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2018 NFL draft predictions: Who do you think the Cowboys will pick?

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Put together a list of 30 players you think the Cowboys will draft and submit them for the record. After the draft we’ll look at how accurate our predictions were.

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Got all you draft prep wrapped up? Then 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 want to slot an offensive linemen in every round; are you going to go out on a limb for a small-school standout; what’s your position on tight ends; just how many wide receivers can the Cowboy really draft; will a defensive end 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.

To get things started, Michael Sisemore, Danny Phantom, and OCC submitted their Top 30.

Michael Sisemore's 30 prospects for the Cowboys
First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round Fifth/Sixth 7th/Priority FA
DEFENSE
DL Harold Landry Nathan Shepherd Deadrin Senat Poona Ford Justin Lawler
Vita Vea
Taven Bryan Tim Settle
LB Leighton Vander Esch Fred Warner Jack Cichy
Darius Leonard
S Terrell Edmunds DeShon Elliott Tracy Walker
Tarvarius Moore
OFFENSE
WR Calvin Ridley Courtland Sutton James Washington Daurice Fountain
D.J. Moore Anthony Miller DaeSean Hamilton
OL James Daniels Austin Corbett Cole Madison Desmond Harrison
Will Hernandez
Mike McGlinchey
RB Ito Smith

Many of Sisemore’s picks have been to Dallas for pre-draft visits or had workouts with the Cowboys. His list is heavily skewed towards day one and two of the draft, with 21 names listed for the first three rounds.

Danny Phantom's 30 prospects for the Cowboys
First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round Fifth/Sixth 7th/Priority FA
DEFENSE
DL Vita Vea Nathan Shepherd
Harold Landry
Da'Ron Payne
Taven Bryan
LB Leighton Vander Esch Malik Jefferson Darius Leonard
Rashaan Evans Fred Warner
S Tarvarius Moore Kyzir White Tracy Walker
Terrell Edmunds
OFFENSE
WR Calvin Ridley Christian Kirk DaeSean Hamilton Marcell Ateman
D.J.Moore Courtland Sutton
Equanimeous St. Brown
OL James Daniel Austin Corbett Braden Smith Desmond Harrison
Will Hernandez Patrick Morris
Connor Williams
RB Nyheim Hines Ito Smith

Danny Phantom goes all in on the first round, offering up 11 potential Cowboys first-round picks.

OCC's 30 prospects for the Cowboys
First Round Second Round Third Round Fourth Round Fifth/Sixth 7th/Priority FA
DEFENSE
DL Harold Landry Harrison Phillips Nathan Shepherd Poona Ford P.J. Hall
LB Leighton Vander Esch Malik Jefferson Darius Leonard Fred Warner Darius Leonard
S Justin Reid Terrell Edmunds Tarvarius Moore DeShon Elliott Tracy Walker
OFFENSE
WR Calvin Ridley Courtland Sutton Daurice Fountain Malik Earl
D.J. Moore
OL James Daniels Braden Smith Cole Madison
Will Hernandez Desmond Harrison
RB Nyheim Hines Ito Smith
QB Kyle Lauletta Matt Linnehan
TE David Wells

OCC also went heavy on official pre-draft visitors as well as players the Cowboys worked out, and added a few Sparq standouts..

Over to you: Put together your 30 picks. Keep the format simple. We’ll award one point for each correct name you’ve predicted, be it a draft pick or a subsequent UDFA signing, regardless of round. There’s no specific time limit to submit your picks, but the start of the draft on Thursday will be an obvious cut-off point.

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.
  • 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. BTB-members YumaCactus and dallasdan hit on five Cowboys draft picks or UDFA signings.
  • In 2015, BTB-member Chad Loveland got seven players right, including the first four in sequence (Jones, Gregory, Green, Wilson, plus Gibson) and two free agents (George Farmer, Lucky Whitehead).
  • In 2016, Joey Ickes got six payers right, even if only two of them were draft picks. Despite the Cowboys making nine draft picks, only two participants, BigDadJoe and Markythearky, got four draft picks right.
  • Last year’s title as Cowboys Draft Whisperer went to BTB member boys.camncrew, who got four picks right, Taco Charlton, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods and UDFA RB Jahad Thomas. 22 participants finished in second place with three correct picks each.

The Cowboys have ten picks heading into the draft. How many of the picks can you accurately predict in your 30-player list?