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  1. 1st I have to say no aggy being included is simply a crime again humanity. . . .or is that sheep???? Can't say I disagree with their pick. Lil'Jordan's underuse last year likely cost us a game. 22. Texas: WR Lil'Jordan Humphrey The versatile Humphrey lit up Texas' spring game, suggesting he could be in for a big season. The Longhorns have longed for a go-to wide receiver for years now. Humphrey and teammate Collin Johnsonseem primed to finally fill that void. -- Trotter http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23804063/most-exciting-player-top-25-college-football-team
  2. 1st, when I go to the home page it logs me out. Thought that was odd. And my suggestion, we start a 2019 recruiting commitment list like we have the 2018 class up in the drop down menu.
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    Herman Era Year 2

    Yes but he took a shot in the RRW which lead to him having 2 liver operations recently.
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    Herman Era Year 2

    I heard that. Also heard he built a runway on his ranch so Sergio could fly in. Marty was one hell of a lawyer after football, landed at the time one of the biggest settlements in legal history. He got screwed by the "powers that be" trying to run for Gov, left him a bit bitter. I don't know him well but really enjoyed visiting with him then I went to see him and his wife when he was recovering from liver surgery in Dallas.
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    Herman Era Year 2

    Yep
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    Herman Era Year 2

    Best I got was buying him enchiladas and budwiesers at Matt's. coach dabbs set it up. See my sig pic Bonus points if you can name the All American in the shot with us. Hint, it ain't me.
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    Review of Dallas' Draft

    I can see 4-5 of them easily as starters in 2019. LVE CW Gallup Schultz With Wilson and Armstrong as contributors. If Hurns is not re-signed, can see Wilson starting with Gallup in 2020 Keep in mind that Tevon Austin is effectively a 6th rounder for us so another contributor. 4 starters and 3 contributors out of 10 picks. . .that's quality drafting. PS, Dallas will have $60-70 million in cap space next year so Martin is easily retained, locking up this OL for 5 years and if Lawrance repeats, money to sign him as well. Plus they can "go shopping" for a key piece unlike years past in FA.
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    Review of Dallas' Draft

    Overviews above are from NFL.com Below is the evaluation of Dallas' draft by PFF. https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-all-32-nfl-teams-2018-nfl-draft-grades 1 (19) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State, 89.8 2 (50) Connor Williams, T/G, Texas, 85.7 3 (81) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State, 92.1 4 (116) Dorance Armstrong Jr., Edge, Kansas, 78.5 4 (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford, 82.1 5 (171) Mike White, QB, WKU, 84.2 6 (193) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana, 85.5 6 (208) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State, 89.2 7 (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama, 75.6 Day 1: Dallas made some interesting picks in the draft, and none more than their top pick of Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch. Despite being older than the other top linebackers in this class, Vander Esch is actually younger than all of them in terms of playing time experience, with just one season of significant playing time in college. That season though was spectacular, seeing him lead the nation with 76 defensive stops and showing the kind of flow to the football that teams love. His potential remains high because of that lack of experience, and if he can develop his coverage skills to match his run defense he could quickly become one of the game’s best linebackers. Day 2: When the Cowboys were at their best, they had the league’s most dominant offensive line, and they’re trying to get back there with the offseason hire of offensive line coach Paul Alexander and now selecting Connor Williams in the second round. Williams was the No. 2 tackle on our draft board and allowed just one sack across three seasons of play for Texas. He has shown excellent pass-blocking and run-blocking skills and looked to have the ability to stay outside at tackle but was seen as a candidate to move in to guard by many. Dallas could use an upgrade at either right tackle or left guard, and they will need to decide how they are going to deploy Williams and La’el Collins to best improve those two positions. The Cowboys also added a PFF favorite, Michael Gallup, the highest-graded wide receiver in the nation in 2017 and one of the most productive players in college football. Gallup faced press coverage on 64 of his targets in 2017, catching 30 of those passes for 568 yards, and showed well at the Senior Bowl against improved competition. Day 3: Dallas grabbed QB Mike White in the fifth round to back up Dak Prescott. He posted the sixth-highest grade in the draft class on deep throws. Cedrick Wilson adds nice receiver depth to this group and at 6-foot-3, he gained 4.6 yards per route against Power-5 competition in 2017, leading the FBS. With their last pick, they grabbed Alabama RB Bo Scarbrough, who never quite lived up to his huge frame, breaking 62 tackles on 267 college carries. Overall grade: Elite
