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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys Are "Better, More Complete Team" After Draft

Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys wisely followed their board, even if it meant missing out on a running back; Even the rookies are "raving about their interactions with Marinelli"; Undrafted free agents make their way to Dallas this week.

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Gosselin: Cowboys are better, more complete team after the draft | Dallas Morning News
Gosselin gives his summary of the draft.

The 2015 draft cemented the holes in the depth chart. Jones gives the Cowboys size, speed and playmaking ability in the secondary. Third-rounder Chaz Green gives them depth on the offensive line, fourth-rounder Damien Wilson supplies some much-needed size at linebacker, fifth-rounder Ryan Russell gives Rod Marinelli another quality body for his defensive line rotation and seventh-rounder Geoff Swaim returns a blocking tight end to the offense.

The Cowboys are a better team, a more complete team, than they were one week ago. They stuck to their board, letting the players dictate the flow of the draft, not any team need. Which is why there was no running back in the mix.

Jason Garrett lauds the Cowboys draft-board discipline | Clarence Hill, The Star Telegram
Even though it eventually meant not getting a running back, the Cowboys stuck to their board all the way through the draft, Garrett said.

"We try to be disciplined to the draft board," coach Jason Garrett said. "Certainly there were some needs or perceived needs on the team in areas that we needed to address. But one of the best things we have done around here in the last four or five drafts is we haven’t reached for things. We have been very disciplined. This player is someone we like at this particular time and he fits here. Having a vision for him now and having a vision for him going forward. It turns out we drafted more guys on defense.

Maybe we wanted to address some the situations a little more there, but I do think within that we did a good job having discipline. We drafted an offensive player when we thought that was appropriate and a defensive players when we thought that was appropriate. Hopefully that will give us a good chance to bring some good players in here."

Sturm’s Morning After Draft Day 2: Why Cowboys get an A+ | Dallas Morning News
Bob Sturm explains why getting Randy Gregory was the right decision - even if that meant not taking a running back.

They took the best player available (by a mile) and did not panic about a RB because they calculated the risk vs reward values of each option and did what we tell them to do. The right thing. The smart thing. Really. I am not kidding. Taking a player in the NFL drug program before he even gets drafted is the smart thing.

Why? The risk vs reward on Randy Gregory at #60 is about the safest bet a team can ever make. It is a safer bet than Dez Bryant by a mile. It is a safer bet than Greg Hardy by 10 miles. The 60th pick of the NFL draft in 2014 (Kony Ealy) was given a 4-year contract with $1.2m guaranteed and a total value of $3.5m. So, for about 900k a year, you have what many thought would be a Top 5 pick until he failed a drug test at the combine. Would Duke Johnson have been safer and more comfortable for all involved? Yes. But, there comes a price where Gregory cannot be ignored. This is not a man with an arrest record, nor is it a man who is thought of as a bad guy. He has issues and those are worthy of attention for sure.

But, for now, I have nothing but the highest compliments for the Cowboys with Picks #27 and #60. I think they hit this one out of the park.

Marinelli’s fingerprints on this draft class | Rainer Sabin, Dallas Morning News
Not only did the Cowboys invest a lot of draft capital in defensive players, those players "raved about their interactions with Marinelli."

"He was awesome," Byron Jones said.

"He’s an amazing coach and [has] an amazing football mind," Ryan Russell echoed.

Todd McShay details his favorite picks from the 2015 NFL draft - ESPN Insider
McShay gives the full rundown of his favorite pick from each team in the 2015 NFL draft. For the Cowboys, that's none other than Randy Gregory.

He is the best edge rusher in this draft with his combination of length, explosiveness and ability to convert speed to power. If the Cowboys can surround him with a good support system, he could really upgrade their pass rush and the defense overall.

Cowboys committed to support Gregory, who must reciprocate | Clarence Hill, The Star Telegram
Hill details some of the support structure Gregory will get in Dallas.

The Cowboys will provide round-the-clock assistance for Gregory and possibly an accountability partner. It’s nothing they haven’t done with other players before, though each situation is different.

Jones has gone as far as to help former cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pay his bills and has acknowledged that he has co-signed on checks for Bryant.

Brandon Carr among veterans on notice after team's top picks - SI.com
Doug Farrar looks at veterans who could be on their way out in the near future after their team's top draft picks, and argues that Brandon Carr may be such a veteran.

The Cowboys took Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones with the 27th pick, and the highly athletic Jones should be a natural fit in Rod Marinelli's defense. One of the few players who didn't benefit from Marinelli's outstanding tutelage in 2014 was Carr, who signed a five-year, $50.1 million contract in 2012 but played at a veteran minimum level in 2014. Carr allowed six touchdowns and a 116.6 quarterback rating while picking off exactly zero passes. He's going to be a $12.7 million cap albatross this season, and the dead money precludes a cut, so the famously creative Cowboys should be talking to Carr loudly about a contract restructure. If that doesn't happen, the Cowboys might investigate making Carr a post-June 1 cut and eating $4.7 million.

2015 NFL Mock Draft: Could Randy Gregory be the No. 1 overall pick? - CBSSports.com
Bob Sturm pointed out this mock draft by Dane Brugler from November last year, which had Randy Gregory going as the number one overall pick. Food for thought.

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Bill Belichick on the challenge that awaits each drafted player in the NFL - Adam Shefter
This has absolutely nothing to do with the Cowboys specifically, but I thought I'd share it here anyway, as it has everything to do with what the Cowboys rookies will face.

