|Offense||22nd||118.1 (9th)||216.9 (26th)|
|Defense||17th||120.9 (21st)||227.2 (5th)|
The Dallas Cowboys selected Maliek Collins in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 67th overall.
Collins wasn't especially productive on a Nebraska defense that sometimes struggled against the run, but he has good athleticism on a stout frame (6-foot-2, 311 pounds). Collins has a fairly uncommon combination of quickness and explosiveness for someone of his build.
It's a stunning pick that's not easily justified when, by almost any account, Smith's medical situation is even more concerning than that of Myles Jack, who Dallas selected Smith ahead of. With ongoing nerve damage issues in his knee, Smith is all but already declared out for the 2016 season, and there remain doubts about his ability to play in general. With that said, if Smith should make a seemingly improbable recovery to his full previous form, he would provide Dallas with a rare athletic talent at linebacker.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Elliot in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, fourth overall.
The fourth pick is a high selection for a running back in this era of the NFL, but Ezekiel Elliott is a rare prospect worth paying up for. Supremely productive in college and a standout athlete for the position, Elliott should push aside Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris in a hurry. The selection illustrates owner Jerry Jones' commitment to and faith in quarterback Tony Romo, as this looks like a 'win-now' pick. Behind the Dallas offensive line, Elliott could hardly have landed in a better setting for fantasy production. He's an elite dynasty asset and should be a prominent name in redraft leagues, too.
Frederick had his fifth-year option exercised by the
The move keeps Frederick in a Cowboy uniform through 2017. He was Dallas' highly scrutinized first-round selection in 2013, though has proved to be more than worthy of his draft pedigree. The Wisconsin product has been selected to two Pro Bowls in three years, has yet to miss a single contest, and is a key cog in Dallas' premier offensive line, while shaping up to be one of the best centers in the league. In 2014, Dallas signed bookend tackle Tyron Smith to an eight-year extension one year after picking up his fifth-year option. Look for Jerry Jones and company to proceed in a similar fashion with Frederick.
Carr was set to make $9.1 million in the final year of the contract he signed with the Cowboys back in 2012, but with no guaranteed money left on the deal, he could have been simply cut after June 1. The new deal keeps Carr in Dallas with a base salary of $4.25 million, which could increase to $6 million after bonuses.
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