  9. Quick over view of Dallas 2018 draft. 1st round LVE, uber athletic LB who'll play 3 downs and be the MLB of the future. B+A- pick only because he's not a day 1 starter 2nd round, Conner Williams, A pick, day 1 starter, great fit for Dallas 3rd round, Michael Gallup, B+A- pick, VERY Dak Friendly. only question is how fast does he adjust to the NFL So 1st 2 days of the draft are very high B+/A-, addressed 3 key needs and landed some serious talent. Day 3 begins and we see Dallas reach a bit for Dorance Armstrong with their 1st 4th rounder. Solid player, rotation guy on the edge then Dallas takes an excellent TE prospect in the 4th who may well be a Day 1 starter if Jason Witten retires. So give the 4th round a solid B+ 5th round sees the Cowboys take a QB. Not a big need but they wanted a developmental guy. Mike White, likely the best QB on the board but he is the opposite of mobile and this offense should be built around a QB who can move around/buy time in the pocket. C grade. 6th round we see a great pick and a serious ?????. Getting Cedric Wilson at this point (3rd/4th round quality) is an A pick. But taking a 1 year starter not overly productive guy (his teammate a better pick) at LB when you still having addressed S or DT. . .sorry, better quality there. Averages out to be B-/C 7th round, wheels come off, they take a RB who's frankly not very good and really has no role on this team unless you think he's a STs demon. Only way he makes the roster. D Now Dallas did execute 2 trades, 1 giving up a 6th (they had 3) for Tavon Austin to play 3rd down back. Excellent value, he's far better than anyone available. And Ryan Switzer to the Ray Duhs for their 2nd round bust DT from 2016. While we needed to clear out our WR room, would much rather take a chance on a high motor guy in Poona Ford than a bad attitude player who's one step out of the league. Hoping Da Boys land some quality with UDFA, they have done well there over the years. For the record, 2-3 years from now I see 5 starters from this draft and 3 "contributors". . .LVE, Williams, Gallup, Shultz and Wilson are starters, Armstrong and Ward as rotation guys and TA as a 3rd down/change of pace back. That's a pretty salty draft Player breakdowns below Leighton Vander Esch A-: Overview Vander Esch is a loose-hipped, instinctive linebacker who played in 2017 like he had a GPS tracker on the football. His production totals against both the run and pass are rare for being a first-year starter and with a frame that is primed for more muscle, his NFL ceiling is high. Vander Esch might benefit from a reduced role his rookie season while he improves his play strength and becomes more skilled at taking on blocks. He's an every-down linebacker with very good starting potential and the talent to fill up a stat sheet. Strengths Big, long and athletic Has history of achievement with dominant performances and state titles in two sports in high school Former basketball standout with fluid hips and smooth movement around the field Almost no delay in his change of direction Has agility and quick-twitch for sudden lateral bursts in his slides to close out slashers Triggers with compact burst to the ball Works under climbing blockers to stay clean Easy sideline-to-sideline range as tackler Has athletic ability to recover and tackle despite over pursuit Widens frame and opens arms to welcome his prey as a tackler Generally wraps up Very talented in coverage Quick but smooth in his drops Mirrors quarterback's eyes with ability to redirect from side to side as he follows Uses active, catch-ready hands to breakup the pass or take it away Shows real rush talent and instincts as a blitzer May have enough ability to beat a tackle as edge rusher from time to time Weaknesses Has just one year of starting experience Still filling out his frame Play strength has room for improvement Has some struggles in taking on blocks and will get washed away by down blocks Hasn't learned to use hands effectively to punch and separate Takes himself out of tackle opportunities by attacking iso-blocks and lead blocks with a shoulder At times, will over pursue or run himself out of position in attempt to play fast and avoid having to deal with blockers Conner Williams A Overview Williams has been a personal favorite since studying his freshman season, but his 2017 tape didn't match his previous body of work. Williams seemed to lose some lateral quickness and had troubles holding up at a high level in protection. A move to guard or center is a possibility depending on how his arm length measures out. Williams