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
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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