Law Nation: Projecting the Cowboys 53-Man Roster

By Law Nation
PSDC Partner and Film Study Expert

Keep in mind this is not the final Roster, just my observation from the OTAs and news that I have picked up from around the Cowboys. Training Camp and Preseason have not even started yet, there are plenty of chances for rookies, trades, and lord please forbid injuries to happen. This team collectively looks solid and there will be plenty of battles during this offseason for major roles on this roster.

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Law Nation Film Study: Jourdan Lewis


OVERVIEW
Lewis’ senior season didn’t start off the way he would have preferred, as he missed the first three games of the year due to injury. His play over the ten games in which he played, however, earned him first-team All-American notice from multiple outlets. Lewis was also a Jim Thorpe Award finalist and the Big Ten Conference Defensive Back of the Year (25 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions, nine pass breakups). He was a 13-game starter as a junior, making 52 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions, and 20 breakups, which ranked third in the FBS. Lewis averaged 25.2 yards on kick returns in 2015, as well. He earned a starting corner job three games into his sophomore year (39 tackles, 1.5 TFL, two INT, six PBU), and contributed as a true freshman in 2012 (17 tackles, two PBU).

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Law Nation Film Study: Lucas Wacha


Name: Lucas Wacha
College: Wyoming Number: 45
Height: 6-1 Weight: 225
Position: OLB Pos2: ILB/ST
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2017
Runs the 40 yards Low: 4.50

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Law Nation Film Study: Jaylon Smith


OVERVIEW
Heading into the Fiesta Bowl, Smith was considered one of the best defenders in the country and a sure-fire elite prospect in the 2016 NFL Draft. He tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the teams loss to Ohio State, however, placing some doubt on whether he would apply for early entry. The 2015 consensus All-American decided he had done enough in his college career, however, deciding to put his name in the hat despite the intense rehabilitation ahead of him. Smith became the second player to win both the high school and college Butkus Awards as the nation’s top linebacker, joining former Notre Dame star Manti Te’o, by leading the Irish with 113 tackles, nine of which went for losses. It was the second straight season Smith topped the defensive stats chart in tackles (112) and made nine TFLs. In his first year on campus, Smith started all 13 games, making 67 stops, 6.5 for loss. It is expected that Smith will bounce back from his knee surgery to become the athletic, explosive defender that wowed scouts over the past three years.

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Law Nation Film Study: Marquez White


OVERVIEW
A two-sport athlete, White played with the basketball Seminoles for six games in the 2013-2014 season. He quickly decided, however, that football was his best future profession. White was primarily played as a reserve and special teamer in 25 games in 2013 (12 tackles) and 2014 (three tackles). He earned a starting spot for all 13 games as a junior (25 tackles, two for loss, one interception, and two pass breakups). White was also a 13-game starter and honorable mention All-ACC from league media pick in 2016, intercepting two passes and breaking up four passes.

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Law Nation Film Study: Noah Brown


OVERVIEW
Brown’s 2016 season was widely anticipated in league circles because of his potential as a big-play receiver. In Ohio State’s September win in Oklahoma, he showed great promise as a red-zone threat, with four of his five catches (72 total yards) going for touchdowns. Though he wasn’t utilized nearly as much through the rest of the year, Brown was a 12-game starter and honorable mention All-Big Ten pick this year for league coaches and media (32-402, seven TDs). The reason many people were expecting great things in 2016 was because word leaked up about his excelling in 2015 preseason camp before suffering a broken leg during practice. The New Jersey all-state pick played in 13 games (just one catch for nine yards) as a true freshman in the Buckeyes’ national championship season of 2014, lining up at receiver, H-back, and on special teams.

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Law Nation Film Study: Ryan Switzer


OVERVIEW
While Switzer is not related to the famous college and NFL head coach of the same surname, Barry Switzer did reach out to the family by phone to see if there was any relation. The two-time West Virginia Gatorade High School Player of the Year was mostly known for his rushing ability (2,379 yards, 32 TD as a senior), but became well-regarded as a receiver and returner during his time in Chapel Hill. Switzer won several All-American and Freshman All-American awards in 2013, as well as first-team All-ACC notice as a specialist, because he tied the NCAA record of five punt returns for touchdowns (24-502, nation-best 20.9 average). He also got his beak wet as a receiver that year (32-341, three TD), though his contributions there increased as a sophomore (61-762, four TD; 37-172 on punt returns). Switzer earned All-American honors again for his punt returns in 2015 (22-302, two TD) but also picked up third-team All-ACC recognition after leading the Tar Heels in receiving (55-697, six TD). His accomplishments as a receiver outweighed those for his return skills (16-106) in his senior year. League coaches named him first-team All-ACC as a receiver in 2016 because he finished tenth in the country with 96 receptions for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns.

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Law Nation Film Study: Taco Charlton


DRAFT OVERVIEW
Vidauntae “Taco” Charlton continually improved during his Michigan career. The first-team All-Ohio selection “crossed the border” from Pickerington, a Columbus suburb, to play for the Wolverines (along with tight end Jake Butt). He played mostly on special teams as a true freshman (two tackles), then saw his playing time increase in 2014 (19 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks, one start). Though Charlton started just three games as a junior, he was a strong contributor on passing downs (30 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 5.5 sacks). Everything came together for him in 2016, garnering first-team All-Big Ten honors after leading Michigan with 9.5 sacks among his 13 tackles for loss. [Read more…]

Brice Butler Doin’ Work in Mini Camp

Returning to Dallas on a one-year deal worth just over $1 million, Brice Butler has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. So far in mini-camp, it’s showing! Video provided by Law Nation.

Dez Dominating Mini Camp

With training camp about five weeks away, Dez Bryant already looks to be in mid-season form, as shown in the video provided by Law Nation, a friend, and partner to PSDC.

David Irving Facing 4 Game Suspension for PEDs

By Lindsey Jones
Project Shanks Cowboys & Rangers Writer

David Irving is yet another Dallas Cowboys defensive player who is facing a 4 game suspension to begin a football season and I’m sure all Cowboys fans are thinking the same thing: “Another one? Really?”

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Why Ryan Switzer is More Than a Cole Beasley Insurance Policy in Dallas

By Lindsey Jones
PSDC Cowboys and Rangers Writer

The Cowboys drafted another slot receiver, Ryan Switzer, in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL draft even though their most productive receiver in 2016 was slot receiver Cole Beasley. Switzer and Beasley are very similar receivers and could make the Cowboys offense even more potent than it was last year which ranked fifth in the NFL in total offense with 26.3 points per game.

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