2013 NFL Draft - Dallas Cowboys

Posted Apr 29, 2013

Dallas Cowboys - NFC East, 2013 Draft Selections & Prospects

Dallas Cowboys

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas City |  Oakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2013 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    
- 2012 Dallas Draft Breakdown
- 2011 Dallas Draft Breakdown
- 2010 Dallas Draft Breakdown 

The Draft Was ... not nearly as bad as everyone is making it out to be. Dallas needed a center, and while Wisconsin's Travis Frederick might have been taken too early with the 31st pick, it's not that crazy considering the Cowboys were blasted up and down for the selection. San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar was a terrific get in the second round, and Baylor receiver Terrance Williams was a dangerous pickup in the third to work on the other side of Dez Bryant – Tony Romo just got two new toys to play with. Oklahoma State Joseph Randle was better than a fifth rounder and William & Mary's B.W. Webb was a steal in the fourth.
Best Value Pick: RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State in the 5th round
Worst Value Pick: C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin in the 1st round
They Should've ... traded down to get Frederick. There's a school of thought that if you love one guy, you draft him no matter what, and Frederick will be a ten-year pro for the Cowboys. However, it's possible he could've been had in the third round. The Cowboys could've found a spot for either Matt Elam from Florida or Jonathan Cyprien from FIU; two safeties who went with the next two picks.
Division Draft Ranking: 4
Conference Draft Ranking: 10


C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin (Jr.) 6-4, 312

Overall Pick No. 31 CFN Position Rank: 1
CFN Analysis: Enough of that. Dallas could never get its center situation right last season, and now it has the best of the bunch who can sit in the middle of the line for a decade. It might not be the sexiest pick, but it works.

A typical Badger offensive linemen, he's a very big, strong run blocker who flattens his man and keeps on rolling. Versatile, he could turn out to be a more natural guard in time, but he'll start out at center where he'll be fine for any scheme and any type, even though the foot-speed and quickness are sorely lacking. He has worked hard to transform his body a bit, dropping roughly 20 pounds but maintaining his strength and power. Even so, he'll need to work a bit on his consistency – if he starts to do everything right and can get lower and underneath the pads a bit more, he'll be truly dominant.
CFN Projection: Second Round


TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State (Jr.) 6-6, 254
Overall Pick No. 47 CFN Position Rank: 4
A go-to receiver who could become a main man for an NFL passing attack, he looks the part with excellent size, soft hands and great production as a key part of the Aztec offense. While his 40-time at the Combine was a miserable 4.84, he's functionally fast and was fantastic in the short and cone drills. Like a big receiver, he's a strong route runner and he'll fight for the ball when it's in his radius. He's not going to hit anyone and he's never going to push anyone around in the running game, but the tools and talent are there to fit what pro-style offenses are looking to do. If he's able to get in a pro weight room and transform his body a bit, the sky's the limit.
CFN Projection: Second Round


WR Terrance Williams, Baylor 6-2, 208
Overall Pick No. 74 CFN Position Rank: 5
Last season he showed what several had been suggesting – he was the best receiver on the team over the last few years. Kendall Wright might have been the main man for RG3, but when the second pick in the 2012 NFL Draft was gone, it was Williams who stepped up his game averaging a whopping 18.9 yards per catch making huge play after huge play. He doesn't have great timed speed, but when he has to track the ball and when he has it in his hands on the move, he's gone. While he'll work hard and do anything a coach asks, he needs the killer instinct to be able to make himself something truly special. The workouts are never going to be great and he's not going to stand out on a scout sheet, but he's a top producer who can grow from a great deep threat into a strong all-around playmaker with a little bit of time and more work on his route tree.
CFN Projection: Second Round

FS J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern   6-0, 213
Overall Pick No. 80 CFN Position Rank: 11
Versatile enough to play any safety position, he has the size and pop to hold up against the run and the raw speed to get by as a centerfielder. A former wide receiver, he moves well and cuts without much of a problem, and there's still plenty of room for improvement with terrific upside and a high ceiling – he's just scratching the surface. However, he's still learning what to do and will need a long, long time to figure out how to do all the little things right. It might take a little while, though, and there will be several steps back before taking a giant leap forward. Quicker than fast, he'll have a problem with the blazers, but he'll hit and will do whatever a coaching staff asks of him.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round


CB B.W. Webb, William & Mary 5-10, 184
Overall Pick No. 114 CFN Position Rank: 13
A nearly perfect athletic prospect, he has 4.4 speed with cut-on-a-dime quickness and cutting ability and jump-out-of-the-stadium leaping skills. A ball-hawking machine, he has an uncanny knack for always being around the ball and attack when he has to. While he handles himself well against the more physical receivers, he'll get pushed around and won't be able to live on his athleticism at the next level. He's not going to be The Guy for a pro secondary after being able to do whatever he wanted, and he's not going to bring too much help in run support. However, his talents, versatility and kick return skills will make him a near-perfect nickel defender.
CFN Projection: Third Round


RB Joseph Randle, Oklahoma State (Jr.) 6-0, 204
Overall Pick No. 151 CFN Position Rank: 5
Extremely slippery, he's able to weave and work his way through the line with the ability to find a sliver of daylight, make a cut and go. While he's not a blazer, he's quick enough to get by and he players smaller than his size – a positive – when he needs to find a way to get a key yard. He's not going to barrel over anyone and he'll take a few too many big shots, but he can be used for the passing game and could be a fantasy superstar around the goal line. He'll need blocking and he isn't going to bust out big dashes, he can be an ultra-reliable feature back who handles the ball 20 times a game.
CFN Projection: Third Round


OLB DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina 6-1, 243
Overall Pick No. 185 CFN Position Rank: 20
A beefed up defensive back, he's quick, active and physical. Productive, he stood out on a team full of standouts taking advantage of his chances and making plenty of big plays in all areas. A football player, he seems to love the game and wants to be better and improve, and there's still room to gets stronger. He needs to shed bad weight and transform his body a bit, and when he does he could be quicker and more athletic. Better weight room and functional strength is a must, but he's probably not going to get much bigger after working really, really hard just to get up to his current weight. There's upside and potential, but he's a good enough football player to be a decent swing player who can see time in a variety of spots and schemes.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round