18) Junior Aumavae: I found nothing on this guy.

19) Barry Church: Listed as the 28th best SS prospect. Grade: 5.4. Click on his name to read his profile. I can't put it nicely.

20)  Bryan McCann: Listed as the 31st best CB prospect. Grade: 5.7 Although he's viewed as a backup prospect they feel he's got a chance to make an NFL roster because of his bump and run coverage, he's not comfortable playing off a receiver.

21) Danny McCray, I found nothing on this guy.

22) Lorenzo Washington: Listed as the 27th best DE prospect. Grade 5.5 (See Jamar Wall). According to his scouting profile, he's considered to be a 3-4 defensive end. While he is athletic enough at 6-4 288 to line up all over the defensive line and drop into coverage, he's also got great length and closing speed. Negatives, he can't shed blocks regularly, he can be easily turned away from the ball and can be slow off the snap.

My Prediction: Bryant, Lee, AOA, Lissenmore, Wall, McCann, and Barker will all definately be on the 53 man roster. I think either Tepper or Young will be assigned to the practice squad along with Tucker, Nichols, Miller, Church, and Washington. I think Gronkowski has a chance to be an H-back but I don't know one way or another from the info about him to make a prediction about him making the roster or practice squad. Depending on the status of Crayton and Hurd, I think Manuel Johnson and Jesse Holley will earn a spot on the roster for special teams purposes as well as depth.

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