war room

2016 NFL team rankings


Passing yards- 23rd

Rushing yards- 2nd


Passing yards – 26th

Rushing yards- 1st

Sacks- 13th

KEY NEEDS: pass defense. QB pressure. Depth offensive line.


NO. 28 First Round: Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE

The Cowboys are forced to move on from the Randy Gregory rehab program, and find themselves a player that can make plays in the pass rush. McKinley is an explosive off the edge rusher capable of making a difference right away in the Dallas pass rush.

Takk Highlights

Takk ran a 4.59 in the forty and has the longest arms at the position, 34.75 inches. He also plays with a high motor. Time to add Takk with Dak.

NO. 60 2nd Round: Desmond King, FS

In the off season, Dallas parted ways with safety Wilcox and Barry Church while also losing DBs Carr and Mo Claiborne. The secondary represents an area of major need. Desmond is listed as a free safety but played corner at Iowa. King is a ball hawk who will bring much needed instincts to make a play on the ball, and come up with interceptions. King also returns punts and kicks so can contribute on special teams. King ran a 4.53 forty, and was a top performer in the cone and shuttle drills. King Highlights

NO. 92 3rd Round: George Kittle, TE

TE Gavin Escobar is moving on and iron man Jason Witten isn’t getting any, younger so adding a TE who can play right away, is not a bad idea. Kittle represents one of the best run blocking TEs available in the draft and is athletic enough to develop into an effective receiver. Kittle ran an impressive 4.52 forty (OJ Howard ran 4.51) and was in the top three among TEs in the broad jump.   Kittle Highlights

NO. 133 4th Round: Rasul Douglas, CB

Dallas must address their secondary in this draft and picking up a CB here is a must. I like the size of Douglas (6-2, 209) with long arms and he also brings good ball instincts to a defense that needs more takeaways.    Douglas INT Machine

NO. 211 6th Round: Lorenzo Jerome, Safety

A standout starter for four years at St Francis, Jerome has outstanding ball skills and is solid in run support to help fill the strong safety spot vacated by Barry Church who left for Jacksonville. A very instinctive safety who also returns kicks.  Highlights

NO. 228 7th Round:  Jerry Ugokwe, OT

Tackle Doug Free retired and the Cowboys will be looking for Chaz Green to fill his spot at RT, but it makes sense to draft a tackle. Ugokwe has the potential to develop into a right tackle in the future. He’s 6-7, 321 and posses long arms, 35.38 inches, and has experience at both tackles in a pro style offense.

NO. 246 7th Round: Bug Howard, WR

A big receiver at 6-4, 221 who had a productive career at UNC. I simply think Howard may be one of the best players still on the board this late in the draft and is worth a look. He ran a 4.58 forty, and had an outstanding vertical jump of 37.50 inches. Bug wins the jump balls.   BUG in Action













Dallas Cowboys 2016 Mock Draft

war cowboys

Dallas Cowboys 2015 KEY NFL Rankings:

Offense: Points- 31st,  Yards-22nd, Pass yards-27th,  Rush yards-9th

Defense: Points-16th,  Yards-17th, Pass yards-5th, Rush yards-23rd


1- 4- 4 Dallas
2- 3-34 Dallas
3- 4-67 Dallas
4- 3-101 Dallas
4-37-135 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-14-189 Dallas from Oakland
6-37-212 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-41-216 Dallas (Compensatory Selection)
6-42-217 Dallas (Compensatory Selection

With four picks in the 6th round, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Jerry Jones trade some of those picks to move up or down. But for this mock, I make a pick at every draft spot.

First Round:  Jalen Ramsey FS

If there is one repeating theme for the Cowboys secondary in recent years, it is they don’t have a safety who can cover receivers with any consistency. Ramsey who is also considered a possible CB, could be the answer at FS for Dallas where I think they will want to play him. The Cowboys did pick a CB first last year in Byron Jones, but Ramsey appears to be a true safety and at this point in the draft, the top player on the board at his position.

