To start with, the 2013 NFL draft was on the peculiar side for the Dallas Cowboys. Beginning in the first round, it didn't seem certain that management, from owner and general manager Jerry Jones on down the pipe, was even on the same page.
While it was no surprise that Dallas traded down from their original 18th selection in Round 1, it was odd that the Cowboys didn't get more for that trade. Further, addressing the center position, while probably the right call, didn't seem to be appropriate at the Cowboys' eventual 31st selection.
I didn't expect to be projecting statistical values for so many offensive skill-position players in the aftermath of the annual selection meeting in New York City.
But the reality is that Dallas will get output from several players in this draft class, but maybe not for the positive reasons you might think.
This analysis begins with the fact that the Cowboys will likely not have a dominant defense in 2013. A unit that is either aging quickly or not known very well on the defensive line figures to have it's work cut out for it. Dallas is clearly going small and thin upfront and this will probably not pay off beyond Thanksgiving.
So the pressure will fall mostly on the Cowboys passing attack to put enough points on the board in order to take the opposition out of the running game and hopefully feed the game to defensive end DeMarcus Ware, the only proven and repeated playmaker upfront. If fellow defenders Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff stay healthy, Dallas may have something in their first year under new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and his ''Tampa 2'' 4-3 alignment.
Or, the Cowboys may still not be able to stop the run well enough to keep opponents off the field which could mean early and possibly multiple-score deficits. This could easily create the formula for plenty of stats for the new offensive players who make up the bulk of the 2013 NFL draft for Dallas.
While there was some talent chosen on the defensive side of the ball, don't expect a whole lot from these rookies in 2013. They were chosen much later than the offensive guys and we're not exactly looking at the second coming of ''Doomsday'' upfront—at least I don't think so.