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Dallas Cowboys 'like' Jimmie Ward

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The Dallas Cowboys are fully expected to draft an impact player on defense with the 16th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft despite the rumors of interest in Johnny Manziel or a top wide receiver. If the Cowboys did draft an offensive player, then I would expect it to be Taylor Lewan if he slips, and I could never see them taking Manziel at 16. Anyway, the Cowboys will probably focus on an edge rusher like Anthony Barr, a top DT like Aaron Donald (I have a hard time believing that they would pass up on him), or one of the top three safeties in this year’s draft class.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is generally regarded as the top safety overall, but he probably won’t be there at 16 for the Cowboys. If they do want a safety, then they would have to choose between Calvin Pryor or Jimmie Ward. While most people like Pryor, I would prefer Ward due to his excellent coverage skills and instincts, and that’s something the Cowboys need more than size or hard-hitting. Pryor is good, but Ward fits the Cowboys better on paper, if this is indeed the direction they choose to go in (I don’t think it will be).

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams, the Cowboys “like” Ward, but it sounds as if they like him more as a second-round pick than a first-round pick. There’s almost no chance of him slipping to them in the second, so a team that likes Ward like the Cowboys or Baltimore Ravens would have to secure him in the first if they like him enough. In all honesty, I don’t see either team making that move.


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  • nope

    We shall see. I still think improving the D Line will have a domino effect on the back 7.

  • Rich

    I like him in the second. While grabbing Barr in the first and Easley in the third.

  • Rich

    There is no place to put this so I will put it here. Guys I would hate to see us end up with. Ealy, Ebron, Jernigan, Pryor and Clinton Dix in the first. No thank you to all of the above.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Jernigan and Ealy aren’t worth first-round picks, and I don’t think Ebron makes sense as a fit for the Cowboys. If you really want to add a pass-catcher, then just go for a top WR instead. I think Clinton-Dix would be a very good pick for the Cowboys, though. Why don’t you want him?

      • Rich

        I just like Ward better and I think Clinton Dix is a product of a great organization with tons of talent. Put him on a lesser team and I doubt he impresses as much.

        • David

          Ward has some pretty big red flags in my opinion. One he comes from a smaller school and we have seen how that has worked out for Dallas. Two he is not very big and only benched 225 nine times. If you watch his film he tackles very low constantly and he got away with that against the smaller school talent but that will be a big issue for him in the NFL as well as it being an injury concern constantly trying to make tackles that way. No offense but Pryor and Dix are better players with less red flags.

          • Rich

            I want a ball Hawking Free safety. If we want to base safety prospects based on bench reps and size then we should put a O-lineman out there. Just kidding of course. If you don’t like Ward you will really hate my 2nd favorite safety prospect. Lamarcus Joyner from FS.

          • David

            And both Dix and Pryor could do that. Both Pryor and Dix played the single high safety much of the year this year. I like Pryor a bit more because of the enforcer attitude he brings as well as great hands going after the ball as was shown on the Bortles pick.

          • Michael Davis

            Yet I think Ward was the only Safety of the three brought in to visit. That tells me one of two things. 1. They have NO plans to take a Safety in round one. 2. That Ward is the only one of the three that has a chance to be there at 47.

          • David

            You realize Dallas has drafted many of players that they did not bring in for visits. Sometimes they purposely do not bring in draft picks they are high on and feel they know enough about.

    • Michael Davis

      Amen!!! At least not at 16. Trade back to 25-30 then some of those guys I like.

  • Earl Robertson

    Pass on small time school players. A few ever pan out your odds are better by going with big time schools where they had to play tough games week in and week out