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Cowboys News: Cowboys Emerge As Clear Winners From 2017 NFL Draft

Latest Cowboys headlines: Dane Brugler sees the Cowboys as one of the five true winners of the draft; Cowboys fill their secondary with 'alphas'; Cowboys get a ton of praise in post-draft grades.

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2017 NFL Draft Winners: Five teams who improved their rosters the most during draft - Dane Brugler,
When factoring in value and quality of player, Brugler sees the Cowboys as one of the five true winners of the draft.

While the first round pick was solid -- not great, not bad -- it was the value on days two and three that qualifies the Cowboys for this list. Dallas revamped the secondary with Awuzie and Lewis on day two, adding White later in the sixth round. But the best value was landing Woods in the sixth. The Cowboys traded a future fifth round pick to get back into this draft and get the former Louisiana Tech safety as they try to recreate last year's outstanding value when they grabbed corner Anthony Brown in the sixth round.

The Cowboys only drafted two offensive players with their nine picks, but both receivers that Dallas added have a good chance to be a part of this team's offensive blueprint. Switzer is a quicker than fast underneath target and could be Lucky Whitehead's replacement as the gadget player on offense and starting punt returner. And then Brown, who is a physical, good-sized athlete and could eventually beat out Brice Butler for the other receiver spot on the roster.

Cowboys use draft to replenish depleted secondary with ‘alphas’ - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Cowboys secondary coach Joe Baker is pleased with the four defensive backs the team added through the draft. He calls them "alphas" and expects them to compete for starting jobs.

"These guys are alphas," secondary coach Joe Baker said. "They’re going to come in and do what they do. They’ll find a way to contribute.

"A lot of these guys are big school guys who have played big-time competition, so that makes your evaluations real easy. It’s easy to picture these guys playing in the league."

"It is a really good thing for our team," coach Jason Garrett said of the competition. "We talked about bringing guys in who are the right kind of guys who play the way we want to play who are at specific positions we want them to play. Again, the flexibility and the versatility is something that can really benefit us.

"If you look at all those guys, you see them playing inside, you see them playing outside, you see them playing back. All those guys, they have a really good feel for playing; very good football intelligence, instinctive, and really just smart guys with the skill set athletically to play a couple spots.

"You create competition by bringing them in, but you also create competition because of the flexibility they have to play a few different areas."

Six Winners & Four Losers From The Cowboys Draft Haul - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Dave looks at how the draft has impacted the Cowboys. Two of the winners are Rod Marinelli and Jaylon Smith.

Rod Marinelli - The Cowboys defensive coordinator got a boatload of new help to fix up a defense that has been suspect over the last few years. Marinelli has done a wonderful job of holding the Cowboys defense together, but he just never had the resources to make it really work. Now, the organization has given him players to work with, and completely overhauled a shaky secondary.

Jaylon Smith - Dallas broke with tradition and didn’t draft a linebacker. This indicates they have full confidence in Jaylon Smith not only being healthy, but being able to make plays as the MIKE linebacker.

Whose Stock Is Rising, Falling After the Draft? - Brent Sobleski, Bleacher Report
Every team says it's happy with all of its selections and landed exactly who it targeted. But that's not always the case, and Sobleski looks at which team's stock is pointing in the right or wrong direction. For the Cowboys, stocks are up.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones got his "war daddy," and the organization overhauled its secondary, too. When a team leaves the draft after addressing its two most pressing issues, it should be viewed as a successful endeavor.


2017 NFL Draft Grades: Cowboys Rebuilt Defense With Immediate Impact Players - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys got a ton of praise for the draft, including this straight "A" from Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.

The goal all along was to land a pass rusher in the first round and follow up with defensive backs in the next two rounds. Not only did the Cowboys execute their plan, they got quality players with all three. Charlton, Awuzie and Lewis are all expected to compete for starting spots. Woods, one of Dallas' 29 predraft visitors, also has a chance to be a starter when the Cowboys open the season against the Giants. The sixth-round pick was someone Dallas seriously considered in the fourth round. Switzer gives the offense another option in the passing game as well as a standout punt returner. Of the Cowboys' final four choices, White probably has the best chance of making the roster and contributing as a rookie.

