Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) wears logos on his helmet in honor of the Sandy Hook elementary school victims and Jerry Brown Jr before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys Should Think QB For the Future

The Dallas Cowboys despite signing Tony Romo to a 6 year extension need to realize and perhaps think about drafting a quarterback for the future.  Romo just turned 33 years old and if his play at 32 was erratic as it was, can you imagine him at 33?  Historically, quarterbacks do not necessarily improve after a certain age.  Bottom line is that we may not see better play out of a 33 year old Romo.  Things we might start seeing are: less mobility and more of a pocket passer, less zip on the ball, and overall performance starts to dip.

The Cowboys should really look at drafting a quarterback for the future.  This draft class is not overflowing with quarterbacks but they aren’t looking too bad as a class either.

I have mentioned Landry Jones as a possible draft choice in earlier articles.  Jones has the accuracy of a Troy Aikman but we need a quarterback with some mobility.  Landry lacks the speed and mobility needed in today’s prototype quarterback.  He can run an offense effectively but awareness of a rush is low.

Jan 26, 2013; Mobile, AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad quarterback Tyler Wilson of Arkansas (8) prior to kickoff of a game against the Senior Bowl north squad at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Another quarterback that the Cowboys could pick up in the upcoming draft is Tyler Wilson, a player I am high on as a Dallas Cowboy.  Jerry Jones will like him because he is an Arkansas product, but alma mater aside this kid is a future quarterback in the NFL.  Working this quarterback into the lineup over a couple of seasons would be a perfect fit for Dallas and Wilson.  His accuracy and mobility are there, he distributes the ball well among the receivers, confident, has a good work ethic and the intangibles to be a quality quarterback for the silver and blue.

Matt Barkley out of USC would be another good quarterback but he lacks some things that the Cowboys desperately need in a quarterback.  Considering the play of the offensive line, we need a mobile quarterback and Barkley doesn’t fit the bill.  He is a good pocket pass as well as being book smart but he is coming off of a shoulder injury from the previous football season.  One other thing I like about Barkley is his experience, started 4 years at USC and was a 4 year starter in high school.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is the last quarterback that I would consider for the ‘boys.  Geno Smith of West Virginia and Florida State’s EJ Manual are not players I would consider.  Smith is a first rounder and Manual needs a lot more work than the Cowboys have time for.  Bray is close on that list of needing work.  His decision making needs work as well as accuracy, he has a problem throwing interceptions so he would definitely be a project player that would need several seasons to get him to where he would need to be as an NFL quarterback.  The upside is his potential to get to that point.  He has a cannon for an arm, has good pocket presence, good deep ball thrower, he has some experience running a pro-style offense.

In my opinion, Tyler Wilson seems to be the best bet for the Cowboys.  Drafting Wilson in the 3rd or 4th round would be good.  Dallas would be able to fulfill many needs with their first three picks in getting a safety, offensive lineman, or a defensive lineman.  Either way, the Cowboys must prepare for the future with having an aging Tony Romo; relying on his numbers to improve just because he has gotten a mega-contract doesn’t mean that he will.

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  • Brian Howden

    They need a QB now.

  • Old Frog

    Too soon. Now that JJ has committed to Romo focus should be on protecting him. QB next year or the year after that, IMHO.

  • Troy Spurlock

    I believe we need a QB now to start grooming. We dont need to run into the problem we did when Aikman retired. Plus Romo would be a better QB if he had someone threatning to take his job

  • Michael Murley

    There’s not a QB in this draft that deserves to be a Cowboy even if they have a few years to learn the position behind Romo. Wait and see if Manzell from A&M keeps progressing as a QB and then go all out to get him when he enters the league in a few years.

  • Jimmy Eastmond

    I’d take Manziel over all those guys. :Let the Oline crumble and watch Johnny run it for 40 yards. I don’t think there is a QB around as mobile as Johnny. He makes the defense pay when they come after him. I also think Gavin Esobar was a good idea because now we can run double TE sets which means another target for Romo and another mismatch. They keep rushing Tony this year and he’ll have a wide open Esobar or Witten every time. After defenses see this they’ll stop being blitz-happy against the ‘boys and that my friends will mean much less pressure on Romo.