FRISCO, Texas – Everywhere else, the focus of the NFL is on free agency – but “The Draft Show” rolls on.
To be fair, the arrivals and departures of free agency are going to impact every team’s strategy in the draft. The Cowboys won’t have a full picture of their draft needs until they’ve finished signing and losing veterans.
While those issues sort themselves out, though, there’s plenty to dissect as the draft gets closer. This week’s episode zeroed in on players who have seen their stock rise or fall since the conclusion of the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
- The early going of the show saw a lot of conversation about Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell, whose athletic testing jumped off the screen during the Combine. Campbell didn’t have the tape of an elite receiver during his college career, but Dane Brugler made the argument for why his game should translate well to the next level. That also sparked a conversation about Notre Dame wide receiver Miles Boykin, and how his impressive measurables balance against his college tape.
- On a related note, the Combined conversation prompted the topic of players who hurt themselves. There are plenty of players with impressive college tape who didn’t test very well in Indianapolis, and the guys laid out some cases for guys who might see their stock fall.
- The second segment started off with Emmanuel Ogbah, who is reportedly on the trading block in Cleveland. The Cowboys liked Ogbah heading into the 2016 draft, which prompted a discussion about whether the fourth-year defensive end is worth trading for.
- The second segment also featured a spirited discussion about the safety position. Specifically, Dane and Bryan discussed their preferences among a noteworthy trio of safeties – Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram, Washington’s Taylor Rapp and Virginia’s Juan Thornhill.
- Another trade topic: would the Cowboys consider moving up in the second round for talented Louisiana Tech pass rusher Jaylon Ferguson – and what would it take to do it?
- The third segment saw the return of “Tell Me More,” as the guys broke down five under-the-radar draft prospects worth knowing.
- The guys finished the show by predicting who they thing will be the Cowboys’ first draft pick at No. 58 overall.
The full show can be found below: