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.