They say that hindsight is 20/20, and that's a particularly true thing when it comes to talent evaluation in the annual NFL Draft. Every year fans chirp up with "We should have taken Player X!" or "We could have had Player Y!" because the knowledge gained from who those players became has influenced them. It's easy to look back and be right, and in the case of the Dallas Cowboys it's more fun because they actually were right.
In a recent 2015 NFL Draft do-over by NFL Media's Lance Zierlein, Lance took a crack at how things might go now that we know exactly who and what the 2015 class is with two years of NFL experience under their belt. Unsurprisingly Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota both went #1 and #2, respectively, again because the price of a franchise quarterback is one that any team will always pay.
Where Would Everyone Else Go In A Do-Over?
A few other picks remain the same according to Lance. Oakland still takes Amari Cooper and the New York Jets again take Leonard Williams out of USC. Zierlein has the Washington Redskins taking safety Landon Collins at #5, who wound up with the New York Giants and had an incredibly impressive 2016 season. If Collins wouldn't have been on the board the Giants would have had to adjust with the 9th Overall Pick, and Lance has them doing so with the selection of running back David Johnson... imagine that.
What's incredibly interesting on behalf of the Dallas Cowboys, who didn't pick until #27 in 2015, is the player that Lance Zierlein now has slated to 12th Overall - Cowboys DE David Irving. According to Lance the Cleveland Browns, who originally selected Washington DT Danny Shelton in that slot, would wise up and take the talented defensive lineman that Irving has become.
David Irving Was A Steal For The Cowboys
David Irving, who recently signed his Exclusive Rights Free Agent tender, wasn't drafted at any particular slot in 2015 as he went totally and completely undrafted. The Cowboys wound up with him early in that season when they poached him off of the practice squad of the Kansas City Chiefs. Irving was impressive in that initial season, but it was in 2016 when fans saw the force he truly can be all over the defensive line.
Many applauded the Cowboys' efforts during the 2015 Draft as they wound up with essentially three first round draft picks: S Byron Jones (who Lance has the Cowboys taking again in his do-over), DE Randy Gregory (who fell to #60 because of off-the-field issues), and OL La'el Collins (who also went undrafted thanks to an unfortunate pre-draft circumstance). You might as well up that number to four with David Irving who, in this Zierlein do-over, goes higher than any of them.
Irving will very likely get more work on the outside edge in 2017 for the Cowboys as Dallas looks to firm up their defensive line (stop me if you've heard that before). Hopefully the Cowboys give him some friends to play with there in the 2017 NFL Draft and hopefully it doesn't take a do-over two years later to realize the impact of it.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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