Feb 22, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Disappoint in Draft


On days like this I am extremely grateful to have an outlet to vent my frustrations with my beloved ‘Boys. If I didn’t, there is a pretty good chance that my head would explode after the weirdness that came out of The Ranch during the 2013 NFL Draft.

No one was more vocal about the Dallas Cowboys need to improve their pitiful offensive line by drafting some beefy big guys to protect the huge investment that has been made in quarterback Tony Romo. However, as the first round played out Thursday night, LSU standout safety Eric Reid was still available when the Cowboys were on the clock at number 18.  Smart money would have said to go ahead and take Reid to cinch up the big-play plagued Dallas secondary. What the Cowboys brain trust did instead was a head-scratcher felt round the league. Not only did the powers that be in Big D choose to ignore the golden egg that had been left for them in Reid, they traded their pick to the San Francisco 49ers, who immediately snatched him up. The Cowboys ended up using their first round pick on a player who most had graded as a late second to early third round pick.  This is not to demean Travis Frederick  from the University of Wisconsin. In all likelihood, though, he would have been available when the Cowboys were on the clock in the second round.

A similar situation presented itself on day two of the draft when, with Alabama’s bruiser of a back, Eddy Lacy still on the board, the Cowboys selected a tight end instead. While the case can be made that the addition of Gavin Escobarwill provide depth behind Jason Witten and James Hanna, it would seem that bringing in Lacy as a viable pickup for the injury prone DeMarco Murray would have made much more sense. The Cowboys also added to their crowded stable of wide receivers when they chose Terrance Williams with their third pick. Call me crazy, but I thought Dallas had finally solved their third receiver situation with the emergence of Dwayne Harris.

 

Things didn’t start making sense until the selections of secondary help with J.J.Wilcox and B.W. Webb. Dallas D-backs have been lit up like a Christmas tree of late and it was good to see the Cowboys bring in some depth, especially in light of the departure of Mike Jenkins.

Looking at the draft as a whole, it doesn’t seem that Dallas has improved its chances for a playoff run in 2013. Many players who had a good shot at making an immediate impact on the team, including the aforementioned Lacy and Reid, were ignored. What is more troubling is the Cowboys failure, once again, to do much in the way of addressing their offensive line issues. Unless a miracle happens, it looks like Tony Romo will be spending another season running for his life or admiring the roof of Cowboys Stadium after he has been knocked on his backside.

We aren’t privy to who was making the calls in Dallas’ war room during the draft. The inability to adjust to how the draft was playing out did seem oddly similar to some of the moves that came from the Cowboys sidelines since Jason Garrett took the helm. Whether it was Garrett or the Jones Boys who made the wacky moves this past weekend, what has resulted is the Cowboys becoming the laughing-stock of Draft 2013.

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  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I was not disappointed with some of the picks but the way the draft was handled by Dallas was atrocious. They could have done a lot better based on the players that were available. Once again it was a mediocre draft and that is why the Cowboys are a mediocre team. The handling of the first round was terrible.

  • Aaron

    We didnt get a first round value pick and Larry Warford was available instead of another back up tightend.

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

      And then they took Williams in the 3rd when Armstead was available and Dallas Thomas shortly thereafter. I would have been much happier with any of them paired with Frederick but hey….just another day at the office for JJ and son. How many years has it been now since we went to an NFC championship game? One more won’t bother the fans…right?

  • http://twitter.com/spytdi Sean Young

    You guys are tit’ty babies. I’m not sure how most of you guys get through the day since your mom is probably dried up by now. Let the draft and the remainder of free agency pan out.

  • jerry

    Wow Tammy, nothing like regurgitating the same ol stories that everyone else is saying. At least those who didn’t like the picks. There is a reason why Dallas and all the other 31 teams in the NFL don’t listen to Mike Myock and Mel Kiper. Just because they say Frederick is a 3rd rounder doesn’t mean their geniuses and that we all should do as they say or value everything their advise. I mean hell, Myock and Kiper can’t even agree with each other. That should tell you something right there.

  • Chad Keller

    I would love to know where my comment disappeared too? It’s like it go deleted of this thread

  • tellin da truth

    But if the Boys get Reid at 18 its a Reach but The Niners can do it & get an A grade!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rick.dose.10 Rick Dose

    Hey, Tammy Garrett. There’s a reason why Jerry, Jason, and the rest of the Dallas coaching staff are at where they are at, and there’s a reason why you and the other couch potato skeptics do not work for an NFL team, let alone a college football team. So, maybe you and the other couch potato skeptics should just s.t.f.u. and let the professionals handle their business.

  • NYCowboysFan

    Really? You seriously have to start doing some research before you write your so called articles. You have absolutely no idea why these particular players were drafted do you? You seem to get your information listening to the talking heads on ESPN and NFL Network. Those guys are a bunch of blockheads. They make guesses, that’s all, just guesses like all fans do. The only people who know what is really going on is the scouts and coaches. But if you can’t comprehend how this might well become the most successful draft we have had in years, then I feel sorry for you. Go write for Kansas City or Jacksonville because you are not giving accurate, researched insight into our great team that is The Dallas Cowboys.