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.