3 (69) Jason Williams, ILB/Western Illinois
-Athletic player they see as a potential starter down the road at ILB. Doesn’t possess ideal instincts and is several years away from contributing on anything other than special teams.
3 (75) Robert Brewster, OT/Ball State
-He doesn’t have great potential but was solid in college, probably just a backup swing OG/OT down the road.
4 (101) Stephen McGee, QB/Texas A&M
-I really think they should’ve gone in a different direction here. Had some solid pre-draft workouts but lost his job to Jerrod Johnson last season. Rhett Bomar was still on the board here and is much more talented in my opinion.
4 (110) Victor Butler, OLB/Oregon St
-A defensive end in college, Butler is a naturally talented pass rusher and could contribute on special teams right away.
4 (120) Brandon Williams*, DE/Texas Tech
-He lacks the athleticism to be an every down OLB, even in a 3-4, but is a skilled pass rusher and playmaker in the backfield. Has the frame to bulk up and may be asked to put on 20-30 lbs and play end.
5 (143) DeAngelo Smith, CB/Cincinnati
-A CB/S ‘tweener with ball skills; has some talent but lacks the speed to keep up with most receivers.
5 (166) Michael Hamlin, S/Clemson
-This is an excellent value pick. Hamlin has the size, instincts, and playmaking ability to compete for a starting job sooner than most 5th round picks would. Lacks elite speed but not many safeties have that anyways.
5 (172) David Buehler, K/USC
-The only reasoning I can see for this would be if the Cowboys believe a kickoff specialist is worth a 5th rounder, because that’s all he could do with Nick Folk already on the roster.
6 (197) Stephen Hodge, SS/TCU
-A guy with his size, speed, and aggressiveness should be able to make plays on special teams right away. Lacks the cover skills to ever start at safety and doesn’t have the frame to be a 3-4 OLB but could be a solid backup at both positions.
6 (208) Brad Phillips, TE/Virginia
-Solid blocking TE but will never be a threat in the passing game. Might have trouble making the team and seeing the field would be an even greater challenge with Bennett & Witten ahead of him.
7 (227) Mike Mickens, CB/Cincinnati
-Has a ton of talent but has trouble staying on the field. If he can overcome his injuries he could be a solid nickel CB down the road, similar to Aaron Glenn.
7 (229) Manuel Johnson, WR/Oklahoma
-Quick receiver with soft hands; has potential in the slot but guys like him are not hard to come by. Chances of making the active roster are slim.
The Good: Butler and Hamlin were probably their best picks; Hodge adds great value in the 6th as a special teamer and versatile backup.
The Bad: Both of the 3rd rounders were reaches that probably could’ve been available later. A kicker in the 5th doesn’t make any sense to me.
Grade: 3/10 (D)