How The Cowboys Can’t Lose (The Draft At Least)…

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Apr 25, 2013; New York, NY, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recognizes West, Texas and Boston Marathon victims and first responders during the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the final installment of an ongoing series focusing on potential draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys almost one month from now.  In the previous three articles, we have discussed the possibilities of bringing in a new defensive end, linebacker and safety.  If you missed any of these articles or would like to re-read them, here is a link to those columns:

Ealy v. Ford
http://thelandryhat.com/2014/03/25/dallas-draft-day-dilemma-ealy-v-ford/

Barr v. Mosley
http://thelandryhat.com/2014/03/30/dallas-cowboys-draft-day-dilemma-barr-v-mosley/

Clinton-Dix v. Pryor
http://thelandryhat.com/2014/04/01/dallas-draft-day-dilemma-ha-ha-clinton-dix-vs-calvin-pryor/

Today, we’ll examine the rest of the options that will be on the table and discuss what Dallas might and should do when faced with these scenarios.  Let’s start by taking a glimpse at what many prognosticators would have to agree is at the very least a fair attempt to guess how the draft will shake out.

Imagine, if you will, the 2014 NFL Draft shapes up something like this…

1.HOUSTON TEXANS – Blake Bortles QB – Central Florida
2.ST.LOUIS – Greg Robinson OT – Auburn
3.JACKSONVILLE – Jadeveon Clowney DE – South Carolina
4.CLEVELAND – Johnny Manziel QB – Texas A&M
5.OAKLAND – Sammy Watkins WR – Clemson
6.ATLANTA – Khalil Mack LB – Buffalo
7.TAMPA BAY – Jake Matthews OT – Texas A&M
8.MINNESOTA – Teddy Bridgewater QB – Louisville
9.BUFFALO – Taylor Lewan OT – Michigan
10.DETROIT – Darqueze Dennard CB – Michigan State
11.TENNESSEE – Anthony Barr LB – UCLA
12.N.Y. GIANTS – Aaron Donald DT – Pittsburgh
13.ST.LOUIS – Mike Evans WR – Texas A&M
14.CHICAGO - Hasean Clinton-Dix S – Alabama
15.PITTSBURGH - Justin Gilbert CB – Oklahoma State

With the draft shaping up like this, dream scenario choices like Barr, Donald and Clinton-Dix all go right before the Cowboys get their choice up to the podium but two solid options in C.J. Mosley and Calvin Pryor are still there.  The option of trading down to draft defensive ends Kony Ealy or Dee Ford is still in play as well.  Dallas could even shun the defense altogether and look at Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin or USC wide receiver Marqise Lee… but then Cowboys fans may start a riot that ends up as an angry mob outside Jerry Jones’ palatial estate.

Even if the draft goes in a few opposite ways, the Cowboys are still sitting in a decent position.

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Tags: Aaron Donald Anthony Barr Barry Church C.J. Mosley Calvin Pryor Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones

  • PaulTX

    I agree Tyrone. This is a draft that is deep in Dallas’
    positions of need. My mock is almost
    identical except, I think Houston goes Clowney, JAX Bortles, Cleveland Watkins,
    Oakland Manziel, Buffalo Barr, Titans Dix, Giants Lewan, Chicago Donald, Pitts
    Gilbert. Either way, it puts the Cowboys
    pretty much in the same situation as your mock.

  • Guy Smith

    If That’s the way the first round shapes up, get Jerry out of the war room, drop down and get a second rounder, then drop down to the Low 20′ss and add a Third rounder..Now we have a First, two Seconds and two Third rounders, plus the other picks later.. Go after DLinemen, OLinemen and safety.. Those positions have alot of depth this year.

    • PaulTX

      I think Houston goes Clowney, so I would be curious if they would trade their 2nd and 3rd for our 16th to be able to secure a QB, especially if one of the big three slides.

      • David

        You would trade the 16th overall pick for just their 2nd and 3rd round pick???????????

        • PaulTX

          You are right, that’s too good of a deal for Houston. Depending on what you are using to derive your value for picks. 16 – 1000, 33 – 580, 65 – 265. I would need to ask for something like their 4th round pick as well or a 3rd from 2015. I still like the idea.

          • David

            They can not afford to trade that far down. They have to many huge needs and need to hit a home run with a 1st round pick. Preferably someone thats a 3 down impact player.

          • PaulTX

            Who’s going to be there at 16 that you like?

          • David

            Paul who knows how the draft will play out. Id say if Barr, Dix and Pryor are all off the board they should trade back say 5 to 8 spots if they get the chance. I dont think they can afford to drop to far. But they need a FS, DE, Will as their biggest needs and OT, OG, WR, DL as their secondary needs IMHO..

          • PaulTX

            Who do you like at Will besides Mosley? I like Ryan Shazier late in the 1st.

          • Francesco M. DiGiovanni

            Shazier is too small at around 230 pounds. Don’t want him unless he’s fast enough to move to play strong safety.

          • PaulTX

            Justin Durant is 6’1″ 228. Sean Lee is 6’2″ 234. I have Shazier listed at 6’1″ 237, how is that too small to play LB in a 4-3?

          • Francesco M. DiGiovanni

            Justin Durant is a backup at best. Sean Lee is a very good player yet I do sometimes wish he was bigger. Since they have him and he is a bit smaller, at the other linebacker spots, Dallas needs to add some bigger guys with talent.
            I’ve read where Shazier runs a 4.5 forty. Move him to strong safety like Darren Woodson did in the pros.

          • PaulTX

            I guess we will just have to wait until season starts and see who drafts him and where they play him.

          • David

            Well if they drafted Mosely they may tinker with sliding Lee to the outside to ease the pounding he has been taking and see if he can make it through a full season.

  • Old Frog

    Yet another article that completely discounts the value of drafting Zack Martin and how he is a viable option at 16 or a trade back. “Cowboys fans may start a riot….”? I don’t think so.

  • David

    I would think this would be a no brainer. They either draft Pryor hopefully or they trade back to the mid to later round and take a guy like Kony where I still think his value would be still questionable. I think the best time to take an end is in the 2nd round and go after a like Crichton, Tuitt, Ford or Murphy. If they trade back then all options are on the table I would say. They could go OL, WR or even LB if Mosely fell for some reason. Or they could go really insane and draft a qb if one fell. If they went Pryor in the 1st round and got a DE in the 2nd round where the value was better I think this defense if HEALTHY could make some serious progress.

  • trinity

    It does seem like a can’t lose. Then again, this is Jerry Jones and the cowboys we’re talking about here. Even if he has to try very hard and get creative, Jerry Will find a way to mess it up. Oh yes, he will find a way to screw you guys again.