Grading the Dallas Cowboys' 2009 Draft

Jason Henry@thenprojectCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 25:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduces Detroit Lions #1 draft pick Matthew Stafford at Radio City Music Hall for the 2009 NFL Draft on April 25, 2009 in New York City  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Day one of the NFL Draft was not one to be had by the men of Irving, Texas.

In trading away their first round pick last year with the Detroit Lions for WR Roy Williams, and getting rid of their second round pick as well, the team failed to make much noise on day one.

So much for day two being "Jerry's day."

The team’s first pick in the draft would be at No. 69, and there was still an immense amount of talent left on the board.

First pick of the draft for the Dallas Cowboys was LB Jason Williams out of Western Illinois University.

I think this was a great pick for the Boys as the team let Kevin Barnett go in free agency.

The Cowboys led the league in sacks last year, and Williams is a great pass rusher off the edge.

This pick receives a B+ grade from me.

I do think the team should have addressed their concerns in the secondary before drafting a linebacker, and by giving up their second round pick, they lost a little ground.

But I can’t go that far against the grain when the team was able to pick up such a great player in this round.

The second pick of the draft for the Cowboys was OT Robert Brewster out of Ball State University.

The Cowboys again used this pick wisely in addressing a need on the offensive line. In my previous analysis of the Boys draft needs, I stated that there was a lack of depth on the offensive line.

This pick receives a B from me.

The fourth quarter of the playoff game against the New York Giants, that took place a couple of years ago, should still haunt the team as a day the offensive line fell apart.

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According to NFL.com, Brewster is likely to move inside to guard.

The third pick of the draft for the Cowboys was QB Stephen McGee out of Texas A&M.

In watching post draft analysis, a few talking heads lauded this pick because of what happened with the Cowboys last season at quarterback.

For me, this is a bit of a wasted pick.

The Cowboys already picked up another QB in John Kitna during a trade with the Lions early this offseason.

McGee is a project at best.

Why waste a draft pick on a player that needs serious development and is at best your third string quarterback?

Again, we could have addressed a need at corner, offensive line, or safety with this pick.

Drafting McGee receives a D- grade from me.

The fourth pick of the draft for the Cowboy was DE Victor Butler out of Oregon State University.

Apparently, Butler was surely a pick for the special teams. This is not surprising as most teams build their special teams through later rounds in the draft.

Butler only started one year in college, but had an outstanding pro day, which caught the eyes of many teams in the NFL.

I give this pick a C+ grade because the team addressed a need on special teams, but still went away from team needs.

The sixth pick of the draft for the Cowboys was CB DeAngelo Smith out of University of Cincinnati.

Finally in the 5th round the team starts to address needs. 

I give this pick a B+ grade simply because the team needs help in the secondary.

Smith is very aggressive and has great awareness, but according to NFL.com, Smith may be moved to safety. This is a pick that could pay off well for the Boys as Smith has nice size standing at 5’11”.

The seventh pick of the draft for the Cowboys was FS Michael Hamlin out of Clemson University.

This pick seems familiar because of Hamlin’s similarities to former Cowboys' safety Roy Williams.

I give this pick a B because it adds depth to the secondary, and Hamlin is a headhunter.

Hamlin has a nice build, standing at 6’2” and weighing in at 214 pounds.

His only drawback is his speed as he’s not a burner.

The Cowboys selected three times in the fifth round and chose two players that will add depth to their secondary.

Their last pick out of the fifth round you ask?

A kicker from USC.

The team already has one of the best kickers in the league in Nick Folk, so this is not a pick of value

The team did choose another corner, which brought their total up to four for the day.

However, with the release of WR Terrell Owens, the team only selected one wide receiver and that was with their seventh round selection.

Overall, I give the Cowboys a C+ for the decisions on the second day of the draft.

Throwing a pick away on a kicker and not selecting a wide receiver sooner was not in the best interest of the team.

Only one offensive lineman and choosing yet another tight end makes it seem as if Jerry is a little too high on his current team.

I guess we will find out come training camp.


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