The Dallas Cowboys addressed two major needs in this first round of the NFL draft, but were they the right players? We can second guess the picks, but we really won’t know how this pans out until they get their chances on the field. With that said, let’s review the selections.
I don’t think any of us will complain about the 25th pick, Mike Jenkins, a cornerback out of South Florida. Jenkins surprisingly dropped far enough for the Cowboys to make a move with Seattle. Jenkins is a good, solid pick who was not supposed to be available this low on the board. We have to hope he is an immediate improvement over Jacques Reeves. Not a big surprise here.
However, what disappointed Cowboys fans early, maybe even shocked them, was passing over Rashard Mendenhall, who was supposed to be the second-best back in the draft. Somehow, he fell to Pittsburgh and the Cowboys just let him go.
Instead, Jerry Jones pushed to draft Felix Jones with the 22nd pick, which wasn’t exactly something we didn’t expect. Every mock we saw had Felix as a Cowboy. But we also thought Mendenhall wouldn’t be there. Hopefully, that decision won’t live in infamy in Cowboys history. Selecting FJ is the first time the Cowboys went offense in the first round since 1997, when they picked tight end David LaFleur. Remember how well he turned out for us?
In the second round, this is where jaws dropped. I think there was a collective thump of heads in Dallas when the announcement was made that the Cowboys picked a tight end, Martellus Bennett, from Texas A&M. This comes a day after the Cowboys traded away a back up tight end, Anthony Fasano.
This pick made no sense. I know he’s a big tight end who can block, but I don’t really see how this was a major need. This pick was made with Reggie Smith, the cornerback from Oklahoma who can also play safety, still on the board. Mario Manninham, who likes the ganja, was on the board, as was Penn State players Justin King and Dan Connor.
Ok???? I don’t get it. Apparently, the Cowboys are hoping for that lucky pick to address the wide receiver hole the team currently has.
Overall, The Landry Hat gives the Cowboys a B- for the first two rounds of the 2008 NFL draft. Return tomorrow for more live blogging of the deeper rounds.
Topics: Anthony Fasano, Dallas Cowboys, David LaFleur, Felix Jones, Jerry Jones, Mario Manningham, Martellus Bennett, Martellus Bennett And Cowboys, Mike Jenkins, Mike Jenkins And Cowboys, Rashard Mendenhall, Reggie Smith