Rookie Season Predictions for Dallas Cowboys' Draft Picks

Sigmund BloomNFL Draft Lead WriterMay 9, 2012

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The Dallas Cowboys' second draft with Jason Garrett as head coach followed the first one very closely. They took lots of high character/high floor players who may take time to have an impact, but carry less risk than their more physically talented counterparts.

How will the team end up using them this year?


First RoundCB Morris Claiborne 

Claiborne was obviously drafted to be an instant starter. He'll have as much opportunity as any rookie in the league outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III to make a difference in his debut season.

He'll also help the team by keeping free agent addition Brandon Carr and slot corner Orlando Scandrick in their natural spots.


Third RoundDE Tyrone Crawford

Crawford is learning the ropes at a new position (3-4 end) because he played in a 4-3 scheme at Boise State. He'll be brought along slowly, with the hope that he can contribute to the rotation by the end of the season.


Fourth Round—OLB Kyle Wilber

Wilber has already turned heads in the Cowboys' rookie minicamp. He was drafted to be a Plan B if the team doesn't want to sign Anthony Spencer to a long-term deal, but he could push Spencer by the end of the year. In the meantime, he'll help on special teams.


Fourth Round—SS Matt Johnson 

Johnson is making the leap from a small school (Eastern Washington), so he probably won't be ready to push starting strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh this year. He should be ready to contribute on special teams.


Fifth Round—WR Danny Coale

Coale could have the biggest impact of any Cowboys rookie outside of Claiborne. His speed and sure hands could help him overtake Kevin Ogletree to become the No. 3 receiver for the team.

With Dez Bryant and Miles Austin both having their share of injuries as of late, Coale could even end up starting at some point this year.


Sixth Round—TE James Hanna

Hanna needs a ton of work as a blocker, but he is one of the fastest TEs in the league, so he might be given a few looks as a surprise vertical threat in two-TE sets.


Seventh Round—ILB Caleb McSurdy

The Cowboys are four-deep at outside linebacker, so McSurdy will have to make the team as a core special teams player.

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