Jerry Jones was in a trading move Sunday for Day 2 of the NFL draft. He traded away picks three times in the third and fourth rounds. He allowed Mario Manningham, Andre Caldwell, Justin King and Reggie Smith to pass by, upsetting and confusing a lot of Cowboys fans.
Let’s take a look at the players the Cowboys did draft:
Tashard Choice, running back, Georgia Tech: Choice is the second running back that the Cowboys drafted over the weekend. He’s scored 22 touchdowns for GT in just two years, both times rushing for more than 1200 yards. He lacks agility and speed, but he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He is also physical, rarely dropping on first contact. Like Marion Barber, he fights for extra yards. A guy who plays with his heart on his sleeve.
Erik Walden, DE, Middle Tenn. State: Walden is 6’2″ and 243 pounds. He only had two sacks for MTS in his senior season, yet he still registered 22.5 during his college career. He could be a rush linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise St.: Scandrick was never really tested by top-notch wide receivers during his college career. Scandrick has an injury history. He has injured his thumb, which required surgery. From his own mouth he said speed is his biggest asset, but he is inconsistent.
Maybe most surprising of all for the entire weekend was that Jerry Jones never pulled the trigger on a wide receiver. If you gauge quality by the number of position picks in the first round, this class of receivers was the worst in the history of the draft because not one was picked. In the second round, receivers were picked from trees like fresh apples and it seemed by the end of the second round, most of the quality guys were gone. It’s funny to look at old mocks around the Web and see how Reggie Smith, Mario Manningham and Early Doucet were all projected as 1st or 2nd round picks. They didn’t even come close. I find it hard to believe a little white lie and some pot smoking could drop a guy so much, but in the case of Manningham, he lost millions of potential NFL dollars. I would have loved to see the Cowboys pick any one of those three players, so it was quite disappointing to see it not happen.
Overall, The Landry Hat gives the Cowboys a B – for this draft, only because they did not select a wide receiver. It’s tough to give a lower grade when Mike Jenkins fell to us, and the fact that we all anticipated Felix Jones would be drafted.