NFL Draft rumors: Tyus Bowser in play for Dallas at No. 28? Six QBs in top 60 picks?
When predicting who the Cowboys will select in the first round, the top-30 visits are a strong indication
With most NFL teams finishing up their draft meetings and the combine re-check taking place, the days leading up to the draft are ripe with rumor and innuendo. NFLDraftScout.com's staff is filtering through the hot gossip with a "Fire Detector" assigning the big news as "Fire" with "Smoldering Coals" and "Simply Smoke" used to differentiate the reports.
It is a near certainty that the Dallas Cowboys will select a pass rusher or defensive back at No. 28 overall. Narrowing it down from there is anyone's guess.
Historically, when predicting who the Cowboys will select in the first round, the top-30 visits are a strong indication. But Houston pass rusher Tyus Bowser is a prospect who isn't on the visit list and is gaining momentum as a possibility in the first round for the Cowboys.
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The Cowboys did work Bowser out recently and I've been told there has been plenty of late interest from Dallas, specifically from the coaching staff. At 6-foot-3 and 247 pounds, Bowser is a top-tier athlete with pop in his hands and natural bend to capture the corner as a pass rusher. With that said, he is still very raw both mentally and technically and might be more of a nickel rusher as a rookie than high volume defender.
My guess? Bowser won't be option A for the Cowboys at No. 28, but depending on who has been drafted at that point (T.J. Watt, Charles Harris, etc.), he might be the next best player on their board.
USC corner Adoree Jackson will be drafted in the top 20?
In a loaded cornerback group, there is no consensus order they will come off the board in the top 50 picks. One name that is a true wildcard is USC's Adoree Jackson with some teams believing he is worthy of a first-round selection. He has met with several teams selecting in the top 20 and there is a growing belief he will be a top-three cornerback drafted, possibly as early as the teens.
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Jackson is an elite athlete with ball skills and plenty of potential, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he is being mentioned as a possible first rounder. But it is still tough to see him in the top 20 selections because he is so unrefined and his lack of size shows up frequently on tape. Plus with the depth of this cornerback class, a team can address another position in the top half of round one and get a similar corner in round two.
One of the main selling points for Jackson is his return ability on special teams. But does a team truly want their starting corner and top 20 draft pick taking punishment on returns?
Six quarterbacks drafted in the top 60 picks?
The NFL Draft is about supply and demand. And with the quarterback position, the demand always outnumbers the supply, which skews the value. Are there six quarterbacks in this draft class worthy of top two-round consideration? No. But, I'll bet my mortgage it happens.
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North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky is a likely top-10 draft pick. Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Texas Tech's Pat Mahomes and Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer are all possible/likely first-round picks. And then Cal's Davis Webb and Pitt's Nathan Peterman are expected to be drafted early on day two. A pair of other names who could surprise early on day two: Miami's Brad Kaaya and Tennessee's Josh Dobbs.
The 2017 quarterback draft class isn't strong, but it isn't weak either and that will be reflected on draft weekend.
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