Cowboys Draft: Thursday Recap & Friday Preview

    Before we jump into tonight's draft action I wanted to share my own thoughts about Dallas' selection of .

    Cowboys Draft - Cowboys Draft: Thursday Recap & Friday PreviewDallas was presented with the choice that I wrote about yesterday; Elliott or ? I am glad that Ramsey was on the board so that we weren't left with any doubts as to which player the Cowboys really wanted. It's an extra jolt of confidence towards how much Dallas truly thought of Elliott and what they think he's going to do in their system.

    I stand by what I said yesterday; Ramsey presented a rarer talent at a position of greater need. I would've picked him but I completely understand the Cowboys' strategy by going with Elliott. They are hoping that ground-game domination will help all phases of the game.

    This isn't an original concept, of course. Running the ball well has always taken pressure off your , helped you dominate time-of-possession, and kept your from getting worn out. This pick cements what the selections of , , and have already spoken to; Dallas is trying to get back to what won them Super Bowls in the 1990s.

    The issue now is getting the defense to a championship level. The 90s dynasty had a defense that has become woefully underrated over time. In the modern era, no team has won on the strength of its without a great defense to help. There's a reason that and LaDainian Tomlinson don't have any rings.

    Thankfully, Dallas' #34 pick will offer them many quality defenders to choose from.

    Friday Preview

    Several defensive players who were being projected in the , even the middle of the round, are still on the board. I posted a 35-player Big Board on Wednesday and several of those names are still out there. Here is how this list looks if I keep my from the other day:

    1. Cowboys Draft - How Myles Jack Can Become a Cowboy, LB, UCLA
    2. Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
    3. , CB, Virginia Tech
    4. Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
    5. Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
    6. , WR, Ohio St.
    7. A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
    8. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma St.
    9. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
    10. , RB, Alabama
    11. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

    One thing that the actual draft gives you, which no amount of pre-draft information can, is just how worried teams are about health and/or character issues with players. Jack and Fuller both have knee concerns and Spence is a feared headcase. That's why they're all still out there, despite all potentially having Top-10 talent. That nobody took a chance on them in the late first round tells me the concerns are pretty big.

    I would also revise my stance on Ragland after seeing everyone pass on him. NFL teams must see him as too much of a “throwback” to the point that he may not be too useful in the modern passing era. Ragland is a run-stuffing middle but won't have the domination of the Alabama defensive front to help him play clean-up duty.

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    That leaves me with one guy, Kevin Dodd, who is now at the top of my list for the Cowboys. He already has the body and strength to play in the NFL and was highly productive for a National Title contender. He won't even be an amazing sack artist but he looks like the kind of player who will be a solid starter for the next ten years. You can't realistically ask for more than that in the .

    There's a chance that a few of those guys could even fall to our third-round pick, which would be

    very intriguing. We can go ahead and take Derrick Henry off the board but any of those others player would be in play if they fell another round.

    Is a Quarterback Coming?

    It's been confirmed that Dallas tried to make a back into the first round to draft but couldn't outdo Denver. That opens up plenty of speculation about what they might do with any of their remaining picks, even the second-rounder, in terms of finding a young quarterback.

    It's possible that the Cowboys may have been sold specifically on Lynch and not interested in the remaining prospects. However, if they were determined to find a quarterback this weekend then they may have to consider or with their next pick. Both of them will probably be gone before the .

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    If Dallas' next target is , who they had a bit of pre-draft activity with, then they can probably wait for the third round. However, trying to wait beyond that could easily burn them.

    The variables skyrocket the further we go in the draft, so about anything could happen tonight. I feel pretty confident that Dallas will draft a with the 34th pick and likely a pass rusher. However, by the third round it gets almost impossible to know what they might do. At that point it's all about acquiring the best talents and position need becomes less and less of an issue.


    Jess Haynie
    Jess Haynie
    Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!


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