Yet Another Evaluation of the Dallas Cowboys Draft

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I have a tendency to not agree with the mainstream Dallas Cowboys media. In fact, if you want to know the truth, I think most of them are marginal writers who know very little about football. I know that comment will not endear me to them, and I honestly don’t care. I’m quite tired of the hatchet jobs they do on the Dallas Cowboys just because they know controversy sells and their job is to get traffic clicks now instead of report stories to readers. Yes, I basically just lumped mainstream media in with Internet trolls who want reactions. How am I, a writer on a blog any different? I guess they have every right to see me in the same light. One difference I feel is that I actually played the game and I think I can write using facts to back up praise, or vitriol whichever I choose to use.

For instance, I don’t view Draft value based upon what some Internet Scouting service has as a player’s draft value. The fact of the matter is those services are never right about what NFL teams think about players. I saw plenty of Draft Publications that had Justin Pugh and Chris Long as second round picks. I saw Eric Reid clear down in the third round on one of major Draft publications and Sharrif Floyd was in the top 10 of almost every single one of them I saw. Ryan Nassib was projected in several as the first Quarterback likely off the board and possibly in the top 10 picks to the Buffalo Bills or the Arizona Cardinals. If not Nassib certainly it was Geno Smith. Yet none of those projections proved to be right. Do we then judge the publications and websites? No, we instead judge the teams. Why? Because it sells, and frankly nothing sells harder than to go after the Cowboys and their eccentric owner slash General Manager slash President, Jerry Jones.


Jan 1, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive linesman Travis Frederick (72) points against the Stanford Cardinal near the endzone during the 2013 Rose Bowl game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Part of me understands this. Jerry is a combination of likable huckster, and at times babbling fool. People mistake Jerry’s stammering for exactly the right metaphor as a sign of ignorance, or lack of grasp at what he is doing. They continue to paint him as the meddling all controlling Oz behind the big curtain. I just don’t see it that way. Jerry is a P.T. Barnum like money maker, who doesn’t care what you say about him as long as you talk about him. He literally takes to heart the mantra of Tex Schramm who said, “The only thing worse than people talking bad about you, is them not talking about you at all.”

Am I saying Jerry and company deliberately reached for a player to create controversy? No, I am saying that the Draft publications got their rankings wrong on a lot of players and are overly focused on one, and turning it away from the job they did, and onto the job the team did, and the media will naturally follow along, and drag the fans with them. Was Travis Frederick the biggest reach of the Draft? Not in my opinion, but he was taken by the team that is both loved and hated on a National scale, and that is therefore news. The only thing I can say is thank heavens the Cowboys did not opt to reach for a QB because the press wouldn’t be able to contain their glee. They’d be having little accidents as they type their scathing articles.

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  • Karl Zook

    Finally an assessment that agrees with what have I felt about this draft as soon as the sixth round was completed. I felt that this is probably the best draft prospects the Cowboys have picked since I have been following the draft for the last 10 years. Especially the late round picks. I’m also glad to read this article and never noticed that Mike Burke was a former player, what better source to write about football than a former player. I’m sick of reading all the bad press about the trade to move back, what else could they have done? The OL was the number one need for this team, and with the best two guards off the board, and only 6 picks, Jerry and Stephen actual did what gave them the best options. I think going best available player is going to pay huge dividends. Look at the teams that take this approach, the 49ers, the Pats, the Ravens, etc. No reaching and hittig 7 awesome picks, I finally feel like something positive is happening at Valley Ranch. I may actually purchase the Ticket this year, since I’m in Az and don’t always get the games. I’ll make a point to follow Mr. Burke from hear on, this guy makes great sense.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Jerry Jones has earned the criticism he receives. Because of his past stupidity and the team he owns he will always be highly scrutinized. It doesn’t matter how this draft turns out Jerry is still inept as a general manager and to say otherwise is admitting you had your head in the sand the last fifteen or so years. Is he saying Jerry is okay as a general manager? Please! And by the way, I would not have been surprised if Dallas had reached for a quarterback.

  • Rick Dose

    Personally, I really like this draft. Would I have liked it if they had not have gotten lucky and drafted Williams? Probably not. But not only did they fill up a major need on the offensive line, they also filled up another major need at receiver. You guys DO remember the last game where they had all the staring receivers out of the game, due to injuries, and Tony had replacements to work with, don’t you? They also drafted a tight end who should be able to catch the damn ball on 3rd downs, unlike Martellus Bennett feeble attempts for the Cowboys. I like their other drafts, too. Hopefully, all of the drafts all turn out to be as good (for the Cowboys team) as we hope they will be….

  • Steve Landry

    Jerry is a bumbling fool. The way he and now Stephen operate in the war room with little to no regards to the personnel director or HC is ludicrous. Unbelievable how a supposedly great business such as Jerry continually makes horrible trades. The reaches and draft strategy is beyond ridiculous. He obviously never learned a thing from Jimmy or Parcells. No wonder we only have 1 playoff win in 17 years and doesn’t look like we’ll add to that win total anytime soon.