Jan 5, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zach Martin (72) speaks to the media on media day for the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Draft Picks Show Mature Decision Making


The Dallas Cowboys draft picks have shown us fans that the Cowboys have matured in their decision making as an organization!  So far, the Cowboys draft has not been disappointing to say the least, so far.  Well that again depends on which fans you ask.  One rule of football that I’ve always remembered is that winning teams start in the “trenches” your offensive lines and your defensive lines. Dallas has at this point addressed those two needs.

 

Many groans could be heard and seen over social media when Dallas selected Zach Martin of Notre Dame.   Some hopes were on quarterback Johnny Manziel and even Manziel himself looked hopeful to be drafted by the Cowboys in the first round.  As tempting as it was to still have Manziel on the board, the Cowboys showed a more mature outlook in taking Martin.  Believe it or not the addition to Martin also helped the defense because the more you solidify your offensive line; the easier it is to move the ball especially utilizing the running game.  This in turn tires our the other teams defense all the while allowing your own defense time to rest up for the next series.  Martin is going to be an asset to the team with his strengths including: good athlete, natural bender, quick feet, agile, mobility, skill at adjusting and picking up on blitzes.  Adding such a young player along with Tyrone Smith will only continue to bode well for the Dallas Cowboys not just for one year but for a few years to come.

 

The second round pick of defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was a shock to almost everyone.  The price the Cowboys paid may seem steep to most, giving up picks to our division rival, Washington Redskins.  It’s difficult to remember it’s not former defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffin evaluating the talent now; it is Rod Marinelli who has a proven track record of picking up good defensive players.   Lawrence price may have been steep but Dallas got a strong pass rusher.  Lawrence strengths include: productive pass-rusher, speed of the edge, good get off, phenomenal in pursuit and enough speed to get around the corner.  Quick, young and agile will go along way with the defense.  It will be exciting to see Lawrence for years to come, in my opinion.

 

Regardless of how the majority feel, Dallas has shown that as an organization they have matured and aren’t just making flashy picks in this draft.  The Cowboys have done something we haven’t seen in a long time, and that is go back to the basics.  It all starts and ends in the trenches.  It will be exciting to see the rest of the draft later today and see who ends up with the star on their helmets for the 2014 season.

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  • Tom Dobbins

    Great article. I couldn’t agree more!

  • Old Frog

    Make no mistake that Zack Martin is my guy but If you accept JJ at his word that they wanted a premier rushman and upgrade on the O line early, it’s hard to come up with a better solution for picks 16, 47, and 78. Maybe you trade 16 and 47 for Barr and take someone like Gabe Jackson at 78, but failing that, once Shazier is off the board what do you do? Personally I prefer what they did to other possible combinations of the first three picks to accomplish JJ’s stated goal – which I assume was consistent with McClay, Garrett, and all the other coaches.

    • PaulTX

      Somebody is going to complain no matter what you do. Funny thing is the same people that whine about Jerry’s antics are whining because he did not take Manziel. I’m just glad Jerry is running the team and not one of these armchair GM’s. Evidently, they seem to know what fits better for this team than Garrett or Marinelli, which begs the question, why are they not coaching in the NFL? No one, including the Dallas coaches, knows for sure how these draft picks will perform. If they suck it up next season, then maybe the fans have a right to complain. Before then, it just shows how much they really support their team, which evidently is very little.

      • Dead Frog

        Please excuse our obvious lack of expertise, coach, and our terrible lack of support for the team. We are clearly just evil back biting dummies. Thanks heavens there are true experts like yourself to show us who we really are.

        • PaulTX

          I don’t remember seeing you complain Frog or stating I’m an expert.

          • Old Frog

            Don’t confuse Dead Frog with Old Frog…..

          • PaulTX

            I’m not. I was agreeing with you. Didn’t seem like your style anyway.

  • Dead Frog

    Polish it however you like, passing on opportunities for a possible primer QB in a pass happy league for an opportunity an a possible solid OL (no guarantee on either), then unnecessarily overpaying to maybe fill a hole on defense, looks just like the errors we have seen before (Moss, Claiborne, on and on).

  • Old Frog

    If you watch the War Room this looks like Marinelli’s day…also looks like this is all about McClay and the coaches, not Jerry Jones.

    • PaulTX

      I don’t think we really needed a WR or they are happy with the AZ guy. We only really needed someone in the middle of the line. All of our other needs were defense. Kinda bummed we took a 7th round grade LB, and did not get another Safety. Matt Johnson must be a stud.

      • Old Frog

        I trust McClay and Marinelli. Marinelli obviously wanted him and didn’t want to risk losing him to another team. Puts pressure on Carter to perform and the kid apparently knows how to tackle. If we trust Marinelli it doesn’t matter what others think.

        • PaulTX

          You are right. I’m paying attention to who Seattle, 49ers and Pats draft. Looks like Seattle took the Boston College kid I wanted.

  • Rich

    The worst FO in the NFL. Bar none!