2015 Depth Charts Update: Dallas Cowboys

A breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: Dallas Cowboys


DAL Offense

DAL Defense

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Notes

 

  • Like their divisional rivals in Philadelphia, the strength of this Dallas offensive line is up front. Ronald Leary projects as their worst starter, and he’s perfectly solid enough to hold down the starting job. Their recent first round draft picks have all impressed, with Zach Martin joining Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith as standout former first rounders.

 

  • Running back obviously took a big hit when DeMarco Murray joined the Eagles, and it remains a big concern heading into the season. Joseph Randle makes the most sense as the starter, given the lack of success Darren McFadden has had throughout his career, but perhaps the Cowboys are hopeful that the offensive line can keep the running game at a solid level.

 

  • The big question on front four is when they get Greg Hardy on the field. Originally suspended for 10 games, there have been reports recently that his suspension will be significantly reduced. That would be big for the Cowboys because, from an on the field perspective, Hardy is an elite talent. Our second highest graded 4-3 defensive end in 2013, he can rush the passer with the best of them.

 

  • The defensive backfield is a big concern however, with only Brandon Carr and Barry Church good enough to be considered average starters, to go along with the ever impressive Orlando Scandrick in the slot. Morris Claiborne has never lived up to his status as a first round draft pick, grading out at -16.5 over his first three seasons in the league.
  • scof

    “with only Brandon Carr and Barry Church good enough to be considered average starters”. Orlando Scandrick is posted as high quality though.
    On a side note, I thought Tyron Smith would be Elite.

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      scandrick is a slot corner, so by definition he’s not a starter

      • scof

        I agree with that, but as he has also played as RCB, I would surely consider him a backfield starter (I don’t picture a lot of Mo Claiborne being on the field while Scandrick is on the bench). Just my opinion though.

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          agreed, just pointing out why they might’ve worded it so

        • Dalen Erickson

          hey man nothing wrong with an opinion. I also agree with you on Tyron. Hes top 3 at the position. I think hes given up 1 sack each of the last two years

      • Dalen Erickson

        false. Most teams consider the nickel corner a starter because the nickel package is run so often but thats besides my point. When we do run base defense Scandy is ALWAYS on the field. He was on the field for 90% of snaps last year. Hes only in the slot when we go to nickel. He is so by far our best corner that we occasionally have him take on the number 1 depending on what type of player he is. For instance: When we played Indy he covered T.Y Hilton but when we played Detroit he covered Tate. He is absolutely a starter

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          chill out dude, i know this

          • Gordon McGuinness

            Just a case of me missing the end of the sentence when I copied the article into word press. It’s fixed now

          • Dalen Erickson

            happens to the best of us my friend. Thank you

          • Dalen Erickson

            Did I seem upset? Im sorry if that came off harsh somehow. I was just having fun breaking it down.
            Im surprised to see your reaction since your the most abrasive person on here. I managed to avoid condescension.
            Well you said something completely to the contrary, so if you did know that you forgot it for a moment

          • Dalen Erickson

            Sorry if I was a bit of a dick in that last comment. I just have a bone to pick with you for some reason. Its all good man. I like the discussion

      • Dalen Erickson

        you will see him move around a lot next year just like last year. Hes best in the slot but hes also just the best on the team period so we use him creatively. Last year he spent way more time on the outside because Moore could play the slot so well and Patmon could handle the slot as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jaterrance.young JaTerrance Dwayne Young

    You guys dropped Tyron Smith from Elite for HQ and bumped Hardy to Elite from HQ based on 2013 when u had him as HQ? Please explain

  • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

    has a lot to do with doug free’s health at the moment but la’el collins is practicing at RT currently. http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2015/05/28/lael-collins-getting-his-first-cowboys-work-at-right-tackle/

    • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

      (opinion alert*) unless randy gregory gains 40 lbs this summer i don’t see him playing on the left side as an end, maybe a base package SLB tho

      • Dalen Erickson

        thats insanity. That would never happen in a million years brother. Randy is here to rush the passer. Until he stacks on the weight he will mostly come in on 3rd down but he would be borderline worthless at LB. Im a Husker first and a Cowboy second so Ive seen every play of Randys career. He dropped into coverage for 2 snaps in his career. He is one of the best pure pass rushers I have seen in years. Many had him as the number 1 pass rusher in the draft before his failed drug test. Only a couple people had him at 2 but nobody had him lower. He will get us about 7.5 sacks as a rookie I think. Besides all that we are set at LB even if he could play the position

        • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

          i meant in rush role, a la von miller or khalil mack. obv not happening in a cover 2 base, jussayin tho. u missed the broader point anyway

          • Dalen Erickson

            I dont think that I did. Its was pretty simple. He needs to gain some weight….I know that. Again Im a Husker fan so Ive seen every game hes played in since we stole him from JUCO. That doesn’t suit our system at all. We dont use a rush LB. Clearly you havnt watched many Cowboys games brother

        • Steve Long

          if randy gregory cant play then what the hell is erick flowers doing for the giants? lol

  • Dalen Erickson

    great job on this guys. NFL.com does a terrible job on this. This is right on par with mine. The only error was Claiborne. Once healthy he will hover around the bottom of the depth chart. Scandy and Patmon will take most of nickel duties. Byron and Carr will be the guys on the outside. White will work his way into the rotation on the outside but he has some slot experience as well. I also like that they rated Wilber higher than Hitchens as that has been my observation as well. Hitch is a better run stuffer but WIlber is a much more rounded player with superior coverage, vastly superior pass rushing skill and better awareness.

  • Steve Long

    how can you guys get a depth chart so wrong when you watch so much football

  • RadioGaga

    greg hardy will not be in football shape..elite? doubt it..he was never elite in my estimation..a very good player..elite? no..You saying he’s a better player than suggs or as good as justin houston?

  • Cody Paulino

    How do you have Peters and Mathis rated elite but not Tyron Smith and Zack Martin?

  • Dalen Erickson

    Glad to see how they rated McFadden. Everyone seems to think he is still good when healthy but that has not been what Ive seen. Last two years hes been awful when healthy. He will make little to no contribution to this team even if hes healthy. Randle and Dunbar are the guys