Dallas Cowboys 2013 Rookies Proving Draft Experts Wrong

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4th Round (114 Overall) CB B.W. Webb

Cornerback William Wilson Webb Jr. aka B.W. has given the Cowboys enough confidence in his ability to cut the roster down, as of this writing, to only four active Cornerbacks.  While the CB situation could change, Webb’s team leading for CB’s 14 combined tackles and 1 interception gives us proof that the Cowboys coaching staff has good reason to believe in him.  While B.W. did struggle against the Oakland Raiders, he had a superb bounce back during the fourth preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

5th Round (151 Overall) RB Joseph Randle

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Randle led all Dallas RB’s with 55 attempts gaining 215 yards and 1 touchdown in five preseason games.  He also led the Cowboys with 5 kick returns for 113 yards.  Joseph looks to be the every-down versatile back Dallas hoped he would be.  His good vision, strong finishes, and outstanding ability to block out of the backfield has greatly improved the Cowboys Running back depth.  I think Randle was the Cowboys best RB in preseason.

6th Round (185 Overall) OLB DeVonte Holloman

Based on his preseason performance, Outside Linebacker DeVonte “Hands” Holloman may prove to be the steal of the 2013 draft.  Holloman’s 16 combined tackles, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovery, and team leading 2 interceptions one of which he returned 75 yards for a touchdown has impressed both his coaches and teammates alike.  The inability to generate turnovers is something the Cowboys defense struggled with mightily last year.  If Holloman can keep up his level of play, he could easily come away as the team’s regular season turnover leader.

With all the optimism surrounding the Dallas Cowboys rookies; I acknowledge that the preseason is just the preseason.  Many of these players were going up against second and even third string players, but I still like the fact that for now, the Cowboys 2013 draft class seems to be proving the draft experts wrong.

Immediately after the draft, I thought Sports Illustrated’s Peter King best described on his Monday Morning Quarterback column my personal sentiments.

“Stop killing the Cowboys.  Just stop.  Dallas got the No. 1 center on many boards at 31 (Travis Frederick), filling a gaping hole; an offensive tight end to someday replace Jason Witten (Gavin Escobar) at 47; and a 51-game starter at wideout from Baylor, Terrance Williams (who averaged 19 yards a catch last year) at 74.”

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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.