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Dallas Cowboys: 2017 NFL Combine Players To Watch

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The Cowboys’ Scouting Department Must Focus On Defensive Prospects

The Cowboys‘ 2016 season ended on a rough note. However, it did shed some light on what they need to improve on. Those needs are defense, defense, oh and more defense. With the 2017 NFL Combine coming up, the Cowboys‘ scouting department will be focusing on defensive prospects. If they can evaluate elite defensive players in this draft and select the right players, it will make an exponential difference in the 2017 team.

Dallas is lacking a consistent pass rush and a reliable secondary. With Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith commanding the linebacker positions, they should be pretty solid there. The Cowboys‘ scouting department will need to key their focus on cornerback, saftey, and defensive end prospects at the combine. They will need to find some guys they like and have some depth in their draft board as they don’t select in the first round until the 28th pick. Here are some early round talents they should be watching at the 2017 NFL Combine.

Desmond King – CB Iowa

As I highlighted above, the Cowboys need to address the corner position early in this year’s draft. King is a kid who they need to pay close attention to at the combine. He’s average sized at around 5’11” and 206 pounds. He possesses great awareness, which is what makes him such a good cover corner. The Cowboys need a ball hawk type of player and King is that guy. His speed and technique is very sound and if he were to fall to Dallas in the first, they would be very excited.

Tre’Davious White – CB LSU

White is another active and physical player at the corner position. He tracks the ball very well and always seems to make plays at the perfect time. The Cowboys will be looking for a guy who is aggressive and physical on the football field. Tre’Davious White has great coverage skills and nice speed, which he uses to his advantage. He had 14 passes defended in 2016, displaying his physical playing style. The Cowboys‘ scouting department should be watching this player closely at the combine.

Charles Harris – DE Missouri

Harris is a guy I really like and I hope the Cowboys‘ scouting department does as well. The combine will supply him with a perfect opportunity to display his physical skills. He’s a big guy at 6’3″ and 260 pounds. He has quickness, agility, and power, making him a pretty unique talent. Harris‘ endless motor shows his passion for the game, which should be appealing to the Cowboys.

DeMarcus Walker – DE Florida State

DeMarcus Walker is a guy who could creep into the first round with a good combine and pro day. He’s got good size at 6’2″ and 273 pounds. With his speed, he can burn past offensive lineman and cause havoc for the offense. He has very active hands and that helps him fight off blocks. His eyes are always on the football and he stays with the play. He’s great at getting off the line quick and getting an extra step on the offense.  Walker would be a great addition to this defense and Dallas should be watching him throughout the combine.

Here’s a few guys the Cowboys should be watching for and evaluating that will likely go later in the draft. They can address some other positions besides a pass rusher or a corner. Dallas needs to look at a play making receiver and tight end in this draft. With Dez Bryant struggling to stay healthy the last few seasons and Jason Witten’s age, it’s certainly something they need to consider.

Josh Reynolds – WR Texas A&M

The Cowboys need another big and strong play maker. Reynolds is an athletic receiver who is used to making big plays. This past season he averaged 17 yards per reception and scored 12 touchdowns. He has an outstanding ability to go up and make difficult catches in traffic. Reynolds also makes tough catches look easy with his athleticism and strong hands. The Cowboys lack that big play production when Dez Bryant is absent from the offense. If they were to find a guy like Reynolds and plug him in with Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley, that would make their offense even better. This kid deserves some attention at the combine.

Michael Roberts – TE Toledo

Roberts would be an amazing selection later on in the draft. He had his best season in 2016, hauling in 45 catches and 16 touchdowns. He also has good size at 6’4″ and 261 pounds. Roberts would be another great end zone option for Dak Prescott to find. The Cowboys need to think about replacing Jason Witten with a younger and more productive tight end. Roberts is very athletic and finds ways to get open and score. If he has a good combine he will likely climb up the draft boards a bit, but still he will be a fifth or sixth round pick most likely. The Cowboys should be watching him like a hawk.