The Cowboys in the 4th round opted for WR Ryan Switzer out of Carolina. First glance has him as a Cole Beasley clone. Checks in at 5′ 8″, 180 with 4.5 speed, but has that same quickness that we see in Cole. He had 7 punt returns for TD’s and 2 KO’s for TD’s. As a WR, Dooley projects him as a mismatch player for 10-15 snaps per game. Never saw this pick coming but one that may pay off if he can produce as a returner and another short passing game target for Dak.
The “Wow” moment came surprisingly in the early part of the 6th round. One particular follower on Twitter was miffed as the selection of Switzer at the expense of the safety position. Didn’t have a great answer for him, as it was a surprise to this writer. Watching The Draft Show led to that “wow” moment, when the producer spotted activity in the Cowboys War Room. High fives were going around and it became obvious to the viewers that Dallas made a trade. The explosion of excitement on The Draft Show by Bryan Broaddus, Dane Brugler, Helman, KT & Cavanaugh was electric. They were banging the table for Xavier Woods, safety from Louisiana Tech. They were calling for him after the team picked at #92.
This was a great move and here’s why. First of all, Xavier was graded as a 3rd or 4th round player. Here you are in the 6th round and there’s great value for the player. Bryan had Anthony Brown slotted in the 3rd last year and we got him in the 6th round. How’d that turn out! Can we hit another 6th rounder? Anyway, we got the value pick for a future pick in 2018, giving up a 5th round selection. That’s really a steal for the Cowboys. Don’t fret in giving up a 5th rounder next year, we are in line to pick up as many as 4 compensatory picks for our loss of players that hit free agency and moved on. Barry Church, Terrell McClain, JJ Wilcox to name a few. Kicking the can down the road with comp picks likely make this a great move by the team.
Take a look at some high lights on our newest player, Xavier Woods.
— ✭Cowboys News✭ (@DemBoyz_News) April 29, 2017
Here’s a Q & A on Twitter by Dane Brugler. Before the round Dane looked at his available. Notice when that tweet went out it was well before the 4th round. Once again showing the value of the player whom we got in the 6th round. Appeared to be Stephan orchestrating this deal. Job well done!
A team is going to draft a very solid player w/ Xavier Woods. He'll compete for early snaps. https://t.co/1PxiI7VjzF
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) April 29, 2017
The Cowboys traded back in the end of the 6th with the Patriots, taking their pick 5 spots later and adding pick #239 in the 7th round. You can ask what good does that do and actually it’s a move that we should like. We’re here in the 6th and we already got a great value in Woods, otherwise you’re not looking at potential impact players so moving back 5 spots is insignificant. What getting that added pick, our 3rd for the 7th round is that it gives you is the chance to pick your preferred undrafted free agents. You get that chance of bringing those 7th rounders in and not fighting for them against the other 31 teams.
With pick #216 to close out the 6th round, the Cowboys take CB Marquez White from Florida State. Clearly a developmental player that has traits they may well like and now its time to coach him up. Bryan had him in the 5th and Dane in the 4th & 5th. May be best in zone coverage. You pick the tools, so let him be coached up.
After the rumors of Scandrick being on the block, guessing that saga hasn’t played out and perhaps why we’re watching the DB’s room expanding with four additions thus far, with three more picks to go in the 7th round.