As the last of Organized Training Activities finishes up this week and we head into the Mandatory Minicamp, June 17-19, excitement for the new season is in full bloom. There has certainly been significant buzz and discussion centering around all things Cowboy-related before the season dies down one last time prior to training camp. The timing all seems to be most appropriate to tackle some of the hot button topics as well as to tie up any loose odds and ends.
The following topics are the most prevalent that I have seen from various sources around the web. With so many to choose from, I have narrowed it down to four that I have seen the most questions and comments about. Without further ado, let’s finish up on the four points of interest surrounding the Dallas Cowboys prior to their arrival in Oxnard, California on July 24.
IMPACT OF SEVENTH ROUND DRAFT PICKS
A lot of fans are curious as to the seventh round players that the Cowboys drafted and who will make the most impact. Before we start concerning ourselves with “impact,” however, let’s just start with the basic idea of making the 53 man roster or the game day forty-six. Going back through the last five drafts, I was able to find seven players that have had any sort of “impact” from those picked in the final round. Those players (E.J. Biggers, Bryce Brown, Julian Edelman, Rashad Jennings, Captain Munnerlyn, George Selvie and LaRod Stephens-Howling) represent the super minority. In five drafts, there have been 235 seventh round selections and only seven players who could be described as making a good career of it so far. That’s a 3% success rate. Hopefully that tempers expectations a bit.
To say that Ben Gardner, Will Smith, Ahmad Dixon, Ken Bishop and Terrance Mitchell have an uphill battle would be quite the understatement. Of those five, I would say Gardner and Mitchell have the best chance to make the roster. Gardner is probably the best prospect of the bunch and his versatility along the line only adds to his case, since DC Rod Marinelli is going to be coming at opposing offenses with waves of fresh players and playing several guys in multiple spots. Mitchell also has a decent chance of making the squad given the scrutiny that the defensive backs are under for their lack of production. B.W. Webb is definitely not a lock to have a roster spot and Sterling Moore always seems to be on the bubble here, so the fourth cornerback spot is certainly wide open.