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

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Well, before you can even Draft I believe you have to know a direction you want your team to be headed. So I am going to begin my thinking right there. I believe it is more important to fix the Offensive Line of this team than any other aspect of the team. One thing I need in order to fix the OL is cap room, so the first thing I am going to do is get Anthony Spencer’s deal done to free up some more cap room to make moves.

After giving Spencer a long term deal I am going to release Lawrence Vickers, Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau with my thanks for their efforts in 2012. Yes, I am releasing both of last year’s starting Guards. I do not think either of them did enough to help the team. I am also going to release Doug Free and designate him as a June 1 release. This means his cap room, a reported 7 million dollars of it, will not be available to the team until June 2. I am more disappointed in Doug Free than any other player on the 2012 team. His cost combined with his lack of effort means he is gone.

October 7, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Atlanta Falcons tackle Tyson Clabo (77) lines up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Obviously I have now created serious needs on Offensive Line for this team with three of my 2012 starters gone. My first move with the money from Spencer’s deal, the existing cap room, and the release of the two starting Guards from last year will be to sign Free Agent Right Tackle Tyson Clabo, and name him the 2013 starter. Other candidates would be Eric Winston and Andre Smith. I especially like Smith, but I feel their asking prices are too high and I like Clabo’s work ethic. He entered the NFL not as a top ten draft pick like Smith was, nor as a 3rd round pick as Winston was. Clabo was an Undrafted Free Agent, who managed to not only be the only one of the three who made a Pro Bowl squad, but also last year played on what I consider the best O-line in the NFL. He’s 31, which means I will look at him as a short term solution rather than a 10 year one.

My second move will be to sign Brandon Moore and plug him in at Right Guard. Moore is a year older than Clabo at 32. Like Clabo he has also made a Pro Bowl, he also adds the added benefit of having played for Bill Callahan. If I could only get one of these two in Free Agency it would be Clabo and I would keep Nate Livings and move him to RG. I think acquiring both is quite possible, and not at huge costs. Both are far better run blockers than we have had, and while not spectacular players, they are team players and that is what we need.

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  • http://twitter.com/OldFrog75 Old Frog

    I would consider any draft that bags both Cooper and Jones a success.

  • Mike

    My Mock Draft 2.0:

    First Round (Tavon Austin – WR) @ 18… I originally was leaning towards Richardson or Cooper. I think Cooper will be gone by 18 now and why I still love Richardson, but I cant get past the speed and athleticism you get from Austin. This guy is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball, he can single handedly take over a game, ask Oklahoma! In more of a zone blocking West Coast scheme that Calahan likes to run, those quick passes will help Romo and the mediocre at best O-Line hide some weaknesses and Austin has the agility and ability to turn a 5-10 yard pass into a 50 yard gain, not to mention his excellent return skills. He pops on tape!

    2nd Round Dream scenario (Kenny Warford – OG) @ 47… The guy is huge and nimble for his size. He addresses that glaring O-Line need and he isn’t far behind the top 2 prospects in Warmack and Cooper. This guy is nasty and can protect our 100 million dollar invest with the best of them. Love him in the 2nd, just worried he will not be there when we pick.

    32rd Round (David Quensberry – OT)… Free needs to be set “Free”, he cant seem to remember how to block, and he needs to “Free” his mind, because he makes way too many mental mistakes, pun intended, hence the most penalties in the NFL for an O-Lineman. David is a small school guy but he showed at the Senior game that he can play against top level competition! Saves spending on a free Agent and now the line is starting to take shape!

    Round 4 either (J.J. Wilcox – S) or (Jordan Hill – DT)… I have seen a little tape on Wilcox and his combine and he seems to be fluid in the hips and scouts are salivating at the mouth over him being a late round steal, this class is too deep with safeties to draft Vacarro at 18! Hill is either very good or silent on tape, he pops at times and you see a 2nd round talent or he is taking plays off and you see 5th round talent. If your coaching staff can get this kid to play hard every snap Hill is a Steal in this round!

    5th Round I see us going for either a blocking TE or a RB, I say Running Back because you can find a fairly good Blocking TE in the 6th and final pick. Round 5 I see either (Joseph Randle – RB) or (Zack Stacey – RB) possibly available there and both would give us some depth and we can groom them to take over should Murray continue to miss games, which is almost guaranteed if your taking his NFL career into account, which I am over course!

    Round 6 (Nick Kasa – TE)… We need a blocking TE badly, and in the 6th why not take a shot on this big kid from Colorado!

    There you have it, feel free to rip me apart for taking Austin or any of the other picks, I’m not a Scout but I can see talent just like others who take the time to watch the tape on these guys.

  • MikeBurke’sHairyVag

    Lost all credibility at “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.”

  • Terrence Williams

    LOL at this guy trying to tell us that Tom Ciskowski and Jason Garrett run the draft and no Socks to Jocks Jerry Freakin Jones. Ridiculous.

  • still laughing

    Hey Forrest, who the hell is Vernon Fuller?

  • Hostile Sucks Dicks

    I like Defensive Tackle from Purdue, but I am also tempted to take Offensive Guard from Kentucky.

  • Hostile Sucks Dicks

    Vernon Fuller is not an actual player. Cool. I like John Doe in the 3rd round.

  • Hostile’s Underwear

    I don’t like all this “take a laxative” talk.