The NFL Draft is a mere weeks away and the time has come for bloggers, writers and sports enthusiasts around the globe to release their projections as to what their favorite team will do in the upcoming 2011 NFL Draft, starting on April 28.
The Dallas Cowboys—a team selected by many last season to become the first team to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl in their home stadium and win the franchise's sixth Super Bowl championship—had a season from hell.
The team started with a disappointing loss to the archrival Washington Redskins 13-7 after Tony Romo's last second touchdown pass to Roy Williams was negated on a late holding penalty on OL Alex Barron, the team reached the halfway point with a downright abysmal 1-7 record.
Wade Phillips, a man who in four years as the Cowboys' head coach compiled an overall record of 35-23 with two NFC East championships and the first Cowboys playoff win in 13 years, was fired after the team was embarassed on national television by the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers by a score of 45-7.
Things went from bad to worse as the flashpoint for all of the team's struggles, Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo, went out with a broken collarbone after a hit by linebacker Michael Boley in a Week 6 loss to the New York Giants.
The upheaval led to Jones elevating former Cowboys' backup quarterback and longtime offensive coordinator Jason Garrett to the top job.
A lot of fans were not impressed with this action, as many felt Garrett was also to blame for the team's struggles and should've met the same fate as Phillips. Fans were wowed as the Cowboys finished the season 5-3, with all three losses coming by a combined total of seven points.
The wheels fell off of America's Team in 2010 and fans are clamoring for a return to the playoffs to finally compete for a record tying sixth ring.
Here are my projections as to who the Cowboys will draft through seven rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft:
Round 1, Pick 9: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
The Cowboys have a pressing need at cornerback as they have a situation, with Terence Newman getting up in age and Mike Jenkins not playing at a Pro Bowl-caliber level.
The former Cornhusker DB would fill a huge need and give the Cowboys a solid prospect in an otherwise suspect pass defense. He plays with a high IQ and he prides himself in making tackles in the open field.
The converted high school running back doesnt have the elite speed like Patrick Peterson, but he more than makes up for it in pure skill.
Round 2, Pick 40: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
The 2011 safety class is weaker this year, but Moore is at the top of the list.
The Cowboys have a glaring need at Free Safety, as Alan Ball was constantly victimized deep and had a tendency to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Many draft experts believe that Moore could step in and start immediately, as Moore is efficient in both man and zone coverage and has the ability to close quickly.
Round 3, Pick 71: John Moffitt. OL, Wisconsin
The Cowboys have had glaring needs along the offensive line for years and they finally address it with the solid John Moffitt from Wisconsin.
Doug Free is about the only reliable and decent lineman the Cowboys have, so to pair Moffitt up on the left side with Free would give the Cowboys a shot in the arm in improving their offensive line play.
Moffitt checks in at 6'4" and 320 pounds and would be a cornerstone on the line for years to come, and enable the Cowboys to get back to running power football circa the 1990s.
Those are my projections for the first day of the draft for the Dallas Cowboys, knowing how our "fearless leader" Jerry Jones is, this projection may be subject to change and we always know how he likes to make a splash!
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