The Cowboys have been somewhat active in free agency, and some of their moves are being considered upgrades over guys that have departed the team. That being said, the Cowboys are still in need of the “War Daddy,” someone who can affect the QB.
Dak Prescott has all his weapons back in 2017 with the re-signing of Terrance Williams and Brice Butler, so adding another WR has dropped considerably down their draft needs.
But what about tight end? With recent injuries to Geoff Swaim, uncertainty on James Hanna career, and Jason Witten on his last year of his contract, maybe TE becomes a target.
If the season started today, they would be a bit thin in the secondary, more than the defensive line, so you have to wonder if the secondary may garner more attention in the draft. Either way, both should be considered early and perhaps with a double-dip.
For a hint at where the Cowboys are looking to upgrade, let’s take a look at who the Cowboys have met with.
COWBOYSBLOG.NET PROSPECT TRACKER: UPDATED 4/7/17 (players highlighted in blue indicate top 10 SPARQ score within their position group)
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh (SR) 6-6, 304 (medicals, tough, 4yr player, athletic, better suited RT) ( #23 SPARQ / 10.8%) 3rd Round
Dion Dawkins, OT, Temple (SR/PRO) 6-4, 314 (mauler, plays mean, powerful, zone scheme) (#6 SPARQ / 42.6%) 2nd Round
Julien Davenport, OT, Bucknell (PRI) 6-7, 318 (very long arms, 4 yr starter, started every game 44 starts, durable, raw talent, but can be developed and has high ceiling)) (#16 SPARQ / 24.7%) 4th Round
Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas (PRO) 6-10, 309 (very tall player, uses length and height as advantage, can be pushed in bull rush, gets off balance due to height) (#26 SPARQ / 7.7%)
Ethan Pocic, C/OG, LSU (PRO) 6-6, 310 (3yr starter, listed as c/OG, but has experience at OT as well, physical blocker, probably most versatile lineman in the draft) (#18 SPARQ) 3rd Round
EDGE – Defensive Line
Takkarist McKinley, UCLA (COM/PRI) 6-2, 258 (medicals, shoulder) (#17 SPARQ) 1st-2nd Round
Carroll Phillips, llinois (SR) 6-3, 237 (tweener, 1yr starter) (#14 SPARQ / 46.0%) 4th Round
T.J. Watt, Wisconsin (COM/PRI) 6-4, 245 (has reach, non-stop motor, solid against the run, several knee medicals) (#3 SPARQ / 94.0%) 1st-2nd Round
Demarcus Walker, Florida State 6-4, 280 (COM/PRO) (sack production, consistency questions, versatile)
Haason Reddick, Temple (PRO) 6-1 230 (productive player, speed, power, improved his short shuttle, athletic, draft riser) (#5 SPARQ / 93.0%) 1st round
Avery Moss, Youngstown State (PRO) 6-3, 264 (currently viewing this player) (#18 SPARQ / 31%) 4th-5th round
Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State (PRI) 6-4, 255 (three yr. starter, pass rush specialist, productive, improved each year) (#2 SPARQ / 94.4%) 2nd-3rd Round
Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio (PRI) 6-4, 269 (long arms, strong violent punch, stiff on bend, can cover TEs) (#12 SPARQ / 56.9%) 3rd Round
Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan (PRI) 6-5, 273 (long reach, 1yr starter, more a LE) #15 SPARQ
Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M (DallasDay) 6-5, 266 (tall and lean bodied, long arms, very durable and reliable on the field, up and down production) (#8 SPARQ / 76.7%) 4th Round
Charles Harris, DE, Missouri (PRI) 6-3, 253 (quick off the snap, but not explosive of the line, productive career) (#29 SPARQ / 9.2%)
