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Dallas Cowboys Draft: Making A Case Against Ezekiel Elliott

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The Dallas Cowboys currently sit at #4 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft because of their disastrous 2015 season and could go several different ways with that selection.

We have heard the names Jalen Ramsey, Joey Bosa, Myles Jack, and Ezekiel Elliott all mocked to the Cowboys. All four players seem to be legitimate candidates to becoming a part of the Cowboys roster in 2016.

Ezekiel Elliott is an interesting name that has been linked to the Cowboys because running backs have been devalued over the past several years and selecting a RB that high would be considered a reach to a lot of people.

The Cowboys have shown an interest in Elliott recently. First, he was put through a private workout with running back coach Gary Brown and then it was announced earlier this week that he would be one of the 30 pre-draft visitors for the Cowboys.

I for one actually like the idea of the Cowboys drafting Elliott in the first-round, whether it is at #4 overall or in a trade down scenario.

In fact, you can read why I'm all for the Cowboys drafting Elliott here and see for yourself why I believe it's a plausible selection.

However, I do understand why people are against the Cowboys selecting a running back so high in the draft and I will attempt to explain why.

Like I mentioned earlier, the running back position has been devalued over the past several years and it has been proven that dependable RBs can be found later in the draft, at a much more reasonable price.

The reasoning behind this is that a RB's shelf life in the NFL isn't very long due to the physical nature of the position and investing heavily in a RB is considered unwise based on this thinking.

In Elliott's case, it's not only the fact that the Cowboys would be investing a premium draft pick in him, but also the money that is guaranteed for selecting a player that high.

For comparison sake, let's take a look at Amari Cooper's rookie contract, the #4 overall draft pick in 2015 by the Oakland Raiders.

Cooper signed a four year, $22,663,116 contract with the Oakland Raiders, including a $14,742,226 signing bonus, $22,663,116 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $5,665,779.

That's quite a bit of money to invest in a player that may never see a second contract with the Cowboys and that's kind of the goal that most teams have when drafting a player that high in the first-round.

Putting money aside, there's also the argument that Dallas can put just about any running back behind their talented offensive line and almost guarantee a 1200 yard rusher.

I personally don't know if I believe this argument or not, but the success that the injury prone Darren McFadden was able to have in 2015 might just be the proof needed to justify this thinking.

In 2015, McFadden rushed for 1089 yards on 239 carries and scored three rushing touchdowns, despite only starting 10 games. Just imagine what he could have accomplished if he started all 16 games.

This is even more impressive considering McFadden isn't really the best fit as a running back in the zone blocking scheme that the Cowboys use. McFadden is more of a power runner that likes to put his foot in the ground to get downhill.

Another argument against drafting Elliott that has to be considered is the fact that Darren McFadden is returning, as well as Lance Dunbar. The Cowboys also signed veteran RB Alfred Morris during the off-season.

Where exactly will Elliott fit in this RB group?

It is much more likely that the Cowboys add a mid-round running back prospect that can come in and contribute to the RB rotation, than it is drafting Elliott the first round.

So, when the Dallas Cowboys are officially on the clock on April 28 and Ezekiel Elliott is sitting there, they need to remember…CAN'T TOUCH THIS!

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Music video by MC Hammer performing U Can't Touch This.

Where do you stand on the dilemma about drafting or not drafting Ezekiel Elliott with the Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick?

Please feel free to use the comment section below to express your thoughts and opinions on this topic.



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  • Richard Jones.

    I honestly don't see how people can look at our running game production from last season, compared to the previous season…and be content (keeping in mind, this IS a run-led offence). If we want to give ourselves the best chance to win and have all the added benefits a superior run game brings…we need to draft Zeke. If however, we're happy with a half decent run game….crack on.

    • Brian Martin

      I don't disagree with anything you said. I think a healthy Romo helps the running game by keeping defenses from stacking the box like they did a lot of times last season. Elliott would absolutely be a beast behind their offensive line and I like the idea of drafting him.

