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Cowboys en Español: Guía Para Entender el NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys en Español: Guía Para Entender el NFL Draft

El NFL Draft es uno de los eventos más emocionantes y anticipados de la liga en todo el año. Los aficionados alrededor del mundo lo esperan casi con la misma intensidad que al kickoff de la temporada regular y la misma emoción inexplicable con la que ansían el Super Bowl.

No hay jugadores (al menos no equipados y uniformados), no hay campo, no hay balón, no hay marcador, no hay árbitros. Pero si hay sorpresas, en forma de trades o selecciones inesperadas y momentos que dejan a aficionados con ganas de llorar, a veces de alegría, a veces de frustración.

El Draft es, al final de cuentas, el evento que define futuros de franquicias. Donde estrellas como Peyton Manning son seleccionadas con la selección número uno del Draft y donde jugadores como Tom Brady caen hasta la sexta ronda, cambiando el rumbo de la historia de una franquicia, así como de la liga entera.

Pero ¿cómo funciona?

Lamentablemente, en países de habla hispana es difícil encontrar cobertura de este evento tan importante, y muchos aficionados empedernidos del football americano no están seguros de como funciona exactamente este evento tan entretenido.

Por eso, en esta edición de Cowboys en Español, les comparto una guía para entender el NFL Draft. Siendo un evento tan complejo e importante, me parecía indispensable escribir esto. Si tienen preguntas, no duden en preguntar en la sección de comentarios abajo, o escríbanme un tweet en @PepoR99

Lo Básico

El objetivo del Draft es mantener un nivel igualado entre los equipos de la NFL para lograr que esta sea competitiva año tras año. El evento está conformado de siete rondas, en las que los equipos seleccionan jugadores salientes de universidad que están listos para llegar al nivel profesional.

Al ser tomado por un equipo, los jugadores son firmados a contratos con una duración de cuatro años, sin excepción. Sin embargo, los contratos de aquellos jugadores que son seleccionados en la primera ronda, incluyen una "opción de quinto año."

Depende del desempeño del jugador, al final de su tercer temporada, el equipo puede decidir ejercer la opción, y así quedarse un año más con él.

El orden de las selecciones (frecuentemente llamados "picks") en cada ronda, se define por récord en la temporada el año anterior. El peor equipo tiene la primer selección y el campeón la última.  Este 2018, por ejemplo, los Cleveland Browns sostienen el primer pick global, mientras que los Philadelphia Eagles escogerán al final de la primera ronda, con la selección #32.

En teoría, este orden se repetirá durante las siete rondas, las cuales están dividas en tres días.

  • Día 1: Primera ronda.
  • Día 2: Segunda y tercera ronda.
  • Día 3: Cuarta, quinta, sexta y séptima ronda.

Este año, el Draft comenzará el jueves 26 de abril y terminará el sábado 28. Será una experiencia única ya que será la primera vez que se lleva a cabo en un estadio. El AT&T Stadium hará historia, y todos sabemos que Jerry Jones y compañía saben hacer un espectáculo.

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De Trades y Otros Detalles Complicados

Muchos se han de estar preguntando, "Si los picks se deciden del peor al mejor equipo, ¿por qué Cleveland tiene el pick #1 y el #4 en la primera ronda?" Es aquí donde entra uno de los elementos más divertidos del Draft... los trades. 

Así como equipos pueden cambiar jugadores entre sí, también se pueden cambiar picks. De hecho, la mayoría de los trades en la NFL contienen picks. Es rarísimo ver un intercambio de jugadores exclusivamente.

Recientemente, por ejemplo, los Jets intercambiaron picks con los Indianapolis Colts. Así se verán las primeras seis selecciones este año:

  1. Cleveland Browns
  2. New York Giants
  3. New York Jets (pick adquirido via trade con Indianapolis)
  4. Cleveland Browns (pick adquirido via trade con Houston el año pasado)
  5. Denver Broncos
  6. Indianapolis Colts (pick adquirido via trade con New York Jets)

Lógicamente, los Jets tuvieron que pagar por subir esas tres selecciones. De esta manera, los Colts lograron embolsarse tres selecciones de segunda ronda, sólo por bajar tres lugares en el Draft, donde probablemente encuentren a uno de los jugadores que buscarían con su pick original.

Y los Jets, ¿qué consiguen? Un quarterback para el futuro que probablemente no estaría disponible en el #6.

Así funciona el Draft, en la primera ronda es siempre importante considerar que los equipos pagarán de más sólo por llevarse a un QB, sin importar si es digno o no de tal selección. Es simplemente un reflejo de lo importante que es dicha posición en el deporte.

Los trades son una parte enorme del NFL Draft. Algún equipo que quiere evitar que otra franquicia se robe a su jugador del futuro está dispuesto a pagar (a veces de más) para poder llevárselo antes que nadie.

