The Dallas Cowboys’ 2014 draft was unique in that the range of possible outcomes for their top draft picks is quite wide. Realistically, we could see anywhere from zero to three draft picks starting for Dallas on opening day, assuming you count the No. 3 wide receiver as a starter.
Even so, this isn’t a draft class that’s likely to produce a whole lot in 2014. Remember, the Cowboys gave up their third-round pick to move up for Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence, so that took away a potential impact rookie. The Cowboys got quality production from 2013 third-round pick Terrance Williams, so that’s something they could miss this season.
Looking at a combination of draft slots and probable roles on the team, let’s examine how much the Cowboys’ top four rookies can be expected to contribute right out of the gate.