    • Bryson Treece

      As Brian also pointed out, having Tony Romo and Dez Bryant on the field and healthy makes a big difference. Murray had that for most of 2014; McFadden, Randle, Dunbar, Turbin, etc. did not have that in 2015. The fact that McFadden averaged over 100 yards a game once he got the start is overlooked too often. Gotta stop taking the best rushing season in decades and thinking it's somehow supposed to be normal… It could be normal, but not with that line, Romo, Dez, and others that are equally as important getting paid today's market value. Though I agree, it would be nice if we didn't have a salary cap to worry about, and Jones could just pay for the best at every position. But the NFL doesn't work that way. So a 1,000 yard running back is pretty damned good. And we added Morris, who – at this point – has as much potential in Dallas as Elliott does with any other team. Trust the process.

      • Brian Martin

        Exactly! Trust the process. I think if they view Elliott as a Adrian Peterson type RB, then they should absolutely draft him in the first round. Otherwise, stick to your board and draft the best player available.

  • Bryson Treece

    I like Elliott as well, but at #4? You sort of touched on it with the Amari Cooper comparison, but the Cowboys clearly do not value the RB position at over $5 mil a year, else they would've kept Murray or gone after Lamar Miller this year. A RB in the first round is going to get that much and the team just doesn't want to pay that much money because McFadden did break 1,000 yards on a limited season and stayed healthy. It's a strong testament to the ability of this offensive line to help a RB be better in Dallas.

    • Brian Martin

      I think the Cowboys letting Murray walk was a combination of age and money, but you're right they have a number in mind that they're willing to pay a RB. The fact that they have met with Elliott on two separate occasions I think proves that they are interested, but I would think it would be only in a trade down scenario. It will be an interesting storyline to keep track of leading up to the draft.

    • GiOjeda

      But Dallas was willing to give Murray $5M/yr. last offseason. If they were willing to keep him @ that amount for an "overused" RB & up there in age why would they not pay that for Elliott who is much younger, faster, quickeR for that same amount. I understand it's a big investment for a RB @ the #4 pick but wouldn't it be a great investment for the next 4 yrs? If he gets too expensive after his rookie contract they can always go after another RB, right? I want them to make a great choice…they have to! If they go defense I'm totally fine with at too. I just hope it's an immediate impact player, starter!

  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    I've discussed this at length in private with @Jess Haynie .

    I think there are two schools of thought here:

    1. The Cowboys have the best offensive line in football and thus they SHOULD be doing exactly what they're doing with the runningback position, which is looking for value. The 90's/2000's Denver Broncos did exactly this while running an identical zone blocking scheme.

    2. The Cowboys have the best offensive line in football and thus they SHOULD be trying to leverage that into the greatest run game in football by going after guys like Lamar Miller, Zeke Elliott, etc.

    I align more with the first school of thought, BUT I do think certain situations cannot be overlooked. Is Ezekiel Elliott the next Adrian Peterson? If you were confident in that, I think all bets should/would be off. Yeah, maybe you're trying to find good value at runningback due to your stellar offensive line, but you just don't pass up the next Adrian Peterson because you know teaming up Adrian Peterson (in his prime) with this offensive line would be…. historical…. to say the least.

    To me, it isn't about the cost. It's about what they think Ezekiel Elliott is capable of. If they believe this guy could come in here and lead a historically good ground game, well we've already got good evidence in 2014 of the kind of success this team can achieve. If Zeke Elliott is the difference between the team rushing for 2,000 yards and 2,800 yards next season, you're more than happy to pay him $5 million per year for the next four seasons and in fact you're going to view that as a bargain.

    If Zeke Elliott is not viewed in that way, then yeah, pick #4 is a crazy spot to take him. If he isn't head-over-heels more talented and more productive than Darren McFadden and Alfred Morris, there's no point.

    That's my long-winded way of saying I agree with what you guys are saying, but at the same time if this kid goes off and puts down 3 or 4 1,800-yard seasons for someone else we'll absolutely be wishing we could be paying him $5 mil per year instead.

    • Brian Martin

      I don't think I could've said it better myself. It all comes down to what type of RB they believe Elliott could possibly be behind the Cowboys talented offensive line. Is he in that first tier group with the likes of Adrian Peterson and possibly Todd Gurley, or is he just going to be just a step above being average? It basically comes down to how they evaluate him.

    • GiOjeda

      Great, valid points, Zac! These are almost exactly the points I was making with a few friends of mine over some cold ones last weekend. My view is that if Elliott is graded as the next "Peterson" then why the heck not invest in him??? I mean, they've already invested in ,arguably, the best OL so why would you just "settle" for just any FA running back? This is one of the main reasons a great back is needed…to go with best OL. Besides that, it'll help keep this defense off the field & fresh. I totally get that they need to invest on a great, impact pass rusher, CB and/or Safety . If they go that route the player better be a day one starter…for the next decade!

