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Bruce Carter

In round 1 I take RaShede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota. I have the unfortunate luck of having the guys that I like in round 1 all rise out of reach after the Combines and Senior Bowl. If it happens this year, this is the kid who will be the riser. I start this kid day 1 and smile. He is big at 6’6″, 310 pounds. He pushes the pocket into the Quarterback and thus frees up rush ends and blitzing Linebackers to come through the collapse.  The Cowboys are losing that with Hatcher and getting it right back with this kid. He is a road grader who paves the way for tacklers to get to the football or he gets there himself. By far, my favorite player in this draft within the Cowboys current range.

In round 2 I grab Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State University. The knock on Sutton is that he is not huge. The motor he has makes him worth taking. The Cowboys will be getting Tyrone Crawford back from Injured Reserve in 2013. He may or may not be 100% ready to go and I don’t wait to see. If he can’t, Sutton starts next to Hageman from day 1, and he might anyway. He is shorter than most DTs at 6′ even, but his uses that as a leverage advantage over Offensive Linemen as he gets underneath them and uses his trunk power to push them back. With Crawford and Nick Hayden this gives us far better DT depth than we had in 2013. Some disagree but the multiple injuries on our D-Line is why we finished 8-8 again.

I consider fixing the DL to be critical. So I am going there in three straight rounds. In the 3rd round I grab Jackson Jeffcoat, Defensive End, Texas. There will be many people who don’t think he will be there. Right now, this is about where he is ranked. Argue with CBS. George SElvie proved to be a okay fill in for Spencer this year, but he is not a long term solution. The son of former Dallas Cowboy Jim Jeffcoat just ought to take over his daddy’s spot one day. I think he will need to bulk up his rookie year. He is listed at 250 pounds right now. I would use him on obvious passing downs and bookend him with Ware who I do think is going to be a man possessed after an injury riddled 2013.

I considered selecting Ahmad Dixon the Strong safety from Baylor there. Ultimately, at this point I want DL depth and pass rush more than deep coverage. I do think Dixon could start day 1 and I would not be opposed to that upgrade at all.

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  • Scott Aldridge

    I could not agree much more. I like the dline picks with first three picks especially if the staff is sold on Wilcox and Johnson (although I don’t know how they could be). I recently read an article about the safety from Alabama, ha ah nix and wouldn’t mind them grabbing him with the first pick if he is there. Article mentioned that he is one of the best ballhwaking safety’s to come out in years and would immediately help the backfield. (So would a strong dline).

  • SmartThinking

    I’m of the opinion that, certainly Bernadeau, and also Livings should be replaced through this draft early with bigger, faster, stronger, meaner players. However, it appears that I have the minority opinion.

    If defense is the direction, then go defense. All those late round running backs and wide receivers you’re suggesting Dallas draft are just more fodder for the grist mill. Take defensive line players first and then find corners and safeties, as many as are out there. The running backs and receivers will show up in the undrafted walk-ons and second year players trying to catch on.

    Also, from what I’ve read, this kid, Hageman from Minnesota is a perfect fit for Dallas’ new young defense and al all-out stud. I doubt if Jeffcoat will be available by the time Dallas fills it’s other needs but the fatefulness of him following his dad makes for a nice story.

  • Juanito Juanito

    How many compensatory picks cowboys could have for the next draft ?

    • Jimmy DeMarco

      As many as 5. But it’ll probably only be 2, maybe 3.

  • Earl Robertson

    A team needs to invest 80 percent of their resources on the O line and D line then of course u have to have a very good to great QB. The rest of positions you get guys to fit your system. Never pay big bucks for a RB unless he is AP ( see Texans and Titans), never pay big bucks on WR unless he is CJ maybe Dez ( see Cowboys), never pay big bucks on CB unless he is a Deion ( see Cowboys). And never ever have an owner be your GM see Cowboys on that !!!!

  • jrcowboy49

    I really like your 1st round pick!