Second Round: Derrick Henry RB

Last season the Cowboys were forced to throw together a running game after losing top rusher DeMarco Murray and recently the Cowboys parted ways with the off field troubled Joseph Randle. An excellent physical offensive line is already in place but what is needed is a physical RB who can pound the ball and force defenses to cave late in games. Henry is a Heisman trophy winner on the national champion Alabama team and appears to be a very good fit for the Cowboys run game. At 6-3, 247 Henry will be load to bring down but he has the speed with a 4.5/40 to explode after making a cut behind their offensive line. If the Cowboys are going to get back on track, it will require a top running game and Henry may be the answer.

Third Round: Carl Nassib DE

Safety isn’t the only defensive position that the Cowboys have had trouble getting settled, defensive end has been an issue since the departure of Demarcus Ware who won a super bowl with the Broncos. Dallas is moving on from Greg Hardy and they start the season with an injured  Demarcus Lawrence while Randy Gregory serves a 4 game suspension for violation of the NFL substance abuse policy. Nassib is considered a high character player and intelligent as a two time Big Ten All Academic team member. Described by coaches as a great locker room guy who plays with relentless effort to get to the QB or ball carrier. HIGHLIGHTS  Nassib had an NCAA best 15.5 sacks last year and would provide a spark on the defensive line. Nassib is taller than top ranked draft prospect Joey Bosa and Nassib’s arm and hand length size measure longer than Bosa too.

Fourth Round (101): Maliek Collins DT

Collins appears to be custom made to play the 3 technique on Marinelli’s defensive front. Collins possesses the “quick twitch” that the Cowboy defensive coaches talk about as he displays quick feet and gets off the snap quickly. HIGHLIGHTS In 2014, Collins had 13 tackles for loss at Nebraska and at the combine performed well in the cone and shuttle drills. The Dallas defense could use help in pressuring the QB and tackles for loss.

Fourth Round (135): Malcolm Mitchell WR

While wide receiver isn’t a huge need for the Cowboys coming into the draft, they could always use more depth at the position and Mitchel is an intriguing prospect as one of the better athletes at the position. At times, Mitchell has shown super star potential but was slowed down with 2 knee injuries. He had a strong performance at the combine and may be ready to break out ast an NFL receiver. Without the injuries, probably a player who is picked much earlier in the draft. HIGHLIGHTS

Sixth Round (189): D.J. Reader DT

At 6-3, 327 Reader would bring some bulk to the Cowboys defensive line as a potential run stuffer. He also happens to have good feet and is capable of playing both the nose tackle and 3 technique which he did at Clemson. At the combine, Reader did an impressive 30 reps on the bench press.

Sixth Round (212): Nick Kwiatkoski LB

An athletic former safety who would bring pass coverage support at the LB position. Has 6 interceptions at West Virginia and would offer depth at LB as well as potential as a special teams contributor. HIGHLIGHTS  Nick impressed at the combine with a 4.65/40 time, top performer in the broad jump (120″), 2nd best vertical jump (32″) and the 4th best shuttle time at his position. His athletic ability may make him a natural at the Will LB.

Sixth Round (216): Avery Young OT

Young was a three year starter for Auburn who is capable of playing both tackle and guard on either side. He is a strong zone scheme run blocker which will make him a good fit for the Cowboys offense. Young will provide depth on the Cowboys young talented line.

Sixth Round (217): Brandon Allen QB

I don’t look for Jerry to draft a quarterback early in the draft but at some point, it makes sense to draft one as a potential backup and perhaps develop into a starter eventually. Allen had a good performance in the Senior Bowl and possesses an arm that can make NFL type throws. Not likely Romo’s replacement but may be a good guy to have around as a 2nd or 3rd team backup.






2015 WEEK FOUR NFL RANKINGS: Colts Show Some Life


The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12

TOP 12 Teams:
The Colts show life by beating the Titans and move back into the top 12 teams. It’s not that they are playing great or anything but they play in such a weak division, they are likely to win it yet again.