  • kregg HARMS

    hope san fran wants to trade up for qb and take zeke with the 7th pick. a young stud running back that is going to be under contract for 5 years is something the cowboys need. coach garrett is always preaching competition in camp lets put them all out there and see who the best man is!!! it was proven with demarco that a DOMINANT running game "awesome line +STUD back" can control a game and take pressure off the D!!! we found a veteran to fill in behind this line "that is going to be intact for 5 years" so if zeke doesn`t grade out for a second contract we should easily be able to fill that spot for a one year gig again.

    • Brian Martin

      I think if Ezekiel does indeed become a member of the Cowboys it would have to be in a trade down scenario like you mentioned.

  • RJ Ochoa

    Say we traded back in the first… And say the first two picks are RB & WR, when would you want to take which? So basically Zeke and maybe Coleman or Treadwell and maybe Henry?

    Sent from my iPad using Pigskin Hub – Pro Football Forums mobile app

    • Brian Martin

      If the Cowboys trade back and Ezekiel Elliott is still there I wouldn't even hesitate writing his name down on the draft card. The same goes for Coleman if he's there in the second round. I would also consider Michael Thomas or Sterling Shepard, but I'm higher both of those receivers than a lot of people are.

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Looking Ahead to 2019 NFL Mock Drafts, a Pass Catching Theme Persists

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The Dallas Cowboys haven't played the 2018 NFL season yet, but that shouldn't stop us from looking ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft and seeing what players the team will have their eye on this fall.

With the NFL season fast approaching, that means the college football season is as well, and as we look through these mocks, perhaps you get an idea of whom to watch with a Cowboys perspective this fall.

I scoured the internet looking for the best and brightest minds and their "way too early 2019 mocks." As I perused the mocks, one thing was clear. Many of the national writers see the Dallas Cowboys going with an offensive pass catcher in the 2019 NFL Draft. Namely a TE.

TE Noah Fant, Iowa

Noah Fant, from the University of Iowa, will be a junior in his 2019 season and as a sophomore caught 30 passes for 494 yards (16.5 yards per reception) and 11 touchdowns. The receptions and yardage may not look all that impressive, but if we think about Iowa's offense in the Big 10, we can understand that he's not going to get many opportunities to catch the ball when the team is running it as often as they do.

In fact, the Hawkeyes ran the ball 10 more times per game than they threw it and their quarterback only completed - on average - 15 passes a game.

Fant accounted for 21% of the receiving yards on the season and 42% of the passing touchdowns. He was only 36 yards away from leading the team in receiving despite catching 21 fewer passes than leader Nick Easley. No other pass catcher for Iowa had more than four receiving touchdowns.

If there's something not to like at the moment about Fant, it's his size.

At the moment, College Football Reference has him listed at 232 pounds. There are running backs that weigh more than Fant does and he'll probably need to add about 10-20 pounds in the NFL to be an effective in-line blocker.

Mocked to the Dallas Cowboys by Dane Brugler of The Draft Show on DallasCowboys.com. In a mock draft he did for Sports Day DFW and the Dallas Morning News, he had this to say.

"It is now the post-Witten era in Dallas and unless a tight end on the roster emerges this season, the position could be high on the wish list next offseason. His athleticism makes Fant an appealing up-and-coming prospect."

Dane Brugler - Sports Day DFW, Dallas Morning News

Eric Galko of The Sporting News selected the Iowa tight end to the Cowboys as well, seeing him as a special prospect that has the chance to fill the shoes of Jason Witten.

Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington also had Noah Fant to the Cowboys, thinking they are in need of a Jason Witten replacement.

DE Austin Bryant, Clemson

Depending on what Dallas can get out of Right Defensive Ends Tyrone Crawford, Randy Gregory, Dorance Armstrong, and Charles Tapper, it could have the Cowboys taking a defensive end in the first round for the second time in three years.

