Yet Another Evaluation of the Dallas Cowboys Draft

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I love Wisconsin O-Linemen. This kid came in for Peter Konz when he had a blood clot. Wisconsin turned to him over Bill Nagy and he never left the position. Peter Konz only started at Guard for the best OL in the NFL last year. I have a feeling those who hate this pick are going to eat crow.

Next we took Gavin Escobar from San Diego State at TE. The PC story of this is that we plan to run a lot of 12 sets with 2 TEs. I’m not sure this is the case completely. Maybe it is, but I think given how much we paid Tony Romo this move could also be a farewell to Jason Witten when his contract puts us up against the Salary Cap. Maybe it won’t, but we need to be realistic about these kinds of options. This kid’s contract will run out before Witten’s does, but who will come cheaper, and who is younger? NFL teams have to weigh this type of information and balance the budget. There’s no doubting the kid’s hands. He sure doesn’t. He says he will catch everything thrown at him. So let’s throw at him. Only good things can come from having another set of hands on the field.

Dec 20, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego State Aztecs tight end Gavin Escobar (88) runs for a first down after making a catch during the second quarter as Brigham Young Cougars defensive back Jordan Johnson (6) defends at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Next we took a kid that wanted to come here real bad, but was projected as a 2nd round pick, and no one felt we had a shot at getting him, Terrance Williams out of Baylor. Let me simply point at one thing first here. His production did not plummet when Robert Griffin III left for the NFL. If anything, he improved because he felt he had to. How is that a bad thing in the NFL? It isn’t.

I postulated Gavin Escobar is Witten’s exit point. There’s no doubt Williams is Miles Austin’s exit from the team. He was drafted to play opposite Dez Bryant, no ifs, ands, or buts about it. He will begin like every other Draft pick as a complimentary player looking to develop. Once he does they will move him into the starting lineup. We are either going to keep 6 WRs or someone is already on the outside looking in. I don’t see Dwayne Harris leaving and I think Romo loves Beasley. That puts Danny Coale in the “better prove yourself” category this year. No more injuries, step it up. If Miles again has tender hammies it could be him who is on the outside looking in.

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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.