If interim coach Jason Garrett can keep the team playing at a level they were this past Sunday, then everything below can be pushed aside. But let’s say for a minute that the Cowboys return to the Cowboys of September and October and find themselves looking at a top three draft pick.
If Dallas is picking high in the draft and a guy like Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is ripe for the picking, should Jerry Jones pull the trigger and bring in the young signal-caller?
Jon Kitna hasn’t been doing a terrible job since Tony Romo has been injured. A lot of the interceptions were a result of tipped balls off of the receivers hands. Kitna has been a serviceable back-up, but he is 38-years-old and won’t be around much longer. What happens if, God forbid, Tony Romo goes down again for a significant time in the future?
That is where Andrew Luck comes in to play. If on draft day Luck is available when Dallas is on the clock, I will be screaming at my television for Jerry Jones to take him. Luck has star potential and I whole-heartedly believe he will be a franchise quarterback in the NFL… you can’t pass that up. Dallas could draft him and let him sit behind Romo for two or three years — like the Packers did with Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre — until it was time for Luck to take over.
We keep hearing about Romo’s potential, but it is time to be realistic and admit he is 30-years-old and has played in 83 games. He’s not exactly a young, improving quarterback. What we have in Romo is what we can expect for the rest of his career, so why not take a young QB to groom?
There are concerns in the secondary and offensive line, but this draft class is not oozing with talent at the top end for those positions. Outside of cornerback Patrick Peterson of LSU, there is not a single player I would want Dallas to take in the top 5 other than Luck.
Call me crazy if you want, but would you not want a youngster like Luck available to team up with Dez Bryant for multiple years? It may be a fantasy, but it is one that I hope will become reality in April.