is a plus run blocker with plug-and-play technique across the board. If he regains his 2016 form, he will be a good NFL starter. If not, he'll be an average NFL starter. Strengths Leader in locker room and voracious worker in weight room Carries good lean muscle mass Outstanding technician from before his first college snap Works for centered blocks Good redirect and is fluid in pre-strike movements Snaps hips for additional anchor when base blocking Generally smooth with lateral footwork and slide sets Works his tail off to gain position and secure playside blocks Efficient in space and capable of making adjustments to moving targets Sticks to blocks with powerful hands for long engagements Quality finisher with some mean Outstanding hand placement Understands target points on defender's frame and shoots hands into them like a marksman Pass sets with plus mirror and body control Footwork and eyeballs are seamless on E/T or T/E stunts Sees and responds Has a good feel for quarterback depth and rarely oversets pocket Has late hip sink and anchor when rocked by initial contact Weaknesses Lack of length could be a concern as NFL tackle Doesn't have length to catch -- needs to punch May need to carry hands higher in pass sets to expedite punch-timing Gets too straight-legged and bounced back into pocket by initial bull move Core strength appears to be average Has a habit of defaulting to punch-and-lean against rushers with power Opens himself up to push/pull moves His 2017 tape was disappointing relative to previous seasons Lower body looked tighter Overall lateral quickness and mirror quickness looked a little off this year even before injury Had trouble getting to cross-face blocks that he was making previously Drive leverage was inconsistent this year Edge rushers had more success than expected Inside post was a little soft against counter moves Michael Gallup A Overview Natural athlete with good size who finds ways to get open through burst and athletic ability. Gallup has posted outstanding production during his two years in the Mountain West at Colorado State, but his level of play took a dip in his matchup against Alabama early in the season. Gallup is still a little raw, but is quickly fine-tuning his game and may have the ability to become a good WR2 in the league. Strengths Possesses good combination of height, weight, speed Light-footed, bounding athlete Sudden feet and quick hands are effective in ridding himself of press attempts Drives off cornerback into an aggressive backpedal with hard vertical push up the field Has 20-yard speed to climb over cornerbacks trying to squat on underneath stuff Routes showed improved attention to detail this year Can brake sharply to uncover on short routes or create separation from route stems and breaks on intermediates and posts Very competitive after the catch Has burst from a standstill Offers unique open field instincts as a runner finding optimal space to run Springy leaper who plucks it way out in front of his frame Uses body control and timing to win contested catches downfield Thrives on back shoulder throws Weaknesses Pigeon-toed in his set up and has to adjust front foot to come off the line Still shows a little additional upfield drift on out-breaking routes at times Needs to get his head around earlier for improved ball tracking down the field Adjustments to poorly thrown balls is just average Needs to actively scramble along with his quarterback when the pass play goes off schedule Aware of lurking safeties in the middle of the field which causes a drop in focus Will coast on some routes when he doesn't expect the ball Confidence and/or focus seemed to wain in second half against Alabama secondary Need to see more effort as run blocker Dallas lands a quality TE with their 2nd 4th round pick. Dalton Shultz TE A-Stanford. 6'6" 250 4.75 speed. Block 1st pass catch 2nd guy but he does have ability in the pattern. NFL analysis: Overview Schultz is a Y-tight end with the ability as a run blocker to help bolster a team's rushing attack very quickly. While his frame could still use more mass, he plays with good technique and play strength at the point of attack and shows an ability to impose his will upon edge defenders if they half-step into the rep. Schultz is a capable and reliable target underneath, but his living will depend on how he impacts the running game. Schultz's limited catch production could drop him a round, but he should be a solid, early starter. Strengths Very tenacious and tough as a blocker Well-schooled in blocking fundamentals Leaned on as vital part of the run blocking unit Initial hand placement is good Ability to sustain and finish Improves positioning after contact and can generate some movement at point of attack without a double team Gave it to USC's Rasheem Green on more than a couple of snaps when matched head to head Sinks hips into breaks Opens sharply on underneath routes to look for the throw Has good feel for attacking the voids against zone coverage Will shut routes down early to keep throwing window open for