Donald Gone At 16? Easley New Cowboys’ Target

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Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

THE DONALD QUESTIONS REMAIN

The question teams now have to answer…is the jump in competition going to dampen his explosive play?  Or will Donald continue to dominate, and thrust past the best offensive lineman in the world?

At least one thing is certain, there is only one specific position in the NFL that Aaron Donald can play and that’s the 3-technique.  Any team that plays a 3-4 defense or already has a solid 3-technique will pass on Donald as there is no fit.

These factors make predicting Donald’s likely destination and draft slot a complex ordeal.  A few teams will drool over him and some will doubt his smaller stature competing at the highest level.

Right now Dallas and DC Rod Marinelli are crossing their fingers none of the 14 teams above them are chomping at the bits to sign him.  There is little debate that he fits the demands of the Dallas 4-3 (Tampa-2 style) 3-technique like a glove.

The conclusion is that no one can get a solid read on where Aaron Donald will come off the board.  That being said, there is a decent chance he will be gone by the Cowboys’ 16th pick.

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  • Swint

    Ronald Leary! The starting left tackle?? I had no idea.

    • BradAustin

      Sorry about that, writer’s glitch, meant LG. lol That was the second story I wrote back to back. The first one was about Ware having a solid shot at returning to Cowboys. 30 minutes later he’d signed with Denver and I had to start over. Thanks for the correction.

  • Chad

    At this point, if Donald is gone I’d trade back as far as I could and pick Murphy or Crichton and get some extra picks. Trading down to anything past 25 should warrant a 2nd & 5th or 3rd & 4th.

    • Chesney Blair

      Yes agree with the part about trading down. Ideally though I would trade down to the twenties and nab an extra second and hope for jernigan to be there or might even think of selecting ford. I think Murphy and Crichton either or both will last until the second round.

      • Chad

        I only throw Scott and Trent out there because I don’t see them falling to us in the second very often. I’ll admit, the notion of Easley doesn’t sit well with me considering the gamble we’ve taken on guys like Lee and Murray. Great players WHEN they’re on the field.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Got to go DL with first pick. DL early and often. Donald, Jernigan, Hageman … DE but no small DEs. I don’t think that fast DEs that weigh 245 or less handle the run right at them.

    • BradAustin

      I’m with you on that. I think you could even go DL in all first 3 rounds. I don’t think any DE (besides Clowney) in this draft warrants a 1st round pick. You could get DT Jernigan (1-tech) in 1st, spend 2nd on DT Easley (3-tech), and 3rd on DE Kareem Martin. All depends on if we can sign at least one starting caliber DL in fee agency. Then we wouldn’t have to go so heavy at DL, just make it count.T here is so much position flux on this DL now, there is no way to tell where Crawford will line up or which end Selvie will be needed to occupy. All we can do is trust Marinelli, but I have to admit in the last few days it has gotten so much harder to do so.

  • Old Frog

    I remain hopeful the Cowboys pick Zack Martin.

    • BradAustin

      I’d prefer to shore up the d-line before anything else, but seeing Martin on film, there’s no way I’d feel less than excited about that pick. Guy is a vicious blocker with a mean streak. He also gets on the 2nd wave of defenders down the field and continues to locate and hammer guys. There is no doubt he’s got All-Pro potential. Would be the final piece at RG to an improving o-line. The running game would pick up strongly. Then when Free moves along likely next year, we have a longtime RT with Martin. Really like that guy, great observation with mentioning him. May be the best OL in draft because of his versatility to dominate at both guard or tackle.

  • Guy Smith

    If Cowboys get Donald, Easley , Jernigan or Chrichton *(who I love) any Two of them, and a safety like USC;s Dion Bailey to shore up another weak area, they would have done well..Then rounds 4-7 add OLine and more Dline help..But with Jerry Jones interferring in personell decisions, who knows??