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 Cowboy’s Draft: Stop, Re-Evaluate and Listen

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.

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  • Lance

    Drafts have improved under Red Genius

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.hudson.54 Corey Hudson

    Well so far I can see Jerry Jones in his bungling way has torpedoed the Cowboys season already. As usual he has sat on his hands and let almost all of the decent FA OT’s sign with other teams. He sat back and watched as Tyson Claybo sign with the Dolphins. Instead of cutting Doug Free loose, some one who couldn’t block for a college team, he has just sat and waited for over a month to see if Free would take a pay cut. As usual Dallas will be the door mat for everyone in 2013 and Jerry has no one to blame but himself. FA was a joke and the draft was one big blunder after another. They didn’t hardly address any of their needs in FA or the draft. Jerry didn’t address the DL, or S position and he really hasn’t done anything to help the OL. Frederick is a joke from everything I have read. S has been a major weakness since Roy Williams, and Darren Woodson left over 10 years ago. Jerry contrary to his popular belief is no football guru. He needs to tep aside and let somebody who can judge talent do the job.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1580814921 Michael Murley

    The center should have been a third round pick could have had best safety in the draft if that was such a position of need which it wasn’t. Needed a OT or G to go with the C. Could have used a DT. The only pick the Boys made at the correct spot is the kid outta Baylor. He makes sense because you can put Austin in the slot and that should help him cut down on the hamstring issues hes had for the last few years. Three TE sets are you kidding me please, get real. Jerry is a moron. He needs to lets real football people make decisions about what would work with the talent they are able to put on the field. Not to knock Escobars talent as a receiving TE but dang ya need someone that can block if hes gonna be in the backfield.

  • http://www.facebook.com/corey.hudson.54 Corey Hudson

    The WR from Baylor was a steal. I have heard nothing but good things about this guy, and I guess he has really good speed. I can’t figure out how Dallas got him. That isn’t a Jerry Jones move. I still can’t figure how Jerry can say the DL is in good shape. Coleman is gone, Brent is gone, Spears is gone and Ratliff is over 30 and had trouble staying healthy. I think Spencer and Ware will thrive at DE considering both played that position coming out of college, but again Ware is over 30 and is coming off of an injury filled season. Jerry has sat back and done nothing to add depth to any of the positions. The one bright spot is somehow they id get that DT, Price who was a 2d. rd. pick of the Bucs and few years back. I think he is only 25 or 26. He didn’t do alot in Tampa Bay, but maybe Kiffin can get this guy to play up to his potential.