quarterback Physical in creating space at top of his routes Short area footwork is adequate Has ability to become a reliable target over the middle and in traffic Weaknesses Receiving production has been underwhelming throughout his career Routes can be monotonous and predictable Allows too much leeway for defenders to play the catch point Needs to play bigger in space and use his frame Lacks speed to attack over top Struggles to separate against man coverage on intermediate routes Could have somewhat limited workspace as NFL pass catcher Not as physical after the catch Slows feet into contact and won't always fall forward Strikes first, but will lose initial hand placement when long defenders get into him Can improve approach angles to help keep angle blocks centered Had Dorance Armstrong B on my mock drafts but not in the 4th round. So good player but he's a clear reach to me. Having said that, he has good size and a great motor for a DE, he projects well to be an OLB in a 3-4 but dallas doesn't play that. And today I'm betting Kris Richard is Rod Marinelli's heir appearant so expect to see 4-3 for some time with Da Boys. . Armstrong is an intriguing prospect with the build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard. Armstrong’s drop in production can be attributed to a change in scheme that asked him to play run first and pass second. His game revolves around athletic ability over technique, but his poor forty times at both the Combine and his pro day could cause concerns. Armstrong has the tools and upside to become an eventual starter at outside linebacker in a 3-4. 6'4"+ 257 4.9 40 guy not a strong SPRAq guy, I'd have taken Josh Sweat here. Overview Armstrong is an intriguing prospect with the build and fluid athleticism of a shooting guard. Armstrong's drop in production can be attributed to a change in scheme that asked him to play run first and pass second. His game revolves around athletic ability over technique, but his poor forty times at both the Combine and his pro day could cause concerns. Armstrong has the tools and upside to become an eventual starter at outside linebacker in a 3-4. Strengths Angular with long arms and well-defined build Plays with loose hips and plus agility Can be both smooth and explosive in his movements Features considerable acceleration from standstill and change of direction and pursues all over the field Has rush experience standing and with hand in the ground Able to hit accelerator once he gets to the embankment as rusher Good inside spin counter Bends and flattens to quarterback Effort level is consistent Active hands at point of attack Jarring initial punch with upper body twitch to discard blockers quickly Sees past blockers Has sudden responsiveness in his chase Shows ability to sink and battle back against wash-down blocks Weaknesses Played as a 4-3 end, but may not have the frame for it moving forward Will have to become comfortable standing and handling added duties as outside backer Contact balance is slightly below average Doesn't have base and play strength to withstand squared blocks at point of attack Will opt for athleticism over technique at times Saw significant drop in production with sacks going from 10 to two and tackles for losses falling from 20 to 10 Too often a one-note rusher Can do better job of setting up blockers before countering Needs more effective use of hands in his rush and a go-to move Dallas uses their 5th rounder to take a QB. They had stated they wanted to take a QB in this draft and this is by far best QB left. Originally projected as a 3rd 4th round guy. Mike White C Western Kentucky Overview White saw major downturns in every important passing category this year, but evaluators will have to balance his inconsistent play against the porous protection he got. White has good size and a live arm which is enough to get him drafted, but if he doesn't do a better job of recognizing blitzes and making decisions faster, his arm talent won't matter. White has QB3 potential with a shot to move up the ladder as a backup. Strengths Arm talent is the first thing you notice Former high school pitcher with 90 MPH fastball who can crank up that heat when he needs to Has good drive accuracy Able to push the ball into tight windows Has velocity and accuracy to attack the middle of the field Can alternate between heat and touch Throws catchable deep ball and has ability to drop it over a cornerback's head down the sideline Can be dangerous from the pocket when he's protected Completed 57 percent of his deep throws when protection was better in 2016 Resets feet before throwing when he leaves the pocket Asked to make full-field reads at times Weaknesses Heavy feet take time to set up in the pocket Struggled to deal with poor protection Lacks feel for pressure off the edges and drops his eyes when he sees pocket push Pocket mobility is poor Was responsible for his share of the 46 sacks Sluggish processor when initial reads are covered Stayed on covered targets rather than finding better options Relies too heavily on arm over