Dallas Cowboys 2013 Draft: The Good and the Bad

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistApril 27, 2013

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 01:  Team owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Chicago Bears at Cowboys Stadium on October 1, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have wrapped up the 2013 NFL draft, adding seven players (four on offense, three on defense). Let's review what exactly went down for Dallas at Radio City Music Hall Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 


Pick rundown 

Round 1 (31): Travis Frederick (C, Wisconsin)
Round 2 (47): Gavin Escobar (TE, San Diego State) 
Round 3 (74): Terrance Williams (WR, Baylor)
Round 3 (80): J.J. Wilcox (S, Georgia Southern)
Round 4 (114): B.W. Webb (CB, William & Mary)
Round 5 (151): Joseph Randle (RB, Oklahoma State)
Round 7 (185): DeVonte Holloman (LB, South Carolina)


Best pick: DeVonte Holloman

They saved the best for last. Holloman had no business lasting to the sixth round, but Dallas benefits. The versatile, instinctive defender is strong in coverage and could be a long-term answer at the strong-side linebacker spot. He's a great guy to have growing behind Justin Durant, Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. 


Other picks I liked: B.W. Webb, J.J. Wilcox 

Webb is good enough to become this team's fourth corner, which matters in the NFC East. Plus, he could have a big impact in the return game.

Wilcox looks like he'll have a chance to start, despite playing safety only one year at Georgia Southern.


Worst pick: Gavin Escobar

I'll never understand the thinking behind taking a tight end here. I know the scouts are smarter than I am, but this just doesn't add up. Jason Witten and James Hanna are a fine duo. If anything, they need a blocker (like John Phillips), not another pass-catcher. 


Other picks I didn't like: Travis Frederick, Terrance Williams

Frederick is a good addition to the interior of the offensive line, but he should have come in Round 3. Williams is a decent addition to the receiving corps, but the Cowboys had bigger needs, and I think he was a reach in the third round.


Left to address: right tackle, defensive tackle, defensive end

I really expected the Cowboys to draft someone to compete with Doug Free, but now the pressure is really on to sign Eric Winston. If they don't, we'll be watching Free again on the right side.

They also have to address that aging defensive line, especially with Anthony Spencer not signed long term. That will likely be the focus next year at this time.