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Seeing as how were not intensely dialed in to the playoff scene here at Cowboy Nation I thought it would be good to start talking about the Draft. I know it might be early but I just have to start thinking about next season, and put the laughable 2008 season behind me!

First lets start by talking about the needs of this team. As you all know there are a lot!

In my opinion the biggest need for this dis-arrayed team is a toss up. You could say that it is in the defensive secondary, or the Linebacking corps, or even the back-up QB position.

We will start with the Backup QB. We all saw how big of a blow it was for Romo to go down and Captain Ass Bag (Brad Johnson) to be pulling the trigger for this team. When Johnson was in this offense was, well, stagnant! If you look at other teams that had to rely on the Ol' second string gunslinger at some point during the season, they don't even come close to being as horrendous as the Cowboys were with their fossil of a backup. This is an extremely important position in the NFL, perfection is expected in every aspect of the game and throwing a washed up QB in to the mix is not a good combination. I honestly don't know who will be available when the Cowboys finally get to pick but I honestly doubt Old Jerry goes for a QB.

The position I see the Cowboys going after in their first choice is most likely the defensive secondary, more elaborately a Safety. A player I like is the Safety from USC, Taylor Mays. He is a big guy (6,3 230) and bring a lot of intensity as an open field tackler and pass defender. I seriously doubt that he will still be available when the Cowboys finally get to pick but a player like this could  be an immediate help to the Secondary. Another Safety that would look good with the Star on his helmet is Rashad Johnson from Alabama. Though he is a completely different player than Mays he has some very good attributes to add to this team. He is a 4.4 guy that can cover extremely well and has very good feet, he came to Alabama as a Running Back and then made the change over to the defensive side of the ball. Some people even consider him the leader of the Alabama defense which in my opinion you can never have too many leaders on the field.

Another area in need for the Cowboys is the Middle Linebacker position. Zach Thomas is old, plain and simple. I love the guy (since he went to Texas Tech), and he has had a great NFL career but he didn't prove to be a key asset to this team. His backup and most likely his successor is Bobby Carpenter. Who by all definitions is absolutely horrible, he is a mediocre HORRIFIC tackler who needs to take his Golden locks of hair to professional Wrestling. I still do not understand drafting him and never will. A good fit for this position would be Brandon Spikes from Florida. He is a good sized LB at 6,3 245 and could be a big help in stopping the opposing run game. Again, I am not sure how soon this guy will be taken off the board.

Some other needs for the Cowboys are Nose Tackle, and Offensive Line. With the possibility of losing Tank to Free Agency and the never ending injuries to the offensive line, these two positions will probably see some new additions in the off season.

Let me know what areas you think the Cowboys need to address in the Draft and who you think would fit in that position.



  1. Mike D

    January 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Draft needs
    1)a QB that doesnt choke and become turnover machine in every big game
    2) WR that doesnt cry at podium after big losses,lead the league in drops, or repeatidly throw teamates under the bus
    3) Can you draft a head Coach? Maybe trade some picks to a team to get a Coach that Actually knows how to win a playoff game? Or one that doesnt take the most talented Team in the nfl to an Embarassing 9-7 record? Just asking….
    4)A CB that doesnt “Make it rain” or hire people to shoot people that piss him off, or spend more time in “Da Scrip Clubs” than the playing field/
    Do you guys have enough picks left to accomplish all this after that “Brilliant” Trade for Roy E Williams?
    Good Luck Cowgirls…

  2. bags030404

    January 15, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    sounds like the Giants and Cowboys needs are the same! Nothing wrong with making it rain in da scrip club! I am sure you have been to Scores before! I will never crack on a guy for going to look at boobs!

  3. bags030404

    January 15, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    ever heard of anger management? You might want to check into that!

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Cowboys Draft Target: Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

Since Kris Richard has taken over the back-end of the Dallas Cowboys defense, they have clearly shown a bias towards a "type" of cornerback. Richard, looking to build this Dallas unit in a similar form to his Seattle teams, has prioritized long corners both in height and arm length.

As his responsibilities within the organization increase, it's only fair to expect Kris Richard to have more say in who the Cowboys' defense acquires in terms of talent. This means we should anticipate more defensive backs who fit his type, such as Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr.

The Player

So why does Lonnie Johnson fit the mold of what Kris Richard tends to look for? Well, for starters, he is 6'3" and 206 lbs with 32 1/4" arms. He's a long corner with excellent size and the trait profile which indicates he could be the perfect candidate to play cornerback in Dallas.

But while he might look great on paper, the tape is always the most important factor for evaluating and projecting talent. And, for Johnson, the tape isn't all-that great. Despite his length, Johnson struggled mightily in press-man coverage at Kentucky. Too often he is late or ineffective with his hands, leaving him susceptible to being blown by by the opposing receiver. He often loses balance due to poor footwork, and is rather average with his hips and quick change of direction.

Where Johnson was his best in college was in zone coverage, playing his deep third of Kentucky's cover-three look. Rarely did he allow receivers behind him in zone coverage, and displayed good instincts when deciding whether to jump routes or play more conservatively when playing in that deep third. He was not nearly as comfortable underneath, and Kentucky didn't ask him to play in that role too often. Because of how big he is, Johnson is able to contest at the catch point regularly, yet he only deflected 9 passes in 2 years.

What gives me the most hope for Lonnie Johnson as a prospect (besides his length) is his Senior Bowl performance. Johnson impressed daily at the Senior Bowl, looking more comfortable in man coverage and playing much better in his press technique.

Was this Johnson becoming more comfortable over time and a sign of things to come at the next level, or was it an anomaly that we shouldn't read too much into? The answer to that question is up to the individual teams, but his combine performance will play a huge role in how those teams answer.

