DA Draft Buzz: Monday Notes For Draft Week

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

Draft week has arrived and the clock is ticking.  Today’s draft notes includes nuggets on the Dallas Cowboys, Cam Robinson and the ascension of Jarrad Davis.

I’m told the Dallas Cowboys have Adoree' Jackson as a first-round target, and we’ve had the cornerback being selected by the team in our past three mock drafts.

Another cornerback the team likes an awful lot is Cordrea Tankersley of Clemson.

While I can’t imagine they’d take Tankersley in Round 1, he’s a name to remember for the Cowboys on Day 2 should they grab a pass rusher in the first frame.

It’s looking more and more as though Cam Robinson will be the first tackle selected in the draft. I’m not a big believer in Robinson lining up at left tackle in the NFL, but several people tell me his combine workout convinced them he can hold down that spot at the next level. I’m told there has been a big uptick in the number of teams flying into Tuscaloosa to work out Robinson over the past couple of weeks.

During last Friday’s edition of the DA Draft Buzz, I noted that two teams both grade Florida’s Jarrad Davis as a first-round pick. On Sunday I learned a few teams stamp the linebacker as a top 20-prospect and feel that he’ll be gone by the middle of Round 1.

The teams I’m hearing that are interested in Davis include the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins.

Safety Marcus Maye is another Florida Gator likely to be selected earlier than most project.

The senior had a great visit with the Dallas Cowboys last week and is receiving a ton of interest from the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals. The other team showing big interest in Maye is the New England Patriots.

At present time the Patriots won’t be called to the clock until the 72nd selection of the draft, but the feeling from those I’ve spoken with is that New England will make a move into the early or middle portion of the second round by trading Malcolm Butler or via some other maneuver.

I’m told the pre-draft grade given to Maye is better than the one received by Keanu Neal a year ago. Neal was eventually selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 17th pick of Round 1.

I would expect the first two safeties, Jamal Adams and Malik Hooker, to be off the board during the initial 10 picks. Jabrill Peppers and Budda Baker are the next two and should be selected by the third or fourth pick of the second round. The next group, which includes Maye, Josh Jones, Obi Melifonwu and Justin Evans, should be off the board by the middle of Round 2.

Just two months ago, Quincy Wilson and Jalen Tabor were the focus of conversations centering on pro prospects in the Gators secondary. It now looks like Maye will be the first defensive back from the Florida roster selected in the draft.