Dallas Cowboys Draft Shows Jerry Jones Is A Changed Man

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Sep 21, 2013; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive tackle Zack Martin (70) celebrates on the sideline in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

The draft is over and the newest additions to the Dallas Cowboys will be arriving soon to get started for the 2014 NFL season. The mood, as expected, is always polarizing from the fans of America’s team. No matter who the Cowboys picked, someone had a huge problem with it, causing twitter to overload with angry dissention. Most of it came from the fact that the team did not pick quarterback Johnny Manziel, after he fell to the 16th pick. Instead the Cowboys chose the safe pick, the offensive guard from Notre Dame Zack Martin. Others blasted the team for not picking up one of the two highly regarded safeties on the board. I think a lot of fans are failing to realize how great this draft was in terms of just changing the philosophy of the franchise. This was a different kind of draft for Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones.

A lot of fans were very confused/angry over selecting an offensive lineman with the first pick, even though many mock drafts had this scenario playing out and no one seemed to mind then. I guess a lot of the frustration was that Jones not picking up Manziel, a premier player that brought a lot of hype and media attention.Even for a little bit, I imagined all the possibilities of taking the player they called Johnny Football.

Then reality set in very quickly, the Cowboys aren’t playing for the future now, they are in it to win. While Manziel would sell tickets and jerseys, he would have sat behind quarterback Tony Romo for at least two years. With Martin, you have a player ready to step into an offensive line and make it one of the best units in the NFL. He is considered the safest pick in the draft, capable of playing multiple positions and his leadership qualities that the team lacks.

While I do question why they didn’t go for any of the top safeties, this was still the best option to go with. Especially when you have a 34-year-old quarterback that has had two back surgeries in a year; you have to protect your quarterback! Remember the best teams are built in the trenches, not with specialty players.

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  • Earl Robertson

    That head scout is making a difference you could see it in this draft because most all the picks were from big schools and they stay away from injured prone players. Now if they could get a new strenghening coach maybe 20 players going down because of hamstrings would be a thing of the past

    • [email protected]

      I think Jerry is letting Stephen take more control of the team and I think that is a good thing.

      • Earl Robertson

        Yea I think you are right something has change maybe Jerry finally getting tired of losing instead of making money

  • Scott.

    If the critics give Jerry a C draft grade it’s actually a B. If they give him a B it’s actually an A. That’s the bed he has made. Personally the only issue I have in the entire draft is giving up a 3 to get Lawrence. Hope it works out.

    • cowboys maniac

      well said. The 3rd could have been another starter for an 8-8 team. DL or OL, and probably CB since Mo is one step out the door already and Carr’s inflated contract won’t go through 2015

  • David

    I was very happy to see Dallas did not draft any guys from Southwestern Alaska State or any other small school projects, especially at the safety position. I know they have had success developing small school guys but thats when they have had them on the practice squad and gave them time to learn. Dallas has thrown small school safeties in the fire time and time again and they can not make the jump. Look at all of their safeties on the team right now.
    Barry Church UDFA – Toledo
    Jakar Hamilton UDFA – South Carolina State
    Matt Johnson 4th Round – Eastern Washington
    JJ Wilcox 3rd Round – Georgia Southern
    Jeff Heath UDFA – Saginaw Valley State

    This is an average to below average group of safeties and Dallas defense will never be better than average unless two of those guys improve light years in coverage and helping the corners over the top at which they were all bad at last year..

  • 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!

  • Bill Smith

    Well, it Couldn’t get any Worse

  • Rick Vas

    this just in from IRVING, TX—After surprisingly passing on the opportunity to pick quarterback Johnny Manziel during last week’s NFL Draft, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told reporters Thursday he has not ruled out eventually trading away far too much to acquire the former Texas A&M star. “Make no mistake, we may have passed on Johnny in the draft, but I’m still leaving the door open to impulsively trade away our future first- and second-round picks for him if we don’t make the playoffs next season,” said Jones, adding that firing head coach Jason Garrett in a moment of pure panic before buying out the remainder of Tony Romo’s recent $108 million contract extension is not entirely off the table either. “Even tossing in a linchpin veteran player to sweeten the deal while bringing on a brand-new coach who will be permanently attached at the hip to Manziel is well within the realm of possibility for us. Johnny could very well be the starting quarterback of a completely gutted Dallas Cowboys team in the future.” Jones also confirmed that he would be equally open to someday cutting Manziel after poor showings in his first four games as a Cowboy.