What The Dallas Cowboys Can Expect With Their 2014 NFL Draft Picks

Ronald Martinez

A quick look at five year's worth of players selected with the draft picks the Cowboys currently hold in the first five rounds of the 2014 NFL draft.

The NFL recently finalized the full order for the May 8-10 draft. The Dallas Cowboys have eleven selection in total in the 2014 NFL draft, including three compensatory picks in the seventh round.

Here are the players selected in the first five rounds in the past five years with the picks the Cowboys hold this year:

First round: No. 16 overall

2013: EJ Manuel, QB, Buffalo
2012: Quinton Coples, DE, New York Jets
2011: Ryan Kerrigan`*, DE, Washington
2010: Derrick Morgan, DE, Tennessee
2009: Larry English, LB, San Diego

Second round: No. 47 overall

2013: Gavin Escobar, TE, Dallas
2012: Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle
2011: Lance Kendricks, TE, St. Louis
2010: Daryl Washington*, LB, Arizona
2009: Michael Mitchell, DB, Oakland

Third round: No. 78 overall

2013: Marquise Goodwin, WR, Buffalo
2012: Michael Egnew, TE, Miami
2011: Austin Pettis, WR, St. Louis
2010: Brandon LaFell, WR, Carolina
2009: Louis Vasquez*, G, San Diego

Fourth round: No. 119 overall

2013: Phillip Thomas, SS, Washington
2012: Keenan Robinson, LB, Washington
2011: Delone Carter, RB, Indianapolis
2010: A.J. Edds, LB, Miami
2009: D.J. Moore, DB, Chicago

Fifth round: No. 158 overall

2013: Luke Willson, TE, Seattle
2012: Jack Crawford, DE, Oakland
2011: Jermale Hines, DB, St. Louis
2010: Matt Tennant, C, New Orleans
2009: Cody Glenn, LB, Washington

There's a (remote) chance that the Cowboys could end up with a haul that includes three Pro Bowlers, denoted above with a (*), and a lineup featuring the equivalent of DE Ryan Kerrigan, LB Daryl Washington, OG Louis Vasquez, DB D.J. Moore and TE Luke Willson. But there are also many more permutations possible that would be much less favorable.

How the 2014 draft class ultimately turns out is of course contingent on how the rookies meet the expectations the Cowboys have in them, and that is perhaps best summarized by coach Garrett:

"We use the expression, ‘If we,’" Garrett said. "If we evaluated these guys the right way and saw them the right way, we feel good about their potential to compete as starters, compete for roles or be special teams guys.

"If they are who we think they are, you have a great chance of having a good draft."

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