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Grading The Cowboys Draft... Sort Of

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Oct.13, 2012; Boise,ID, USA; Boise State Broncos defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence (8) forces Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr (4) to fumble the ball during second half action at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Fresno State 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports


This grade was handed out in a mailbag question from a fan.  Here is a combination of what the two writers, Rowan Kavner and David Helman, had to say…

My initial gut would grade  a “B-“. It’s almost entirely dependent on the second-round pick, Demarcus Lawrence.  This draft was touted for how deep the talent pool was, and the Cowboys forfeited a third-round pick by moving up in the second round for him.  That’s putting a lot of faith in the only pass-rusher the Cowboys grabbed before the seventh round.  If he becomes their star defensive end the next five years, then the move panned out. If not, that was a heavy price to pay.  Whether or not Lawrence pans out is going to be the talking point for this draft in the future.  Aside from that, I absolutely love the Zack Martin pick – he should be a Day 1 starter.  I like Street’s chances of being able to contribute immediately, and I like the odds that one or two of those seventh rounders will turn into something useful.  I can’t say I love the selection of Anthony Hitchins in the fourth round, as that seems a bit high to be drafting a backup.  So I’m going with “B” or “B-.” Good, but not amazing.

I said the exact the same thing that Rowan did on Sunday and I’m not backing off it now.  This entire draft will come down to Lawrence.  I think we all feel like Zack Martin should be, at worst, a solid starter for a long time to come.  Maybe Street has a “poor man’s” version of Terrance Williams‘ rookie season.  I think the Cowboys would take something like 35 catches, 600 yards and 3 TD’s.  Of the seventh round picks, the only ones I would have any expectation for are the two secondary players, Ahmad Dixon and Terrance Mitchell.  Hitchins probably makes the team but I don’t know about anyone else.

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