Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

What Do The Picks That Weren’t Made In The Dallas Cowboys Draft Say?


Much has been written about each pick and each player selected in the Dallas Cowboys draft. But sometimes, picks that weren’t made tell a certain story, too.

In the case of the Cowboys, you can read a little into two of the “non-selections.”

The fact that they left Calvin Pryor and HaHa Clinton-Dix on the board seems to really confirm what the team has been saying for a little while now: they love J.J. Wilcox and they think he can be a player in this league. The Cowboys had their pick of the two highest-rated safeties in the whole Draft, and passed on both of them.

There were other variables involved, of course. They had an extremely high grade on Zack Martin. But, it’s hard to imagine that if they REALLY thought they had a gaping hole at the safety position that they wouldn’t have a move early on in the Draft to address it, especially when both of the top guys fell right into their lap.

Even after all of the Johnny Manziel hype passed, there remained a very real possibility that the Cowboys could still select a quarterback later in the Draft. Tony Romo isn’t getting any younger, and it’s hard to tell how many years he has left in him. In Denver, the Broncos have former second-round pick Brock Osweiler waiting in the wings and New England picked up Jimmy Garoppolo, who broke all of Romo’s records at Eastern Illinois, with the 62nd overall pick last weekend to be the heir apparent to Tom Brady.

But in Dallas? Nothing. And to hear it from the Cowboys, it wasn’t anything that they seriously considered, or at least they didn’t make it a priority. When the Cowboys traded up in the 5th round, I thought it was a move to nab a quarterback. Aaron Murray, AJ McCarron and (my personal favorite) Zack Mettenberger were all still on the board. But rather than look for Romo’s successor with that pick, they instead used it to get Romo some more help, in wide receiver Devin Street.

So it looks like Dallas truly is “all-in” with Romo, at least for 2014. They tried to make the team immediately better, rather than planning for the future. But eventually, they are going to have to come to terms with the fact that Tony Romo can’t play forever. And Brandon Weeden isn’t really a long-term developmental project that they claim they see him as.

I guess there’s always next year.

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  • Bill Smith

    If this draft fails miserably and the Cowboys continue with the same management personnel, what That tells us is Jerry Jones cares more about his Ego than the fans and a winning team.

    • Juanito Juanito

      bill smith wakeup in this past draft jeery jones was sidelined, this was a garrett, will mcclay and stephen jones draft,

      • Louis

        If you think for one minute that jj had know say about who was drafted in this draft then you really don’t know the Cowboys brain trust

        • aprado209

          Im assuming that you happen to be in the war room when the draft picks happen based on your comment. FYI nobody knows how the team thinks.

  • Bryan

    I believe the boys are considering next year to be the better QB class. I wouldn’t be surprised if Aikman is lobbying for Hundley at UCLA to be considered

  • Juanito Juanito

    stop the dramaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • David

    They better hope the safeties are better this year. They were horrible last year and it was not just because the D-line was not good either. Next years 1st round draft pick will be spent on the top safety or they will keep being a horrible to average defense in todays pass happy NFL. The other issue I have is even if they think Wilcox will be a good player that does not account for Church being a liability in coverage and his poor range to help out the corners. Its not like they have great depth at safety with two other horrible players in Heath and Hamilton. I like the Martin pick as it will solidfy the O-line for years and this team is not one draft away from the SB. So next year the Safety position needs to be addressed in the 1st round with the top safety in the draft unless for some crazy reason the vallue is not there.

    • Sensi Star

      Waiting for the Cowboys to draft a safety is like waiting for Romo and Garrett to leave.

      I have been screaming for them to draft a safety since they wasted a pick on Felix Jones.

      • David

        I am betting next year they will draft a safety after this years safeties cost the team multiple games again..

        • blake

          If they havent learned that after the last 5 seasons they wont learn it this year..lol

          • David

            Well they had the same philosophy with the O-line before they drafted Tyron Smith in the 1st round. They would sign FA’s or draft mid round project players and never develop them. Now they have drafted three O-lineman in a row in the 1st round and can have arguably one of the best O-lines in football next year. They need to have the same philosophy with the safety position for a year or two and spend some high picks on them if they get good value.

    • blake

      When Romo goes down there will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth..but no pick could have saved them from that…and trust me he will go down…a 34 Y/o who gambles like he does on the field …just a matter of when not If.
      I would like to think there is a better option than church or wilcox SOMEWHERE we could trade for or sign NOW!

  • ctcowboy1968

    First, Martin was the best player available at 16 by far. He is an excellent pick. When Dallas has a top 5 offense and rushing offense, we will all be happy with the Martin pick over a S. Regarding a back up QB, remember that the Boys had a 1st round rating on him when drafted. With a solid OL, he could be really good. The only draw back is his age.