Dallas’ Disappointing Draft

This thing went downhill pretty fast.  Starting with the Decision to trade first round picks with the 49ers for nothing more than an additional pick in the third, you could already sense a collective eyebrow raise from Cowboy’s fans. 

Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones (left) and owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I was talking to a friend of mine just two days before the draft about how Dallas should be looking to trade down, if that trade could bring them an additional mid to late second round pick.

When I heard the announcement that Dallas had traded down 13 spots for a close to mid third round pick I was a little disappointed.  Dallas apparently dealt down because the people that we wanted for our positions of need were already gone.  The 49ers used our 18th pick to draft safety Eric Reid…. -wait a minute, didn’t we need a safety?

Instead, we dropped down to 31 and took Travis Frederick (C), who was projected by most to last into the third round.  I have to think that we could have gotten Reid with our first pick to address the need at safety, and still easily have taken Frederick with our second, or possibly third round pick.

Taking Frederick with our second round pick would have cost us tight end Gavin Escobar, but why do we need another catching tight end?  I’m not saying the guy doesn’t have talent, I’m just saying it’s talent we don’t need.  If anything we should have been looking for a blocking tight end.

I have to say the worst thing about the entire trade down debacle, was the reaction from Cowboy’s fans in attendance.  I was truly embarrassed as I watched a bunch of idiots in Cowboy’s colors booing our team, and even worse, it’s newest member.  I have no patience for disgraceful fans such as these and I wish they would find a team with fans more like minded…..say, Philidelphia.

With our third pick, we took wide receiver Terrance Williams.  I can kind of see that.  I don’t feel that Austin has ever returned to form of his breakout season that resulted in his oversized contract.  We need someone to compliment Dez Bryant in a more consistent manner, but I’m not sure if this guy is it, not for at least a few seasons anyway.

Our fourth pick went to safety JJ Wilcox, who I was not half as impressed with as Eric Reid.  This guy may eventually be developed into a real contributor, but again, I don’t think that will be for several seasons.  This guy only has one season at safety under his belt currently.  Wasn’t Jerry saying something about the window of opportunity closing?

Cornerback BW Webb was a good grab for our 5th pick, but again, I feel like we have much more glaring needs elsewhere.  We seem to be drafting backups when we need starters in other positions.  I realize some of that couldn’t be helped with all the offensive linemen that fell off the board in the top ten, but I was still hoping to feel much better than I do in the aftermath of this draft.

Joseph Randle, a running back and our 6th pick of the draft is a good pick to me.  Although I typically think it’s nice to have a hard running, big bruiser of a running back to compliment someone like Murray, I am optimistic to see how 2 speedy backs would do for us at wearing out the defense.  God knows they better be quick, they have no one to block for them.

Our 7th pick, Devonte Holloman, is a linebacker and our second pick of this draft that ended his college career in a different position than he started.  He is a solid player, but yet again, in a position that is not a dire need.

Overall, I find myself considerably underwhelmed.  We still desperately need more help at offensive line, and as of Saturday night, have yet to even address the position in undrafted free agency (not that there is a good chance of finding an answer there).

My biggest concerns heading into this draft were the O-line and safety.  I think we could have gotten a better safety, and a better value on our pick at center.  I have to hope those at Valley Ranch have something up their sleeve, but at this point I really don’t feel any more optimistic than I did at the end of last season.

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  • MCA

    Yeah, those same Philly fans booed McNabb when he was drafted. No, we don’t need to be like those fans. Granted these picks were very questionable, but we got a center in which this team needed.

  • jad

    This may be the make or break year for J.J. It’s been too long for the fans to keep supporting a failed system. That being said, maybe they (Cowboys) do have something up their sleeve. How many times did they get to the 5 yard line and have to kick a field goal? Maybe their first pick will help. Anyway we shall see. They have a pretty tough schedule and it may be a long year.

  • Chad Keller

    I understand that it’s your total opinion, but this was a good draft class that all scouts had good grades for all of our players. I really liked what we did here. These players might not be players from big schools or big names. But we have fielded need in the draft but also drafted BPA. Go over to blogging the boys and actually see hard core cowboys fans, that really loved what they did this year.