Taco Charlton only part of Dallas Cowboys' pass-rush solution - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys went pass-rush first with Taco Charlton, then addressed other needs. Does that mean they're confident with their pass-rush pressure? Archer argues they are.

The Cowboys felt better about their pass-rush than many believed. First-rounder Taco Charlton will have an impact from the first day, but the Cowboys did not add another pass-rusher the rest of the way. Two defensive tackles were selected in the seventh round (Joey Ivie and Jordan Carrell). The Cowboys believe they will have a better rotation of pass-rushers with Benson Mayowa, who led the team with six sacks last season, a healthy DeMarcus Lawrence, an improving David Irving and a healthier Tyrone Crawford. Is there a dynamic rusher in that group? Most likely not, but they should have more than 36 sacks this season.

Taco Charlton: 'I'm just touching the tip of the iceberg ... I'm not satisfied' - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Machota digs up an interview Charlton gave at the Combine which gives an interesting view on the pre-Cowboys Charlton and what he thinks he can bring to the NFL.

"This is just the beginning," Charlton said at the time while in Indianapolis. "I'm a guy who, I'm just touching the tip of the iceberg with how good of a player I'll be. And I'm only going to get better with the more football I play, so like I said, I love the recognition I'm getting but I'm not satisfied."

"The thing that sets me apart is I'm versatile. I play a little bit of every position, inside, outside. I've played heavy, I've played light. The thing about me, too, is look at my pass-rush moves, I've done a little of everything. My arsenal is wide, I can stab, I can bull, I can spin, I can speed rush. So, the arsenal I have and the combination of all the positions I've played: three-tech, four-tech, five-tech, weak-side end, all of those things kind of add up to separate me a little bit."

"You watch my game, I do a little bit of everything. People love my spin but I've learned to use a wide variety of different moves just because I don't want to be too predictable in what I'll do. So, I study different NFL pass rushers and watch their moves and try to incorporate that into my game and I see what works best."


2017 NFL Draft: Cowboys Undrafted Free Agent Signings - OCC, Blogging The Boys
Our tracker lists 14 undrafted free agents who have signed with the Cowboys, highlighted by Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush.

Bottom Line: His body type and lack of functional arm strength will immediately make him a draft reject on some team's boards, but that could be a mistake. Processes as quickly as any quarterback I've studied over the last five years and has the anticipation and accuracy to counter his lack of velocity. Mental makeup and consistency of production make him a legitimate NFL roster candidate.

QB Cooper Rush may have landed in good place with Dallas Cowboys - Peter Wallner,
The Central Michigan star has shot to be No. 3 in Dallas.

It appears to be a good choice for the Lansing Catholic grad, who threw for 3,540 yards with 23 touchdowns and 16 interceptions as a senior. The Cowboys did not draft a quarterback and have only Dak Prescott and Kellen Moore on the roster.

Cowboys sign Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush in college free agency - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys didn’t use one of their nine draft picks on a quarterback, but added two as undrafted free agents, Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush and Florida's Austin Appleby. One of them is all but guaranteed a roster spot.

As executive vice president Stephen Jones said after the draft about landing a quarterback, "He’s got a free shot if he can show up. A free shot at a minimum to the practice squad as a third."


Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on Drew Pearson's draft announcement - SportsDay Staff
Drew Perason's draft announcement impressed coach Jason Garrett in the team's draft room in Frisco.

"Drew was fantastic," Garrett said. "You said it: You've got to soak in the hate. He certainly was embracing it and did a hell of a job for us."

Rick Gosselin may have put it best:

'Are you serious?': See the moment Ryan Switzer became a Cowboy and his phone call with Jerry Jones - SportsDay Staff
Welcome to Dallas, Ryan.

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