Además de los 32 picks que debería haber en cada ronda (uno por cada día), existen selecciones extras, llamados "picks compensatorios." Estos son otorgados a los equipos por la liga dependiendo a si sufrieron pérdidas de jugadores durante la agencia libre. Esta es otra razón por la cual el formato del Draft cambia año tras año, aunque no de manera mayor.

Tomemos a los Dallas Cowboys como ejemplo. Después de perder al Linebacker Anthony Hitchens en la agencia libre, probablemente conseguirán una selección compensatoria en el 2019. Muchos subestiman estos picks, pero al final de cuentas, Dak Prescott llegó a los Cowboys por medio de un pick compensatorio.

Jerry Jones Weighs in on Cowboys Need for "Dak-Friendly" Offense

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (Jason Bridge / USA TODAY Sports)

Naturalmente, los mejores jugadores son tomados en la primera ronda, y conforme avanzan las selecciones es menos probable conseguir un jugador relevante para la franquicia, pero son las rondas tardías las que pueden marcar el rumbo de franquicias.

Tom Brady, sexta ronda. Antonio Brown, sexta ronda. Richard Sherman, quinta ronda. Russel Wilson, tercera ronda.

Y obviamente, año tras año, cientos de jugadores no consiguen ser seleccionados en el Draft. E incluso aquí, estrellas como Kurt Warner y Tony Romo pueden ser contratados y pueden terminar sorprendiendo al mundo.

Quizá no haya partidos de NFL en Abril, pero el Draft es igual de importante que la temporada. En un simple evento, se escribe la historia de la liga. Así que este Abril, en vez de llorar por la falta de acción en la pantalla, es tiempo de ver el NFL Draft, y de ver como los equipos intentan escribir su propia historia seleccionando futuros novatos que como bien pueden ser pésimos jugadores, bien pueden ser futuros miembros del Salón de la Fama.

Datos Extras del NFL Draft

  • El último jugador seleccionado en el Draft se le llama "Mr. Irrelevant."
  • El primer Draft en la historia se realizó en 1936, en el hotel Ritz Carlton de Philadelphia. Los dueños se reunieron en un cuarto de hotel.
  • La primera selección en la historia fue Jay Berwanger, quien nunca jugó en la NFL.
  • La primera transmisión del Draft tomó lugar en 1980. Ahora, el Draft es televisado intensamente por NFL Network y ESPN.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys en Español: Guía Para Entender el NFL Draft" 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!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @PepoR99.

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Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Cowboys Defense Better Or Worse Then Last Season?

Playing in the National Football Conference, the Dallas Cowboys have a difficult task ahead of them if they are to be serious Super Bowl contenders. Even still, they've become a very underrated football team due to their 9-7 record last season. The Cowboys struggled in many areas and with the Philadelphia Eagles crowned as Super Bowl Champions, everyone has forgotten about America's Team.

2017 was an awful year for the Cowboys. It seemed like a roller coaster of success, putting up an impressive performance one week only to disappoint the next one. Let's be honest with ourselves here and talk about what really ended the Cowboys' last season.

Injuries.

As much as we talk about how there shouldn't be any excuses in football - the Eagles made a huge statement by winning it all with a backup QB and other key starters missing - we can't deny the impact of these injuries.

Anthony Hitchens, Sean Lee, Tyron Smith and Ezekiel Elliott all missed some time last year, affecting the team's performance week in and week out. Had the starters been healthy, the truth is this team would've been in the playoffs.

Heading into 2018, the Cowboys will face a very similar situation. This year, starters make Dallas a serious contender. Even if they're playing in a conference that will feature a lot of quality teams, the Cowboys are a team that could beat any team in the league if healthy.

Even the dreaded wide receiver position - which has been famous this offseason for the lack of a #1 receiver - won't be as bad as we make it out to be starter-wise. A starting trio of Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup and Cole Beasley doesn't really sound bad.

Heck, not even Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods starting at safety is concerning. They have what it takes to be decent starters. Sure, Heath isn't a guy who will make the Pro Bowl, but his skills will show on the field once the season starts in September.

The Cowboys' starters will do just fine this season. If the team's fate is up to them, they are in a very good spot. The same can not be said about depth, though.

Except for the defensive line, every other position lacks depth. If Sean Lee goes down, the linebackers stop looking like a three-headed monster. Same goes for the cornerbacks. Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis seem like a good group but as soon as one of them suffers an injury, the Cowboys will be in trouble.

We're in for an exciting season with a lot of young talent waiting to breakout. The Cowboys are underrated this year. They may not be among the NFC's favorites, but they truly have what it takes to replicate the success they had in 2016. However, it seems like circumstances have to be ideal for them to make a run for the Lombardi Trophy.