Tonah Kpassagnan, DE, Villanova (PRI) 6-7, 289 (big frame, lean muscle, plays high, has some bend, but stiff, long arms, penetrates the line) (#1 SPARQ as DT / 69.1%) 3rd Round
Derek Barnett, Tennessee (PRI) 6-3, 265 (consistent, good character, pure 4-3 end, slow times at combine and pro day) #22 SPARQ 1st Round
Derek Rivers, Youngstown State (PRI) 6-4, 248 (relentless attitude, forces turnovers, 4.61 speed, powerful and strong. can get you with speed on edge or bull rush with leverage) #8 SPARQ / 80.1%
Jaleel Johnson, Iowa (SR) 6-3, 309 (Marinelli type player, high motor, quick, 3-tech, Cowboys met) (#16 SPARQ / 5.3%) 3rd-4th Round
Larry Ogunjobi, Charlotte (SR) 6-2, 304 (played every year at school, quick, burst, disruptive, Cowboys met) (#2 SPARQ / 56.9%) 2nd-3rd Round
Dalvin Tomlinson, Alabama (COM) 6-3, 310 (1-tech, runner stuffing specialist, interviewed well with Cowboys) (#10 SPARQ / 21.6%) 3rd Round
Eddie Vanderdoes, UCLA (SR) 6-3, 320 (ACL, past injuries, run stuffing penetrator, Cowboys met) (#4 SPARQ / 38.4) 5th Round
Jeremiah Ledbetter (PRI) 6-3, 280 (JUCO transfer, interior lineman with long arms, could play some LE, 4.80 speed) 6th-7th Round
Jourdan Lewis, Michigan (SR) 5-10, 190 (KR, will tackle, swagger on the field, recent domestic violence will drop draft stock) 5th-7th Round
Fabian Moreau (PRO/PRI) 6-0, 206 (converted RB, more polished, quick and closing speed, athletic, can carry and follow all types or WRs, 4.35) (#2 SPARQ/ 98.7%)
Adoree Jackson, USC (PRO/PRI) (ball skills, press coverage issues, slot or outside, 4.42, special teams/returner, upside) 1st-2nd Round
Shaquill Griffin, UCF (PRI) 6-0, 194 (cover-2 corner, with height, size and speed, good tackler and run defense, gets beat with wrong anticipation, decision making) (#3 SPARQ / 94.9%) Late 4th-5th Round
Damontae Kazee, San Diego State (PRO) 5-10, 184 (has good recovery speed and quickness, fluid back pedal, will move inside at NFL due to size, slot/nickel corner) 5th Round
Jalen Myrick, Minnesota, (WOR) 5-10, 200 (4.28 speed. Will be your nickel/slot corner, top flight speed to work the slot and wrap up slot receivers. average hands and arm length. Could excel inside.) (#8 SPARQ / 86.6%) 2nd-3rd Round
Kevin King, Washington (PRI) 6-3, 200 (tall, fast, very athletic player, finesse tackling, not physical, press corner, outside) (#1 SPARQ / 99.3%) 1st-2nd Round
Cordrea Tankersley, Clemson (PRI) 6-1, 199 (fluid for his size, tracks the ball well and will force turnovers, 4.40 speed) (#17 SPARQ / 22.0%) 1st-2nd Round
Teez Tabor, Florida (PRI) Florida, 6-0, 201 (production, forces turnovers, cover corner, drugs/red flag) (slow time at combine and slower time at pro day, mixed thoughts in interviews) 1st-3rd Round
Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado (PRI) 5-11, 205 (versatile, slot or outside, cover corner) #5 SPARQ / 89.7% late 1st-3rd Round
Gareon Conley, Ohio State, (PRI) 6-0, 195 (Good in most areas, jack of all trades) #7 SPARQ / 87.6% 1st Round
Justin Evans, Texas A&M (COM/PRO) 6-0, 193 (physical, physical in the box,met with cowboys, takes bad angles and misses more tackles that you would like) 4th Round
Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut (SR/COM/PRI) 6-4, 224 (size, speed, athleticism off the chart, questionable anticipation and instincts) Late 1st-2nd Round
Tedric Thompson, Colorado (PRI) 6-0, 204 (4.60 speed, not the quickest player, had a solid senior campaign with 7 Ints, misses more tackles than your would like, a day 3 prospect) 5th-6th Round
Quincy Wilson, Florida (PRI) 6-0, 210 (ball skills, is he a safety or db, combine, and pedal drills) (slow time) #11 SPARQ / 42.5% 3rd Round
Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech (PRI) 5-11, 197 (underrated prospect, makes plays all over the place, solid tackler, will hit you, forces turnovers, very productive and a lot of INTs, can cover. Could play between safety and nickel) 3rd-4th Round #4 SPARQ / 49.5%
K.D. Cannon, WR, Baylor (COM) 5-11, 182 (athletic, speed, but body catches more than snatch) 4th-5th Round
Amara Darboh, WR, Michigan (SR) 6-2, 215 (not elite speed, body catcher, some drops) (4.45) 2nd-3rd Round
Dede Westbrook, WR, Oklahoma (COM) 5-11, 175 (has speed, slot guy, but a bit light) (DNP, bad interviews, stock dropped to 3rd day pick) 2nd-7th Round
Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (COM) 6-3, 225 (premier receiver, size, snatch, not elite speed) 1st Round
Chad Williams, WR, Grambling (WOR) 6-1, 202 (physical receiver with 4.35 speed, route running needs work, combine disqualification for off field) 6th-PFA
JuJu Smith-Schuster,USC (PRI) 6-2, 220 (solid run blocker, plays with RB vision, YAC solid, speed times were good at combine 4.54) 2nd Round
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan (COM) 6-5, 250 (good hands, leadership) 2nd-4th Round
David Njoku, TE, Miami (COM) 6-4, 246 (drops, run blocking questionable) (#3 SPARQ / 93.2%) 1st Round
OJ Howard, TE (COM) 6-5, 251 (instant impact, run block can improve) (#5 SPARQ / 82.6%) 1st Round
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland (PRI) 6-6, 278 (big build, basketball background, blocking and receiving TE) (#6 SPARQ / 72.0%) 2nd-3rd Round
Eric Saubert, TE, Iowa State (PRO) 6-5, 249 (Good frame with room to grow, long armed which helps him create separation against press , large hands, but drops a few passes. Increased production each year of football. Scouts wanted to see if he could run block, and did a good job for the most part at the Shrine Game. ) 5th Round
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin (SR) 5-11, 220 (fumbles more than you would like, no break away speed, physical, 4.68) 5th Round
Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State (COM/PRO) 5-8, 176 (4.48 speed, sometimes fumbles, shifty, quick, utility player, not strong 5 reps 225) 5th-7th Round
Aaron Jones, RB, Texas-El Paso (COM) 5-9, 208 (decent speed 4.56, shifty, and very athletic runner, pass catcher, productive) (#2 SPARQ / 75.0%) 5th-6th Round
Ben Gedeon, ILB, Michigan (SR) 6-2, 243 (depth, special teams ace) (#3 SPARQ / 63.8%) 5th Round
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt (COM) 6-3, 234 (prototypical 4-3 LB, consistent production, athletic 3-down LB, all over the field) (#4 SPARQ, 62.3%)
Tanner Vallejo, LB, Boise State (PRO) 6-1, 228 (currently studying/researching) (#8 SPARQ/ 32.8%)
Greg Ward Jr., QB, Houston (COM) 5-11, 186 (dual threat, QB, but will try WR at the next level) 7th-UDFA
What is SPARQ?
SPARQ was created by Nike which measures a prospects level of athleticism using a prospects Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction, and Quickness times.
These numbers are typically pulled from the NFL Combine or Pro Days, using a players bench press, weight, 40, short shuttle, 10 yard split, 3 cone, vertical and broad jump.
For more information on SPARQ, be sure to watch our detailed video on how the Cowboys have utilized these numbers to draft and add several players to the team.
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I will update this post as more prospect visits are revealed.