anticipation Looks lethargic when trying to roll and throw Fumbled 12 times this year and 17 times over two seasons I'd have liked a QB closer to Dak in terms of play calling/style. With Dallas' 1st pick in the 6th round. . .they picked a LB out of Indiana, Chris Covington. Who???? Not a pick I would have made but they like athletic guys (don't blame them). I'd have taken his teammate Tegray Scales if I'd wanted a LB but big need at 1 Tech and 2 very good ones on the board. Here's hoping they nab one of them with their next 6th rounder. Overview Chris Covington C-/D Covington is a better athlete than skilled linebacker at this point in his development, but he has intriguing length, speed and athleticism that could be moldable on the next level. He still needs to get stronger and improve his technique, but he could become a special teams factor on coverage teams if he makes the squad. His ability to play in the league may rest upon whether or not he can improve his instincts and feel for blocking schemes. Strengths Long arms dangle from his long, athletic build Former quarterback with room for more weight if needed Plus play speed in pursuit of the ball Flashes burst to close Plays with good energy and a desire to make plays Inexperienced but learning Big spike in playmaking production including 12 TFLs in 2017 Physical field demeanor Strikes with force against ball carriers and some pulling guards Good finisher Comes to balance and swallows prey when in position to tackle Athletic dropping into space Adequate man cover talent with athletic traits to challenge catch Weaknesses One-year starter Instincts and play diagnosis are well below the mark at this time Gets out of position and loses leverage when trying to protect his gap Still learning to recognize blocking schemes and read keys properly Gets trapped in traffic Will need to learn to sift from safety before shooting downhill Below average playing off blocks to tackle High-cut with issues maintaining contact balance against blocks Pursuit can be undisciplined Will outrace his run fits Trying not to be pissed because this is actually a decent pick but Dallas didn't need another WR, they need a 1 and Poona was there, so was Derrick Nnadi. . . both are quality 1 Techs who would be instant upgrades to the DL. . ..which frankly needs help up the middle. Well I will say this, wasn't just Dez getting a message. Would not be shocked to see none of the Top 5 WRs from 2017 on the roster in 2019. Overview Cedric Wilson A Excellent value, 3rd/4th round talent maybe higher in the 6th. Wilson is a former high school quarterback with just four years of experience as a receiver including two on a major college level. He showed improvement from his junior to senior season and should continue to get better with more coaching and experience. Wilson has the potential to be a quality backup who might find time in three wideout sets. Teams may choose to use him as a big slot option with the potential to challenge on all three levels. Strengths Comes from football bloodline Possesses good height and exudes confidence game-in and game-out Can work outside or from slot Nuanced route runner Changes speeds inside his route to open doors for separation Disguises route intentions underneath and on deep outs with strong vertical push Able to coax off-man corners to open hips early Has build-up speed with an extra gear when tracking the deep ball Saw 26 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards Athletic and competitive with ball in his hands Used on all three levels High school quarterback who completed all four career pass attempts on gadget plays Can compete as kick and punt returner Weaknesses Is a step slow into his routes off the snap Had issues finding clean releases against aggressive press Likely to see immediate, physical challenges off the snap as a pro Won't always keep feet under him which caused occasional stumbles at the top of his routes Ball skills and hand-eye coordination are average Is a little tardy in making adjustments to off-target deep balls Below average finishing challenging catches outside his frame Won't have a highlight reel filled with circus catches Interesting stats, Dallas got the top 2 yards per route WRs in college football though both coming from small schools. Dallas continues head scratching moves and takes a weak RB prospect with their 7th round pick. Poona Ford and Kendrick Moore (Miami) still on the board. No S, no DT for Dallas. I'll wager this guy doesn't even make the practice squad. Well on second thought, Special Teams guy???????. Dallas did trade Ryan Switzer to the Ray-duhs for their 2nd round bust pick from 2016, DT Jihad Ward. Don't mind starting to clean out the WR room, maybe Dallas thinks they can make him a reclamation project. While we thought Wilson was great value in the 6th and Covington a WTF pick, we see this guy as a waste as well. Overview Bo Scarbrough D/F Scarbrough can be a runaway locomotive, but he needs a long track to get rolling or his effectiveness will drop sharply. Scarbrough won't make tacklers