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Dallas Cowboys: What We Learned From The 2013 NFL Draft

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The 2013 draft is officially in the books. All the mock drafts, and analysis went out the door once the Kansas City Chiefs were on the clock. Now all that's left is the debate. Experts will assign draft grades and decide which teams are winners or losers even though we won't truly know who made the right calls until years from now. It's all part of the process.

For now, let's take a break from the hypotheticals and look at what these three days have taught us.

The Cowboys had a clear plan

This draft was all about helping Tony Romo.

After the famous contract extension the Cowboys are all in on number 9. They showed how committed they are to giving Romo the tools he needs to succeed by spending their first three picks on offense. They got the best center in the draft, a pass catching beast of a tight end, and a big wide out who led the nation in receiving yards last season.

Before the second round began, the Cowboys had Romo watch tape on Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams. Tony liked what he saw and the Cowboys brought them aboard.

You can't get more "Romo friendly".

The Felix Jones era is over

The Cowboys were thin at running back and the position was seen as a huge need going into the draft. Demarco Murray is a clear number one but has been sidelined with significant injuries in back to back seasons. Felix Jones is still an unrestricted free agent and hasn't generated much interest from the league.

As the draft progressed and running backs were dropping off the board I began to wonder if the Cowboys were going go without one all together. If so, would they have to bring back Felix?

I didn't have to wonder very long. They selected Joseph Randle out of Oklahoma State in the 5th round. He was projected by many to go in the third round but the Cowboys got him for a huge bargain.

Randle is a very similar back to Demarco Murray. He's big, fast, and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry during his college career and scored a whopping 40 touchdowns in his last two seasons.

I think it's safe to say the Cowboys will no longer need the services of Felix Jones.

The Cowboys are going to wait on finding Romo's successor 

If you read my pre-draft article, you know I was big on the Cowboys drafting a QB to groom as Romo's eventual replacement.

The Cowboys didn't agree. They did not select a QB in the 2013 draft despite the free fall of some very talented options. Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, and Landry Jones were all selected in the forth round.

Two NFC East foes, the Eagles and the Giants, decided it was a good idea. Philly picked up Barkely, and the Giants selected Eli's long term back-up in Nassib.

Maybe the Cowboys will address this need next year, it's just a little unnerving to see two good quarterbacks land in our division.



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  1. J-Turner

    April 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I don’t think the 2013 draft was the time or place to find Romo’s successor. This draft was a QB mine field of hit or miss options. Nothing out there was better than Kyle Orton in the short term or anything worth hanging your hat on for the future.

    Travis Frederick was a reach at 31. This was proven by the fact that a very comparable Brian Schweinke was the next center off the board at 107.

    The Cowboys addressed positions of need in the draft, I just have a problem with the value they got in the trade, coupled with reaching for players after moving down. Another poor effort after a couple of promising drafts in ’11 and ’12 in my opinion.

  2. Ramon Rivera

    April 28, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    After taking a day to reflect, I would give the Cowboys a B- on this years draft. Reason being, Jerry Jones over paid for Frederick in the first round. He traded the 18th pick and passed up on key defensive players such as LB Olgletree and S Elam. Granted they do need major changes with the offensive line, but Frederick could have easily been picked up in 2nd or even 3rd round.

    However, I do believe that the Boys got a bargain on key offensive weapons Williams and Escobar. Fortunately, They have great masters to learn from in Bryant and Witten. Plus, Escobar is gonna be huge at blocking for Romo. Both Witten and Escobar will expose defenses similar to what the Pariots do with their dual TE set.

    Most importantly, my favorite pick was RB Joseph Randal. This beast is threat on all levels. Having him and Murray coming out the back will be unstoppable and plus, Randle is not only reliable on blocking the blitz, but the kid knows how to stay healthy. Last thing they need is another fragile RB.

    Lets all just hope that Jerry Jones’ refusal to draft a young QB prodigy for Romo doesn’t come back to bite him. Granted there weren’t really many options at QB in this years draft, but I still believe that there should have a been someone drafted last year. I’m not to impressed with Orton drive and eventually Romo will get seriously injured with his style of play and lack of protection. Needless to say, I think this year will be another 9-7 or 8-8 season.

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Cowboys Receive 4th-Round Compensatory Pick in 2019 NFL Draft

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Why Finishing 8-8 Improves Cowboys' 2018 NFL Draft Position

The Dallas Cowboys will receive an extra fourth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft after the league awarded compensatory picks today.

The pick will be 136th overall, which is one spot below were Dallas drafted Dak Prescott in 2016.

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And in other news... NFL awarded compensatory draft picks today - Patriots and Rams each received two third-round picks. The full list, per sources:

We have Anthony Hitchens to thank for this extra pick. The former Cowboys linebacker signed a five-year, $45 million deal with the Chiefs last offseason which far surpassed any of the deal that Dallas made with their own free agent acquisitions.

