Dallas Cowboys: Time To Win Again In The Draft
Has anyone else considered taking off work just so they’ll catch every move the Dallas Cowboys make during the draft? I’m asking for a friend. We’re approaching the most wonderful time of the year and my excitement levels are through the roof.
Can the ‘Boys strike gold again this year? The last two seasons have afforded us wonderful draft picks and adding more talent fuel to this fire will only bring joy to my life. I believe Dallas will continue to do the unexpected.
"“The Cowboys were able to cover their needs in free agency without spending much of any guaranteed money. They have the best quarterback, offensive line, wide receiver and tight end in the division. They have added a pass-rusher, kept a playmaker and will welcome back Sean Lee. Entering the draft, the Cowboys are still the team to beat.” – Todd Archer according to ESPN"
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Last season, we colored outside the lines and passed on quarterback Johnny Manziel. Instead, our notable picks were led by right guard Zack Martin, who attended the Pro Bowl this year. That’s quite the accomplishment for a rookie.
Another addition was defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. The other DeMarcus is most known for his recover-fumble-recover act against the Detroit Lions in the wild card playoff game last season. We, the people, would like to thank Lawrence for the sack on quarterback Matthew Stafford and sealing a postseason win for the ‘Boys.
On the same side of the ball, Dallas drafted linebacker Anthony Hitchens as a backup for linebacker Sean Lee. Hitchens learned to play wherever he was needed during training camp. He became only the fifth rookie to reach 100 tackles in franchise history.
In 2013, safety J.J. Wilcox was drafted in the third round. The death of his mother early in the season took a toll on the young man’s progress. Last season was a breakout year for him – 16 games, 74 tackles, three interceptions, and a forced fumble. In Week 16, Wilcox intercepted a pass from quarterback Andrew Luck. That win against the Indianapolis Colts sent Dallas to the playoffs.
On the other side of the ball, the draft gods have been extremely kind. Two years ago, we acquired center Travis Frederick, tight end Gavin Escobar, wide receiver Terrance Williams, and running back Joseph Randle. Reading those names and knowing their capabilities gets me even more hype for this upcoming season.
Travis “Fear the Beard” Frederick has been starting since his first day of training camp. He’s played every game of his career and is the first in franchise history to do so at his position. One word comes to mind that makes me tingly immensely – consistency.
Although we haven’t seen as much of Escobar as I’d like, he continues to come through when he’s called upon. Last season, he was extremely useful in the red zone by contributing four touchdowns on nine receptions. He’s proof that this game isn’t always about big names but it’s indeed teamwork that makes the dream work.
Wide Receiver Terrance Williams came off to a rocky start but he’s been proving himself time and again. With 13 career touchdowns under his belt, I’m excited to see what else he will bring to the table. His most notable play of 2014 came in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks: he came out of nowhere on third and 20 for a sideline reception from quarterback Tony Romo. Goodness, I love this team!
With a glimpse at what drafts of the past have given, and a glance at what awaits us in the future, I’m confident we’ll finish what was started last season. The Dallas Cowboys have what it takes to get their sixth ring this year. With the right mindset, anything is possible!