miss, but he is a brute force who can add yardage to the end of runs. Scarbrough is a one-cut runner who is best in an under-center rushing attack where he can get carries in bunches. He has the talent to be an effective NFL running back, but durability concerns and a lack of pass catching ability could cap where teams are willing to consider drafting him. His explosive testing at the Combine could intrigue teams who had written him off previously. Strengths Tapered, powerful physique Is a punisher behind his pads Can absorb solid blows and keep runs alive Will always fall forward once he gets a head of steam behind him Plays with steady tempo Has surprising ability to gather weight and cut sharply downhill as outside zone runner Generally comfortable making reads and choosing track from I-formation Tackling him high ends poorly for defenders Able to create additional yardage through power and long speed Able to batter defenses late in game and then hit the chunk play Short yardage touchdown specialist who can leap up-and-over the pile Had dominant stretch against Auburn, Florida, Washington and Clemson late last year Can thump in blitz pick-up Hasn't had to handle a heavy workload thanks in part to Alabama's committee approach Weaknesses Plays with upright running style Frame too accessible for big hitters looking for a slab of ribs Durability is a major concern Has suffered through multiple lower body injuries dating back to high school Long strider who needs a long runway to get to top speed Doesn't have bend and footwork to string moves together Too big and leggy to counter sudden penetration in backfield and needs runs to stay on schedule Impatient with a penchant for crowding lead blockers and eliminating his own escape routes Burst and feel for running lanes is below average Defenders got hands on him much earlier in the carry than his teammate Damien Harris Missing second-level vision to play chess against linebackers
  10. Well that didn't take long. . . . G/F already recanting her story, says she lied. . . .oddly, she did the same thing while they were at Iowa State. https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2018/4/23/17272430/report-police-investigating-serious-allegations-against-cowboys-david-irving “I was very upset and made some allegations that were false at the time due to our vocal argument and my emotional state,” Sanchez said in a statement she released to SportsDay. “I had no intentions of getting David into trouble. I was just very emotional and upset ... David did not put his hands on me at any time.” Still wish Indy had signed him. . . .man what we could do with a trade back to the bottom of round 1 and 3 picks in Round 2. . . .it was my fantasy. Will H LVE Top flight WR (we likely could pick among James Wash/Anthony Miller/Eq St Brown) and you could add a top flight TE knowing there would be a good S available with the 3rd round pick. Oh man what a draft that would have been.
  11. I had hoped someone like Indy had made him an offer and we'd have gotten their 2nd round pick. Many thought I was nuts but didn't see him in Dallas beyond this year anyway so why not get something for him. Now we have a guy who'll miss 6 games.
  12. Cheap Seats-State of the Cowboys, + 2 Mock drafts 2018 is going to be a cross roads season for the future of the Cowboys. The over arching focus of this year's draft is not just about 2018 but 2018 through 2021. The idea is to create a long sustained run of playoff caliber teams by loading up on young players under their 1st contracts, budget priced free agents and selectively re-signing the best talent you develop to 2nd contracts. Basically, getting back to being a consistent playoff team. In recent years we have seen Dallas say goodbye to stars like Tony Romo, Demarcus Ware and a slew of other older players over the past seasons including the dismissal of Dez Bryant this week. And let's face it, Sean Lee and Jason Whitten are the past not the future. Jason likely in his last season while Lee might have 2 more in him. . .IF (big if) he can stay healthy. Last year the Cowboys let go of 4 aging players in the secondary and replaced them with new young talent. The results in 2017 saw only Barry Church out perform any of the replacements and that just for one year. The good news is that Dallas sat in the middle of the NFL age wise but with Dez dismissal they will continue to get younger and more talented. No team has drafted more pro bowlers in the past 6 years than Dallas. In the past 7 seasons, Dallas has build one of the best offensive lines in football, they have drafted a RB who easily has a chance to join such hallowed names as Emmit Smith, Tony Dorsett and Calvin Hill. Additionally they added Byron Jones who has been good and might be back at his natural position. The 2 question marks were Morris Claiborne, talented but injury prone and Taco Charlton who still has to be listed as an unknown. Dak Prescott has turned into a 4th round gem at Quarterback but make no mistake, this team is built around Zeke Elliott and the run game. Which