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Mailbag: All-Time Draft Class? Status Of Players On Non-Football Injury, IR?


Given how well Zeke and Dak have played and the flashes Maliek Collins and Anthony Brown have shown, do you think this draft class has a chance to be an all-time great? Especially if Jaylon Smith can return and play to his pre-injury ability?

Rob: I don't think there's any doubt about it. Honestly, finding your franchise quarterback of the future in the fourth round qualifies as an all-time draft, in my opinion. It's too hard to settle that position, as the Cowboys discovered in the years between Troy Aikman and Tony Romo.

Bryan: This organization has had some outstanding draft classes throughout its history. They have drafted Hall of Fame and Pro Bowl players so we will see one day where this one ranks. I will say to draft four starters is a rare feat and they deserve a great deal of praise and credit for the preparation and execution of that draft.


Is it still possible to see Charles Tapper, Jaylon Smith and/or La'el Collins before this season ends? I have high expectations for the two rookie defensive players and believe they would certainly help the team down the stretch.

Rob: Jaylon Smith has never been likely to play in 2016. Even if the nerve issue wasn't part of his knee injury, the January ACL surgery alone would've made him a likely PUP candidate to start the season anyway. As the knee has strengthened from that aspect, he's been able to do more in his rehab even though he's obviously still limited by the nerve. The Cowboys do have the ability to bring back one injured reserve player after eight weeks, but I'm not sure Tapper (back) or Collins (toe) will be ready to contribute. Remember, Sean Lee and Terrell McClain had big toe surgery in the past and both missed the rest of the season.

Bryan: They all appear to be long shots to me. If I had to guess on one – Charles Tapper would be my guy, but again, that is just a guess due to his injury.

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