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Dallas Cowboys Draft: Jared Goff Film Review



Draft Blog - Dallas Cowboys Draft: Jared Goff Film Review

Because the Dallas Cowboys have a top-5 pick in this year's draft, this draft is a great time to look into drafting the successor to Tony Romo. The first two options that come to mind in this year's draft class are Memphis' Paxton Lynch and California's Jared Goff. I completed my analysis of Lynch and if you want to check out that article, you can view the link here. Today I decided to watch Goff on film and tried figuring out how he fit as a member of the Cowboys.

The first thing that jumps out on film to me is Goff's natural pocket feel. The starter for three seasons at California, Goff really specializes in the system he's in. For example, from multiple games I've watched, I've seen California rely on the same third down play. The problem I have with Goff is that he is truly dependent on the system he's playing in, and because of that, it's hard to fully get a grasp on how his play will translate to the professional level.

I think he might struggle making plays on his own at the professional level, but if he is placed on the right offense and put behind a good offensive line, Goff will have the ability to go through his progressions and get the football out to his playmakers with accuracy, which is what he is best at.

There are a ton of concerns regarding Goff's arm strength, one thing that many quarterbacks struggle with in the NFL. However, Goff's intelligence as well as his accuracy do a good job of counteracting that flaw. One thing I've seen with Goff is his solid ball placement.

This throw is a perfect example of how Goff knows where to throw the football to put it where only his receiver can bring in the football.

Going back to earlier, I really like Goff's naturalness in the pocket. At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Goff has good stature, especially for today's prototypical quarterback. He's a little thin and he looks a little awkward with his slender body as well as his release, but Goff's footwork is spectacular and, despite not being the most athletic guy in the world, Goff does enough to evade pressure and get the ball out, as is the case by the throw shown below:

I like Goff at the line of scrimmage. His experience shows each time he takes a snap. Since his freshman campaign, Goff has improved in this regard. He sees the field really well. When defenses play zone, Goff can simply pick apart a defense. Goff is quite intelligent with the football as well. He threw a few questionable interceptions this past season, but his anticipation skills are terrific and his overall decision-making is quite remarkable given being just a college quarterback.

When you pair all of this intelligence and quarterback makeup on top of being in an NFL scheme at the collegiate level, it's easy to see why many teams (such as the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns) are going to be interested in Goff. Goff makes so many NFL-passes throws. This next throw is probably my favorite one from the film.

In this throw, Goff looks off a read before finding his target. Goff's anticipation skills allow him to make a throw in between three defenders. Teams will see this throw and simply be wowed.

The next pass I put in here was another example of how well Goff can anticipate the defense and get a pass accurately in a small window.

Watching film on Goff, it's safe to say that he stays away from taking the chance on deep passes. Goff likes to drive down the field rather than put the ball down the year. Here's one of the first deep-balls I've seen from Goff and despite the arm strength issues, it was a good ball. More importantly, the way Goff squares up and launches the football impresses me the most.

How does Goff fit in Dallas? In the end of it, I'm a big fan of Goff. In fact, I trust Goff more at the NFL level than Lynch. In terms of how he projects to the Cowboys, Goff fits quite nicely. Obviously, Romo does it really in terms of the offense. But really, Scott Linehan's offense is very vanilla in its approach.

Linehan doesn't ask much from his quarterback. Knowing that, if Goff is placed behind the likes of Tyron Smith, La'el Collins, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin for the bulk of his career, Goff will be able to get the football to guys like Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten (that is if he hasn't retired by the time Goff takes the reins of the offense).

If Goff was Dallas' pick in the first round of this year's draft, I wouldn't be opposed to it at all. It sucks to not watch your first-round pick play, but drafting Goff assures the Cowboys a quality understudy and a potential great quarterback waiting to take over. Goff has the tools to be a superstar in the NFL, and I believe he has the skills to do just that with the Cowboys.

Games watched: USC and UCLA

Next up on the docket: Connor Cook

An online sports writer for about three years now, Ryan is a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. He writes about his favorite team on Inside The Star. Ryan also writes for other publications like Roster Watch, Rant Sports, and Cuse Nation. Ryan is a freshman at Syracuse University majoring in Information Management and Technology. You can follow him on Twitter @RyanRattyNFL.

  • Robert

    I agree with you 100%. Goff is going to be special

  • Marilyn

    As a matter of fact, I would take Goff over Lynch

  • Zac Fields

    I've actually seen some mock drafts that don't have Paxton Lynch going until the 2nd round. There are some out there who just don't have him ranked very highly and they must believe the combine process will shake some of that out.

  • cjprine

    I guess my question is besides the height- what's different than kellen Moore? (I'm not on his bandwagon) BUT most of what u just said—lack of arm strength/intellect etc is exactly what we're said about Kellen Moore!!! So why waste a first round pick when we can get a more raw but maybe more upside later in the draft? Just my thoughts! I question on going after a QB just to go after a QB in the first round

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  • Mr. Bamboozaul

    If there is a quarterback on the board, when the Cowboys select, and the quarterback is the highest rated player on the board, take the quarterback, period.

  • cjprine

    I agree

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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.

Will Hernandez on Twitter

Huge blessing being surrounded by players like this 👊🏽👊🏽

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



Butch Dill / Getty Images

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.

Jane Slater on Twitter

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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2018 NFL Draft: What Cowboys Look For In LBs

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Draft Target: BYU LB Fred Warner

As we continue to move through the Cowboys' positions of need and construct their overall draft board, we now take a look at what Dallas tends to look for in linebackers.

The Cowboys have some real questions to answer within their linebacker corps this offseason. Sean Lee is an obvious stud, but his injury history makes him a bit unreliable. Jaylon Smith began to come along later in the season, but how much better will he be in 2018? And then, of course, there is the impending free agency of Anthony Hitchens the team must deal with.

The Cowboys will certainly be looking at this somewhat-deep linebacker class in the upcoming draft, and after reviewing what their "type" has been in the past, a few prospects stood above the rest.

Kevin Brady on Twitter

And here it is for LB. Better set of training data so should be more predictive of future picks. LVE is a freak athletically.

For starters, Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds must have been built in a lab. At 6'4" 253 pounds he is much bigger and stronger than the typical Cowboys linebacker, but his athletic testing all exceed the normal thresholds as well. He is significantly faster and more athletic than the typical Dallas draft pick, and would be an excellent candidate with the 19th overall pick. Unfortunately, I don't anticipate him being their for the taking.

Iowa's Josey Jewell is an interesting prospect to evaluate. A rather reliable player on film, Jewell also passes each of the athletic thresholds set by Dallas in previous years. Well, besides his 40 time, which is nearly a full second slower than their average selection. Still, considering his tape, short shuttle, 3 cone, and broad jump, I expect him to be a potential target for the Cowboys on day two.

The 2 linebackers which fit the Cowboys' plan best, however, are BYU's Fred Warner and Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch.

As seen on the spreadsheet, Vander Esch is a certified freak by Cowboys' standards. He greatly exceeds each of Dallas' athletic markers, and does it all at 6'4" and over 250 pounds. Like I said, he's an athletic freak in the eyes of the Cowboys.

Warner is just below the average weight in previous years (by only 2 pounds), but he is much more athletic than players we've seen the Cowboys draft since 2011. He is converting from more of an EDGE-type role in college to being a full time off-ball linebacker, and so far he has looked comfortable doing so at the Senior Bowl and Combine.

Considering the struggles the Cowboys have had on defense as of late, finding these younger and faster players should be a priority. And, as indicated by the testing of their previous draft classes, the Cowboys should be able to upgrade on that athleticism during the 2018 NFL Draft.

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