With the NFL Draft just weeks away, NFL teams, scouts and potential draftees have been working overtime to get their draft boards –or draft stock – just where they want them.
Since the college season finished in January and players started declaring their decisions to go pro, I have seen former Oklahoma Sooners‘ free safety Tony Jefferson mentioned alongside the Dallas Cowboys. Mostly from Cowboys message board chatter and the mock draft crowds, but it has seemed to pick up a little more steam this week.
The Cowboys are in definite need of help in the safety position among other things. Jefferson is able to play both safety spots, but his size and speed has been a question on whether or not the Cowboys should lean in that direction.
Jefferson did participate in the Sooners Pro Day back in March, but he was sidelined after a hamstring injury. Before that he completed a 7.32 three-cone drill time and a 4.18 short shuttle.
One of Jefferson’s teammates, DT Casey Walker, was actually invited to Dallas Day, a workout session and personal meetings at Cowboys Stadium. Dallas Day is being held on Wednesday and brings in players with local ties. The safeties that were listed as being invited were Steven Terrell out of Texas A&M and Luke Anderson out of Wyoming.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Jefferson is out of the mix, but honestly, I think they may lean in another direction. Jefferson’s stock has stayed steady around the fifth round since he declared. The Cowboys won’t draft a fifth round prospect earlier than that when they are really in need of offensive/defensive linemen. They need to go after the best available in that category before grabbing a player being considered fifth round potential.
Though I do think Jefferson is a very teachable player and would add value to any team, I just don’t see him still being on the board before the Cowboys start drafting safeties. But this is the NFL draft – weirder things have happened.