The Fit

As I've discussed already, Lonnie Johnson Jr. fits what Kris Richard tends to look for in his cornerbacks. He is long, tall, and relatively athletic, making him a clay piece for a coach like Richard to develop.

The question is, however, how much development can really occur? The highs for Johnson are rather high when he maximizes his natural abilities on the field. But too often he is sloppy in technique, or looks lost in man coverage. Whether or not Richard can "fix" Johnson completely may never be seen, but teams (especially this one) could fall in love with him as a prospect for what he can become if it all comes together.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson

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Cowboys Draft Target: Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson

NAME: Rodney Anderson

SCHOOL: Oklahoma


POSITION: Running Back

CLASS: RS Junior

JERSEY: No. 24


HT: 6'1"

WT: 219

D.O.B.: 9/12/96


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Before we get into the player, we should really try to get to know Rodney Anderson the person. He attended Katy High School in Katy, Texas, one of the powerhouse HS football programs in the state. He was a four-star recruit who received offers from Auburn, Baylor, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. He originally committed to Texas A&M, but changed his mind and decided to go to Oklahoma instead. He had an up-and-down career on the football field at Oklahoma because of injuries, but did graduate with a degree in Arts and Sciences in May 2018 and is pursuing his Master's in Human Relations.


Rodney Anderson has the ideal size and athleticism to become a featured back in the NFL. He shows good patience and vision on film to allow his offensive lineman to secure their blocks before sticking his foot in the ground and exploding through the hole. He runs behind his pads and shows good strength, loose hips, and balance to run through arm tackles. More than capable of picking up those "dirty yards" and is surprisingly slippery as a runner in the open field.

Anderson is capable of playing in a power scheme or a zone heavy scheme like the Dallas Cowboys deploy. He has been featured in a number of rushing concepts including gap/power, read action, and power sweeps. His talent also carries over to the passing game. He possesses soft hands and looks natural catching the ball both out of the backfield and down the field as a receiver. Solid in pass protection, but this is an area of his game where he can improve.


The biggest negative about Rodney Anderson is his injury history at Oklahoma. He is basically a one-year wonder because of three separate season-ending injuries, but bad things happen in three so maybe that's behind him. Durability will be a question mark entering the NFL though.

His vision is sometimes questionable, especially on inside and outside zone reads. Has a tendency to to try to bounce runs to the outside too often or cut back too quickly. Shows good explosiveness, but only average burst through the hole. Seems to have adequate long speed on tape, but is 40 yard dash time will be heavily scrutinized if he's able to run at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In the passing game he needs to improve his route running and pass protection if he wants to be a three-down back in the NFL. The talent is there, just not the production and consistency. Will also have to prove he can be productive against stacked boxes at the next level since he rarely saw any in college due to Oklahoma's spread offense.

Cowboys Fit:

If the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a running back capable of being a featured back in the NFL, while also spelling Ezekiel Elliott from time to time, then Rodney Anderson is there guy. His combination of power, balance, explosiveness, and scheme diversity could come in handy as their RB2. Not only would he provide a good insurance policy if the unthinkable were to happen to Zeke, but he could take over if they decide not to give No. 21 a contract extension.

There is a lot to like about Rodney Anderson's game and his ability to contribute in the running and passing game, but he is not by any means a clean prospect. Despite his immense talent, his injury history and lack of consistency in college is bothersome. But, as a mid-round pick the reward far outweighs the risks. Paired with Elliott, the Cowboys could have a formidable one-two punch in their backfield and could pound opposing defenses into submission.

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Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

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Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

Our search for a new pass catcher for the Cowboys in this years' draft class continues, this time with a wide receiver.

South Carolina's Deebo Samuel put himself on the map with a strong Sophomore season, but fell off a bit due to a severe leg injury early in 2017. After a strong 2018 campaign, and an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, Samuel has played himself back into early Day Two draft discussions.

The Player

I don't know that anyone "won" Senior Bowl week more than Deebo Samuel did this January. Samuel, who had to deal with some poor quarterback play throughout his college career, didn't get much of a break in that department either at the Senior Bowl. But, he did show out every day at practice, and seemed to go viral on Twitter at least once a day.

During his actual collegiate season, Samuel finished with 882 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 catches, solid production especially coming off an injury and playing in a limited offense. Initially in the NFL, Samuel is going to make his money in the slot. He's a shifty yet explosive receiver type than can quickly beat defenders with his speed. He's not the speedster than someone like Marquise Brown is, but he is explosive enough in his own right, especially in terms of short-area quickness.

Samuel isn't someone who will go up and grab the ball consistently, or even make up for inaccurate throws as often as some others might be able to. But he does have reliable hands, and his ability to get open quickly and create separation should give someone like Dak Prescott easy windows to find him in for completions.

What makes Deebo Samuel so fun for me to watch, though, is his ability after the catch. Despite his lack of size, Samuel is tough as nails, and rarely defers out of bounds or avoids contact. He's built well enough to withstand that contact as well, and when he gets free, he's hard to catch and bring down.

The Fit

Drafting Deebo Samuel 58th overall would be a heck of a haul for the Dallas Cowboys. In need of another playmaker in the passing game, the Cowboys could make immediate use of Samuel's talents in 2019, specifically as a slot receiver.

As has been mentioned ad nauseam, it seems unlikely that Cole Beasley will be returning to the team this season, which makes the need for a slot wide-out that much greater. Samuel has big play ability from the slot already, and has traits which project him to potentially work outside as well. If he tests well enough at the combine, reps on the outside could very well be in his future.

Samuel should be on every Cowboys fans' shortlist of draft targets in the second round this year.

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