The Cowboys season ended with a thud, but they played like an elite teaam prior to that. So it will be interesting to see how Jerry Jones treats things. In an uncapped year he stuck with a conservative plan of attack, which has paid better dividends for this team in recent years. Addition by subtraction was the approach with LT Flozell Adams and S Ken Hamlin.
Jones said that it would be unlikely for the team to trade out of it's first round pick. For the reason that so many juniors are entering the draft this year to avoid a lock-out or rookie wage scale in 2011. The Cowboys can get an impact player in the first three rounds.
Dallas will hold picks 27, 59, 90, 125, 196 and 234.
Jerry Jones is as active an an owner in regards to player decisions as any in the NFL. Tom Ciskowski oversees both college and pro personnel matters and has and has had his stamp on the past few drafts, as has executive vice president Stephen Jones.
Jerry ultimately has final say. Last years draft activity included alot of trading down, though it failed to produce any immediate contributors (other than kickoff specialist David Buelhler who set a Cowboy record in touchbacks). Don't be shocked Jerry Jones is active in all rounds ready to deal.
In the last five years, 29 of the 42 players the club has drafted are still with the team, including 9 starters. Only four are out of the NFL, and indication that the Cowboys' scouting department has no problem recognizing NFL talent.
When recently released Flozell Adams left the Cowboys' playoff game against Minnesota, it became obvious they couldn't replace him. And with Marc Columbo getting WHIPPED by Ray Edwards (3 sacks, 4 TFL) at right tackle, it's pretty clear that Dallas needs to pair another young, talented tackle with Doug Free. Ball State tackle, Robert Brewster was selected in the third round last year but was in IR all year a torn pectoral kept him out, Brewster projects more as an inside player.
Charles Brown was a former tight end but made the transition to tackle, he wound protecting Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley's blind side. has the athletic ability to become an elite left tackle prospect for years to come, has much to learn though. Moves well, allowing him to handle speed rushers and be a great lead blocker on sweeps and counter plays. Very well coached, he was made into a technically sound blocker by last season. Yet he still has much room to improve especially in the weight room bulking up. At his current size he might get over whelmed in a power run offense and will have to adapt to a more physical style of play.
In a perfect worl Jerry Jones would have Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis fall into his lap. Another prospect might be work-out warrior Bruce Campbell of Maryland, Bruce looks alot better in shorts than on tape.
Last season's starter Ken Hamlin was released after two average seasons in a row. Gerald Sensabaugh needs help, for Dallas plays a fair share of two-deep zone coverages. Micheal Hamlin and Patrick Watkins are unproven as starters. Hamlin will get a shot at starting, Watkins most likely is destined for special teams. The Cowboys need a multi-dimensional safety one who can deliver a blow and help in coverage.
Dallas has struck gold from USF before in the draft, corner Mike Jenkins has played exceptional. They should look that way again with USF safety Nate Allen, a fast playing center-fielder. A capable run defender but mainly used as a pass defender, totaled 9 interceptions in his career a three year starter. Chad Jones from LSU is another free safety woth consideration, Morgan Burnett left Georgia Tech early to enter the draft and is a natural playmaker with 14 picks in three years.
Dallas must find quality depth to spell Pro Bowl nose tackle Jay Ratliff, who takes a pounding. If they find the right guy, they could move Ratliff to defensive end, the natural position for his frame which would fill two needs. The 'Boys would love to get a big body to anchor the middle of line, absorb blockers and free other defenders for 25 to 30 snaps a game.
Torrell Troup is a nose that won't grab headlines or have 10 sacks a year, but his teammates might. An unheralded prospect coming from a lesser known program lost 30 pounds leading up to his senior season. His dominating presence and ability to attract double teams made the difference on a line that featured two pass rushers with double-digit sacks. Is a country strong wide body who can control the run in the middle. Can shed blocks and collapse the pocket with a lethal bull rush. Immediate impact as a two-down run stuffer. Another player who can contribute early would be ECU nose Linval Joseph. At pick 90 Cam Thomas of UNC would have great value.
Roy Williams has been an absolute disaster as the Cowboys' second receiver, while Patrick Crayton is only serviceable as the third wideout. Miles Austin saved the season in a way with his breakout play. Kevin Ogletree is developing into a quality player. A receiver who can play underneath and add a threat in the return game is vital to this offense taking a step forward.
Jordan Shipley is a tremendously smart player who should transition into becoming a true slot receiver. He put up big numbers with the ability to shine in the spotlight. Understands the gam, is very tough over the middle and knows how to find holes in the zone. primarily an underneath receiver and needs to extend his routes to be more than a slot. Very mature off the field, gives an added value in the return game with numerous returns for touchdowns. Players in the same mold are Mardy Gilyard of Cincinatti, Ohio's Taylor Price, David Reed of Utah and a small school guy in Andre Roberts from The Citadel.
The Cowboys have their eye out for quality lineman, even if it is not a glaring need. If ProBowl center Adre Gurode went down there is no proven depth behind him. Philadelphia was a good example of this last year. If a prospect can play guard as well that is a bonus, for all starters are 32 years or older.
J.D. Walton is light on his feet shoeing ability to flourish on counters and screens. Needs to be more agressive at the point of attack. Walton should be able to compete for a starting job readily, earn the trust of his offensive line and develop into a reliable pro. Some other prospects could include NC State's Ted Larsen, Matt Tennant of BC, and Jeff Byers from USC.
Talented but troubled wide receiver who has first round ability. Will be removed from many draft boards because of character questions. Had a poor 40 yard dash at the combine however, showed up in shape. He has shown all the tools to be a star on tape with great size, speed and body control with unmatched physical gifts. Had multiple academic issues and quit the team, rather than deal with a suspension last season. Maturity problems might affect his ability to fight the struggles of the NFL. claims struggles in school came from the academic side of things saying homework isn't his thing. Bottomline a young man with issues and extreme talent.