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A Cowboy Nation’s 2009 War Room



I have been compiling a list of players who could be available to the Cowboys when they pick in the second round of the upcoming draft. Some of the players on this list will be there when Jerry and Stephen make their selection. Others will involve some "horse trading" to allow them the opportunity.

So we know our priorities. Right? Well my list of priorities rank in this order.

  1. Run Stuffing Nose Tackle
  2. Ball Hawking Safety
  3. Offensive Line Help
  4. Solid Inside Backer
  5. Depth at Receiver
  6. Capable Backup QB

Now while I still believe the rule of take the best player available when it is your turn to pick. There are certain areas that we are in good shape. So my advice this year would be take the best player available, and hope that guy is in a need position! This draft class while not overly strong at any one position, it is deep in a lot of our need areas.

Lets look at my 2009 top ten by need!

  1. B.J. Raji - Nose Tackle - Boston College - 6'1" - 323: No shot at being there when the boys pick in the 2nd Round, but if the right deal comes around and they can go get him. GO GET HIM!
  2. Michael Oher - Tackle - Ole Miss - 6'5" - 318: Big physical tackle that could push Flo and Colombo
  3. Andy Levitre - Guard - Oregon St. - 6'3" - 317: Can play either guard position, would immediately upgrade O-Line depth and push Kosier for starting spot.
  4. Max Unger - Center - Oregon - 6'5" - 300: Very Tall Center, quick on his feet, could be moved to the Guard position. Would be a great asset pulling out in front of Felix Jones!
  5. Sean Smith - Safety - Utah - 6'3" - 214: Listed as a corner, but this guy will be an outstanding ball hawking safety, 9 INT over his sophomore and junior seasons, big physical, would be a significant upgrade to anything currently on the roster.
  6. Ron Brace - Nose Tackle - Boston College - 6'3" - 324: Sizable drop off in talent from Raji but still a very solid run stuffing Tackle, will not get much from him in passing situations but can be a very good lane plug.
  7. William Moore - Safety - Missouri - 6'1" - 230: Reminds me of Roy Williams (the bad one) in a lot of areas some ways of the old Roy (hard hitting, very aggressive) and some of the new ( slow to react in coverage, misses tackles, and slow) would need to be used properly.
  8. Rashad Johnson - Safety - Alabama - 6'0" - 187: Outstanding in coverage, natural Leader, reads and reacts quickly, high motor guy, but do not expect much from him as far as run support goes.
  9. Darry Beckwith - ILB - LSU - 6'1" - 232: Tough, hardworking guy, very quick sideline to sideline, very good in coverage, excels against the run. Concerns with his durability, not a great pass rusher, but the Cowboys need this type of player to allow Bradie to run free after the QB. Would be a great addition.
  10. Louis Murphy - WR - Florida - 6'3" - 205: Fits to a tee what the Cowboys look for in a receiver, big, tall, good hands, exceptional speed, and can work in traffic. His routes have been suspect at times, was not very productive in college, but has a lot of room to grow.

If the Cowboys stand pat, make no movement from there current draft position, and anyone of these ten are available I will be extremely happy with any of these guys selected. I have a list compiled of about another 40 players on it, I will post another 10 in a few days. Thoughts? Do you have a wish list of your own? 

  • Matt Cordon

    Nice work compiling this. I won’t hold my breath, but I’m really hoping we go with a receiver in the second.

  • bags030404

    Really?? I just think that the recievers that will be available at #51, are probably going to be the same guys still available in the 3rd round! Not a very fulfilling draft class for WR.

  • Matt Cordon

    Our track record is to wait for receivers, trying to find a project. And that strategy has failed miserably. I don’t see why we don’t take a chance for once. Britt, Nicks, or Iglesias might still be there in the second, but they will probably be gone by the third.

  • bags030404

    I agree with you partly! Waiting until the 7th round to draft a receiver has not worked and normally does not work. The problem I have with using the 2nd round pick on one is that if you look at the needs of this team versus what is available in this draft, they have a much better success probability selecting and O-lineman or Safety with that pick. Then use either the high 3rd round selection or one of the two 4th round picks. All of the receivers in this draft are real close to one another talent wise, so someone will be there in the 3rd and 4th that can play.

  • c-nation in D.C,

    you know i think we have a better chance at Michaels try out show,just a thought ?

  • bags030404


  • BTreece

    I think Irvin might produce a player … despite the circus act. have to wait and see, but Irvin isn’t the kind of guy to pass on crap to his favorite team that I can tell.

  • bags030404

    Really??? Don’t get me wrong I love Mike and he was a great asset to the Cowboys. He was the ultimate team guy, but to think that after the combine and all the scouting reports, and invitations to undrafted players. That Mike will find someone who can contribute to this team is HIGHLY unlikely!

  • BTreece

    He’s not supposed to be going after draft leftovers though. He wants the guys that don’t get to the draft because personal hardship. The guys who missed their shot somehow, but have played, and can play, good football. He said he wants the stories.
    That’s why I’m thinking it might not be so bad, could be a gem or two that turn up.

  • c-nation in D.C,


  • c-nation in D.C,


  • c-nation in D.C,

    just when you think your moving in the right direction the bottom falls out who is going to take T.O. place and dont tell me two left feet Roy Williams is thats got to be the joke of the year please tell me that we are about to make a major move because today iam Mad as hell at my team jj please fix this A.S.A.P!!!!

  • bags030404

    C Nation please read today’s article on this situation. Have faith man this was the move that needed to be made. The team will be better for it, whether we get another receiver or not!

  • c-nation in D.C,

    i know it would amount but at least have a replacement before you let the guy go thats the smart thing to do,now just double team witten the rest is easy ,and by the way i would love to see crayton step up this year!!!