Peterson exploded for 126 yards making me believe the Vikings are a contender for a playoff spot. At 2-1, they land at number 12 this week.

In Miami, the Bills destroyed the Dolphins and move up to number 10 as a possible playoff team. I’m not completely sold on the Bills yet, but games like this do get my attention.

WEEK 4 Change
1. Patriots (3-0) 0
2. Packers (3-0) 0
3. Broncos (3-0) 0
4. Bengals (3-0) +1
5. Cardinals (3-0) +1
6. Falcons (3-0) +1
7. Panthers (3-0) +2
8. Steelers (2-1) 0
9. Cowboys (2-1) -5
10. Bills (2-1) +6
11. Colts (1-2) +11
12. Vikings (2-1) +3
13. Seahawks (1-2) -1
14. Jets (2-1) -4
15. Raiders (2-1) +13
16. Chiefs (1-2) -2
17. Chargers (1-2) -4
18. Giants (1-2) +11
19. Eagles (1-2) +1
20. Texans (1-2) +11
21. 49ers (1-2) -3
22. Dolphins (1-2) -5
23. Lions (0-3) 0
24. Ravens (0-3) -3
25. Redskins (1-2) -6
26. Browns (1-2) -2
27. Rams (1-2) -1
28. Jaguars (1-2) -17
29. Titans (1-2) -4
30. Bucs (1-2) -3
31. Saints (0-3) -1
32. Bears (0-3) 0

2015 WEEK THREE NFL POWER RANKINGS: Jets soar into top 12.

NFLTeamsThe Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

TOP 12 Teams:
AFC- This week the Ravens fall to 0-2 and out of the top 12 teams. They are replaced by the Steelers who scored often against the 49ers.
The Jets soar into the top 12 with a 2-0 record and believe it or not, the Jaguars move up to number 11 after defeating the Dolphins. With the Colts struggling at 0-2, I like the chances of the Jags winning that division.

In the NFC, the Seahawks fall to 0-2 so they are barely in the top 12 teams at number 12. It’s not that I think they deserve to be in the top 12 currently, but when I look at the other NFC teams not in the top 12, none stand out as deserving either.

WEEK 3 Change
1. Patriots (2-0) 0
2. Packers (2-0) 0
3. Broncos (2-0) 0
4. Cowboys (2-0) +2
5. Bengals (2-0) 0
6. Cardinals (2-0) +2
7. Falcons (2-0) +5
8. Steelers (1-1) +10
9. Panthers (2-0) +1
10. Jets (2-0) +11
11. Jaguars (1-1) +17
12. Seahawks (0-2) -8
13. Chargers (1-1) +1
14. Chiefs (1-1) -5
15. Vikings (1-1) +9
16. Bills (1-1) -3
17. Dolphins (1-1) -1
18. 49ers (1-1) -1
19. Redskins (1-1) +10
20. Eagles (0-2) -5
21. Ravens (0-2) -10
22. Colts (0-2) -15
23. Lions (0-2) -4
24. Browns (1-1) +6
25. Titans (1-1) -3
26. Rams (1-1) -6
27. Bucs (1-1) +5
28. Raiders (1-1) +3
29. Giants (0-2) -3
30. Saints (0-2) -7
31. Texans (0-2) -4
32. Bears (0-2) -7

2015 WEEK TWO NFL POWER RANKINGS: Pats and Brady back in top spot


The Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

TOP 12 Teams:

Thanks to a judge’s ruling, Brady is back and the Patriots take the top spot after taking care of the Steelers. In the AFC, the Steelers drop put of the top 12 teams and the Chiefs move into the top 12 after a convincing win over the Texans. After defeating the Eagles, the Falcons move into the top 12 and knock the Eagles out of the top 12.

Biggest Mover UP:

The Rams ,who I had ranked at the bottom, beat the Seahawks in OT and move up 12 spots to 20. While I knew they looked good on defense on paper at least, I wasn’t sure their offense would make the most of it but they were able to have success against the NFC defending champs.