"The biggest challenge for all these players is to get on our program.

For the last six months, they’ve been a man without a country. They have no team, they have their own individual, whatever it is, situation, and they’re trying to figure out, ‘How do I best get ready for the NFL?’ And that is all 32 teams or however many it is showing interest in them and trying to figure out, ‘How do I prepare for that?’ Each guy has been an independent contractor; they’ve been on their own whatever it is: their own trainer, their own training system, their agent, whatever they’ve been doing.

And right now, that’s all changed and they can forget about all that and they need to become New England Patriots. That’s what we’re going to start getting to work on. They’ve got to get out of that mentality of ‘I’ll get up when I feel like it. I’ll go to work when I feel like it. I’ll eat where [I feel like it]. All that. I’ll train the way I want to train.’

They’re done with that. That will be a huge adjustment for them. I don’t care where they came from, I don’t care what position they play. None of that makes any difference. They haven’t been doing it and they’re going to start doing it and they’re going to start doing a lot of it. They’re going to be doing it for day after day after day for a long time going forward – if they can, if they’re successful. That will be a big adjustment for them. It will be a big adjustment for every rookie because none of them have been doing that.

Welcome to the NFL. That will start Thursday. They’ll get a big dose of New England Patriots football over the next whatever we’ve got, six weeks – however long it is. We’ll give them everything we can in heavy doses, try to get them ready for training camp and they’ll get even more then. The strong will survive. The other ones will fall off. And we’ll keep going."

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Lucky Whitehead to sign with Cowboys - Sun Sentinel
Whitehead, who was the best offensive player for FAU last season, said he expects to sign a deal with the Cowboys in the next couple of days.

Whitehead’s role with the Cowboys will be primarily as a kickoff and punt return specialist. At FAU, he displayed his speed in several areas, whether as a returner, slot receiver or carrying the ball out of the backfield. Whitehead averaged 24.6 yards as a kick returner last year.

One reason Whitehead choose the Cowboys was because are in need of a returner. Receiver Dwayne Harris, who was the primary returner last season for the Cowboys, signed a five-year deal with the New York Giants in March.

George Farmer Signed by Cowboys as Undrafted Free Agent - Reign Of Troy.com
Despite limited production at USC, the Cowboys bring in wide receiver George Farmer as an undrafted free agent. During USC's Pro Day, Farmer showed just how fast he is, running a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash.

Farmer was always considered a long shot to be drafted, he brings plenty of upside to the NFL level with blazing speed that could make him a viable deep ball target. Though he never made the impact at USC that he was expected to as a five-star receiver in 2011, but that was mostly due to Farmer’s struggles to stay healthy. He missed the entirety of the 2013 season with an ACL tear and was hampered in both 2012 and 2014 for various weeks.

Georgia Tech B-back Synjyn Days joins Cowboys as undrafted rookie | www.ajc.com
Days’ father confirmed on Saturday that his son has agreed to an undrafted rookie free agent deal with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys closed the deal with Days just minutes after the draft ended, an indication of the priority the team placed on the running back from Hillgrove High. Days finished the season with 924 yards and nine touchdowns with a 5.9 yards per carry average, showing power, burst and speed. He memorably finished his Tech career with a 171-yard, three-touchdown game in the Orange Bowl against Mississippi State.

Former UH receiver Deontay Greenberry signs with Dallas Cowboys - Houston Chronicle
Greenberry has signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Greenberry enjoyed his best season as a sophomore in 2013, when he led the American Athletic Conference in receptions (82) and yards (1,202) and was second in touchdowns (11). Although his production dipped slightly last season, Greenberry still finished with respectable numbers: 72 receptions, 841 yards and six touchdowns. He struggled, however, with 11 dropped passes that tied for second most in Football Bowl Subdivision.

Illinois Football: TE Jon Davis signs with Cowboys - Writing Illini.com
Jon Davis will also show up at rookie minicamp this weekend. Davis just got picked up by the Dallas Cowboys and

I think they just got a gem. He was more of an H-Back with the Illinois football team but could be used as a tight end as well. Davis is a big body that will probably be a utility man for the Cowboys.

Pitt safety Ray Vinopal signs with Cowboys - Cardiac Hill
The Pitt safety will reportedly sign a free agent deal with the Cowboys, where he'll be re-united with former pitt wideout Devin Street. Vinopal leaves Pitt after starting at safety the past two seasons. During that time, he had a total of five interceptions and five tackles for loss, and was the team's second leading tackler in 2013. He recorded 151 tackles in his 26 games as a starter. At 5'10, 197, Vinopal runs a 4.49 40 and has a SPARQ of 118.1, an NFL percentile of 48%.

Former Baylor WR Antwan Goodley finds NFL home with Dallas Cowboys | Dallas Morning News
Goodley agreed to terms with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.

Goodley broke onto the scene as a junior, posting 1,339 yards and 13 on the way to All-America honors. He took a step back in 2014 thanks to a quad injury, but still accumulated 830 yards and six touchdowns in a stacked wide receiver rotation. Baylor won a Big 12 Championship in both seasons.

Goodley was projected as a fourth round pick by NFL.com, but struggled with inconsistent hands during his time at Baylor. He would seem to have an excellent chance of making Dallas’ NFL roster.

"Air Canada" lands tryout with Dallas Cowboys | Kryk Slants
Undrafted Mississauga and Southern Alabama QB Brandon Bridge will get a tryout at the Cowboys rookie minicamp this weekend. More details on Bridge right here.

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