Cowboys Mailbag – QB’s, Draft Review & Jimmy Johnson

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Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar (89) dives for the end zone in the second quarter against Philadelphia Eagles safety Nate Allen (29) at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Issue 2: 2013 NFL Draft / Jerry Jones GM Prowess

Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys were blasted for trading down in the 2013 NFL draft. They selected Travis Frederick and Terrence Williams with the extra picks. Frederick was reportedly “third round talent” and was considered a reach. This reach became the first rookie in franchise history to start every game at center and get selected to the NFL All-Rookie team. Once again, highlighting the uncertainty of draft choices and expert opinions.

Terrance Williams became our starting receiver opposite Dez Bryant. While his selection wasn’t heavily criticized, I wasn’t pleased because I’m a fan of Dwayne Harris. Williams went on to make Miles Austin expendable. He finished with 12 receptions in excess of 20 yards and ranked 5th in the NFL with an average of 16.7 yards per catch. Williams had a great season, finishing fourth in franchise history with the most receptions, most receiving yards and most receiving touchdowns by a rookie.

The players selected may be remembered, but they will probably be overshadowed by “the trade”. Sometimes, the deal that you get is the best deal available. San Francisco gave up a first and third round pick for our 18th pick in the first round. That seemed like a fair trade until the Minnesota Vikings gave their second, third, fourth and seventh round picks to the New England Patriots for the 29th pick in the first round. Thanks to the Vikings, everyone will feel the Cowboys didn’t get enough in return for the 18th pick. We may never know if the Cowboys could’ve gotten more, but it was probably the best deal available at the time.

The blemish is Gavin Escobar’s selection in the second round. A high ranking safety or an offensive guard would’ve been a great pick. I’ve been told that the other tight ends selected in that draft didn’t have to fight for playing time behind an all-world pro like Jason Witten. Escobar has the physical stats to be an amazing offensive weapon. Once Linehan finds ways to use him in the offense more, Escobar and the draft can achieve some redemption.

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  • Scott.

    Good article and valid points. Personally I believe most die hard fans are just tired of Jerry opening his mouth every time he can. I was going to go on but no need. Jerry never met a microphone that he thought was off..

  • trinity

    People hate jerry because he cares more about entertainment and his ego than he does about winning. After 3 consecutive 8-8 seasons, Jason Garrett should have already been given his pink slip. But Jerry keeps him employed because he’s a puppet that he can control. Jerry, or “coach Jones” as he absurdly called himself is the reason the cowboys are total losers, even despite all that talent.

    • Russ

      You’re close. It’s not Garrett. It’s that moron in charge.

      • trinity

        I know Garrett still being there is all on jerry. He controls him.

  • PaulTX

    JJ is loyal to players, and so was Parcells. It was a vice for both of them. I do not dislike JJ. Anyone who has met him in person has said he is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet. We are all great armchair GMs.

    • Russ

      Who cares if he’s down to earth? What do you people have to witness before you recognize the man’s stunning incompetency? This article mentions how he got fleeced in the trade in last year’s draft compared to what Minnesota did…there’s simply no other explanation than the man just keeps screwing up. And oh yeah…what about that stroke of genius trading about 10 choices for Roy Williams. Let me repeat that…ROY FREAKING WILLIAMS!!! That one ruined our drafts for two years. I’m 69 and have been a devoted fan since ’60 when they started. I’m tired of this buffoon embarrassing this proud franchise.

      • PaulTX

        I care or I wouldn’t have said it. Did I say he was an outstanding GM? Nope. Whether you like it or not, he owns this team, and it is very likely the Jones family will continue to own this team even after he is gone. Suck it up or find a new team.

  • V. C. Evans Sr.

    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    I hope he gets another chance even if it’s third string…
    GM/Coach, sit down and talk to this guy…I think he can help…..