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Cowboys Nation chatted Saturday with our draft analyst TD and got updated data on player ratings post-Combine. The big news has the defensive linemen rising, with some offensive tackles coming along for the ride.
Cowboys Nation: The Combine is over, now. Can you go down the list and rate the risers and fallers by position?
TD: Okay, let’s start with offensive line. Lane Johnson had an excellent combine. I’d say Johnson could get looks inside as well. Kyle Long from Oregon is getting looks now in 2nd round. Eric Fisher is now closing the gap at the very top of the draft. A lot of people think Fisher will be top offensive tackle from this class in long run. That doesn’t mean he’ll get drafted higher than Luke Joeckel, but the gap between Fisher and Joeckel is very small now.
I’m hearing some teams are high on Virginia’s Oday Aboushi. They think he could be a good right tackle value. I’d say he goes somewhere in the 3rd round. He’s a bit like Kelichi Osemele, who Baltimore took in the 2nd last year. Aboushi could be a right tackle or start at right guard for a team this season.
CN: Last week you talked about Jonathan Cooper, the North Carolina guard and mentioned his versatility; some teams told you they think his best position could eventually be center. I saw one draftnik write this week that he thinks Cooper’s versatility could make him the first interior offensive lineman off the board. Have you heard any similar thinking from the teams you talk to?
TD: I haven’t heard anybody say Chance Warmack is the lesser player.
I think this goes to what I told you last week. Warmack didn’t have the best workouts and some teams in the middle of the round now may feel that they have a chance to get him if he slides a little. That may be why you’re reading Cooper might be picked 1st from the two. This is what some teams want other teams to think. The 10 – 12 teams in the league who run power schemes all want a shot at Chance.
He’s been one of the highest rated-players in the entire draft and now he’s not a good player? Give me a break.
CN: Let’s go to defensive line. I want to focus on one player you had at the 1st/2nd round break last weekend, and who now seems like a certain top-10 player — Oregon DE Dion Jordan.
TD: The reason I thought he might be late 1st was that he ended the season with an injury. I didn’t know how he would work out and he worked out real well. Combine that with Damontre Moore’s poor workouts and I think Jordan has shot up, along with Ezekiel Ansah and Barkevious Mingo. These guys, Jordan and Ansah especially, are the long, angular rushers who are the sexy rush picks right now; everyone compares them to JPP or Aldon Smith.
I think Moore is down in the second tier of ends, with guys like Margus Hunt, Datone Jones and Florida State’s Tank Carradine.
CN: What have you heard about Carradine? He’s rehabbing a knee and I was told a few weeks ago his pro day would make or break him.