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, but does that mean a wide receiver may not be picked in the draft? Maybe and maybe not.
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.
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 3/26/17 (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
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) 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) (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
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) 2nd Round
Fabian Moreau (PRO) (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) (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
Damonate 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
Justin Evans, Texas A&M (COM) 6-0, 193 (physical, physical in the box, riser,met with cowboys) 3rd Round
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
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
Corey Clement, RB, Wisconsin (SR) 5-11, 220 (fumbles more than you would like, no break away speed, physical, 4.68) 5th Round
Joe Mixon, Oklahoma (PRO) 6-1, 226 (past off field, high fumble rate, 4.43, 21 reps, 9-10 broad) 2nd 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%)
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.