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Cowboys Draft: Why I’ve Changed my Mind on Joey Bosa

Sean Martin



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The Dallas Cowboys are well into their off season now, and as draft talks continue to circulate so have the same familiar names when it comes to fan-favorite prospects from Cowboys Nation and the fourth overall pick.

While I would be happy with any number of guys - whether it be Jalen Ramey, Myles Jack, Jared Goff (one more time for RJ, Jared Goff), or Laquon Treadwell.

However, if there is one player that I have been adamant against this team drafting in the first round it is Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. My opinion has now changed in this regard, but for some reasons that you may not expect.

Bosa's name was thrown around as the knee-jerk reaction to Randy Gregory's four game suspension to start 2016. While I still have hope for Gregory to turn his Dallas career around, it is time - now more than ever - for the Cowboys to find consistency along the defensive front.

Gone are the days of the invisible Cowboys pass rush that left us dumbfounded by the total lack of defense on any given play in years past. That said, the defensive end positions have still been a rotating door of inconsistency - and while the defensive line that entered the season with high expectations certainly had a fair share of impact plays, the unit was far too inconsistent.

Greg Hardy, DeMarcus Lawrence, and Randy Gregory are all question marks going into next season at varying levels. Hardy is of course a free agent that is rumored to be on his way out. We already know Gregory will be out for the first four weeks after yet another run in with a failed drug test, and that leaves DeMarcus Lawrence as the only player of the three that is under contract for next season who also has a recorded sack - and he is coming off of back surgery.

What was a 13 win team in 2014, the Cowboys fell apart this season for a multitude of reasons, and suddenly this off season has sprung up team needs that makes us feel almost closer to this year's win total of 4 than the 13 of 2014.

Cowboys Blog - Cowboys Draft: Why I've Changed my Mind on Joey Bosa

Enter Joey Bosa, who can be the answer to the Cowboys consistency on the defensive front. While my knock against Bosa was simply that he does not make the flashy, impact-plays (sacks) on a consistent enough basis to be our top five selection, he is certainly a force that is tough to move off the ball and he makes his fair share of appearances game in and game out in the opposing backfield.

Pairing him with the interior presence of a healthy Tyrone Crawford along with David Irving will give this Cowboys team a defensive line that will be much-improved against the run. I trust that DeMarcus Lawrence can heal enough to be the player we saw at the end of 2015 at least a few weeks into the regular season, and suddenly you have a player in Lawrence that can finish off sacks along with Randy Gregory later on - both playing with a supporting cast that will force a ton of attention from blockers.

While I still think there are better options outside of Bosa for Dallas to target at fourth overall (To still address the pass rush later in the draft, I made a case for Ronald Blair of Appalachian State here), you can officially cross my name off of the list of fans that would be utterly disappointed in the selection.

In the end, for Cowboys Nation, trusting Will McClay is normally a good place to start. With the Combine firing up from Indy, it's time for him to kick the draft process into full gear and make sure the team is in the best position possible with this roster before draft day.

Tell us what you think about "Cowboys Draft: Why I’ve Changed my Mind on Joey Bosa" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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  • Randy terhorst

    They have to see what they can address in free agency. Than go get what they still need in the draft.

  • Sean Martin

    That has been the draft strategy in recent history…

  • ANate

    "I have been animate against this team.." I think you mean adamant.

  • Sean Martin User

    "I have been animate against this team.." I think you mean adamant.

    I did, and just updated it as well. Thanks for reading.

  • Jess Haynie

    Good stuff, Sean. Right now I'd put drafting Bosa on my list of desired outcomes for the first round. Above it: 1) Jalen Ramsey 2) Myles Jack 3) Ezekiel Elliott I don't think he's going to be JJ Watt, but what if he's 10 years of a guy like Jim Jeffcoat? We could do a lot worse!

  • ANate

    I've changed my mind on him because he showed well in the combine in the broad jump and the 20 yd shuttle.

  • Sean Martin

    I've soured a bit on Myles Jack as our top five pick. If it's defense and not Bosa, give me Ramsey. #TeamGoff

  • Zac Fields

    Just something about this guy rubs me the wrong way. They had him up in the booth with Mayock/Eisen after his part of the combine and he just seemed like an arrogant ass.

    Obviously that has next to nothing to do with his abilities as a football player, but I wonder if it makes it harder for Garrett/Marinelli to support drafting him if he came off like a diva in his interviews?

  • RJ Ochoa

    I'm lower on Bosa than everyone else. Jack was my favorite option after Ramsey, but lately Zeke has been overtaking him.

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  • Sean Martin

    No Zeke, Booker!

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Booker is great! Assuming Ramsey is indeed the first pick. No Ramsey then all Zeke.

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  • Sean Martin

    Or Goff, Jackson III, Booker as our first three picks.

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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
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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



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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.

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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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