NFL Draft, Round 1, Pick 16: The Dallas Cowboys Select...

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Nov 30, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Anthony Barr (11) celebrates after sacking Southern California Troans quarterback Cody Kessler (not pictured) in the fourth quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

So, who’s the choice?

It comes down to scenarios.  In my mind, there are three situations that Dallas must be prepared for in order to assure they make the best possible choice.

SCENARIO NO.1Barr and Donald are both on the board.

Also known as the best of both worlds, this would be a really tough decision.  On one hand, you have Donald is who is freakish fast and explosive for a 285 lb. man.  Paired with Henry Melton, he would give the Cowboys something extremely disruptive to deal with in the middle of the defense.  Provided that Melton returns to form coming off of his torn ACL, the Cowboys would be very difficult to run on with these two manning the interior trenches.  On the other, you have another amazing specimen of a man in Barr.  In his last two seasons at UCLA, Barr was credited with ten forced fumbles, 40+ tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks.  Given that the Cowboys all-time leader in sacks is no longer around and the uncertainty that lies with the pass rush going into 2014, I believe Dallas would have to lean towards Barr.  Even if Barr does not reach DeMarcus Ware clone status, he shouldn’t fall too far short of that lofty aspiration.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    no donald, no barr, trade down

  • Old Frog

    Small contingency hoping for Martin? As long as it includes Garrett, McClay, Callahan, and Linehan I guess I’m good with that.

  • David


    There are couple of problems with your theories and analysis. First it would be only in obvious passing situations where you would see Donald and Melton on the field at the same time. Neither are suited very well to play the 1 tech. So I personally do not think Donald is a great pick here if Barr, Pryor and Dix are available. I dont see them drafting a Jernigan or any other 1 tech’s as Marinelli does not value them as highly as other positions in his defense. I think Kony would be a big reach there at 16 as well. And you are correct in saying Pryor or Dix would be upgrades over everyone on the team and Ill include Church as well as he has coverage and range limitations. And the last thing I will just point out is that the FS is one of six key positions in Marinelli scheme. So they desperately need an upgrade there and move Church back to an in the box SS. Ill add the link to his six key positions. Lastly part of me thinks they are seriously downplaying the situation because they do not want the Iggles or GB who are desperate there as well to jump in front of them, especially if only one is left which is the probably scenario.

  • PaulTX

    I would take Lewan, Barr, Martin, Pryor, Evans, Dix, Shazier, Donald, Ealy, Jernigan in that order. This is ranked on how they help the Cowboys, not their overall ranking. I think people need to watch some tape on these players. Highlights are on youtube, and it helps educate a lot. Pryor is noticeably better than Dix in coverage. Barr is unrefined in his role compared to Donald, but he is an outstanding athlete. It’s not a hard decision for me between Barr and Donald. Barr without hesitation. I understand the argument for Donald, but it’s a crappy one.