Options At Pick #16 For The Dallas Cowboys

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Nov 9, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman Aaron Donald (97) reacts after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Heinz Field. PITT won 28-21. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Option #2: Aaron Donald, DT

Here is the second best option for the Cowboys, which might not be most likely of picks. Donald, who played for Pittsburgh, has been shooting up the draft boards since his impressive showing at the NFL combine. This might not be as much of a need since the Cowboys signed Melton in the off-season, but getting him would be just another asset to a rebuilding defense. Donald has an impressive combo of size and speed, which in the 4-3 is necessary for the defensive lineman. He plays the three-technique position that is now occupied by Melton, but he can play the one-technique if he needs too. Donald would be a good option because he would be a good replacement for Melton if things don’t work out. He would help solidify the defensive line for years to come.

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  • Old Frog

    And what about Zack Martin? Why doens’t he get any love?

    • PaulTX

      I would take Martin over Donald, just because I can’t rationalize using a 1st round pick to draft a guy that won’t be on the field every down. Very possible Martin or Lewan is there at 16.

      • David

        Awww Paul thats logic that you know I have and love as well..

        • PaulTX

          If they take Donald over Pryor, I’m going to come unglued. I watched his highlights again last night. He should be ranked much higher. Definitely better than Dix in coverage.

    • Chad

      Because it’s not a “sexy” pick.

  • jrcowboy49

    Barr is not a 4-3 DE and too small.

    • PaulTX

      Marinelli disagrees.

    • Chad

      I agree that he could stand to bulk up to play with his hand in the dirt all the time, but Barr should easily be able to hit 260 or above by the time september gets here. In a couple of years there’s no reason to think he couldn’t fill out to around 275 without losing that explosion.

    • David

      You realize Robert Quinn was 2nd in the league in sacks with 19 and he only weighs in at 264. Thats only 9 pounds heavier than Barr. And at 6-5 he has plenty of size on his frame to add 10 pounds and still keep his speed. But I am sure Marinelli dosent know what he is doing haha.

  • PaulTX

    I was watching Calvin Pryor’s highlights on youtube. That guy is insane.

  • 4Real

    Pryor will put some of these diva WR’s out the game(DJax,Cooper& Cruz)

  • David

    I think Barr and Pryor are the best options unless a very sweet deal to trade down came along. I just saw that the Niners want to trade up for Beckham badly. If the Cowboys got the better end of the fleecing this time that would be interesting.

  • David

    Oh and Barr ran a 4.45 at his pro day so that makes him even a better prospect.

  • David

    I also wrote this in another blog. Pryor or Dix would walk on and arguably be the best overall safety on the team.

  • ctcowboy1968

    It’s a passing league, but if Barr can’t hold the edge then teams will run right at him negating his speed. He doesn’t have power and can’t break the double team.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Go with a lineman at 16. DL or OL. But make it a lineman. Don’t trade up or reach. Trade back if Donald or Martin aren’t there.