Dallas Cowboys 2013 Rookies Proving Draft Experts Wrong

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With the NFL preseason coming to a merciful conclusion, let’s take a look and see how the 2013 Dallas Cowboys draft class has fared.  You may recall the woefully low draft grades the “experts” gave to the Cowboys right after the draft.

Just to recap a few, ESPN’s Mel Kiper gave the Cowboys a C+, USA Today issued a D-, CBS Sports Pete Prisco gave a C, Yahoo Sports Jason Cole brutalized Dallas with the lowest grade I could find an F, Sporting News awards a C, Fox Sports Peter Schrager gives the Boys a C, and one of the highest Cowboys 2013 grades awarded by CBS Sports Rob Rang for an overall draft grade of B-.

Those grades would indicate a poor draft and continue the general media’s mantra that the Dallas Cowboys do not know how to draft players.  With all of those low grades in mind, you would think that very few of the Cowboys 2013 class would make the roster, let alone show great value in the preseason, and you would be dead wrong.  Not only did every one of this year’s draft picks make the roster, but many of them led the team in various categories.

1st Round (31 Overall) C Travis Frederick

The rookie from the University of Wisconsin had a stellar preseason.  Frederick showed a veteran’s poise from his first play in Miami.  You could clearly see Frederick communicating with his line mates, and he never missed a single snap.  Both his pass and run protection was outstanding, and he surprised me by beating the defensive lineman and getting to the second level on a number of downs, sealing off the linebacker for big runs.  I believe the Cowboys have found a 10 year starting anchor for the offensive line.

Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

 

2nd Round (47 Overall) TE Gavin Escobar

Escobar led all Cowboys Tight Ends with 11 receptions for 64 yards and 1 touchdown in five preseason games.  He showed great ability to catch the ball when covered and was very crisp in his route running.  Gavin came close to a second touchdown and improved his blocking as the preseason went along.  In my opinion Escobar significantly outplayed veteran Tight End James Hanna (2 receptions for 9 yards in 5 games) and should start over him when the season begins.

3rd Round (74 Overall) WR Terrance Williams

While Terrance Williams only recorded 2 receptions for 16 yards in 5 preseason games, you could see small improvement every week.  Wide receiver is arguably one of the hardest positions to learn in the NFL, and it often takes players well into their second or third years (example Dez Bryant) before they really transition into the professional game.  While Williams had one of the weakest 2013 draft class showings, I still believe he has significant upside potential.

3rd Round (80 Overall) FS J.J. Wilcox

Rookie Free Safety J.J. Wilcox showed why the Dallas Cowboys were willing to wait late into the third round to draft a safety.  Wilcox led the entire team with 21 combined tackles and had one interception.  While he will continue to improve his angles and defensive ball skills, the converted from wide receiver to now safety flashed excellent open field tackling abilities and a knack for being around the ball.  J.J.’s impressive, team leading preseason is hopefully a sign of things to come in the future.

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  • Raymond Tippett

    well kipper is a idiot that a lot of Dallas fans followed !! I stood my ground on Fredrick’s, I have watched him his whole career and was very excited when we drafted him I told all of you how smart and strong he was and was going to be a anchor for this team for the next ten years. im a badger fan im from wisc so I had a lot more insight to his game then most of you did so when they picked him I was popping the champers knowing we just made our line better, I new it but I wanted all of you to see what I already new, now that you have seen him play do you still think they drafted wrong . I don’t think so kipper you have no idea half the time what your talking about you just assume because this guy wasn’t a number 1 pick because his name didn’t pop out you just past him aside and said it was a poor pick well eat your words jerkoff we got the best lineman in the draft no thanks to you and all your supposedly knowledge mr think tank!!!

    • JoeDaBeast

      Hopefully most Badger fans have better grammar than you. Damn, this is one of the biggest problems with today’s youth!

      • Raymond Tippett

        dude c’mon so what if my spelling sucks it has everything to do with the meaning idiot

        • JoeDaBeast

          Normally, someone that calls another an idiot, doesn’t show idiot properties, unless they ARE an idiot. Put on the glass slipper and see if it fits Cinderella.

          • Raymond Tippett

            well it don’t fit I have always been a horrible speller but I let things go I don’t judge people like you do if you understand what someone is trying to say then go with it but you get jerks like you that try to point out someone else’s misgivings but when people like you who think there superior to others are considered idiots and from what I see you fit the bill

          • JoeDaBeast

            I’m a jerk AND and idiot, but at least you called me superior and revealed that you are uneducated. Thank you, but that is NOT what I think of people from Wisconsin.

          • grkorbel

            Let me see if I get this, Joe: you acknowledge you’re a jerk and an idiot. While I appreciate such radical honesty, if that is the case–and it appears it might be–why would anyone put much weight on your opinions? Frankly, I don’t see much in your attempts at wit that would qualify you for the Algonquin Round Table.

            “An idiot…doesn’t show idiot properties, unless they ARE an idiot.”

            Now there’s an observation that suggests someone possesses a superior capacity for abstract thinking–or is it just a cringeworthy tautology?

            That’s the problem with so many people today: they can’t recognize logical fallacies, in this case circular reasoning.

          • JoeDaBeast

            Just so that “brainiacs” like you respond, but probably with a severe headache for you.

          • grkorbel

            Do you want to try that again? As it reads, I only have a sense of confusion–like when I’m in a foreign country and I can’t understand the language. I’m sure you were casting your nets for a different response…like humiliation or anger, not head-scratching.

            Tennis is a different game, though, isn’t it, when you’re not the only one with a racket? You seemed to be having a lot of fun ridiculing Raymond without knowing anything about him. That not only makes you a jerk but it makes you come off as a self-aggrandizing jerk.

            I’m not suggesting you are a jerk–although there is some circumstantial evidence–I’m just not very tolerant of those who take shots at guys like Raymond from the tall grass when he does nothing to provoke such ridicule.

            Respond if you wish. I could care less.

          • JoeDaBeast

            Don’t need to know him to say what I said, just expressing the obvious. And your toleration doesn’t concern me in the least either. Based on you not caring less if I respond, you’ll respond back, which is contrary to you not caring. Can you resist? I doubt you can!

      • Matt

        Easy Joe, easy. Raymond was going after Kipper not media moguls like yourself! :)

        • JoeDaBeast

          You have to have yourself covered if you go after anyone.

        • grkorbel

          Did you mean “moguls” or “mongrels”?

    • Old Frog

      I was happy about the Frederick pick but as impressed as we have all been with him in Oxnard and the pre-season, I wish he’d had some snaps opposite Jay Ratliff during the last 3 months.

      • Matt

        I agree Old Frog. Health of the D Line is scary right now. If they can’t get pressure on the QB, the entire Tampa 2 breaks down.

    • Matt

      Good insight Raymond and I appreciate your comments. The draft pundits went off on the Boys for drafting Frederick in the first round. Looks like we may have a 10 year keeper there. Thanks again!

  • grkorbel

    Thank you for the optimism. If most ananylysts and Cowboy fans were honest with themselves they really need to join a 12-step program to deal with their soul-sickening melancholy, rage, and pessimism.

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