Over the course of May, both Kyle Crabbs and I will be assessing each team’s specific Draft class. The objective here is to identify value: where it was best and where it was worst. NDT Premium members will soon be able to access the comprehensive breakdowns of draft classes as well, which looks at the pick by pick breakdown of value across our respective 2017 NFL Draft boards. Today I look at the Dallas Cowboys.
The full list of their 2017 NFL Draft class is below:
|133||WR||Ryan Switzer||North Carolina|
|191||S||Xavier Woods||Louisiana Tech|
|216||CB||Marquez White||Florida State|
|239||WR||Noah Brown||Ohio State|
Best Value: S Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech
Xavier Woods delivered a highly productive college career and is a true playmaker on the back end. Woods has exceptional ball skills and the ability to track the football and disrupt at the catch point. He gets a quick jump on the football and projects the flight path exceptionally well.
Woods is willing to fly down into the boundary or box and makes tackles against the run and quick game. Woods projects as a starting free safety that can handle deep zones, short zones and some man situations in the slot.
Woods was my 60th ranked overall player on my board and is tremendous value at pick 191.
Worst Value: CB Marquez White, Florida State
Marquez White profiles as a boundary corner in a zone-heavy scheme, where his awareness and skills overlapping coverage can be utilized. He does have physical limitations to overcome in terms of his slow feet, tight hips, and lack of recovery speed that could leave him vulnerable in man coverage. Additionally, White is a poor tackler with passive tendencies when asked to bring down ball carriers or take on blocks. He does offer quality length so there is something to work with if he can overcome his deficiencies.
Obviously, I am not enamored with White and he was my 267th graded player in the class.
Could Surprise: DT Joey Ivie, Florida
Joey Ivie has been a prominent piece in Florida’s defensive line rotation and a key contributor on a very stout defense. Ivie’s motor and urgency to quickly burst into the neutral zone, find the football, and shed blocks is very likeable. He plays with active hands and adequate flexibility to defeat blocks and rally to the football, which shows up as both a run defender and pass rusher. Ivie does well to soften rush angles and burst through contact to create pressure.
Ivie isn’t ideally suited for face-up match-ups in which he is asked to anchor against drive blocks and double-teams. His ideal fit comes as a 3-technique in a 4-3 alignment, where he can attack and penetrate gaps. Ivie should be a valuable part of a NFL defensive line rotation against the run and pass.
In the 7th round, a player with Ivie’s rotational upside is a solid pick and I think Dallas got a contributor.