is great for Dak and plays to his strengths which is throwing off play action, run pass option offense and using his legs to extend and make plays. A simple view of the Dallas roster by position groups shows there are spots for about 10 new players to push onto the roster. Here's what they have and what they likely keep: QB 2 they want 3 RB 3 they will keep 4 as the new FB from Oakland is very versatile OL 8 Chaz Green will give way to the new OG, they might go 9 if they find a development OT late WR 6 They like 6 so one of Cole Beasely or T-Will might be gone or Noah Brown gets moved TE 3 If they draft a TE, one gets pushed off, James Hanna has been retired due to a knee that won't heal, TE now has a spot (they keep 4) and is a bigger need. DL 5 now for sure but this could go 8-9 LB 4 now will grow to 6 CB 5 Marquiez White will have to battle Duke Thomas and camp players for last spot but 5 seems the number S 3 today, they will draft another S and go to 4 and I can see an extra DB so call DBs 10 STs 3 So basically Dallas has room to add 11 players to fill a 53 man roster. And 10 draft picks this year though do not be surprised to see Dallas sign 1 or 2 more FAs between draft and camp or to see a trade happen. And keep in mind, Dallas has players on their practice squad too as well as a history of at least one UDFA making the 53 man roster. On offense, replacing Dez and an OG are the 2 biggest needs. With James Hanna now medically retired, TE becomes a bigger need and Dallas can use a change of pace style RB. I will not be shocked if Dallas takes 2 WRs in this draft as there are a couple "sleeper" types late they might use a late pick to acquire. The most exciting news about Dallas defense is the emergence of DeMarcus Lawrence as one of the best pass rushers in the game. Along with David Irving, they create a formidable pair. The great news for 2018 is both are effectively in contract years so expect to see their best. The bad news is, they need to be re-signed after 2019. Now we do not intend this to be a salary cap piece, salary cap discussions can be boring and second, Dallas has been in cap hell the past 5 years due to Jerry Jones constantly over paying players past their prime out of loyalty. Look no further than Dez Bryant to see there is a new sheriff in town and Dallas' front office (lead by son Stephen Jones and outstanding personnel guy Will Clay) understands the cap and how to identify talent. Simply put, Dallas has $55 million in cap room next year and over $100 million in 2020. Excellent cap summation here by John Williams if you want to drill deep. But his easy to follow write up shows Dallas' year over year cap situation as well as Dallas having the ability to re-sign Martin, Lawrence and even Irving is they wish.https://insidethestar.com/cowboys-can-find-the-money-for-lawrence-martin-and-irving/ Onto our pair of Mock Drafts. We see Dallas' needs (in no real order) WR, OG, 2 LBs 1 Tech, S TE and a 3rd down change of pace back. Using this as our starting point and using the fanspeak draft simulator,https://fanspeak.com/ontheclock/ (oh this is an evil time waster) we are going to craft 2 mock drafts. The 1st mock assumes Dallas stays put and only drafts the picks they already have. The 2nd mock and the, path the Cheaps Seats hopes Dallas follows involves trading back in round 1 with one of Pitts/NE/Atl/NO/Minn/Teen, switching 1st round picks and adding the trading partners 2nd or 3rd round pick (which works on the draft value chart). This gives Dallas 4 picks among Top 100 players in a draft rich with 2nd and 3rd round types. Wild card would be trading a player (Cole, T-Will?) to move up in a round to target a player they covet or using a pick from 2019 to do the same thing. You will also notice we reference SPRAq ratings, Dallas now puts a great deal of stock in these scores. They want athletes and now rarely take a low SPRAq guy. STAYING PUT 1st (19) Calvin Ridley. (WR) Bama Excellent separation skills and route running good top end speed. backup option is DJ Moore 2nd (50) Braden Smith (OG) Auburn Road grader. Back up options Wyatt Teller OG Frank Ragnow C Ark Darious Leonard LB Southern Ga or Dallas Godert TE SDSU 3rd (81) Travarius Moore (S) S Mississipi Uber athletic Free Safety back up option Fred Warner LB BYU 4th (116) Josh Sweat (edge) FSU 4th (137) Troy Fugumali (TE) Wisconson 5th (171) Poona Ford (DT) TEXAS YEA BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 6th(192) Tegray Scales (ILB) Indiana Athletic and instinctual, 6th (193) Kamryn Pettaway (RB) Auburn 6th (208) Antonio Callaway WR Florida. Dallas gambles on an uber talented head case 7th Chase Littleton (QB) Marshall Jerry says Cowboys want a developmental QB TRADING BACK This is what I hope the Cowboys do, trade back to add another 2nd round pick. This is based on one of Pitts/Minn/NE/NO/Atlanta falling in love with someone. Could even work into the top of the 2nd round. For this mock let's assume New England at 31 really wants Mason Rudolph and is worried Pittsburg snags him with their 1st round pick. They give Dallas their 2nd #63 (works on the value chart) to trade up. (875-600 + 276. per VAlue chart) BTW, with one or 2 exceptions, going to try to draft the same need board for Dallas but with different players between the 2 mock drafts. 