Will Brinson's mock doesn't offer much analysis on Bryant, mostly saying that Clemson is going to be good. But here's what Draftek.com's Brett Clancy, who covers the 49ers, had to say about Bryant:

"Clemson's Austin Bryant is the 4th EDGE off the board in this mock and 2nd from his school, but he's still well worth a mid-round pick. Bryant broke out with 8.5 sacks as a junior last year and many thought he'd go pro. I like Bryant's move to stay in school and refine his game, specifically growing a repertoire of pass rush moves to complement his strong edge-setting ability."

Brett Clancy - Draftek.com

Bryant was amazingly disruptive for the Clemson Tigers as a junior, racking up 50 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, and 8.5 sacks. At 6-5 265, he could come in and play right defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys on day one.

DT Raekwon Davis, Alabama

We know that the Dallas Cowboys have an affinity for Power 5 prospects and Jason Garrett goes back with Nick Saban.

Despite that relationship, it hasn't led to many Alabama players being selected by the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps, that should tell us something.

One other factor that could be in play with Davis is dependent upon who the defensive coordinator is in 2019. We all know that Rod Marinelli doesn't place premium draft value on defensive tackles, but prefers to find diamonds in the rough to develop.

If Kris Richard takes over as the defensive coordinator in 2019, the story could be a bit different. Seattle, with Richard at the defensive helm, selected defensive tackles in the second round of the 2016 and 2017 NFL Drafts.

If the Dallas Cowboys are going to spend a first on a defensive tackle, this is the guy to do it on.

He was highly productive as a sophomore for the Crimson Tide, racking up 69 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He also had one interception that was returned for 19 yards. At 6-7 306 pounds, he has the size and frame to be an immediate impact player on the Dallas Cowboys interior.

If the Dallas Cowboys choose not to resign David Irving in the 2018 offseason and Maliek Collins doesn't take a step forward, then Davis becomes a real possibility.

Here's what Draftek's Cowboys analyst had to say about Raekwon Davis.

"Alabama's Raekwon Davis has played both DT and DE in the Crimson Tide's 3-man line. He can maintain his gaps against the run when needed, but his primary skill set is using his long arms and strong lower body to use a variety of pass rush moves to win with power and speed. 

"One red flag on Davis happened 8/27/17: he was struck in the leg by a stray bullet during the wee hours of Sunday morning at a Tuscaloosa bar (Bar 17) where several shootings have occurred over the past few years. Despite HC Jason Garrett's affinity for Nick Saban coached players, this incident might remove him from the Dallas board."

Long Ball - Dratek.com

Interestingly, Draftek did a second round in this mock and they sent Boston College Safety Lukas Denis to the Dallas Cowboys.

S Jaquan Johnson, Miami

Speaking of safeties, Dan Kadar over at SBNation sent one to the Dallas Cowboys in the form of Jaquan Johnson.

Johnson, from the University of Miami, was very productive in his junior season for the Hurricanes, racking up 96 total tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and four interceptions. He returned one of those interceptions for a touchdown.

Here are Kadar's thoughts on the second team All-ACC player:

"There was a lot of talk during the draft that the Cowboys were in talks to trade for Earl Thomas. If they want to address safety next draft, Johnson was a second-team all-conference player who some thought would go pro."

Dan Kadar - SB Nation

Obviously, this pick will depend on what happens with Earl Thomas over the next nine months and the development of Xavier Woods, but Johnson will be a name to watch for teams that need a safety.

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Miami Hurricanes WR Ahmmon Richards

WR Ahmmon Richards, Miami

Another Hurricane to have on your NFL Draft radars is Wide Receiver Ahmmon Richard, who is going into his junior season at Miami.

The Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of overhauling their wide receiver corp with the departures of Dez Bryant and Brice Butler in the 2018 offseason. In 2019, it's likely that Terrance Williams (contract) and Cole Beasley (age) could be next to go.

That would leave them with Michael Gallup, Allen Hurns, Tavon Austin, Deonte Thompson, Noah Brown, and Cedric Wilson as their WR depth chart. It's certainly a solid group, but adding a talent like Richards could help.

The Draft Wire's Luke Easterling believes, "Richards would be another great addition with impressive size and speed."

In two seasons at Miami, Richards has averaged 18.8 yards per reception, and 68.65 yards per game. He's got deep-threat ability which would combine well with Gallup and Hurns.

