Cowboys HQ's Final 2015 Draft "Big Board"

In our Final Big Board, we turn the focus from our evaluation of prospects and attempt to replicate how the big board will look for the Cowboys come this weekend.

In our first attempt at a Big Board, Joey Ickes and I focused the majority of the rankings in how we saw each of the draft prospects and their fits into Dallas' schemes and needs. For this edition, we are shifting our attention to how we think Dallas could be ranking these players.

This changes the focus a bit, as it incorporates our exclusive information that has been gleaned and gathered on players the Cowboys like more than others, and players previously thought to be targets whom the club might not be as interested in as assumed. The core of the rankings still deal with individual evaluations, but leave behind preferences for players whom the club doesn't agree warrant as high of a selection as we might see fit. (Also worth acknowledging: Those pre-draft visitors and private workouts. That Cowboys list is here.)

In fact, after our initial rankings, we went back through the 100 names and challenged ourselves on whether or not Dallas would take Player A or B if both were on the board when on the clock. That was the best way to walk away from personal preferences and be as objective as possible. There were several players we liked, but based on skill sets and other insights, we felt Dallas differed on.

This is the best part of draftnik'ing; comparing your evals to the teams and seeing if you might hit on a prospect the professional teams might have missed. More often than not, the pros will be right but this dance is the reason so many have flocked to the draft season over recent years. Without further ado, here is Cowboys HQ's Final Big Board.

Round 1
  Total17  
RankOverallLastFirstSchoolPosition
11WinstonJameisFSUQB
22WilliamsLeonardUSCUT
33CooperAmariBamaWR
44GurleyToddUGARB
55FowlerDanteUFRDE
66BeasleyVicClemRDE
77WhiteKevinWVUWR
88MariotaMarcusOreQB
99GregoryRandyNebraskaRDE
1010ParkerDevanteL'VilleWR
1111GordonMelvinWiscRB
1212JohnsonKevinWakeCB
1313ScherffBrandonIowaOL
1414WaynesTreyMich StCB
1515KendricksEricUCLALB
1616BrownMalcolmTexasNT
1717CollinsLa'elLSUOT

The first round grades are as distributed as we can remember in recent years. Two QBs, two RBs, 3 WRs, 2 DTs, 3 Edge rushers, two offensive linemen, two corners and a linebacker. Several of our favorites were pushed out of this group, including CB Byron Jones from UConn.

Round 2
  Total46  
RankOverallLastFirstSchoolPosition
118DupreeBudKentuckyRDE
219JonesByronUConnCB
320ThompsonShaqWashLB
421RandallDemariousASUS
522PerrimanBreshadUCFWR
623CollinsLandonBamaS
724DavisCarlIowaUT
825CollinsJalenLSUCB
926WilliamsPJFSUCB
1027McKinneyBenardrickMiss. StMLB
1128JohnsonDukeMiamiRB
1229RayShaneMizzouRDE
1330HaroldEliUVARDE
1431OdighizuwaOwamagbeUCLALDE
1532PeatAndrusStanfordOT
1633ErvingCamFSUC
1734Green-BeckhamDorialOUWR
1835ColemanTevinIndianaRB
1936SheltonDannyWashNT
2037FlowersErickMiamiOT
2138ClemmingsTJPittOT
2239DarbyRonFSUCB
2340OgbuehiCedricTAMUOT
2441HundleyBrettUCLAQB
2542AgholorNelsonUSCWR
2643StrongJaelenASUWR
2744FisherJakeOregonOT
2845SmithDevinOSUWR
2946JarrettGradyClemsonUT
3047RollinsQuentinMiami(OH)CB
3148OrchardNateUtahRDE
3249SmithPrestonMiss. StLDE
3350RoweEricUtahCB
3451YeldonTJAlabamaRB
3552CooperXavierWash StUT
3653GoldmanEddieFSUNT
3754DawsonPaulTCULB
3855Edwards,JrMarioFSUDL
3956BennettMichaelOSUUT
4057CannAJS.CarOG
4158WilliamsMaxxMinnTE
4259DorsettPhillipMiamiWR
4360TomlinsonLakenDukeOG
4461CoatesSammieAubWR
4562PerrymanDenzelMiamiLB
4663FunchessDevinMichTE

The "fat" part of the 2015 draft. With 46 names rated as second rounders, it would appear the Cowboys would be well-served if they could find a trade partner to all them to move back from 27 and have multiple selections over the second and third rounds. The likelihood is that staying at 27 means Dallas would be selecting someone they see as a second rounder, which isn't anywhere near the end of the wall. For value sake though, if their board is reflective of this attempt, they would only be able to maximize by moving around.

We struggled with our assessment of which running backs fit Dallas' needs as opposed to how the team would view things, thus the drop of Tevin Coleman from a first-round grade. Also, the belief the team would want more than four years from a second-round running back dropped Jay Ajayi after the release of the degenerative knee concerns. Word has Demarious Randall as the top safety on Dallas' board, ahead of box-type Landon Collins.

Round 3
  Total37  
164PetersMarcusWashCB
265HardisonMarcusASUUT
366ArmsteadArikOregonLDE
467HunterDanielleLSULDE
568AbdullahAmeerNebraskaRB
669NelsonStevieOre StCB
770FlowersTreyArkDE
871PettyBryceBaylorQB
972MarpetAliHobartOG
1073AnthonyStephoneClemsonLB
1174KikahaHau'oliWash.LB
1275SmithDonovanPenn St.OT
1376LockettTylerK-StateWR/KR
1477WalfordCliveMiamiTE
1578ShawJoshUSCDB
1679JohnsonDavidN. IowaRB
1780GrasuHronissOregonOC
1881ClarkFrankMichRDE
1982SambrailoTylerColo StOT
2083McBrideTreyW&MWR
2184SmithZadareousKentuckyLDE
2285WrightGabeAuburnUT
2386RiddickShaqWVURDE
2487AllenBuckUSCRB
2588MauldinLorenzoL'VilleRDE
2689DavisMikeS. CarolinaRB
2790Nunez-RochesRakeemS. MissNT
2891TrailLyndenNorfolk StOLB
2992LangfordJeremyMich. St.RB
3093AlexanderKwonLSULB
3194PhillipsJordanOUNT
3295PrewittCodyOle MissFS
3396GreeneRashadFSUWR
3497HardyJustinECUWR
3598AndersonHenryStanfordNT
3699SmithD'JounFlorida Atl.CB
37100GwachumObumOregon StateRDE

The biggest faller is found here. We can't look past the fact that Marcus Peters' baggage is going to be an issue for the club. This offseason, Dallas has admitted to loosening the restraints on "bad apples" because the RKG culture is so ingrained in the franchise now. We saw that in the signing of Greg Hardy and we believe this could be a factor in them liking guys like Randy Gregory and Frank Clark. Peters, though, seems to be in a different ballpark. How can a guy that talented, with no arrest, be dismissed from a team? We think Dallas will pass here.




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