Yet Another Evaluation of the Dallas Cowboys Draft

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It is pretty obvious to me from comments at the Press Conferences that Dallas had Chance Warmack and Jonathon Cooper at the top of their list, and when they got taken the Cowboys focused their Draft on the next guy at interior OL, and that guy is Travis Frederick from Wisconsin. I’ve read all the stuff about this was Stephen and Jerry overriding Jason and Tom, and I just do not buy this at all. I’ve watched the War Room footage. I’ve watched the Press Conferences. I’ve heard the kid. This was clearly our plan all along. However, the Cowboys did not take him at pick 18, they traded down and added a pick. Immediately fans and media turned to the Internet Draft trade value charts to see if the trade was equitable. Are the charts truly outdated? Jerry defensively pointed out that the Cowboys were the team that created that Chart.

Regardless of how one feels about the legitimacy of any chart, the fact of the matter is the Cowboys took the guy they spent a lot of time with as a contingency plan if Cooper and Warmack went before pick 18. This Draft was deep at Offensive Line and it showed in the top 11 picks. The fact of the matter is, that hurt Dallas and pushed them towards taking Travis Frederick where they did. I submit to you that it is way too soon to decide if he was worth the pick. There are a lot of ways to look at it. If he starts immediately, it was worth the pick. If he plays for 10 years or more as has been suggested, it was worth the pick. If he puts some Pro Bowl or All Pro seasons in his career then it will turn out to be an outstanding pick.

November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Travis Frederick (72) blocks Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (91) at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Think about it this way. If Erik Williams had been drafted in the first round instead of the third there would have been an uproar. Once he started for the Cowboys that uproar would have died down a little as people saw how good he was. Had his career not been shortened by a car accident that left him a shell of the former monster he was we would be talking about him as a great pick, even if the Draft publications had him in the 3rd or 4th rounds. In other words, it isn’t where a player gets picked, it’s how they turn out. The book on the 2013 Draft hasn’t even been written but we have already learned that Frederick is perhaps a nasty player like Big E was. Give me that kind of effort and I am going to love this pick no matter what the pundits think.

Let’s start with the kid himself. Everyone is making a huge deal out of the fact he said he thought he was a second round Draft pick. Do you know what he also said in that interview? Right around the 50 second mark, and right after he said he thought he was a 2nd round guy, he said he thought he could be headed to Dallas at 31 when we traded down because we had shown so much interest. He said Bill Callahan personally came and worked him out. If that doesn’t sound to you like we were one of the teams who were targeting him I don’t know what to tell you.

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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.