Round 1, Pick 31 (31) (From SF): Travis Frederick/C/Wisconsin. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
A technician, who plays with a nasty mean streak and was used in a mobile fashion along the offensive line. Broke a few teammates arms and wrists during practices, according to head coach Brett Bielema. First true freshman to start opening game in Wisconsin history, quite a feat considering the rich tradition they have for churning out quality NFL lineman. Was starting guard, converted to center as senior. Cowboys weak interior line makes him a candidate at either position. Solid player who will start from day one but could have been had later in draft.
Round 2, Pick 15 (47): Gavin Escobar/TE/San Diego State. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Natural hands, plucks the ball out of the air. Has the speed to outrun defensive backs and most effective running the seam route. Was used in motion often. Lacks ability to block—so poor that he was forced to watch from the sidelines during critical plays that required a blocking tight end on the field. Former high school basketball star; emerged as one of the elite pass-catching tight ends in the nation over the past two seasons, which led him to declare early for draft. Will serve as dangerous compliment in two-tight end sets with Jason Witten but shouldn’t be considered heir apparent until his blocking skills are up to par. A weapon in the seam.
Round 3, Pick 12 (74) (From CAR VIA SF): Terrance Williams/WR/Baylor. Star Impact: ✪✪½
Outside deep threat who possesses the size/speed combination to stretch the vertical passing attack and work the sidelines. Excellent blocker, which is one of his greatest attributes. Kick return experience early on in his career and could be asked to do so for the Cowboys. Not a yards after catch guy, usually goes down upon initial contact. Did not run an elaborate playbook at Baylor. Small hands. Many feel he’ll struggle against the more physical corners. While there were more dire needs on the Cowboys roster, this selection adds insurance in case the team has to part ways with Miles Austin and his back-loaded contract next year.
Round 3, Pick 18 (80): J.J. Wilcox/FS/Georgia Southern. Star Impact: ✪✪✪½
Aggressive and physical; tackles like a torpedo. Converted from RB/WR position over to safety as a senior. Smart player who learns fast and possesses natural football instincts. Needs to improve in man coverage and tends to jump the gun too early at times. After bypassing Matt Elam and Jonathan Cyprien in round one, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones saved face with the selection of Wilcox, who could push newly signed free agent Will Allen into backup role. Raw, athletic, one-year starter oozing with potential. Best football is yet to come. Also returns kicks.
Round 4, Pick 17 (114): B.W. Webb/CB/William & Mary. Star Impact: ✪✪
Bursted onto the scene with eight interceptions as a freshman. Thrived in zone coverage. Shed the small school stigma with impressive week at Senior Bowl. May lack the physicality to be effective man coverage corner, struggles against oncoming blockers. Four-year starter who projects as nickelback and kick returner/special teams contributor. Good value pick.
Round 5, Pick 18 (151): Joseph Randle/RB/Oklahoma State. Star Impact: ✪✪✪
Between the tackles runner who provides insurance behind injury-riddled DeMarco Murray.
Round 6, Pick 17 (185): DeVonte Holloman/OLB/South Carolina. Star Impact: ✪½
Hybrid ‘Spur’ safety/linebacker. Versatile, can be moved around the field like a chess piece.
UDFA Watch (O): Kendial Lawrence. Small Speedster who can offer change of pace look.
UDFA Watch (D): Brandon Magee/OLB/Arizona State. Darkhorse sleeper to emerge as starter.
Overall Impact Factor: 2.5★