WR Collin Johnson, Texas

If Richards doesn't do it for you, then lets head a couple of hours south of Dallas to the University of Texas and Wide Receiver Collin Johnson.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller has the Dallas Cowboys going with the junior wide receiver and had this to say:

"The Dallas Cowboys made interesting moves at wide receiver in the 2018 draft—trading Ryan Switzer to Oakland, acquiring Tavon Austin from Los Angeles, not selecting a receiver early—and will head into the upcoming season with a need for a playmaker down the field. Texas' Collin Johnson at 6'6" can be the downfield weapon and red-zone nightmare the Cowboys so badly want.

"Johnson does need to improve upon his production from the last two seasons and prove to scouts he can run well enough to separate from NFL defenders, but his size and hands are already getting buzzed about as teams prepare for the upcoming college season."

Matt Miller - Bleacher Report

I'll agree with Miller that Johnson will need to increase upon his production. Some believe that the quarterback limitations in Austin have been a factor, but at the moment, I'm leery of taking a wide receiver from the Big 12 that doesn't have excellent production in the first round of the draft.

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It's obvious from these mock drafts that analysts see the Dallas Cowboys continuing to invest in pass catchers for their offense and that is a reasonable thought.

Obviously, a lot will change between now and next April when the Dallas Cowboys go on the clock, but this gives us a bit of insight on who to watch in this upcoming college football season.

What names will you be watching in college football this season?



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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

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Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?

Last night, it was reported that Dallas Cowboys Cornerback Marquez White has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The incident comes from a traffic confrontation that took place back in October, where White -- according to his camp -- was justified in drawing his weapon for self-defense.

A promising young player that stuck on the Cowboys practice squad in his rookie season, the sixth round pick doesn't need this case hanging over his head as training camp approaches. When considering the timing up against this week's supplemental draft, and the rare crop of defensive back talent available in it, White could soon be fighting for relevance on the Cowboys roster.

Becoming complacent in building one of the best young secondaries in the league won't be an issue for the Cowboys under new Passing Game Coordinator Kris Richard. The Cowboys were relying on White to be a depth option behind projected starters Byron Jones, Chidobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis.

White's spot on the depth chart may very well hold up, but by the end of the week he could also have added competition in Adonis Alexander or Sam Beal.

Respectively, the former Virginia Tech and Western Michigan cornerbacks are two of the most talented supplemental prospects to enter the draft in years -- both likely to be the first players drafted since 2015.

Alexander and Beal are also joined by Mississippi State Safety Brandon Bryant as another backup option for Dallas.

Supplemental Draft: CB Adonis Alexander A Depth Option for Cowboys? 1

A lengthy cornerback with the toughness to play on the boundary, Alexander is a similar player to White, and one that Richard should love for his physical traits. Whether or not this natural skill outweighs some maturity issues that saw Alexander fall from freshman starter to suspended at VT will determine if the Cowboys feel comfortable sending away a 2019 draft pick for his services.

Where Alexander's career leaves his arrow trending downward on the eve of the supplemental draft, Beal is a rising prospect that some are calling the best to ever enter this draft.

An all-conference cornerback as a Junior out of Western Michigan, Beal improved with each passing college season, determined to finish out his degree along the way. However, once Beal's eligibility for his Senior season was called into question, the feisty 6'1" CB decided to turn towards the NFL.

Beal's professional football faith is now in the hands of any team that's done their homework on him. Projected to be taken as early as the third round, teams impressed by Beal's tape could be giving away a premium pick in next year's draft to add him just before training camp.

Should this team be the Cowboys, Beal's presence would put more than just White on notice. The Cowboys are also expecting corners like Duke Thomas and Kam Kelly to fight for roster spots. In a perfect world, say the one the Cowboys were living in yesterday before this White news broke, Thomas or Kelly could replace White on the practice squad as the Florida State product took another jump in Oxnard.

Cowboys CB Marquez White Could Emerge in 2018

Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White

As I've written before though, teams must be relentless in their search for talent. The Cowboys have drafted well, but passed on big name free agents in recent years. The result is a young roster full of potential and ready to compete.

If either Adonis Alexander, Sam Beal, or even Brandon Bryant help them do so this year, we could be right here talking about a new Cowboys rookie in the middle of July. Marquez White would be happy to see this talk overshadow his legal situation for the moment.

This won't be the case when he's competing against another player that will likely cost the Cowboys more than the sixth round pick they invested in him two years ago.

Tell us what you think about "Does Marquez White Assault Charge Alter Cowboys Plan in Supplemental Draft?" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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