What Quarterbacks Might The Dallas Cowboys Draft?

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Jan 2, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron (10) runs with the ball against the Oklahoma Sooners in the first half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

McCarron is almost the opposite of Mettenberger: his physical skills are questionable, but you couldn’t ask for better intangibles. Together, the two would form quite an elite prospect. If only. McCarron had one of the most successful collegiate campaigns that you’ll ever see, winning three National Championship (two as a starter), and setting Alabama records for passing yards in a season (3,063) and career (10,019) and passing touchdowns in a career (77). At 6’3, 220, size isn’t a concern, but he still has only an average build. His arm strength leaves a lot to be desired, and getting balls into the small windows in the NFL might prove difficult for him. Nothing about his career suggests that he is anything other than a great guy off of the field, a smart guy on the field and a leader in the locker room, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a starting quarterback in the NFL. He might eventually turn into one, but he shouldn’t be any team’s number one option at this point. If Dallas is looking for a terrific backup who can win a few games in that role, then he’s a good pick. But if they’re truly looking for a future franchise quarterback, I don’t think he’s that guy.

Murray is very much the same boat as McCarron, except at 6’1, his size hurts him. Even though quarterbacks like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson have shown it’s possible to succeed in the NFL without ideal size, it’s still not preferred. Murray had a lot of balls batted down at the line of scrimmage in college, and you would image that won’t change much in the NFL. Murray had a prolific career at Georgia, despite facing criticism early on that he shrunk in big games. After winning several high-profile games in 2013, an ACL injury also ended his season. Physically, he has a better arm than McCarron, and is probably more mobile and able to move around in the pocket better than either McCarron or Mettenberger. Overall, I’d put Murray behind Mettenberger but ahead of McCarron. Much like Mettenberger, he could be a guy that would fit into Dallas very well if he fell far enough to where Dallas could take a chance on him.

Garoppolo, who broke most of Tony Romo’s records at Eastern Illinois, was already on the radar of NFL scouts and has really been rising up Draft boards after a great performance at the Senior Bowl. Some Cowboys fans will see the Eastern Illinois link between he and Romo and try and draw a comparison, but that always seems silly to me. The fact that the two guys attended the same college almost a decade apart is pretty irrelevant. Still, Garoppolo is a legitimate NFL prospect, and could very well end up being a bona fide starter. While I think linking Garoppolo and Romo because of the school they went to is stretching, Garoppolo is comparable to Romo as a player. He doesn’t have great size, or a great arm, but is a smart player and uses his understanding of the game to help him overcome his lack of elite physical skills. He did play in a very pass-happy offense in college, and needs to work on taking snaps under center and taking drops. Also, like any quarterback who played at a smaller school, the hardest part of evaluating Garoppolo is trying to figure out how he would fare against better competition. Do the Cowboys think that lightning can strike twice, and try and grab another Eastern Illinois product? That remains to be seen, but I think Garoppolo is too much of a project to be valuable to Dallas at this point.

Finally, my two wild cards are Savage and Shaw. Savage started at Rutgers but lost his job to injury, and had a stop in Arizona before finally landing in Pittsburgh. He didn’t put up great numbers, but he wasn’t necessarily asked to. He’s a great-looking prospect, and seems to have the physical tools to succeed at the NFL level. If he’s still around in the fourth or fifth round, Dallas should give him a look.

Savage has at least gotten some recent buzz, but Shaw is barely talked about amongst the quarterbacks this year, and some project that he might not even be drafted. Shaw can run, and takes care of the ball (he threw ONE interception last season. In the SEC.). But he’s only 6’0 and isn’t a pure passer. He’ll probably still be around in the sixth round or so, and if Dallas is looking for a young backup, he should be on their radar, although I wouldn’t label him an heir apparent.

Does Dallas NEED a quarterback in the 2014 Draft? No, they don’t. But Romo isn’t getting any younger, and planning for the future has to start at some point. After a few years of speculation that it may happen, I think might finally be the year that Dallas pulls the trigger on a young signal-caller that they think can be groomed to eventually take over for Romo.

 

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  • Will Martin

    What about David Fales? He looks the part and could be (or at the very least should be ) a day 2 or 3 option.

    • Krupinsky

      Fales is a good guy, too, although I think he’ll go a little later, and for me, he seems like a guy who is more destined to be a backup than a potential starter. I should’ve explained this a little more, but this wasn’t meant to be a completely exhaustive list. I mainly also wanted to stick with guys that I saw play a lot. I added Garoppolo (who I never saw take one snap), simply because I’ve seen him linked to Dallas a lot, given his Eastern Illinois ties.

  • Ed

    We have 3 QBs on staff already. I can’t see a 4th one conning on staff. Orton will have to retire first but even still, I don’t see it happening this year.

    • Krupinsky

      If they do draft a QB, I don’t think they’ll keep Weeden. I think he was signed as a guy to be an extra camp arm. He’s very expendable. But I agree, they won’t go into the season with 4 QBs.

      • Ed

        You don’t hire someone just to fire them later. If anyone goes, it will be Orton because of the added cap space.

  • trinity

    I am definitely not a Dallas fan, but it’ll be pretty exciting when a new guy takes the helm. The league has seen all they need to see of Tony Romo. Maybe the cowboys can be successful with the next guy.

    • David

      Yeah he is only one the highest ratet passers of all time. It will be good to see him go..Maybe the next qb can play defense too.

      • trinity

        Blah blah. Everyone knows the story by now. It’s an old one. Nobody can deny Tony’s amazing physical talent, just like nobody can deny his epic failures. As I said, I would like to see if a new guy can shake things up, and actually win. And I agree, the defense is horrible as well.

        • David

          Wow you agree the defense is horrible? Thats some great football knowledge you have.

          • trinity

            Thank you ever so much Davey.

    • Scott.

      What a moron… To be nice..

      • trinity

        …Meaning?

  • PaulTX

    I like getting Casey Pachall as a 7th rounder or undrafted free agent. He has a powerful arm and quick release as well as the right frame. He has some character issues to iron out, but we can take him for a test drive fairly cheap.

  • David

    I wouldnt forget about David Fales from San Jose State..

    • Krupinsky

      Yeah, someone else brought him up too. Fales isn’t bad, although I think he’ll go a little later, and
      for me, he seems like a guy who is more destined to be a backup than a
      potential starter. I should’ve explained this a little more, but this
      wasn’t meant to be a completely exhaustive list. I mainly also wanted to
      stick with guys that I saw play a lot. I added Garoppolo (who I never
      saw take one snap), simply because I’ve seen him linked to Dallas a lot,
      given his Eastern Illinois ties.

      • David

        Well I live in San Jose and have seen him play quite a bit. He can play and played against some pretty good competiton with not very much firepower to help him. He will go in the 5th or 6th round.

  • brian basile

    Brad Smith Wyoming…dude is a gamer…

  • Guy Smith

    McCarron is a winner, that’s why Dallas won’t draft him//Get an extra second/third rounder, go DT, DE, Safety and OLine