1st (6) Morris Claiborne (5'11"/188lbs) LSU
NFL Comparison: Patrick Peterson (worst case) or Aqib Talib (worst case). Claiborne is pretty unique so I don't have a "best case" player comparison for him. His floor is comparable to that of Peterson or Talib (on the field) because of his ball skills. He'll be a slightly shorter but more polished combination of the two and should retire as a Dallas Cowboy sometime in the 2020s.
3rd (81) Tyrone Crawford (6'4"/276lbs) Boise State
NFL Comparison: Jason Jones (best case) or Austen Lane (worst case). Crawford should give us some power rush ability as a tackle in a four man front (mostly nickel) this year with the ability to grow into an adequately sized five technique over time. If not, he'll end us a depth player for a few years before moving on in free agency to a 4-3 team.
4th (113) Kyle Wilber (6'4"/249lbs) Wake Forest
NFL Comparison: Mathias Kiwanuka (best case) or Shawn Crable (worst case). Like Kiwanuka, Wilber is a bit of a DE/LB tweener. He'll have to rely on his instincts, motor and technique to be a long-term starter in the NFL. Otherwise, his stiffness will cause him to flame out of the league in a year or two like Shawn Crable.
4th (135) Matt Johnson (6'1"/212lbs) Eastern Washington
NFL Comparison: Eric Weddle (best case) or John Wendling (worst case). Some have said that Johnson could be our version of Jim Leonhard. I think that comparison is off base given Matt Johnson's size and athleticism. I think he has the potential to be the next Eric Weddle (a strong safety with free safety ball skills and leadership traits) or John Wendling (a special teams monster).
5th (152) Danny Coale (6'0"/201lbs) Virginia Tech
6th (182) James Hanna (6'4"/252lbs) Oklahoma
NFL Comparison: Dennis Pitta (best case) or Chase Coffman (worst case). Although some might hope or wish that he's the second coming of Jimmy Graham or Aaron Hernandez, James Hanna's body type and skill set projects a career more like Dennis Pitta or Chase Coffman.
7th (222) Caleb McSurdy (6'1"/245lbs) Mon
NFL Comparison: Brandon Siler (best case), David Vobora (worst case at LB) or Bruce Miller (worst case at FB). Caleb McSurdy has been described as a football player who lacks the physical skill set of a starter in the NFL. Either the Cowboys will hit a home run in the 7th round or McSurdy will be a bottom of the roster linebacker (Vobora was 2008's Mr. Irrelevant) or practice squad candidate (Miller was converted from DE to FB by the 49ers)
Other than the obvious (Claiborne at #6 overall), which pick by the Dallas Cowboys presents the best combination of risk versus reward?
Tyrone Crawford (63 votes)
Kyle Wilber (21 votes)
Matt Johnson (111 votes)
Danny Coale (32 votes)
James Hanna (21 votes)
Caleb McSurdy (8 votes)
256 total votes