By virtue of letting DeMarco Murray and Jermey Parnell walk in free agency last season, the Cowboys would've been awarded two fourth-round picks. However, after adding Greg Hardy, the Cowboys went from two fourth-round compensatory picks to just one. But they still have one and given how deep this draft class is at certain positions, the Cowboys will be in great position to add a guy who can immediately make an impact and play a role on this roster.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have posted articles about players who may fall to the following round. Today's article will consist of players the Cowboys will be able to choose from with their compensatory pick. Unfortunately for Dallas, who hold four compensatory draft picks, the NFL will not allow teams to trade comp picks until nest season. Let's take a look at five players that could be available for the Cowboys when the 135th overall pick comes up.
Yannick Ngakoue, Defensive End, Maryland
There seems to be a lot of hype on Ngakoue and it comes with good reason. He's an athletic specimen that can simply jump out of the gym. Ngakoue sparks the Cowboys' interest for a variety of reasons. Dallas loves speedy rushers with explosiveness. I'd like to see him improve with his get-off and his initial contact, but there is a player to be molded with Ngakoue's potential that could intrigue the combination of Rod Marinelli and Leon Lett.
Terrance Smith, Linebacker, Florida State
Another player the Cowboys have shown interest in is Smith. Coming from Florida State, Smith has been surrounded by some of the best talent in the nation. Dallas' odds of drafting a linebacker are about as high as the sun coming up tomorrow so it's a safe bet that Smith will be in play for the Cowboys at some point in the draft. Smith can play both as a Sam and a Will in the Cowboys' scheme and while his tackling skills may need to be refined, he fits the "Right Kinda Guy" image Jason Garrett likes in his football players.
Miles Killebrew, Safety, Southern Utah
Yet another player the Cowboys have shown interest in. Coming from little-known Southern Utah, a school that will actually produce three players to the NFL this offseason, it took awhile for the national media to check out Killebrew. But it needs to be said how big of a presence he can bring to a secondary. At 6' 3, 225 pounds, Killebrew is one of the bigger box safeties you will find in this year's draft. If the Cowboys want to find a rover type of defensive player, a la Deone Bucannon, Killebrew might be a decent pick.
James Bradberry, Cornerback, Samford
It may be something of a trend, but the Cowboys have had talks with Bradberry dating back to the East-West Shrine Game. Bradberry is an intriguing player because he provides length and range, two things that will be of amazing use in the Cowboys' defense, a defense that predominately plays zone coverage rather than man. For a bigger cornerback, his footwork is pretty good, showing enough fluidity to turn and stick with speedy receivers. However, there are times where he doesn't use his body to his advantage, allowing smaller receivers to beat him up in one-on-one coverage.
C.J. Prosise, Running Back, Notre Dame
The wide-receiver-turned-running-back has gotten some attention for his natural playmaking ability, but I'm quite skeptical of a player that is extremely new to the position. Nevertheless, Prosise is a fun player to watch on tape. He displays good recognition skills and he's comfortable at cutting in between the trenches. At 6'0, 220 pounds, Prosise has adequate size to play in the Cowboys' zone-blocking scheme. If Dallas finds enough potential in Prosise to make him a quality contributor to their backfield, then this pick would be an ideal landing spot for the Notre Dame offensive weapon.