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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.

Mauricio's 2018 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Cowboys Steal Defensive Talent

(Cal Sports Media / AP Images)

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 @MauNFL 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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Cole Beasley Key to Cowboys Passing Game Productivity?

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What most of us already knew was confirmed last Sunday afternoon against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Wide Receiver Cole Beasley is the Dallas Cowboys best receiver and is the key to the passing game productivity. He is not only the most productive, but the most consistent.

Cole Beasley isn't the tallest or the fastest and definitely doesn't look like a prototypical NFL receiver, but he showed last week against the Jaguars why opposing defenses have to account for him on every single play. He torched Jacksonville's top-ranked passing defense for 101 yards on nine catches and added two touchdowns, and it's that production that could help open up the entire passing game for the Cowboys.

It's painfully obvious Cole Beasley has been Dak Prescott's favorite target in the passing game since he took over the starting duties in 2016. Once opposing defenses figured that out they started to make things extremely difficult by bracketing Beasley in coverage and the passing game hasn't been the same since. But, that could be changing if the Jaguars game was an indication of what we might see moving forward.

Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan did a much better job of moving Beasley around to create favorable matchups against the Jaguars. I think we will see much more of that moving forward, but that likely means opposing defenses will once again try to take away Prescott's favorite target. That actually could end up helping the Cowboys passing game though.

Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup

Dallas Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

If opposing defenses indeed try to contain Cole Beasley like they've done in the past, it should help provide more opportunities for Dallas' other pass catchers. Spreading the ball around to several different receivers would not only help Prescott and the passing game, but also open up the entire offense.

We haven't really seen much of Allen Hurns or Michael Gallup this season, but both are more than capable of being more productive if they are seeing single coverage more often. That's what's likely to happen if defenses bracket Beasley in coverage once again. Both WRs need to be more involved anyway and Beasley's recent spike in production could help do just that.

Now, if defenses decide to try and cover Beasley one-on-one like the Jaguars did quite a bit of last Sunday, the Cowboys would be wise to take advantage of that mismatch. He simply can't be covered by a single defensive back because of his precise route running ability. He is that good.

Regardless of how opposing defenses try to handle/contain Cole Beasley, he is without a doubt key to the Dallas Cowboys passing game productivity. Just the threat of him on the field changes a defenses approach, which is why he is Dallas' #1  WR in my book. He absolutely has to be more involved moving forward, even if it is as a decoy.

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How ‘Bout them Cowboys?! Dallas Set to Lasso Redskins in Week 7

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Well, what do you think now of America’s Team? Anyone who foresaw Dallas’s evisceration of the league’s No. 1 defense hailing from Jacksonville is a downright soothsayer. In case you were in a coma this past weekend, the Cowboys obliterated the Jaguars’ vaunted defense to the tune of a 40-7 massacre in which Dak Prescott tossed for 183 yards, two passing touchdowns and ran one into the end zone for good measure. When the dust settled Prescott had chewed up 82 yards on the ground and Ezekiel Elliott surpassed the century mark in rushing with 106 yards and a touchdown of his own.

It was a glorious day to be a Cowboys fan and it’s safe to say that America’s Team is back!

Or are they?

Dallas is in a three-way logjam for the top spot in the NFC East with the Redskins and Eagles, but the way they made mincemeat of the Jacksonville defense gives us all hope that more good things are in the cards soon.

Seventh-year WR Cole Beasley blew the doors off of the Jags secondary by catching nine passes on 11 targets for a pair of touchdown receptions and 101 yards. It was a season-high for Beasley and the fact that Prescott has no real top-tier targets after the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten makes it even more special.

This is a team that was not supposed to be able to move the ball through the air and, to be fair, hasn’t done much of it this season as evidenced by their 29th ranked passing game. But a little creative game planning by Head Coach Jason Garrett and Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan paid dividends and the lingering specter of their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Texans in Week 5 was exorcised by the dominating victory.

What has gotten lost in the euphoria of Dallas’s week 6 win is their defense, as the Cowboys had three sacks, seven quarterback hits, and an interception by Jeff heath.

Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles was under siege and did not respond well to the pressure after establishing career highs in passing yards over the last two weeks leading up to this contest. But his opportunity to become the fifth NFL QB with three consecutive games of 375 passing yards or more evaporated in the heat of a blistering Dallas defense. Bortles ended the day with 149 yards, a TD and a pick.

As the Cowboys move on to Washington, we see that their success at home is only equaled by their struggles on the road. Dallas is now 3-0 at home and 0-3 on the highway. Buoyed off their stunning blitzkrieg of the Jags, we see that one of the most respected and trusted online sportsbooks in the industry, BetOnline has the Cowboys as 1 ½ point underdogs which is most likely a few points below what they would have been had they not won so convincingly last week.

