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 at pick 137 with 52% of the vote
TE Christopher Herndon, Miami, (Brugler: 163rd)
Where he fits: He’s not the most athletic tight end in this class and is a bit undersized but has sure hands with great spacial awareness. Herndon had some durability concerns for the Hurricanes and was never featured as a huge part of their passing game. However, when his number was called, he delivered in both pass catching and blocking. Herndon understands the subtleties of the position and how to find soft spots in the defenses. He’s a competitively-driven player that doesn’t quit on the play. Some where, some way, Herndon will find a way to contribute.
SS Troy Apke, Penn State (Brugler: 173rd)
Where he fits: Apke is a SPARQ warrior as his athleticism is off the charts and he tested extremely well. He’s more of a box safety but that’s where you want him, as close to the ball as possible. It’s about creating competition at safety and if you double dip with Moore plus Apke, that’s adding pure athleticism to the defense. Apke is a quality tackler but he’s still just beginning to grasp all that he needs to be a great safety. He’s a very physical player and can at least contribute on special teams early.
RB Akrum Wadley, Iowa (Brugler: 174th)
Where he fits: The Cowboys are going to add a young runner to the mix and they prefer one that can serve a role that was once occupied by Lance Dunbar. Wadley is a smaller back but he’s shown to be extremely durable. He was the do-it-all guy for his school and he didn’t disappoint. For the Cowboys, he could step right in as a third down back and contribute in the short passing game. If you get the ball to Wadley in space, he’s going to make some defenders look absolutely silly.
LB Jack Cichy, Wisconsin (Brugler: 178th)
Where he fits: On tape, there aren’t very many linebackers more instinctual and effective than Cichy. He’s got the ability to step right in and compete for an NFL team but he’s been oft-injured so much that it hurts the trust level. If he can put the injury bug to rest, he’s going to carve out one awesome NFL career. For the Cowboys looking for linebacker depth, he’s certainly worth taking a chance on in the fifth round.
WR Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa (Brugler: 196th)
Where he fits: The more we talk about Fountain, the higher his draft status continues to rise. Fountain was a super productive receiver and Combine snub that won MVP of the East-West Shrine game. He’s a big-bodied receiver that has some WR1 traits, he has 4.4 speed. He’s a polished route runner and is able to create his own separation, which is a pretty good way to make this Cowboys team.
Of these five prospects, who’s your pick for the Cowboys in the fifth round?
This poll is closed
TE Christopher Herndon
SS Troy Apke
RB Akrum Wadley
LB Jack Cichy
WR Daurice Fountain