It’s finally that time. The 2016 NFL Draft is just hours away and we will finally know exactly who the Dallas Cowboys will be adding to their 2016 roster.
By now you’ve probably already heard the names that have been linked to the Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, Joey Bosa, and Jalen Ramsey.
If you’re anything like me, you’ve done as much research on these three prospects as possible and should have a pretty good idea of each player strengths and weaknesses.
I for one would pound the table for Elliott if I was in the Cowboys draft room tomorrow night. I don’t care that the running back position has been devalued here recently. Elliott is hands-down a difference maker in the NFL, and that is especially true if he’s running behind the Cowboys dominant offensive line.
If you can’t tell already, Elliot is the players name I would be writing down on the draft card when it’s a Cowboys time to draft in the first round.
Joey Bosa’s name has been linked to the Cowboys because they are in desperate need of past rushers in defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 defensive scheme. They have been terrible at getting to the quarterback the past several years and the fact that both Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence are expected to miss the first four games of the season only adds to their desperation, at least on the surface.
Bosa would be a solid selection, but at number four overall I’m really looking for someone who will be a difference maker for years to come. I don’t know if that is the type of player you would be getting in Bosa.
That brings me to Jalen Ramsey.
It’s rumored that the Cowboys view Ramsey is a cornerback in the NFL, and according to the tape I watched of him, I would evaluate him more as a safety.
There is no denying that Ramsey is one the most physically gifted defensive backs we have seen over the past several years, but that doesn’t always translate to success in the NFL.
My own personal evaluation of Ramsey shows that he really struggles when he has to turn his back to the quarterback and run down the field with the receivers. He is at his best when he is able to make plays in front of him. That’s I believe is best suited to play safety in the NFL.
Don’t get me wrong. I would be fine if the Cowboys decided to draft Ramsey with their first-round draft pick, but I think they would be making a mistake if they expect him to play cornerback.
Do you really want to invest so much in another CB when you’ve already failed miserably with Morse Claiborne and Brandon Carr?
Also, if Ramsey is a better safety in the NFL, do you really want to draft a safety so highly?
Luckily, I’m not the one that’s going to be making the decision that will affect the franchise for years to come and my job isn’t on the line if this is yet another failed attempt to solidify the back end of the defense.
I’m free to voice my own personal opinion without any repercussions, unless it’s from those of you who don’t agree with my opinion and if that’s the case I encourage you to try and convince me otherwise.
Overall, I’m holding out the hope that in a few hours time when the Dallas Cowboys are finally on the clock that I don’t see a draft card turned in with Jalen Ramsey’s name on it.
I for one am on the Ezekiel Elliott hype train and I hope it’s leaving the station with THE STAR shining like a halo atop his head on the Cowboys draft cap.