The 2012 NFL Scouting Combine will obviously be utilized by the Dallas Cowboys Scouting Department, GM and Owner Jerry Jones, and Head Coach Jason Garrett prepare for the 2012 NFL Draft. Speculation about who the Cowboys must draft and which position they must fill is rampant. I have argued in the past that there is not enough value in a Guard, even a likely Pro Bowler, to take David DeCastro at 14th overall, especially when you have as many holes to fill on the defense as the Cowboys do.
I have also adopted SportDFW’s assistant editor and The Landry Hat’s writer Greyson Jones’ argument that drafting a CB in the first round is a very risky endeavor. Given that the Cowboys can not afford to ‘miss’ with the 14th pick, I agree with his point that it is wiser to draft CB’s in bulk in the later rounds.
If Jerry plans to pass on DeCastro and he is not excited about taking a CB in the first round, that pretty much leaves NT and pass-rusher. The article about DeCastro argued that the Cowboys should take a prototypical 3-4 NT with the 14th pick if there was one available that had sufficient value to justify taking at 14. There is more value in a true 3-4 NT because they are more rare than great pass rushers or elite corners.
Before the Combine, Mike Mayock had Dontari Poe of the Memphis Tigers as the 3rd best DT in the Draft. Walterfootball has him as just the 5th rated DT.
After the Combine, the consensus is forming that Poe is the best 3-4 NT in this year’s Draft class. He certainly has the body and build; he 6-foot-3 1/2, 346-pound. He is solid and toned. Sam Wyche of NFL.com described him as a “block of granite”. Poe doesn’t turn 22 years old until August; he is foregoing his senior year of college play to enter the NFL.
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