Those who like to back up their football prognostications with cold, hard cash understand that Dallas is not only losing on the road but losing money for their backers in those contests. In those three losing games, Dallas is 0-2-1 against the spread but this week could be different. Against their divisional foes this week, Dallas is 4-0 straight up and 3-1 ATS versus Washington over the last two seasons.

The way this Cowboys defense is playing and the sudden explosion of Cole Beasley as a focal point of the passing attack, we could very easily see their first road win of the year.



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Should the Dallas Cowboys Trade for These 2 Oakland Raiders?

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Should the Cowboys Make a Trade for These Oakland Raiders?

The trade deadline on October 30th will be here faster than we know. It's the final opportunity that NFL teams will have an opportunity to make a significant upgrade to their roster. And if you're a frequent reader of the Dallas Cowboys, then you know that the Dallas Cowboys could use some help, especially on the offensive side of the football.

On Thursday, Marcus Mosher from The Raiders Wire on USA Today posed a hypothetical trade involving the Dallas Cowboys. In his scenario, he has the Dallas Cowboys trading for Wide Receiver Amari Cooper and thinks that Cooper could net the Raiders a top 75 draft selection.

Amari Cooper is a good wide receiver, but he's not a receiver I would trade a top-75 pick for. Cooper is a player that has a lot of talent, but has struggled with drops and inconsistency. Even now, with the Raiders he's having a hard time getting consistent opportunities.

Cooper's second on the team in targets, but third on the team in receptions behind a tight end and a running back. Cooper's also third on the team in yardage behind the two guys that I'd be way more interested in trading for; Tight End Jared Cook and Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson.

Yes, these guys are on the wrong side of 30, but they are guys that have been around a long time and can help your offense this season. Both would be upgrades at the position, even at their advanced NFL age.

Jared Cook - Tight End

You've heard the adage, "if you can't beat em, join em." Well, this is the reverse of that. "If he always beats you, acquire him."

That's what Oakland Raiders Tight End Jared Cook is to the Dallas Cowboys. Point of evidence.

Game Winning Jared Cook Catch Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys

Uploaded by Kafin Walker on 2017-01-16.

That remarkable catch by Jared Cook still haunts me and many of you in Cowboys Nation. It was a perfectly thrown ball by Aaron Rodgers and Cook made an incredible catch along the sidelines that led to Mason Crosby's game-winning field goal at the end of regulation.

Jared Cook's Oakland Raiders team isn't going anywhere this season. They're already four games back of the AFC West leading Kansas City Chiefs and the AFC is looking deeper than it has in recent years. The Raiders and the Indianapolis Colts are the only teams in the NFC with less than two losses. That means there are 14 teams with better records than Jon Gruden's Oakland squad. This week the Raiders face a Seattle Seahawks team that beat the Dallas Cowboys and lost by only a couple of points to the undefeated Los Angeles Rams.

Cook has been one of the better tight ends in the NFL this season and would be a veteran presence that the Dallas Cowboys could add if they felt like they could make a run at the playoffs.

At 31, Cook is averaging six catches and 78 yards receiving per game. He'd give the Dallas Cowboys someone they could run on post, corner, and seam routes to challenge safeties deep. Something that they're lacking from the tight end position at the moment. Cook is leading the Oakland Raiders in targets, receptions, yards, and is second on the Raiders in touchdowns in 2018.

No offense to Geoff Swaim, who's been surprisingly good this year, but Jared Cook makes this offense better. He allows you to make Rico Gathers your TE3, which would allow Rico to continue learning the game without the responsibility of being a primary target on certain pass plays.

Jared Cook is in the last season of his deal, so you wouldn't have to be committed to him beyond 2018. The perfect rental who could step in and play pretty quickly.

Jordy Nelson - Wide Receiver

I know this team is allergic to adding veteran players, especially veterans over 30, but Jordy Nelson is another name that they should take a long look at.

At 33 years of age, Nelson leads the Raiders in receiving touchdowns and is second on the team with 15.9 yards per reception. He's also third in receptions and second in yards.

His numbers -- 20 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns -- would lead the Dallas Cowboys in all receiving categories.

Nelson's still got some juice left and he's always been a good route runner with good hands.

Here are some highlights from Jordy's week three performance against the Miami Dolphins.

Jordy Nelson Can't Be Stopped w/ 173 Yards & 1 TD vs. Miami!

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Nelson doesn't have any guarantees left on the deal he signed this past offseason so if you cut him in the 2019 offseason, you'd get zero dead money added to your 2019 salary cap, but would get $7.2 million in savings.

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Because of their age and the fact that they'd likely be one-year rentals, I don't imagine that you'd have to give up much more than a fifth round pick for either of these guys. And while I don't think the Dallas Cowboys would take a look at trading for either veteran, it's something they should do if they have aspirations of making the playoffs in 2018.

The Dallas Cowboys offense could use a boost.

What's the most you'd be willing to offer for either Jordy Nelson or Jared Cook?

 



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