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May 06, 2015

How the rest of the NFC East did in the NFL Draft: Cowboys edition

Now that we've had a chance to digest what the Eagles did in the 2015 NFL Draft, let's take a peek at the other teams in the NFC East and see what new presents they got. Earlier, we looked at the Redskins, and then the Giants. Now we'll move onto the Cowboys.

Player Position School Round Overall 
 Byron JonesCB UConn 27 
 Randy GregoryOLB Nebraska 60 
 Chaz GreenOT Florida 91 
Damien Wilson ILB Minnesota 127 
 Ryan RussellDE Purdue 163 
 Mark NzeochaOLB Wyoming 236 
 Laurence GibsonOT Virginia 243 
 Geoff SwaimTE Texas 246 

• I wasn't sure Byron Jones would make it to the Eagles at pick 20, and he wound up sliding all the way to Dallas at 27. Jones checks the boxes in terms of what teams are looking for in a corner. He's big (6'1, 199, 32" arms, 10" hands), he's versatile, he's physical, and he's a stellar character guy, via Lance Zierlein of

"Team captain and leader on the field and in the locker room. Scouts say he's willing to play hurt and inspires his teammates."

He is also incredibly explosive (spider chart via

The Cowboys got a good one at pick 27, I think.

• People like to poke fun at the Cowboys for bringing aboard idiots. That's exactly what Greg Hardy is, so when the Cowboys added a second defensive end to the mix with off-the-field concerns in Randy Gregory, it was easy to make jokes. But you know what? I'll take a legitimate top 10 talent at pick #60 all day. Here's a really good breakdown of Gregory's game, by Brett Kollman of

And let's face it -- The Cowboys have done an excellent job of corralling Dez Bryant off the field. The extra coddling the Cowboys give Bryant has certainly paid off on the field. They've proven to some degree that can handle character concern players. Incredible value.

• I didn't like the Chaz Green pick. In watching Florida offensive linemen D.J. Humphries and Trenton Brown, as well as running back Matt Jones, Green did not look impressive at all. I applaud the Cowboys for trying to build OL depth, which they lack, but there were plenty of better offensive linemen on the board in the third round than Green, in my opinion.

• The rest of the players the Cowboys drafted were completely off my radar, with the exception of Virginia OT Laurence Gibson, who has very good athletic ability and could be a project the Cowboys look to develop.

The remaining players were rated by in the following rounds:

 PlayerWhere Cowboys got them projection 
 Damien Wilson6-7 
Ryan Russell 6-7 
 Mark NzeochaUDFA 
Geoff Swaim UDFA 

This draft was loaded with talent at the running back position, which was among the Cowboys biggest needs. It was surprising they didn't land one, considering the off-the-radar players they drafted in the later rounds.

Overall, I really liked the first two players the Cowboys drafted, but after that... Meh.

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