Move over Hulk Hogan: Here comes a set of New World Order (N.W.O) members in Dallas — professional world wresting style. So brother, make some room.
Where Tony Romo goes is where the Dallas Cowboys go? Not so much.
If the Cowboys have any chance of burning their fabric of mediocrity, inside staff must flow the health of the organization through the draft. Saying the Cowboys salary cap — mixture of poor heart fueled choices and contract extensions on players resembling silhouettes — is an understatement.
The Cowboys were never going to get over the hump and into playoff showbiz by cherry picking free agents off the streets. Successful teams don’t do it that way; it’s done through the draft.
***** | Hall of Fame Potential
**** | Pro Bowler
*** | Role Player
** | Under Construction
* | Potential
The past four drafts have brought in players that are in place to carry the team as older players make their way off stage and into the sunset.
Dez Bryant (*****) now 25-years-old, who has at least 90 catches and 1,200 yards receiving in the past two seasons, leads the N.W.O movement.
As the leader of the group, Bryant’s passion and fire for a winning tradition lays the foundation down to what the Cowboys can (or won’t) mold into. To upcycle what Tex Schramm said when the Cowboys drafted Michael Irvin in 1988, the current number 88 is the player that can speed the Cowboys back to the living.
And he’ll have a wingman.
Terrance Williams (****) was a product many scratched their heads at (ah, me) when the wide receiver was drafted in the 2013 NFL Draft. Analysts believed the Cowboys had a solid opportunity (and failed) to inject depth after they received a third round pick for trading down in the first round with the San Francisco 49ers.
Analysts were wrong. I was wrong. And suggestions about his role being secondary are also wrong.
Williams, 24-years-old, showed enough talent his rookie season to automatically earn the no. 2 spot in Dallas behind Dez Bryant. In 16 games (started 8 of those) Williams averaged a whopping 16.7 yards per catch (tied 4th in NFC), nearly 750 receiving yards, five scores, and nearly 50 catches.
What doesn’t stand in the stat sheets is the organization’s confidence in Williams to step in as the no. 1 guy if Bryant were to go down. That’s saying a lot considering all the scratches and aches over him in the draft.