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  1. These picks underscore the need for a developmental league like NFL Europe. Too many kids come out of college without experience with pro style schemes today and the current CBA just doesn’t allow the kind of contact it takes to train a player. Good luck to the Cowboys and their projects because they are going to need all the luck they can muster.

  2. Smith is undersized, his explosion and speed made him a player. If the nerve does not regenerate, he will be an undersized, slow lb, albeit with great recognition and awareness. Tapper has some pedigree, so we’ll see if his skills have improved, or if he’s going to be yet another LDE. Gathers transformation will be the equivalent of a smart high school kid being dropped into post-doc research. He’s a big fine athlete, but knows nothing. I’m not counting on any of these guys being transformative in any way.