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.