On Friday April 26 two more rounds of Draft picks come our way. In the 2nd round the Cowboys pick at number 47. Here I will be very tempted to take Defensive Tackle from Purdue. I am going to look in a different direction and it is probably going to piss some fans off. I am going to take Montee Ball, Running Back from Wisconsin. My reasoning is simple, we have to have an effective option to use in the event DeMarco Murray gets injured again. Yes, there are viable options we can grab later. None of them have the stats to back up their importance more than Ball does. We have had a hard time finding the endzone in the running game. Ball found the endzone 83 times in his college career including 77 times as a rusher. In 2011 he scored 39 times. He led the nation in rushing and all purpose yardage in 2011 and twice was over 1800 yards rushing in his college career. At a position as crucial to the success of the Cowboys as RB clearly is, I take the kid who has shown he has the tools to help the team.
The question should be asked here, what would you do if the Rams did take that trade, Cooper was at 22 and you now have the 78 pick on deck with the 80 pick right after it? One of the two picks is absolutely going to be Barrett Jones, Center from Alabama and he is going to start for me day 1. This makes my O-line settle out as Tyron Smith, Jonathon Cooper, Barrett Jones, Brandon Moore, and Tyson Clabo. If this does not give you not only some confidence in the OL in 2013, but also raise your hopes of success than I do not know what to tell you other than to take a laxative. That would be the best OL we have fielded since 1997 possibly.
With the other pick if it existed I’d consider Darius Slay, Cornerback out of Mississippi State. In the modern NFL you can’t have enough CBs and we have to offset the loss of Mike Jenkins. I doubt we trade down, so this choice is merely in the what if category.
Saturday April 27th would begin with me on pins and needles about our last 3 picks. In the 4th round I would select Kyle Juszczyk the Fullback out of Harvard. This would allow me to release Lawrence Vickers, who simply did not live up to my hopes and expectations, and gives me another receiving option out of the backfield. Juszycyk is a solid blocker and a very under rated receiver. In 2012 he caught 8 scores for the Ivy League school. His intelligence is not in question and he loves the game. I have a soft spot in my heart for FBs since that was my position. This isn’t about anything other than grabbing a guy who helps the team and this kid does. Not only would releasing Vickers free up some cap room, but we get a potentially better player for a longer haul.