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Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft: Pick 4 Conundrum

What Do The Cowboys Do 4th Overall?

[the_ad id=”58837″]The Dallas Cowboys have a chance to rebound from an dreadful 2015 season into a potential playoff team by simply staying healthy, and correctly using the #4 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The Cowboys haven’t had a draft pick this high since they took DT Russell Maryland back in 1991. Without a ton of pressing needs, the Cowboys have a opportunity to add a blue chip stud that could kick start their 2016 season.

The only problem is, everyone is torn on who they should select. Let’s take a look at some of the possibilities at who the Cowboys could be targeting with the 4th overall pick:

Jalen Ramsey

CB/S – FLORIDA STATE

Jalen RamseyComing off a very impressive performance at the NFL Combine Ramsey’s draft stock is elevating higher than it already was. He has prototypical size to play both cornerback & safety (6’1” 209 lbs) and has terrific speed with the ability to keep up in a one-on-one matchups. Ramsey is able to see the field extremely well and is a terrific tackler. He would be able to help against the run, rush the passer and drop back in coverage. he is the complete package. With possible injuries and releases in the secondary for Dallas, drafting Ramsey could help bring solidarity in that area for them.

Carson Wentz

QB – NORTH DAKOTA STATE

Carson WentzRecently NFL Network’s Gil Brandt said he spoke with owner/general manager Jerry Jones and he told him that the team will “unequivocally” not be drafting a quarterback with their 4th overall pick. But it’s possible Jerry has a change of heart between now and draft day. If so, the quarterback he could go after is Carson Wentz.

Wentz has rolled onto the NFL Draft scene like a storm this season and has scouts raving about his tools and potential. Despite playing at the FCS level his entire college career, scouts still love him.

[the_ad id=”61432″]Wentz has the ideal size at 6’5” 237 lbs has good arm strength and solid accuracy. He works well when under duress and is able to escape pressure. Wentz can read a defense before and after the snap and has a very sharp football IQ. He has the tools to be a potential franchise quarterback and being such the polarizing player he is, Jerry may not be able to resist him if he’s still there at 4th overall.

Joey Bosa

DE – OHIO STATE

Joey BosaArguably the #1 overall prospect coming into the 2015-2016 college football season, Joey Bosa could be there at #4 for the Cowboys.

With reports of Dallas not interested in re-signing Greg Hardy along with Demarcus Lawrence (after having back surgery in January) the Cowboys defense end spot suddenly became a need for the Cowboys.

In my opinion, Bosa is the best defensive end in the class. He has terrific size (6’5” 269 lbs) can beat blockers with side-step swim and swat moves and has great backfield vision.

Bosa can play outside or move inside when needed and isn’t easily fooled by tricky offensive plays. If the Cowboys can make sure their pass rush remains strong it could really help them in 2016 with a healthy team competing in the turbulent NFC East.

Ezekiel Elliott

RB – OHIO STATE

Ezekiel ElliottEzekiel Elliott is the undisputed top running back in this years draft and was beyond highly productive during his time with the Buckeyes. With ideal size for a running back (6’0” 225 lbs) it’s extremely hard to find anything wrong with “Zeke” as a RB.

Elliott has great footwork can run inside and outside, effectively fighting for extra yardage and has terrific field vision.

Besides some needed development as a pass blocker and a receiver there are no holes in Elliott’s game.

[the_ad id=”61410″]The Dallas Cowboys need a running back after playing last season without DeMarco Murray and finishing out the season with talented but oft-injured Darren McFadden. The Cowboys have arguably the best offensive line in the league and it has proven to be able to boost their run game no matter who carries the ball (McFadden finished 4th in the NFL with 1089 rushing yards in 2015).

Adding a terrific running back talent could make the Cowboys offense highly dynamic again. It may be too much wishful thinking but we’ve seen crazier things happen on draft day and the Cowboys do have a need at the position.

DeForest Buckner

DE – OREGON

DeForest BucknerAnother defense end DeForest Buckner could be a possible target for the Cowboys at the #4 spot in the draft. It’s also entirely possible that a team like the Cowboys could like Buckner over Joey Bosa (as Lance Zierlein of NFL.com projected with Buckner going 3rd overall to the Chargers & Bosa going 6th overall to the Ravens) because of his high ceiling.

Bucker has great size at 6’7” 291 lbs and still has room to gain muscle as well. He uses his length and arm span well as he is able seal the edge on defense & not let much get outside of him. He has good footwork & block-shedding ability & also is able play low despite his height & uses his arm span to disrupt passing along with having the ability to disrupt at the point of attack. He still has work to be done as a pass rusher but with time in the NFL he reach his full potential as a pass rusher & a tackler. Buckner has high upside & terrific size making him a favorable prospect to go along with solid college production.

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