  • capnb

    Totally disagree with this being a disappointing draft. We needed o-line help and we got that. The TE pick im not sure about , but thats the only pick I wonder about. And it isn’t the player as so much as the position and when it was taken. However even then, you have to look at who we already have and him closing in on the end of his career.
    We take a WR who believe it or not is needed with the health history of the ones we do have on the team now. Not to mention he just so happen to lead the nation in receiving yardage.
    We already have two young safety’s on this team who we are very high on. Then add a player many think could be the find of the draft in JJ Wilcox. Then we take a RB who Mel Kiper said could be this years Alfred Morris.
    And lets throw a LB’er in there who many had a 4th round grade on. I wasn’t thrilled with the picks as it was happening. However I took a step back after each one and started to see why each one was chosen. And it made perfect sense to me.

  • xanadu

    If you think a Volkswagon is the same car as a Maserati, then yes, this draft was not a disappointment. The truth is the Cowboys suffered huge opportunity loss. They could have walked away with a better deal from the Ravens, drafted the C in the second or even third and come out of this with a better safety and receiver in the first two rounds.

    • http://www.silverandbluecrew.com/ Stacy Justice

      I think that’s an interesting analogy “Volkswagon vs. Maserati” but I’m not sure I follow you. They went with the areas they were most concerned with and pick the players in those positions that were highest on their board (i.e. a family of four doesn’t buy a Maserati, they buy the Volkswagon because it fits their situation).

    • PaulTX

      I’m sure the Raven’s would have given their 1st and 2nd round for that 18th pick. They really wanted Elam and everyone knew it. But I don’t think that would have changed who JJ picked. It would have still been Frederick, Escobar, and Williams.

  • Darrel

    I think the draft went OK, I’m ok with the C they took, I think that was a part of the problem on the O line, the biggest problem on the line is RT, Doug Free just isn’t going to cut it, he was constintly sitting in Tonys lap, I’m hoping they get a 1yr deal done with one of the free agents still out there before some other team snatches them up! I’m ok with the other guys they chose in the draft, and I’m just not as concerned about the safety position as everyone else is, I just feel we’ll be fine there.

  • jrcowboy49

    Dallas had notable prospects such as defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd and safety Eric Reid at No. 18. Instead, they worked out a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to swap first round picks and acquire an additional third. It seemed like a good idea at the time. The Cowboys would move down a few spots, gain an extra mid-rounder and still have a shot at drafting a top-rated offensive lineman. The plan backfired. The next two picks (19th and 20th) were tackle Justin Pugh and guard Kyle Long. Then, the plan backfired again. The 49ers used the 18th pick to select Reid, the Vikings snagged Floyd, and just when it seemed like the Cowboys were going to get a steal in defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, the Broncos took him at 28. It was clear that Plan A and Plan B had both failed. The results were picking a position of need, but not necessarily a player of desire. It seems that this was more of panic pick and less of a well thought out strategy. Trading down sounds nice in theory, but if it means missing out on a couple of top-rated prospects and being forced into a player you don’t want, then you have to question the value of your return.
    Cowboys used the 31st pick on Frederick, then Brian Schwenke went to
    Tennessee at 107. I’m not sure Frederick is even the better of the two
    prospects, let alone 76 picks better.
    Escobar can create passing-game mismatches, but offers zero as a blocker and isn’t necessarily an upgrade on incumbent No. 2 tight end James Hanna.
    Williams and Holloman were probably the only two true value picks in this
    group.
    Randle is a stiff, straight-linish runner with an awfully long way to go in
    pass protection.
    Wilcox a safety was needed after releasing Gerald
    Sensabaugh . . . but what was needed was a center-fielder type FS, not another SS prospect. Wilcox played 1 season at SS for Georgia Southern after spending the previous 3 seasons on offense (slot WR).
    Webb a munchkin
    It would be difficult to say with any confidence that Dallas’ lineup improved with this draft. And they entered it with a team with OC,OG, OT, DE, BT, FS, LB needs. Jerrah really made an ass of himself in this draft and became a laughing stock to the league. Constantly bypassing quality players of need.

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