Dallas Cowboys Draft: What to love, What not to love
What Not To Love: Contradicting Draft Strategy
After the Cowboys made their first pick of Ezekiel Elliot on Thursday night it appeared they were all in on surrounding Tony Romo with more than enough weapons to make their offense a playoff contender.
The move screamed “win-now” which makes sense because Romo has a limited amount of years left on the field, but enough talent on the team to compete right away. Elliot provided a spark to the team that helps in the immediate future.
Then we get to the 2nd round and the team selects Jaylon Smith, a sideline to sideline play-making linebacker who saw his season come to an end when he severely injured his knee during Notre Dame’s bowl game. Smith, a consensus top-10 pick pre-injury, has questions surrounding his ability to ever play football again. Huh?
The team takes an explosive play maker on offense in round one and then red-shirts a linebacker with their second pick instead of selecting a readily available defensive difference maker? I think the pick has the potential to be sensational but I question if they should have made it based on how it is going to affect their team right now.
Like I said on Twitter “You can justify the Zeke pick at 4… You can justify the Jaylon pick in the 2nd… You can’t justify them together.”
Are we allocating all of our resources to win now or just most of them with some stashed away for potential production later. The series of picks was perplexing to me.
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