Each day over the next 10 days, we will focus on one position in the NFL draft by highlighting a prospect in Rounds 2-7 who might be a fit for the Dallas Cowboys. With so much attention placed on the first round in mock drafts, "Beyond the first round" focuses on lesser-publicized options beyond the first 32 picks. Today we look at tight ends.
Second round -- Jace Amaro (Texas Tech): Amaro set a FBS record for most receiving yards in a single-season by a tight end with 1,352. While the Cowboys have an elite tight end in Jason Witten and quite possibly a receiving type tight end in Gavin Escobar, Amaro might be a nice find. He did have an incident in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl when he was ejected for throwing a punch. He’s very good at getting down the field (4.7 40-yard dash) and making plays in man coverage.
Third round -- C.J. Fiedorowicz (Iowa): Scouts say he makes catches in traffic and fights for yards. Scouts like his ability to catch passes away from his body and that he can absorb contact. A very tough player who is quick and athletic enough to block to the second level.
Fourth round – Arthur Lynch (Georgia): A 2013 team captain. He’s quick enough to get into position and is solid at locking onto a defender to block. He does a nice job of getting down field to make himself an open target, but he’s not fast.
Fifth round – Jake Murphy (Utah): His dad is seven-time MLB all-star Dale Murphy. He impressed scouts with his ability to make catches with defenders on him and over the middle. He handles contact when hit but is an inconsistent blocker. He does have good size, 6-4, 249 pounds, for a player at his position.
Sixth round – A.C. Leonard (Tennessee State): He transferred from Florida where he encountered some off-the-field issues. Has good size and speed and displayed some strength. Yet, plays inconsistent. Could be a good special teams player in his rookie year with the ability earn playing time on offense in his second season.
Seventh round -- Jordan Najvar (Baylor): He was a Big 12 honorable mention in 2013. His stats aren’t impressive because he was mainly used as a blocker in their pass-happy offense. Najvar might be a late round or undrafted free-agent signee. He improved his bench press between the combine and his pro day, lifting 225 pounds 18 times at the combine to 20 times at his pro day.