The Dallas Cowboys 2015 rookie draft class could possibly be one of the best draft classes in Cowboys history.
There are a lot of high expectations for several of the rookies joining the Cowboys this year, and the organization and fans alike think that they can make an immediate impact.
Byron Jones, Randy Gregory and La'el Collins are all highly touted rookies joining the Cowboys organization and all three are considered to be legitimate first-round talent.
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Won the lottery
The draft is known to be unpredictable and the 2015 NFL draft was no exception. Trying to accurately predict where each player will be drafted is like predicting the winning numbers for a lottery ticket.
That is exactly what all 32 NFL teams are trying to do in the draft and they are all hoping that the player that they covet is there when it's their turn to send in their draft card.
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The Cowboys have to feel like they won the lottery in 2015 with the rookies that they will have joining the team.
Nobody in their right mind would have been able to predict that Randy Gregory and La'el Collins' draft stock would have fallen as far as it did or that they would both be wearing a star on their helmet in 2015.
Gregory's draft stock fell because of his failed drug tests for marijuana use while playing at Nebraska and again testing positive at the 2015 NFL combine. Gregory was widely considered the top edge rusher in the draft and was predicted to be selected in the 10 to 15 range.
Luckily for the Cowboys, Gregory was still available when the Cowboys came on the clock at pick number 60. The Cowboys were ecstatic to draft arguably the best pass rusher in the draft with their second-round pick.
Collins' draft stock took an even more unpredictable plummet due to the fact that the Louisiana Police Department wanted to question him in regards to the murder of his ex-girlfriend Brittany Mills, and the paternity of her unborn child.
Like Gregory, Collins was projected to be one of the top offensive lineman drafted. Collins was also projected to be drafted somewhere between 10 and 15 range, instead he went through the entire draft without being drafted.
Both Gregory and Collins have received most of the fan and media interest after the draft while Byron Jones has gone about his business and flown under the radar.
Although Gregory and Collins are expected to be key contributors for the Cowboys in 2015, Jones could possibly have the bigger impact.
The Cowboys decided to draft Byron Jones with their 27th pick in the first round loving his freakish athletic ability and versatility.
Jones was a four-year starter at the University of Connecticut. He started his first two years at the free safety position, before switching to the cornerback position his final two years as a junior and senior.
Wanting to be Seattle
The NFL is a copycat league and when one team has success with something other teams in the NFL try to mirror that success.
The Dallas Cowboys run a similar defensive scheme as the Seattle Seahawks and the versatility of Byron Jones could possibly allow the Cowboys to mirror be Seahawks success.
Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones recently discussed how Byron Jones' versatility can help the Cowboys secondary and become more like the Seahawks.
"One of the things we really loved about Byron was his versatility and the fact that he played free safety for Connecticut his first two years and played free safety really well," Stephen Jones said last week during a conference call with season ticket holders.
"So we think we're getting a very versatile guy. We do think with what we're wanting to do with our corners, which is really press, not unlike what you see with the Seattle Seahawks with their long corners, which is really get athletic corners that can run. They've got long arms, they can make plays on the ball. We think Byron fits all of the above."
Stephen Jones even went on to say that because of Byron's versatility he could be moved from corner to free safety if Morris Claiborne comes back from his injury and is ready to play.
"If Mo Claiborne comes back healthy and roaring and ready, then if you want to get your best players on the field, he'll be a huge factor at the free safety position, which to some degree, we've been looking for because both Barry Church and J. J. Wilcox are very strong down safeties or in the box safeties, they pack a big punch and are very physical, but don't have the range of someone like Earl Thomas the Seahawks has."
Versatility is the key
At 6'1" and 199 pounds, Byron Jones has the size that a lot of teams covet at the cornerback position allowing him to cover some of the people receivers in the NFL.Jones also has the speed needed to keep up with somebody faster receivers, evidenced by his 4.4 second 40 yard dash time at his pro day.
The Dallas Cowboys secondary could look vastly different in 2015 and it could all be because of the rookie that continues to fly under the radar, Byron Jones.
There are still a lot of questions that need to be worked out before the 2015 season starts and a lot of them reside with the secondary of the Cowboys.
Will Claiborne be able to come back from his injury and finally live up to his potential after being drafted number six overall?
What is the best way to handle the Brandon Carr situation? Will he accept a pay cut or will he be cut out right?
However the cornerback position finally works out will probably determine where Byron Jones will be playing in 2015. It's his versatility that will allow him to make the biggest impact as a rookie with the Cowboys.
Even though he may be under the radar now, it won't be in for a long.
Who do you think will be the most productive rookie for the Cowboys in 2015? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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