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.