Dreaming of Being Dallas Cowboys GM for the 2013 Draft and Beyond

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Every Dallas Cowboys fan dreams about it, that they are the man in charge of the team. You can fills endless hours of debates with discussions of how you would run the Dallas Cowboys if Jerry Jones stepped aside and handed you the keys to the car. In my opinion that is one of the true joys of being a fan, the ability to dream big about the team you love. This article is my dreaming big contribution to this all encompassing discussion. You’re free to disagree with my decisions here, but naturally it means you will be wrong.

Yes, that last comment was said tongue in cheek. This is about fun after all. The truth of the matter is that everything I am about to share with you lies at the control of Tom Ciskowski and Jason Garrett, not the GM. But that isn’t any fun to imagine, so I’m going with GM.

Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (left) talks with Pittsburgh Steelers president Art Rooney II prior to the game at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The first thing I will acknowledge in this exercise is that I am using the player rankings listed for CBS Sports. If you have a problem with the rankings, blame them, not me. I figure that for round 1 a player within 5 spots up or down of the Cowboys Draft slot is possible to be there and a candidate, and that rounds 2 through 6 are all possible about 10 spots ahead of the slotted pick. What this means is that a player ranked 37 can be reasonably discussed as a selection at 47 without the need for the “He won’t be there commentary.” The fact is, we do not know that, no one does. In 2002 if you have told me Jason Witten was going to be there in the second round for the Cowboys to take I’d have told you that you were nuts.

Undoubtedly an avid fan is right now saying to himself, “Idiot, Jason Witten was taken in the 3rd round, not the 2nd.” Yeah, that’s my point. Players drop to where we do not expect them to be, so for this exercise, which is merely done in fun, you now know the criteria for who I can select when Dallas is on the clock. You don’t have to agree with my reasoning as long as you understand where I am coming from.

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