2014 Draft Sleepers Who'd Fit Perfectly with the Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys have a stock of late-round picks in this year's NFL draft. That means Jerry Jones and Co. will be searching for the sleepers of this class quite a bit. There are more than a few hidden gems in this year's class that would be perfect for Jones' team.
With six picks in the seventh alone, Dallas needs to be scouting as many later-round guys as first-rounders. Considering the notable losses this team has seen on both sides of the ball this offseason, coach Jason Garrett has to welcome the bundle of picks he has.
Let's take a look at which players Garrett, Jones and the rest of the Cowboys war room should heavily consider in this draft. All of these guys have the ability to become nice projects or add much-needed depth at certain positions.
CB Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
In the sixth or seventh round, Terrance Mitchell is as good a pick as any for the Cowboys. After a disappointing season by Morris Claiborne, it wouldn't hurt to bring more depth to the cornerback position.
ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer recently wrote that after the impressive campaign Orlando Scandrick had in 2013, it's likely he will start opposite Brandon Carr next season. Regardless of who starts next to Carr, the Cowboys don't have many options at CB.
Mitchell has a fine frame for his position at 5'11", 192 pounds. He also knows how to accelerate and change directions when he needs to. There's some raw talent here that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli could mold.
The Cowboys have put a lot of effort into fixing the corner position over the years, and they need to again this draft. They don't need a first- or second-round type of talent, but the 'Boys do need depth.
Mitchell can bring depth to this team at the very least.
OLB Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
Dallas would be wise to invest in a linebacker in the middle or later rounds considering the injuries to Bruce Carter and Sean Lee in recent seasons. Prince Shembo is not completely polished just yet, but he comes into the NFL with some noticeable talent.
Shembo never takes a play off and is full speed every snap of the game. He knows how to close in on the ball-carrier, totaling 46 tackles and five sacks for the Irish in his final season.
Shembo has the ability to play defensive end and linebacker, which is a versatility the Cowboys could certainly use. He is projected as a sixth-round pick by Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller.
Given his projected draft position, there is very little risk in bringing in Shembo and certainly some potential as well. The Cowboys need versatility and depth on defense in the short term but also need some more building blocks.
Shembo could turn out to fill both needs for Dallas down the road. If he doesn't, it won't set the franchise back in the least.
WR Mike Davis, Texas
The Cowboys don't have a pressing need for another wide receiver. That being said, Mike Davis is intriguing on more than a few fronts.
Davis is hometown guy that played his college ball at Texas, which means Dallas scouts know all about his abilities. He knows how to track the football on deep passes and speed past his would-be defenders.
His hands didn't always prove to be reliable for the Longhorns, but Davis can easily fix that. Working behind the likes of Terrance Williams and Dez Bryant should help quite a bit.
With Miles Austin gone, it wouldn't hurt the Cowboys to bring in another young wide receiver. Sure, Cole Beasley had a fine sophomore season. Still, there's no harm in having two decent options behind your top two receivers.
Davis has some impressive homegrown potential that could become another fine receiving option after some coaching.
DE Will Clarke, West Virginia
Will Clarke is not one of this year's biggest secrets, but that is only because of his body of work at West Virginia.
With the Mountaineers, Clarke consistently fired off the snap and quickly learned how to work his way around his blockers. He possesses a great sense of how to get to the quarterback on passing plays. That being said, Clarke bites and misses sometimes in run defense.
Marinelli is just the defensive coordinator to help Clarke work past his mistakes in the run game and become a solid defensive end. The Cowboys are admittedly a bit short at the Pittsburgh native's position now thanks to the departures of DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer.
At 6'6", Clarke is just three inches shy of Ed "Too Tall" Jones' height and his weight of 271 pounds will help him power rough blockers. There are more than a few reasons to look at Clarke, and Dallas would be wise to heavily consider him in Rounds 3-5.
OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor
The Cowboys saw better play from the offensive line last year, but they still need to bring in young talent upfront.
Quarterback Tony Romo has been sacked 107 times over the past three years. There is certainly room for improvement in the protection department.
At guard, Ron Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau were serviceable at times last year, but neither is the future at the position. Cyril Richardson is one of this year's top guards, and at 6'5" and 329 pounds, he has the build Dallas has always loved in its linemen.
He is not an easy man to move off his spot and has experience as both a tackle and a guard. Richardson's versatility is as big a plus as his size. The Baylor product knows how to move like a guard 50 pounds lighter than him when needed as well which is handy in the run game.
Richardson is definitely going to come off the board in the third or fourth round of this year's draft which is perfect for Dallas. The Cowboys would be wise to address the defensive line and safety in the early rounds.
Afterward, they will likely turn their attention to guard in the rounds in which Richardson is projected to go.
With Richardson, Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick in the fold, Garrett would be well on his way to having one of the best lines in the NFC East.