1st (28) LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, LB Boise State (143 SPRAq) Dallas' need at LB is bigger than many realize 2nd (50) Austin Corbett (OG) Nevada plug and play starter at OG 2nd (63) Anthony Miller (WR) Memphis 3rd (81) Tavarious Moore (S) S. Miss Super athletic 135 SPARq guy 4th (116) Fred Warner (LB) BYU Very high SPARq guy 132 . 4th (137) Dalton Schultz (TE) Stanford. Accomplished blocker with the size (6'6" 240) and talent to develop as a pass catcher 5th (171) Poona Ford (DT) TEXAS. . . ..Yea BABY 6th (192) Hercules Mataafa (Edge) Washington Stat 6th (193) Daurice Fountain (WR) N. Iowa 6th (208) Ito Smith (RB) S. Miss. 7th Chase Littleton (QB) Marshall Jerry says Cowboys wants a developmental QB
  13. And it's also my wife's Birthday. . . . appropriate for a lady married to a 6th and 7th generation Texan. Daniel Bird (6th) was even there that day and would serve Texas as a Ranger, a member fo the State Militia and as a lawman west of San Antonio (Junction area) after the Civil War. 18 Minutes. That's all it took for Sam Houston and the Texas Army to rout the tyrant Santa Anna. Texas was now free and an independent nation. And while it would not be a nation for long, those years became part of Texas' DNA. Texas is different and always will. This would also be one of the most decisive battles in American history. Now that isn't a Texas boast, it was the 1st domino falling in a series of events that would lead to the US stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. 800 Texicans defeated a force of 1500 Mexicans, inflicting heavy casualties as retribution for the slaughters at the Alamo and at Goliad. The oft forgotten part of this story is that Texas was not the only Mexican state in rebellion. Santa Anna had illegally torn up the Mexican Constitution of 1824 and ruled as a military dictator. He was the Sadaam Hussein of his day and about as bad a military leader. Let us never forget our rich history nor the importance of the role Texas played and still plays in our great nation. Always loved how John Steinbeck described Texas: “Texas is a state mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” And it's also my wife's Birthday. . . . appropriate for a lady married to a 6th and 7th generation Texan. Daniel Bird (6th) was even there that day and would serve Texas as a Ranger, a member fo the State Militia and as a lawman west of San Antonio (Junction area) after the Civil War.
  14. I think he's one of the sharpest talking heads out there and REALLY enjoyed this read courtesy of Alex Dunlap on OB. "You're not going to like this, and Big 12 coaches aren't going to like me. I'm just going to say what the -- I've had a lot of conversations around the league, and sometimes Big 12 football is really hard to watch, especially from a defensive perspective. On the one hand, I give them a ton of credit for being creative offensively. They throw the ball -- I mean, just to give you an example, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State is 38-38 at halftime. It's fun television. It's exciting football. But 38-38 at halftime? And then I give University of Texas some credit because Texas played against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and USC, three of the top quarterbacks in the country, and Texas held those three quarterbacks and those offenses to their least output of the year. Texas plays a different scheme. Defense is single high, two high, a bunch of really sophisticated subpackages like an NFL team would. All three teams struggled. And here's Oklahoma State, who put up 38 in a half against Oklahoma, scored 10 in regulation against Texas because Texas played a different way than most Big 12 teams play and because Texas has athletes to execute the scheme. That's a long way of saying that a lot of us get tired of watching these wide receivers run down the field unimpeded against safeties that are playing quarter coverage and beat by five yards. It's hard to evaluate those guys. And in turn, when it's hard to evaluate them, then sometimes they get knocked down further than they should. It's just -- and, again, the last thing I want to say is that a college coach's job is to win football games. It's not to develop football players. It's to win football games. I'm not taking a shot at their style of football. I'm just saying it's a different evaluation for the NFL people."
  15. I am a big fan, think he will have a long productive NFL career. Runs good routes, can separate can go vertical and has good hands. He is also very good at yards after the catch. He's a tad short. My "sleeper' is Darice Fountain out of N Iowa (would not be shocked if the Boys take 2 WRs) and I would consider Antonio Callaway in the 6th if they think he's gotten his act together.
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