Cowboys: Escobar Ready To Justify 2nd Round Pick?

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Nov 17, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matt Stafford (9) throws a pass under protection by guard Larry Warford (75) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

Flashback to the 2013 NFL Draft.  The Dallas Cowboys entered in desperate need to bolster their flopping interior offensive line.  First priority…securing a true center.

Jerry Jones unbelievably banked on a subpar player (Phil Costa) holding down such a crucial position the prior 2 seasons.  Needless to say, Tony Romo paid a heavy price.

Fortunately, Jerry awoke to reality in 2013 and snagged Travis Frederick with his first selection.  Since, the top center of the draft has erased all concerns in the middle.

At guard, both spots were arguably as weak as center had been.  Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau constantly dealt with injuries, underperforming when healthy.

Second year, undrafted free agent Ronald Leary was to earn a starting shot.  He’d yet to play an NFL game and still had strong concerns over college knee injuries.

In a class loaded with NFL-ready guards, the Cowboys should’ve targeted a new starter.  As their 2nd round selection appeared, a starting caliber OG remained.

Kentucky’s Larry Warford is a massive, powerful blocker.  He surrendered just 1 sack his entire Senior season, dominating highly touted SEC linemen.

Several NFL scouts felt Warford was worthy of a 1st round grade…as did I.  Cowboys fans assumed they hit the jackpot.  (FYI, Warford started as a rookie for the Lions).

“With the 47th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…”

GAVIN ESCOBAR,  Tight End,  San Diego State

In rolled the shock, frustration, and fury only Jerry Jones can conjure.  Dallas already featured star TE Jason Witten AND promising 2nd year TE James Hannah.

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