We have a special challenge for you today. Submit a list of up to 30 players, irrespective of round, that you think the Cowboys will draft or sign as undrafted free agents. How you arrive at your selection is entirely up to you. You can carpet-bomb the first three rounds; you can focus on specific positions; you can look at the list of players the Cowboys invited for pre-draft visits or local "Dallas day" workouts; anything goes, but you've got to stick to 30 players.
One of the interesting aspects of working with a 30-name list is that it forces you to make some hard choices: do you really pick a running back for every round; are you going to go out on a limb for that small-school free agent; what's your position on safeties; just how many defensive linemen can the Cowboy really draft; will a linebacker increase or decrease your chances of getting more picks right; are you going to plan for a trade-down or not? Lots of questions that you'll need to address as you whittle down the names on your board.
Using the 'Little Board' format that rabblerousr has been championing here on BTB, rabble and I will submit our Top 30, and I'll go first:
|First Round||Second Round
|DE||Owa Odighizuwa||Eli Harold||Mario Edwards||Frank Clark|
||Gabe Martin||Mark Nzeocha
Many of my picks have been to Dallas for pre-draft visits or had workouts with the Cowboys. Of course, I could be - and probably am - completely wrong about all of this. But that's for you and me to find out next weekend.
|First Round||Second Round
|Frank Clark||Obum Gwacham|
|DT||Carl Davis||Xavier Cooper||Chucky Hunter|
||Eric Kendricks||Benardrick McKinney||Kwon Alexander||Damien Wilson||Gabe Martin|
|CB||Kevin Johnson||Jalen Collins||Josh Shaw||Alex Carter
|OL||Laurence Gibson||Chaz Green||Ian Silberman|
|WR||Chris Conley||Ty Montgomery|
||Duke Johnson||T.J. Yeldon||Thomas Rawls|
||Bryce Petty||Chris Bonner|
Rabblerousr felt that there were only two players worth the 27th overall pick, also populated his list with a lot of official pre-draft visitors and Dallas Day participants, and wondered whether a winning strategy here would be to target the late round guys, since the Cowboys seem to sign a lot of their off-the radar invitees to UDFA deals...
Over to you: Put together your 30 picks. Keep the format simple. We'll award one point for each correct name you've predicted. There's no time limit for this, but the start of the draft next Thursday will be an obvious cut-off point
For easy legibility, use this or a similar format to post your selections in the comments below:
1st Round: Kevin Johnson, Byron Jones, Dorial Green-Beckham, Shane Ray, Eddie Goldman
2nd Round: Eli Harold, Carl Davis, Benardrick McKinney, P.J. Williams, Damarious Randall, Jay Ajayi, Tevin Coleman
3rd Round: Mario Edwards, Xavier Cooper, Josh Shaw, Daryl Williams, T.J. Yeldon, Buck Allen
4th Round: Frank Clark, Rakeem Nunez-Roches, Jordan Hicks, Tyrus Thompson
5th Round: Craig Mager, Chris Hackett, Chaz Green
7th Round: Tyeler Davison, Mario Alford, Sam Carter, Hutson Mason, Zack Wagenmann
Your reward? Some fun in compiling your list of 30 names and bragging rights for whoever gets the most picks right.
You may think this is an exercise in futility, as there's no way to pick a few names out of a pool of 400 or so draft eligible players from which the Cowboys are likely to chose. But that's not necessarily the case.
In 2013, BTB-member starmesh23 hit on six players that ended up with the Cowboys after the draft, four draft picks (Frederick, Williams, Wilcox, Randle) and two free agents (Magee, Hamilton).
In 2014, 86 BTB members participated in this exercise, and found out the hard way that in spite of nine draft picks by the Cowboys, predicting who the Cowboys would pick proved very tough. Of the 86 submitted lists of names, 55 hit on Zack Martin and 51 hit on DeMarcus Lawrence, but it got pretty bleak after that. In fact, the next best picks were Davon Coleman and Chris Whaley, two guys who ended up signing with the Cowboys as undrafted free agents.
Five Cowboys draft picks (Anthony Hitchens, Ben Gardner, Will Smith, Ahmad Dixon and Terrance Mitchell) did not get a single mention in the 86 lists.
Here's an overview of the 18 participants last year who got the most picks right.
|Results 2014 Prediction Challenge|
|dallasdan||1||1||- -||1||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||5|
|YumaCactus||- -||1||- -||1||1||1||1||- -||- -||- -||5|
|rabblerousr||1||1||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|Rev.Trublue||1||1||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|It's Our Deztiny88||1||1||- -||1||- -||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|FlyingSquirrelTyphus||1||1||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|Crunchberry||1||1||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|skinny post||1||1||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|TheIronCowboy09||1||1||- -||- -||1||- -||- -||1||- -||- -||4|
|Becho||1||1||- -||- -||1||- -||1||- -||- -||- -||4|
|LivingInTheWow||1||1||- -||- -||1||- -||- -||- -||1||- -||4|
|cOUboy12||1||1||- -||- -||1||- -||1||- -||- -||- -||4|
|DeLeon||1||1||- -||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|WA_Cowboy||1||1||- -||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|lbm||1||1||- -||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|Witten mittens||1||- -||- -||- -||1||1||- -||1||- -||- -||4|
|Desertcowboy817||- -||1||- -||1||1||1||- -||- -||- -||- -||4|
|OCC||- -||1||- -||- -||1||1||- -||- -||- -||1||4|
|All 86 predictions||55||52||3||15||31||28||12||3||3||1||- -|
Honorable mention goes to BigBad Joe, icebowl68, and Dallas Cowboys fan for including Devin Street in their predictions.
The Cowboys have seven picks this year versus the nine picks they had last year. And to increase the odds of hitting on at least some of them, we're increasing the number of allowable prospects on your prediction list to 30, where in the previous years we limited it to 25.
Can someone get more than five 2015 Cowboys rookies right?