Biggest Mover DOWN:

The Texans look like they should have a good defense but they are awful on offense with shaky QB play and their starting RB Foster still out with injury. They fall 9 spots down to 27, after getting man handled by the Chiefs at home. It was never even close.

WEEK 2     Change

1. Patriots (1-0) +4
2. Packers (1-0) +1
3. Broncos (1-0) -1
4. Seahawks (0-1) -3
5. Bengals (1-0) +1
6. Cowboys (1-0) +1
7. Colts (0-1) -3
8. Cardinals (1-0) +1
9. Chiefs (1-0) +5
10. Panthers (1-0) +2
11. Ravens (0-1) 0
12. Falcons (1-0) +5
13. Bills (1-0) +7
14. Chargers (1-0) +1
15. Eagles (0-1) -7
16. Dolphins (1-0) 0
17. 49ers (1-0) +2
18. Steelers (0-1) -8
19. Lions (0-1) -6
20. Rams (1-0) +12
21. Jets (1-0) +6
22. Titans (1-0) +9
23. Saints (0-1) -2
24. Vikings (0-1) -2
25. Bears (0-1) -2
26. Giants (0-1) +2
27. Texans (0-1) -9
28. Jaguars (0-1) -4
29. Redskins (0-1) 0
30. Browns (0-1) -5
31. Raiders (0-1) -5
32. Bucs (0-1) -2


NFLTeamsThe Twist: Each week the top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season therefore indicating the top 12 teams most likely to currently make the playoffs. One NFC team and one AFC team occupy the top two spots to reflect who may end up in the super bowl. At least one team from each division is represented in the top 12.

Last season 8 teams I ranked in my top 12 for week one, went on to make the post season.

With Brady serving a deflategate suspension to start the season, I think it opens the door for some of the other AFC teams like the Broncos and Colts, to get to the super bowl. The Patriots will probably finish strong but I look for a slow start.

In the NFC, Seattle remains the team to beat and were one play away from winning the super bowl. The Packers were dealt a major set back when they lost wide receiver Jordy Nelson for the season. Still they are deep at the position, and I believe Rodgers will make the most of who he has available.

Dallas has big shoes to fill at running back with the departure of Murray to the Eagles. If he stays healthy, (and it’s a big if) I believe McFadden can help replace Murray. The Cowboys should have a much improved pass rush with the additions of Greg Hardy and Randy Gregory. But the defense did receive a big set back by losing Orland Scandrick for the season. The Cowboys and Eagles should battle it out to win the NFC East title.

Last season the NFC south was easily the worst division in the NFL and it’s not easy to figure who will win that division this season. Even with the loss of wide receiver Benjamin, I still favor the Panthers to come out on top because they should be very good on defense. I do look for the Falcons to be much improved and in the race to win the division.

At the bottom of the rankings, are teams with QB issues and in the NFL, that can make it difficult to win.


1. Seahawks
2. Broncos
3. Packers
4. Colts
5. Patriots
6. Bengals
7. Cowboys
8. Eagles
9. Cardinals
10. Steelers
11. Ravens
12. Panthers
13. Lions
14. Chiefs
15. Chargers
16. Dolphins
17. Falcons
18. Texans
19. 49ers
20. Bills
21. Saints
22. Vikings
23. Bears
24. Jaguars
25. Browns
26. Raiders
27. Jets
28. Giants
29. Redskins
30. Bucs
31. Titans
32. Rams

Analysis of Dallas Cowboys 2015 First Five Draft Picks

rookie maxresdefault
1. CB Byron Jones 6-1, 199

Strengths: Excellent athletic ability on display at the NFL combine in vertical and broad jump. Has the quickness and size to cover top receivers in the NFL. Potential to be a shut down corner. Excellent character and team captain type, that should be very coachable and therefore develop quickly.

