By: Joe D.
On the field, a defense believing misdirection can result in a huge gain. Off the field, General Managers are constantly wearing poker faces prior to the draft. Visits from prospects are part interest and part subterfuge. With Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin cut today, Jerry Jones has shown his hand to the rest of the league.
The Cowboys certainly have reason to have faith in Doug Free who played equally as well as Marc Colombo when he sustained a broken leg. Alan Ball and Mike Hamlin are bigger question marks.
Regardless of whether Adams and Hamlin were cut on April 2 or April 25, the hole left by their absence is unchanged. Adams was due a roster bonus in June, but that would not affect pre-draft posturing. The perception of the team’s needs at these positions is entirely altered.
Teams who covet a player, e.g. Nate Allen, may elect to trade up and draft him at the 26th spot in the first round. Certainly Philadelphia would be willing to trade down to acquire extra draft picks and screw over the Cowboys all at the same time.
What would be worse is if we draft the best player available, a WR, in the first round. A first round talent at safety or tackle falls late into the 2nd round. It takes only one team to match need with talent and swoop in to steal our player. The two holes remain and finding a starter in the 3rd round isn’t nearly as easy as finding one in the first two.
Safety and offensive line depth/youth were a perceived need before. It’s not a perception anymore. As happy as I am that change will be coming, I certainly think the game could have been played better.