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2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller

Sean Martin



2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
(Jacob Snow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys have been frustratingly unsurprisingly quiet through the start of free agency, as their opportunity to improve at the AT&T Stadium hosted 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Offensive line depth remains a team need for the Cowboys, one they're actively looking to address by visiting free agent Guard Marcus Martin while planning a pre-draft visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller.

Bobby Belt on Twitter

I'm told UTEP Guard Will Hernandez is another of Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors. Hernandez joins Alabama WR Calvin Ridley and UCLA G/T Kolton Miller on the list of reported visitors for the #Cowboys. Since 2014, 14 of Dallas' 35 picks (40%) have been pre-draft visitors.

Protecting one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft in Josh Rosen through college, Kolton Miller absolutely blew up the Combine in Indianapolis - entering the draft as one of the most athletic available linemen.

It is this athleticism and versatility that the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be looking for, if trying to add another "blue chip" player to an offensive line already featuring LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, and RT La'el Collins.

Kolton Miller Longest Offensive Lineman Broad Jump 2018 NFL Combine

Kolton Miller with the broad jump world record for an offensive lineman at 10 1 wow

Tyron Smith's health (along with the level of play the Cowboys received at his spot in his absence) and the FA status of Jonathan Cooper are both reasons the Cowboys should consider adding a new, controllable option to their dominant offensive line. Whether this is with the 19th overall pick, or later on with a prospect like Miller, will depend on how the board falls through the first 18 picks of the draft.

With ten total picks coming in, the Cowboys could be positioning themselves for a move up the board to land an impact defender, or an additional piece for Kris Richard to work with in the defensive backfield. Staying home at 19th overall and selecting a player capable of playing swing tackle would not only be a safe option for the Cowboys, but a smart one with Ezekiel Elliott returning full-time to the lineup in 2018.

Without Elliott for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed nine wins. This is a point lost to most of Cowboys Nation, especially those watching the entire playoffs without their team in it, only to watch the Eagles hoist the Lombardi. Elliott's impact on each's week game plan for Dallas is hard to understate, and the Cowboys' trust in him begins up front.

Testing as an elite athlete with the film to match at tackle in the Pac 12, Kolton Miller should be a welcome addition to America's Team - getting the opportunity to learn the Cowboys' way with a trip to The Star in his future.

Tell us what you think about "2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?

Brian Martin



Can Powers of Persuasion Make Will Hernandez a Dallas Cowboy?

There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.

Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.

The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.

Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!

To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.

In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.

All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.

The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.

The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.

It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.

Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you read anything into Will Hernandez hanging out with Cowboys players?

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Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley

Mauricio Rodriguez



Butch Dill / Getty Images

With NFL Free Agency buzz at full speed this week, Dez Bryant is one of the most intriguing names in the Dallas Cowboys world. We all know the story. We've been talking about it since last season. Bryant, who was once among the "Top WR of the league" conversation, doesn't look like an elite player anymore.

That doesn't mean he is a bad football player, but the problem is that he's getting paid big time.

The Dallas Cowboys, who have struggled with cap space for many years now, may want to avoid paying $16.5M to a player who isn't justifying his paychecks on the field. Big name and all, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

His lack of production on the field the last three years is concerning, even though he's played with quarterbacks not named "Tony Romo." There are other receivers around the league who have played with bad quarterbacks and have still been able to produce.

Even still, it wouldn't be easy to replace Bryant on the offense just like that. Right now, top free agents are already off the market, so if Dallas wants to replace him, it'd have to be via trade or via the NFL Draft.

Jane Slater on Twitter

ICYMI: A few things to consider as we wait on news about Dez Bryant's future with the Dallas Cowboys

Right now, it seems that Dez is going to remain a Dallas Cowboy and after seeing the contracts other receivers in the league are about to get, who knows if a pay cut will even enter the equation.

Even if Dez keeps wearing the Star every week next season, wide receiver is still one of the team's top needs. Despite the fact that Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten are some very well-known names, the truth is this offense needs a guy who can create separation and be harmful as a deep threat.

This is a draft class with a lot of depth at wide receiver, and the Cowboys could find contributors at the second or later rounds. Even still, if they're on the clock at 19 and Alabama's Calvin Ridley is available, the front office should pull the trigger.

Yes, even if Dez is still on the team.

Despite last year's struggles, we shouldn't lose faith on the Cowboys' offense when it has a lot of talent. We believed in this group to take us to the Super Bowl. What they are missing could just be a new, dynamic wide receiver.

Dallas Cowboys Reportedly Set to Meet with Alabama WR Calvin Ridley 1

Alabama Crimson Tide WR Calvin Ridley (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Calvin Ridley is by far the best WR in the Draft this year and will be an impact player anywhere he goes. Despite a poor showing in the Combine, Ridley proves to be worthy of a first round pick on tape. Ideal route-running, great ability to separate and more than enough speed for the NFL.

This would certainly take a lot of pressure off Cole Beasley's shoulders, who was constantly double-teamed last year. Sure, he's still good, but if he continues to run into double-coverage, Dak Prescott and company will probably continue to struggle another year.

It's tough to imagine Calvin Ridley being available at 19, especially with the Baltimore Ravens holding the 16th overall pick. However, some people believe there's a 50/50 chance he's available once Dallas is on the clock. If that's the case, the Cowboys shouldn't pass on this prospect.

Ridley could very well end up being the most productive receiver for the Cowboys in 2018 becoming an essential "best friend" for Dak Prescott.

We've seen how other front offices have made friendly offenses for their young QBs and if Calvin Ridley is what it takes, why even think about it?

Tell me what you think about "Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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