***UPDATE*** Since we’re having fun with these polls, we thought we should extend them through all 10 picks the Cowboys have.
In this series, we’re going to give you options for each Cowboys draft pick each round to see where BTB’s draft strategy is at.
We’re just going to assume that the Cowboys stay put and pick so no trade options here. Using Dane Brugler’s prospect rankings at NFLDraftScout.com or hints from their pre-Draft visits, we’ll give you options of guys with a chance to be on the board. After we have gathered all answers to the polls, we’ll publish the perfect BTB Draft.]
BTB’s poll results for the first three rounds:
DT Vita Vea at pick 19 with 44% of the vote
WR Courtland Sutton at pick 50 with 27% of the vote
G Braden Smith at pick 81 with 39% of the vote
LB Fred Warner at pick 116 with 66% of the vote
FS Tarvarious Moore, Southern Miss (Brugler: —)
Where he fits: Moore is a new name that just crept up after Brugler mocked him to the Cowboys in the third round but he’s still relatively unknown. Moore’s tape shows a fantastic athlete that fits the single-high needs for this team to the “T”. He’s an aggressive tackler that tracks the ball well with the hands to make a quarterback pay for throwing his way. At his Pro Day, Moore posted a 4.32 40-time, 38.5 vert, and 11.1 broad jump. He’s going to face questions about the competition level he was up against but the guy does have great cover skills.
OT Joseph Noteboom, TCU (Brugler: 141st)
Where he fits: He’s a converted tight end that has very noticeable agility and athleticism. While he develops, he could still serve as a swing tackle prospect with upside to start at a later date. Noteboom has all the length you would want in a tackle prospect but needs to add more bulk and play strength. He’s a good fit for zone blocking schemes with his ability to reach the second-level blocks. He’s dependable having started 40 games but he’s still got some improvements to make at the NFL level.
TE Durham Smythe, Notre Dame (Brugler: 145th)
Where he fits: Smythe was just not part of the Fighting Irish’s plan but he showed true NFL talent at the Senior Bowl. Smythe has smooth hands and showed the ability to be a reliable target but he’s also a pretty sound in-line blocker. Smythe may not have the production to get drafted at the top of his class but some NFL team is going to see his value after watching his Senior Bowl tape. Smythe can create his own separation and he’s a pretty good athlete. He had six catches of 20+ yards as a Senior on limited production which shows that he has the ability to stretch defenses. Smythe may be one of those unheard of prospects that carves out a nice NFL career.
SS DeShon Elliott, Texas (Brugler: 149th)
Where he fits: Elliott is a box safety that has notable ball skills, starting 13 games, picking off nine passes. He’s a very physical safety that isn’t afraid to lay the wood and he competes well against bigger receivers and tight ends. For a guy who is always around the ball, he’s not incredibly shifty or athletic. In fact, he’s a bit stiff in the hips and could have helped himself by staying at Texas for another season. He’s a very driven player and competes his tail off but he really needs to work on technique/ cover skills.
DE Ade Aruna, Tulane (Brugler: 152nd)
Where he fits: With the Cowboys signing Kony Ealy to take up the spot left empty by Benson Mayowa, edge rusher may not be valued as highly. However, Aruna is a raw athlete that started 11 games last year with decent production. He made a start at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, where he recorded three tackles and two sacks. Aruna put up some decent numbers at the Combine and he does have the quickness off the ball that 4-3 rush ends must have. If the Cowboys want to add another right end type with upside, Aruna makes a lot of sense.
Of these five prospects, who would you select for the Cowboys with pick 137?
This poll is closed
FS Tarvarious Moore
OT Joseph Noteboom
TE Durham Smythe
SS DeShon Elliott
DE Ade Aruna