Best and Worst of The Dallas Cowboys 2014 Draft

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Jan 5, 2013; Miami FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) speaks to the media during media day for the 2013 BCS Championship game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports


Zack Martin, OL – Notre Dame
Honorable Mention – Devin Street, WR – Pittsburgh

Martin was the best pick of the Cowboys entire draft, not for the player he is (he’s really good, by the way) or the value the Cowboys got choosing him but for what Dallas DID NOT do.  Watching players they were targeting such as Anthony Barr, Aaron Donald and Ryan Shazier all go in front of them and faced with the media driven dilemma of Johnny Manziel put the Cowboys in a suddenly difficult spot sitting at the 16th spot in the first round.  Other teams only exacerbated this issue by refusing to deal up and leaving the Cowboys with no choice but to make a choice.  While it may not have been a “sexy” pick, upgrading the interior of the offensive line in 2014, while possibly providing insurance if the Cowboys and Doug Free part ways in 2015 was the right thing to do in this spot.

Here’s what scouts say about Martin:

An athletic, smart, competitive, dependable college left tackle whose length dictates a move inside, where he has plug-and-play ability in a zone-blocking scheme.  One of the cleanest prospects in this year’s draft.  Engages quickly. Flexible and light on his feet. Can work his hips and maneuver.  Seals running lanes.  Athletic to pull and trap.  Passes off stunts and is alert to blitzers.  Sparkling intangibles.  Highly respected, hardworking leader who does all the right things.  

Barring something completely unforeseen, the Cowboys should have another young stud to go along with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick which suddenly gives Dallas one of the best offensive lines in all of football.

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  • Matty ice

    They missed on a lot of guys in my opinion that linebacker they drafted in the fourth who is he?? They should of drafted Carl Bradford there I went & did some research on this hitchins guy just not seeing why him in the fourth but maybe they are seeing something there hopefully he pans out for the boys overall I’m pretty happy with the picks chosen in Martin lawerence and I like the safety in Dixon surprised he was in there that late good pick solid guy in Ben Gardner as well..

    • David

      I was hoping for Bradford as we’ll.

      • Matty ice

        Yeah Bradford was a guy I thought was second round talent slipped right into there reach and the passed over him but as I said before they must know something we don’t know on tape Bradford just came off the screen at me but I guess will see can’t wait for the season and pre season to began

    • Old Frog

      Solid back up if Lee gets hurt again. 236 tackles in 2 years at Iowa is money in Marinelli’s book.

      • Matty ice

        I sure hope so I say he’s a starter because lee won’t stay on the field for long he’s not the build to be a middle in this league!!

    • PaulTX

      It’s fair to second guess Jerry and Garrett, but I think these defensive picks were Marinelli’s doing. Rod’s done a pretty good job so far. If he went after this guy, there was a good reason. Let’s see what happens.

      • Matty ice

        I sure hope so my fellow cowboy because if not we are in for a long 2014-2015 these guys have to produce..,

  • BrokeDog

    Do the ‘Pokes just not even look at any other scouting reports or drafting publications when preparing their boards ??? How can they “miss” on so many of their picks? A team has months and months to study every form of information on every player, yet, the ‘Pokes ALWAYS seem to “reach” or just blatantly over-pay for the players they choose. They got desperate and way over-paid on Lawrence (let’s really hope he turns out to be another Frederick)! No way could they afford to give up a 3rd round pick in THIS draft. And Kitchens … I’d hazard a guess that over half the teams did not even have him on their boards (even Jerry told him on the phone “we have a special teams coach that is really happy to have ya” … “special teams”? … with a 4th round pick)? Come on !?!

    • ctcowboy1968

      Right on. Doesn’t JJ remember the 2009 “special teams draft”? Worst draft in NFL history.

  • true cowboys fan

    How about at least waiting till the end of the season to grade the draft to see if they even make the team or the practice squad & for that I give you a F- oh and for using Johnny Manzeil to fluff up your story GO COWBOYS ! ! True Cowboys Fan for Life

  • David

    Under your scenario of Murphy/Jernigan etc I’ll take Lawrence and lose the 3rd. Jernigan is a 1 tech who I have been saying forever Dallas will not draft in the early rounds. Nix is a terrible scheme fit as we’ll. While I like Murphy I don’t think he has near the pass rushing capability at the NFL level as Lawrence does. Am I happy they lost a 3rd round hell no. But Lawrence was the last real legit right de in a very thin pool.

  • MercWithAMouth

    So, you mention how all these “experts” had Hitchens rated as a 7th-UDFA… What about all the guys they had rated as 2nd-4th round choices who ended up undrafted? Think before you judge

    • ctcowboy1968

      Agreed. Jeffcoat is a prime example. Can that many teams passing on him for seven rounds be that wrong?

  • Old Frog

    Looking forward to Oxnard. Keep the faith. We’ll be in good shape by the time they get down to the final 53.

  • jrcowboy49

    Jerrah still proved his stupidity by moving up in the 2nd round to draft Demarcus Lawrence and give up their 3 rd pick! Had they stayed where there were they most likely could have drafted Lawrence or Kony Ealy who was still there and would have been fine. Giving up that 3rd though was critical and explains why Dallas will not see another Super Bowl under this idiot GM!

    • ctcowboy1968

      In addition to the names listed above, Circhton and Ego Ferguson were available. IMO, two players that were well rated are better than one.

  • Bill Smith

    Just think, if we give our Fourth rounder to the Skins to move up for Lawrence, we still have our 3rd rounder, and could have taken a player like Trent Murphy, making our overall grade an “A-” instead of a “C+

  • Greg Hill

    Hopefully JJ will get his wish and bring the draft show to Dallas to get us excited because his picks once again have failed to do so. I thought “Mr. Irrelevant” was supposed to be the last draft pick in the draft.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Don’t forget Holloman. He is a playmaker. Performed very well last year. Even got time at MLB. Growth into the second year will only help. Hichens pick in 4th makes no sense.