Fans who have their heart set on the Ohio State pass rusher may want to tap the brakes a bit.
This past Friday, the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff, including head coach Jason Garrett, went to Ohio State to work out their contingent of draft prospects. Two of the blue-chip players from the University intriguing the Cowboys are running back Ezekiel Elliott and defensive end Joey Bosa.
It appears Garrett and Co. left Columbus with a tinge of disappointment regarding Bosa.
Rod Marinelli and company got a good look at one of the draft's top prospects.
The top prospects whom the Cowboys will likely select from fourth overall in the upcoming draft have been known for some time. One of those touted names is Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. In fact, the Cowboys staff spent time this week privately working out Bosa and his teammates at Ohio State.
Bosa was asked to run the 3 cone shuttle, but instead he did this...
Cowboys 2016 Draft: Five Defensive Ends To Get To Know - Ryan Ratty, BTB
If the Cowboys pass on Joey Bosa, then they will be looking elsewhere for pass rush help. Our own Ryan Ratty takes a look at some post-first round options at defensive end that you might want to familiarize yourself with.
Jonathan Bullard, Florida
There is a possibility of Bullard falling to the Cowboys' second-round pick. If that happens, I'm a huge advocate of him being their guy. Watching his tape, Bullard is extremely disruptive. He has decent length and a good, NFL-ready build. He's extremely strong in terms of line play. He has a low center of gravity, allowing him to grapple with opposing offensive lineman and then use his strength to simply move guys out of the way. He's a versatile player that could be a real impact player with the coaching of Rod Marinelli.
Trade Down? Top 5 potential NFL Draft trade partners for Cowboys - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire
The idea of trading back is starting to gain more popularity as of late, but in order to make that happen, you need a trading partner. KD offers up five teams that might be willing to play ball with the Cowboys.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (currently picking 9th)
The Bucs need defensive help in the worst way, all along the line as well as in the secondary. Hurdling Jacksonville and Baltimore might not get them one of the draft’s top two defensive choices, but it could be the move they need to draft "their guy". Trade proposal: Dallas sends their 1st and 4th (1896 pts) to Tampa for their 1st, 2nd and 4th (1938 pts).
Rankins Ranking? DT draft prospect could be interior rusher Cowboys covet - Shawn Kairschner, Cowboys Wire
If the Cowboys do move back, they could have their eyes set on the standout defensive tackle from Louisville. Shawn Kairschner puts together a collection of great scouting reports for Sheldon Rankins.
Although undersized, Rankins boasts excellent quickness (a 4.59 short shuttle), burst and lower-body explosiveness (34.5-inch vertical jump). As this suggests, he wins with quickness rather than power, penetrating into the backfield to disrupt the running game and to move quarterbacks off their marks. He’s versatile; at Louisville, he played all along the Cardinals’ three-man front. At present, Rankins is a better run than pass rusher, but scouts feel that he’s capable of developing into a dominant three-down player.
Jason Garrett Gives His Thoughts On Three Cowboys Free Agency Signings - Staff, The Mothership
Coach Garrett spoke about the Cowboys new free agent additions, including teams new running back.
RB Alfred Morris
"We’ve had a chance to play against him a couple times a year throughout his career," Garrett said. "He’s always been very productive in our games. He’s always been productive really with the opportunities he’s gotten throughout this career. He’s a very impressive back to us. He’s a natural runner. He’s just a good football player and anybody who’s had a chance to go against him as much as we have and seen him as much as we have, we just have a real healthy respect for him. Darren McFadden is a guy that we have on our roster that we think a lot of. Lance Dunbar is a guy who’s coming off of an injury – excited to get him back in the fold. And we just thought adding Alfred to the team would help our running game. He’s an accomplished player, productive player. We’re excited to have him. "The best runners I’ve been around, they get hit at three yards and they make four and a half and five. They get hit at five and they make six or seven. And he’s done that throughout his career regardless of what the run style is."
Cowboys confident they have a gem in RB Morris - Staff, Amarillo Globe-News
The Cowboys didn't just get themselves a running back, they got a high character guy who will be great for the locker room.
The Cowboys know they’re getting a player who fits into the culture Garrett has tried to establish with what he calls the "right kind of guys," and they hope they’re right in their belief that Morris still has a lot to offer on the field. During training camp a few years ago, Morris befriended an elderly woman at Washington’s team hotel and remained in contact with her. One of seven boys in his family, Morris also was known for hanging out before home games with the FedEx Field stadium crew, from ushers to the security. Stephen Jones described Morris "as a great person on and off the field."
Why new Cowboy Alfred Morris makes millions, but drives a 1991 Mazda - Staff, SportsDay
If you're looking for a reason to love the Cowboys new running back, this story will certainly help. He seems like a down to earth guy who doesn't take anything for granted. I think I'm going to end up liking him a lot.
Alfred Morris, who signed a two-year $3.5 million deal, with a chance to earn up to $5.5 million, has made millions in his four previous NFL seasons. But as of last season, he still drives a car he originally bought for $2 from his pastor. Morris refers to his 1991 Mazda 626 Sedan, which he drove up to Washington from Florida after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2012 draft, as "The Bentley."
Just another reason to root for him to hit his incentives built into his contract.
10 quarterbacks Dallas Cowboys could target in 2016 NFL Draft - Jon Machota, SportsDay
The Cowboys will have some options come draft time, and could take advantage if the right one falls to them.
3.) Paxton Lynch, Memphis.
The Cowboys got a chance to put Lynch through a private workout last week in Orlando. Lynch didn't have many offers coming out of high school but evolved into a great fit for Memphis' uptempo offense. Biggest win while at Memphis: The Tigers upset Ole Miss, 37-24, last season as Lynch passed for 384 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT.
What Free Agent QBs Are Still Available? - Jess Haynie, Inside The Star
The Cowboys had addressed many positions during free agency, but the backup QB isn't one of them. The lack of a viable signing at quarterback are making fans wince. Maybe the Cowboys have a good plan when the drafts gets here. So, does this mean they are done in free agency? Jess Haynie takes a look at some remaining FA options. WARNING: it's not pretty.
Cowboys 1st + 10: Jerry Jones the scientist sounds off on head injuries - Matthew Postins, Scout
Jerry Jones has gotten a lot better when it comes to the crazy things he divulges to the media, however, recently it appears he has fallen off the wagon.
The media took Jones for a ride after his comments. The New York Post [sic] had the best cover, a photo of Jones pointing at the camera with the headline "Brain Dead." Appropriate, given the context. This is always the danger with Jones — he'll answer any question, even ones that he probably shouldn't.