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.
Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys
It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.
WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys
This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.
While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.
What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?
Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?
Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?
Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?
All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.
Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.
Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.
What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?
Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson
The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.
Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.
The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.
Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.
Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.
For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.
Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal
At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.
The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.
Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.
Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.
A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.
Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.
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