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

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In moving on to Guards it starts for most people with Fluker’s Alabama teammate, Chance Warmack. For me he is a dream pick. His hero is the great Larry Allen. He has made it known that he actually hopes and dreams of playing for the Cowboys like Larry Allen. Marc Colombo endorses the idea. He may be as close to Larry in power as any Guard of the last few years. Certainly only Mike Iupati of the 49ers is in the same discussion right now for pure power. Warmack is a lot more than just powerful though. He is also fluid in motion, showing great agility and instincts on sweeps and pulls.

Right there with him at Guard is Jonathon Cooper of the North Carolina. There are some scouts who rank him higher than Warmack. Many Cowboys fans do too, citing a belief that he may very well be better suited to Bill Callahan’s blocking scheme than Warmack is. I actually tend to agree with that assessment, though I also believe Warmack’s ceiling is higher due to his power. Cooper is more agile and quick and is certainly powerful enough to get the job done. If I am guessing right now, today, Cooper is the guy who will end up our pick at 18. There are some who believe both will be gone by the time we pick at 18. I don’t think so. You have to go all the way back to 1982 to find two Guards taken before the 18th pick. NFL teams tend to look at Guard later unless they are special, and while these guys are, other positions that teams focus on earlier have depth. One of them will likely be the Cowboys pick and I think it will be Cooper.

Mar 13, 2013; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman Chance Warmack runs a drill during Alabama pro day at the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Finally we come to Safety. In Monte Kiffin’s Defense, Safety has always been a critical element. That is precisely why many Cowboys fans and scouts are touting Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro as the obvious pick at 18. Well, that and the Texas connection of course. The thing is, Dallas does not tend to Draft from Texas Schools in round 1. I like Vaccaro a lot, but I am so convinced Guard is out biggest need that I can’t seem to wrap my head around going Safety in round 1. In fact, if we do I’d almost prefer we go ahead and grab either Jonathon Cyprien of Florida International, or Eric Reid in the 2nd as well as Vaccaro in the first. To me, if Safety is that critical then grab 2 of the 3 best prospects in this Draft and go ahead and give Kiffin his tandem. Some may ask why I am leaving out Elam from that mix. My simple biased answer is height. Love his play though.

I don’t see Dallas drafting Safety in round 1 because of the acquisition of Will Allen in Free Agency, and the return from Injured Reserve for promising Barry Church. The Cowboys are also still very high on Matt Johnson, even if it drives many of their fans crazy since they haven’t seen anything of him due to injuries.

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