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The beauty of the Cowboys plans so far is that they do not need to be rash at all. They can simply take the best available player and because of the depth of this Draft at most positions they can still fill a need. Let’s say that they are on the clock and Mike Evans of the Texas A & M Aggies is the best player on the board. Can they afford to take him? The answer is yes. Evans is a huge target who is likely to give teams who face him fits. Put him opposite Dez Bryant and keep Terrence Williams as the 3rd guy and it helps the Offense immensely. There is still Defensive depth to be had.
Shoring up the front
The Offensive guy I’d love to see the Cowboys get is Guard Xavier Su’A-Filo from the UCLA Bruins. I love big nasty Guards on my football team. One of my all time favorite unsung players was Herb Scott. He was part of the Offensive line dubbed “Four Irishmen and a Scott.” For those who don’t go back that far, the other starting OL for the Cowboys all had Irish surnames. They were Tom Rafferty, Pat Donovan, John Fitzgerald, and Jim Cooper. He was also one of the most underrated Dallas Cowboys of all time. He was picked in the 13th round of the 1975 Draft out of Virginia Union. He was one of the class of rookies called “The Dirty Dozen.” He was also the man about which Tony Dorsett said, “When Herb goes after a guy, the next thing you see are feet in the air.”
I also happen to be one of the biggest fans of a brawling Guard named Kevin Gogan. I was sad he got replaced on the Cowboys Offensive Line, until I got a long look at Larry Allen and realized he was perhaps the greatest Guard ever to play in the NFL. In Su’A-Filo the Cowboys could add a piece to the Offensive Line that is being retooled into a great unit. I’d love acquiring him if the DL guys are gone when we pick.
Please, not a Quarterback!
About the only positions I do not want to touch in round 1 of this Draft are Kickers, Running Backs, Tight Ends, and Quarterbacks. Yes, that includes the electric Johnny Manziel and his great nickname “Johnny Football.” Not in round 1. I don’t want any QB in round 1 this year. Not even if we had the overall number 1 pick. I still believe in Tony Romo and the Cowboys apparently do too. If Kyle Orton is staying and we keep Brandon Weeden then the only way I take a QB at all is as a 7th round pick or UDFA, unless in the 3rd round I can grab Jimmy Garrapolo from Eastern Illinois, Tony Romo’s Alma Mater, or Zach Mettenberger of Louisiana State. I’d love to grab A.J. McCarron in the 4th round. I think he might be the next Tom Brady. But I’d avoid QB in round 1 like the plague.
If the Cowboys take a QB in any round I suspect they will try to trade Kyle Orton for a draft pick or two, or they will relase him and save the cap room. Is Weeden a better option than Orton if Romo goes down? No, but his cost to the Cowboys is so low it would be a miracle if they didn’t value him above Orton. That is the business side of football.
Waiting around for the 7th round
My biggest fear about this Off Season is the gap between the Cowboys pick in the 5th round at 158, and their next pick in the 7th round at 229. 70 picks will go off the boards in between those 2 for the Cowboys. They have 6 picks in the 7th round, but they cannot trade the Compensatory Picks and the package deal of 229, 231, and 238 together doesn’t have the combined worth to get them out of the 7th round and into the 6th.
The Cowboys need to use their 11 picks wisely. Trade downs to add picks isn’t necessary but it isn’t a silly plan either. I’d love to see another Dirty Dozen scenario where all of the rookies contribute, but the most important thing for the Cowboys in this Draft is to get 3 immediate starters and at least 3 future starters. Every Draft needs to be built like that if you want to be able to afford to lose a Jason Hatcher or a DeMarcus Ware. The Cowboys have to overcome the loss of both. Maybe they have done that with the signing of Melton. There’s still more work to do.