Wes Bunting’s Draft Chat: Back to the Mailbag

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Part Two of Cowboys Nation’s weekly chat with The National Football Post’s Wes Bunting continues with readers questions and looks at some intriguing top 10 draft rumors.


Cowboys Nation:  Next question — which player in this draft class compares to Tyson Alualu, and where would that player go?

Wes Bunting:  I think you look at Cam Jordan.  Jordan is a little taller and longer, but you’re looking at guys who can play on the outside and in.  They’re both smart guys, high motor players.  I’d say Alualu is a little more street fighter than Cam Jordan, but overall, with the versatility they give you, I think they’re similar.

CN:  Where do you think Cam Jordan goes now?  We talked about him a lot early, but the attention has shifted to the offensive tackles and the 5-technique scuttlebutt from Dallas has them liking J.J. Watt.

WB:  In my mock draft tomorrow I have him going to Washington.  I still think that’s very possible.  I think Minnesota at 12 is possible.  I think Detroit at 13 is possible.  I think St. Louis at 14 is possible.  Jacksonville, New England, San Diego at 16, 17 and 18 are all possible.  I can’t see  him falling past the Chargers at 18.  I think his ceiling is Tennessee at 8, so I’d say 8 to 18 is his range.

CN:  Somebody has to take him, with so many teams in that range looking for defensive linemen.

WB:  We just had our NFP mock, where we go round table, and I picked for Washington and moved down from 10 to 14, and got a 3rd round pick out of it and took him there.  I would have taken him at 10.  I like Cam Jordan, but you know that.

CN:  Do you have an update on Deunta Williams’ health, and where does he project now?

WB:  I think he goes in the 4th to 5th round range.  He broke his leg the last game of the season and it takes time to heal.  He hasn’t been able to work out and it has hurt him.  Teams won’t take a guy high  when they can’t work him out.

CN:  Dallas has looked at Nate Irving as a late-round prospect and I have a question about his game.

WB:  He’s a good fit in a 3-4.  He’s a later round guy.  He’s got some thump downhill.  He’s stiff in his drop and he probably has some medical issues from that car accident that cost him all that time two years ago, but he’s a solid player.  I think the earliest you see him come off the board is the 4th, but I think the 5th to 6th rounds are more likely.

CN:  Question about Florida’s OT Marcus Gilbert.  How likely is he to contribute as a rookie?

WB:  I’d say 50-50.  Coming from Florida, he didn’t play with his hand on the ground very much.  I think that’s the biggest concern.  I have him going early in the 3rd round to Buffalo in my mock, and he’s a guy you’re ideally looking to give you time in his second or third year.

CN:  A question about three tackles the Cowboys like, Tyron Smith, Anthony Castonzo and Nate Solder.   That appears to be the order.  The reader wants to know how much of a dropoff there is from Smith to the other two player right tackle early in their careers?