With a little bit of luck, they'll bounce back this season.

Tell me what you think about "Starters Make Cowboys Serious Contenders, But Depth is a Concern" 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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The Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle is Heating Up

Brian Martin

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Dallas Cowboys WR Position Battle Heating Up 1

Earning a spot on the Dallas Cowboys final 53-man roster is going to be a lot tougher in 2018 then it has been in years past. There is no shortage of position battles taking place right now to earn one of those coveted openings, but it's the battle taking place at receiver that's gaining steam and starting to heat up.

The ultimate unknown right now is how many wide receivers the Dallas Cowboys choose to carry on their 53-man roster this season. Last year they decided to carry six, but they have been known to carry just five. Unfortunately, this means they will have to release some talented players and risk losing them to another team.

As things stand right now there may just be one, possibly two, roster spots up for grabs. I think the only thing we know for sure right now is Cole Beasley, Allen Hurns, Michael Gallup, and Tavon Austin are the only WRs who can feel secure their jobs are safe for 2018. Everybody else is playing a game of Survivor, just hoping their name isn't the one written down and their torch isn't snuffed out.

Terrance Williams' flame may be safe due to his current contract. The Dallas Cowboys can't save anything by releasing him, but it doesn't cost them that much either. It's unlikely he has a future with the team, so if someone were to prove themselves more worthy, his flame could be extinguished.

Terrance Williams

Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams

Last season I thought Noah Brown was ready to unseat Williams, but that never really materialized. Unfortunately, Brown hasn't really shown up as much as I thought he would this offseason, and missing the game against the San Francisco 49ers last week didn't do him any favors either. This doesn't bode well for him moving forward.

Deonte Thompson was signed as a free agent to provide some veteran experience and speed to the passing game, but that in no way means his job is secure. He needs to do something to show up a little more because his age and salary means a younger up-and-coming WR could make him expendable.

Second-year WR Lance Lenoir Jr. might just be the receiver who has stirred things up the most. He has not only created a buzz for himself in offseason practices, but he was able to carry it over into the preseason last week against the 49ers. His arrow trajectory is definitely pointing upwards.

I'd definitely hate to be the one to decide who stays and who goes when final cuts are made. It's not going to be an easy decision to make, because the outcome will definitely have an impact on the team's success this year.

All of these players were brought into help Quarterback Dak Prescott and the passing game reach new heights, so making the wrong move could be detrimental. The number of wide receivers and who the Dallas Cowboys decide to keep might be the most important decision they make before the season starts.

How would you predict the Dallas Cowboys WR position battle turning out?



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Any Concern About Dan Bailey Not Playing Against 49ers?

Brian Martin

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Decision not to Play Dan Bailey against the 49ers a Concern? 1

With all the excitement of the Dallas Cowboys finally playing in a game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, it may have escaped your attention that Dan Bailey remained on the sideline the entire time. He didn't attempt one field goal or kick off once last Thursday, which in my opinion is a little concerning.

Dan Bailey joined Ezekiel Elliott and Sean Lee on the sideline as a healthy scratch last week. The decision to sit both Zeke and Sean Lee makes sense due to the physical demands of their positions, but sitting Bailey was a bit of a head scratcher. After all, it's not like he plays a physically demanding position like the other two.

I know. I know. Dan Bailey is an integral part for the Cowboys success moving forward. I'm not arguing that he's not, but after sitting out the majority of the 2017 season with a groin injury and lingering concerns about his health this year, not playing him at all against the 49ers is a bit confusing.

I don't believe there is any kind of kicking competition between Dan Bailey and Brett Maher, who handled all of the kicking duties against the 49ers last Thursday. Bailey will be the Cowboys kicker when the 2018 season gets underway in just a few short weeks. But, the question remains… Why didn't he receive any playing time?

Dan Bailey

Dallas Cowboys K Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey was never quite the same last season once he returned from his injury. Something was off and I don't know if it was more mental or physical, maybe a little of both. He just wasn't splitting the uprights like his normal self.

Unfortunately, we have seen this kind of thing happen in the past with one of the Cowboys kickers. Nick Folk went through a similar situation with an injury and never really bounced back. I'm just hoping history doesn't repeat itself.

Obviously, the Dallas Cowboys know more about what's going on with Dan Bailey than I do. But, you would think they'd have allowed him to attempt a field goal or at least an extra point in a game situation to build up his confidence once again. It's what I would have done.

Hopefully I'm just being a little paranoid and I'm reading more into this than there actually is. But, the fact I haven't heard any reasoning as to why Dan Bailey was held out last week is sitting a little uneasy with me. I'm just hoping it was precautionary in order to keep him as healthy as possible for the upcoming season.

Should we be concerned Dan Bailey was a healthy scratch last week?



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