The Debate Intensifies: Who Should the Dallas Cowboys Take at 18?

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The final candidate at DT I will mention today is Sheldon Richardson from Missouri. He may have the highest motor of the three DTs who are projected in the top 20 picks of this Draft. This big man played his best games against the best competition, and don’t think for a minute that doesn’t matter in scouting. If he were the pick it would not be a consolation prize at all. This kid can play.

Moving on to Offensive Tackle. Point blank, Doug Free was a huge disappointment in 2012. I was a big fan of the guy prior to last year. Now, I am counting the days to the Draft, and then June 1 when I anticipate he will be cut. I believe the only reason he is still on the team at this point is because the Draft hasn’t happened yet. I wouldn’t wait. I’d sign Eric Winston or Andre Smith or the newly released Tyson Clabo, and designate Free a June 1 cap casualty and move on. That’s just me. His cap savings alone would be worth it, not to mention not having to see another lackluster, disappointing season from him.

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad offensive lineman Lane Johnson of Oklahoma (69) against the Senior Bowl north squad during the first half of the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

If the Cowboys look at OT at 18 it might be Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson. Johnson is a great athlete. He began his football career as a QB, moved up to TE, and on to OT. He has excelled at each position in some way, showing that he truly loves and understands the game. He will probably be the third OT off the board after overall number one Luke Joeckel of Texas A & M and Eric Fisher of Central Michigan. If Johnson is the pick at 18 he would be a great bookend for 2011 number 1, Tyron Smith.Their athleticism might be unmatched.

The possible 4th OT is Alabama’s monster D. J. Fluker. He is one of the biggest OTs in this Draft, and some people think he might actually be better suited to Guard due to his being kind of lumbering. I say that, and his power make him a prototypical RT at the NFL level, and that is what we need. I think he would be a liability at LT but an asset at RT. However, I don’t think Dallas would take him at 18. Instead they might trade down a few picks and take him later. I will discuss a trade down thought later in this article.

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  • ta achieve

    OL – if the top 5 are gone, DT. Lots of depth – The best option is trading down and getting all 3 in the 2nd, Guard, DT, and safety. double up on any of these 3 positions in 3rd, RB in 4th, CB or safety in 5th (if not in 3rd), TE in 6th. Done – give me your GM money Jerry.

  • jrcowboy49

    Jerrah should pick @18 Warmack, Cooper, or Fluker in that order who ever is
    available or Sheldon Richardson should these guys be gone. I like Kawann Short DT, John Cyprien FS, Eric Reid FS, John Hankins DT in the 2nd round. In the 3rd I like Barrett Jones OC, Terron Armstead OT, Stephan Taylor RB, or Leveon Bell RB. This protects the QB, gives
    him time to check down on WRs , and opens up running game. Points win games. Oh
    and Doug Free is cut!

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Pick an new general manager. Seriously, I agree with ta achieve, trade down and get as many OL as possible.

  • tellin da truth

    Sheldon Richardson or Kenny Vaccaro would be great for Kiffin!

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    Eric Fischer, Lane Johnson, and DJ Fluker were all 2nd round prospects at best before Mathews and Lewan decided to forgo the draft. I wonder where they would all rank now if both were available? No way is there that many tackles ready to go that early….