Weakness: Needs to become more physical when battling receivers for the ball. Could use more strength. A willing tackler but often comes  up on the short end of collisions. Not a very physical tackler and NFL backs/receivers may break the tackle. Jones could benefit from an additional 5 pounds of muscle on his wiry frame. While not great in run support, he can cover and that’s why Dallas drafted him.

How he fits: Jones could be a day one starter at corner where Dallas has had issues in the past with an often injured and disappointing Claiborne. I think Jones may be Mo’s replacement sooner than later. Jones should also be capable of covering receivers out of the slot and he has experience at safety.

Player comparison:  Broncos All Pro corner Aqib Talib who has similar size at 6-1, 205 and Talib wore #31 while a Patriot. Talib was drafted by the Bucs in the first round (20) in the 2008 draft. Talib was also a NFL combine stand out.

2. DE Randy Gregory 6-6, 245

Strengths: Outstanding quickness and good pass rushing instincts. Relentless in pursuit of the ball in run or pass. Long arms serve him well against offensive linemen.

Weakness: A little under weight for the position at 245 and the Cowboy coaches are going to want to put 20 pounds or so on him quickly. Needs to develop more pass rush moves for next level. There are the obvious off field character issues which have the potential to keep him from reaching his full potential.

How he fits: With Greg Hardy starting the season with a suspension, the Cowboys will expect help from Randy right away. A potential day one starter at DE and for sure we will see him in the rotation. Should have an immediate impact on the Cowboys pass rush struggles.

Player Comparison: Former all pro Cowboys DE Charles Hayley who was a bit undersized but had a real ability to get to the QB finishing his career with 100 sacks. He helped the Cowboys win a super bowl in 1992. Randy will wear #94 which was Haley’s number. Let’s hope he plays at that level.

3. OT Chaz Green 6-5, 300

Strengths: Good pass blocker in college, with nice feet work. Identifies and picks up blitzes well. Versatile along the line.

Weakness: Needs to develop as a run blocker. Not very physical and will need to become more physical to hang with the linemen Dallas currently has. Recently during rookie camp he struggled with the heat and with blocking as well. His technique needs work for sure. History of injuries (ankle) must be a concern too.

How he fits: With the departure of tackle Jeremy Parnell to the Jags, Green was drafted to provide depth at left and right tackle and I expect him to do just that. Not yet ready to be a starter but may eventually develop into an effective option when injuries dictate he play.

Player comparison: I’m comparing him to tackle Jeremy Parnell who was a solid backup for the Cowboys and I believe Green could develop into one as well.

4. LB Damien Wilson 6-0, 243

Strengths: Displays some instincts at the position. Good tackler and brings a hit with his tackles. Good at blitzing. Appears to have good size for the position.

Weakness: Average athletic ability and is often not particularly outstanding in his play. At times appears a step behind. Functional but not outstanding in any area.

How he fits: Appears capable of making the roster in a crowded position for Dallas. Likely providing depth at LB and seeing some action if injuries open the door. Appears to be a good blitzer and may be useful there. Stays low, finds the opening, and then adjust to the play. His ability to contribute on special teams may have a lot to do if whether or not Wilson makes the final 53 man roster.

Player comparison: LB Justin Durant who left Dallas in the off season to join the Falcons. Like Durant, Wilson should be a decent option at LB when needed.

5. DE Ryan Russell 6-4, 269

Strengths: Ideal size for the position. Good run defender and displays nice strength too. May have a lot of upside.

Weakness: Doesn’t appear to have great quickness like you would want from a DE. Looks the part of an NFL DE, but it feels like he has been a bit of an underachiever so far in his career. Just an average pass rusher (3 sacks his senior season).

How he fits: Russell should get an opportunity to contribute to the team as a backup DE. His size and run defense should be of use right away but he will need time to develop as a pass rusher at the NFL level.

Player comparison: DE Anthony Spencer played at Purdue like Russell, and was an OLB for Dallas before they switched to a 4-3 defense where he played DE. Spencer had a breakout season in 2012 with 11 sacks. Like Russell, Spencer was a better run defender than pass rusher.