It’s been a week since the NFL’s 2013 draft has concluded, how do you feel now?
I have to be honest that I was left a little dismayed last Saturday night, but a lot has changed since then. After a week to re-evaluate our situation, a week to calm down from the immediate kneejerk reaction and get some real perspective, I don’t feel that we fared too poorly.
Whether or not we came out on top with the trade to the 49er’s, we still came away with some pretty good talent. We came away with the No. 1 center in the draft (Frederick), even if you don’t agree with where that center should have been picked, the best center in the draft should have been this team’s first priority.
Gavin Escobar made little sense to me at first as another catching tight end, until I started hearing talk from Valley Ranch about 3 tight end sets. It could get very interesting this season if the Cowboys do get that creative offensively.
Terrance Williams seemed an extraneous pick at first, until you realize how Miles Austin has seemed to be nothing but varying degrees of injured over the last couple years. Dez Bryant has struggled with his share of injuries as well. Do we want to be the team playing its corners as receivers this year? Williams gives us depth, in a position that we have shown a need for it.
JJ Wilcox was a necessity at safety, so you can’t really argue with the pick. At this point we start to get into who thinks other options at the same positions might be better. I can certainly understand that, but I am going to trust that the Cowboys have evaluated each player’s individual style and has chosen appropriately for this team…until proven otherwise.
BW Webb adds great depth to our secondary which, although talented as it may be, is quite thin. I hear a lot of great things about this guy’s effort and athleticism, and many considered him to be a steal in the 4th round.
Joseph Randle at running back was another player not expected to make it this far into the draft. He has a running style similar to Murray, but a tad slower and more physical. He has been described as a one-cut back that has tremendous ability to make defenders miss. We needed this pick, Felix Jones had become a shell of his former ability and we needed depth in the event of an injury to Murray.
Linebacker DeVonte Holloman could easily be considered our biggest steal of the draft, with some even projecting him to be taken in the 4th round. Holloman has been described as a devastating hitter, who played both linebacker and safety in college, so the guy has some wheels on him. If nothing else, he will increase the already intense battle at linebacker in the new 4-3.
How will all of this pan out? Time will tell. I can say that I honestly feel better having taken a second and more rational look at things. Despite how insistent they may be, analysts have often been wrong, with first round picks fading into nothing, and undrafted free agents rising to stardom.