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Thus far in our draft analysis we have studied those players which are considered “likely” Cowboys draft picks–the Mike Iupati‘s, the Earl Thomas‘s, and the Maurkice Pouncey‘s. We have even taken a look at the “sleeper” candidates–the Brandon Graham‘s and the Kyle Wilson’s.
But could Dallas go completely off the radar? Might they select someone who will shock every Cowboys fan across the nation?
In this article, we will take a look at four “super-sleepers.” These are players not many people are projecting to go in the first round, much less to Dallas. If we have learned anything over the years concerning the draft, though, it is to expect the unexpected.
Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
The most likely of our “super-sleepers” is Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold. We see him as an extreme reach in the first round, but some analysts think he could slip into the back of it. There have even been a few mocks which have projected Saffold to Dallas.
Still, the left tackle is a long-shot to become a Cowboy. . .which is exactly why he made our list.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Thomas is a guy that has perplexed us by moving up draft boards despite having done absolutely nothing all offseason. The Cowboys have hosted Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant, so they may (or may not) be willing to select a wide receiver in the first round. Is Thomas high enough on their board to be considered a legitimate option?
Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
Hughes is a talented pash-rusher who could very well sneak into the back of the first round. Is he an option for Dallas? Most say no, and out initial reaction is the same.
However, Wade Phillips loves outside linebacker depth (of which Dallas has little). We have also been pushing the notion of Brandon Graham to Dallas, so why not Hughes? He has no chance of dropping to the back of the second round, so don’t count him out.
Chris Cook, CB/FS, Virginia
The “sleepiest” (sleepiest?) of sleepers on our list is Virginia’s Chris Cook. Cook has soared up boards since the Combine, where he recorded the longest broad jump of any player and displayed supreme overall athleticism.
Dallas is in the market for a play-making free safety, so a safety that also has the ability to play cornerback fits the bill. We have a feeling fans would be furious if the Cowboys selected Cook, but he appears to be an excellent fit in the team’s system, so we wouldn’t be extremely shocked to see it happen.
What are your thoughts on our list? Which under-the-radar players do you think the Cowboys could select in the first round?