Only free agents whose contracts expired, not those released in the offseason by their previous team, count towards the compensatory pick formula.  Therefore, Allen Hurns' deal was not a mitigating factor.

As mentioned already, the fourth round of the NFL Draft recently gave Dallas its starting quarterback. Other notable fourth-round picks in the modern era have been Hitchens, Doug Free, Marion Barber, and Chris Canty.

Last year, Dallas drafted DE Dorance Armstrong and TE Dalton Schultz with fourth-round picks.

Already short their first and sixth-round picks this year from previous trades, the Cowboys are certainly happy to have this extra selection for April's draft.



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7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

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I thought it would be a good idea to get out another 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft before the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine kicks off next week. Not only will the Combine shakeup a lot of people's big boards and draft rankings, but it will also be the first opportunity a lot of us will get to see some of these players firsthand.

For this Cowboys mock draft I used Matt Miller's big board on Fanspeak.com. I don't necessarily agree with where he has some of these players ranked right now, but that's part of the fun of doing these kind of exercises. With that said, he is still one of my favorite draft analysts.

Without further ado, here is my Pre-Combine 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft.

TE, Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M (2nd-round)

*189th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Jace Sternberger

Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger (John Glaser-USA TODAY Sports)

First off, I think Matt Miller has Jace Sternberger ranked way too low on his Big Board. I don't think he will make it out of the second round and may not even be available for the Dallas Cowboys when they are on the clock with the 58th overall pick. But if he is, I'm writing his name down on the draft card and not looking back.

The Cowboys have made it pretty clear they want to upgrade their TE position, but in order to do that they're going to have to draft one pretty early in my opinion. Sternberger may be a one-year wonder at Texas A&M, but he is exactly what Quarterback Dak Prescott needs in the passing game. He would change the dynamic of this whole offense.

At 6'4", 250 pounds, Sternberger has the size the Cowboys look for in their starting tight ends. His biggest asset right now is his natural receiving ability and how dangerous he is after the catch. He runs and moves like a big receiver. He's decent as an in-line blocker as well, but it's an area of his game that is still improving.

OT, Bobby Evans, Oklahoma (3rd-round)

*89th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Bobby Evans

Oklahoma OT Bobby Evans

It's a little surprising it hasn't been brought up more this offseason, but with Tyron Smith's continued back problems and La'el Collins entering a contract year, the Dallas Cowboys could be looking into drafting another offensive tackle. I know it may be an unpopular pick in the third-round, but I couldn't pass up on Bobby Evans.

At 6'5", 300 pounds, Bobby Evans has the prototypical size teams look for in their starting offensive tackles. He is a smooth athletically gifted lineman who does his best work in the running game. He projects best in a zone blocking scheme where he can use his athleticism to his advantage. He will struggle a little bit in pass protection until he cleans up his hand technique.

With the Cowboys he could compete with La'el Collins for the starting RT position as a rookie, but at the worst be the teams swing tackle in 2019. Since he has the ability to play either tackle position, he would make a good insurance policy if Tyron Smith has to miss time again because of his back issues. Again it may be an unpopular pick, but a necessary one.

OLB, Christian Miller, Alabama (4th-round)

*161st on Matt Miller's Big Board

Christian Miller

Alabama OLB Christian Miller

With the Dallas Cowboys needing more depth at linebacker and defensive end, I decided to select Christian Miller with their first fourth-round draft pick. He unfortunately hasn't been able to showcase his skill set on a regular basis due to being buried on the depth chart at Alabama and some unfortunate injuries, but he has immense potential.

I think a lot of teams will look to draft him as a outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense, but I really like the variety of roles he could play in the Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme. I think he could replace Demian Wilson as their strong side linebacker, provide depth at defensive end, and be a special-teams demon as a rookie.

The Cowboys of course will have to be comfortable with his injury history, but in the fourth-round I don't think that would be a problem. If he can stay healthy he has Pro Bowl potential as a pass rusher because of his size (6'4", 247), athleticism and fluidity to bend and torque his body. This might be my favorite pick in this Cowboys mock draft.

DT, Daylon Mack, Texas A&M (4th-round comp pick)

*178th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Daylon Mack

Texas A&M DT Daylon Mack

The Dallas Cowboys could definitely use some more defensive tackle help, especially after all but washing their hands of David Irving. They currently just have Antwaun Woods and Maliek Collins on the DT depth chart, unless you want to count Tyrone Crawford. That's why I returned to Texas A&M for the second time in this Cowboys mock draft and selected Daylon Mack.

Daylon Mack is a former five-star recruit who never really lived up to his billing at Texas A&M. Don't let that fool you though, he has the talent to earn a starting job with the Cowboys as a rookie at either the one or three-technique. He is the kind of prospect Rod Marinelli would love to work with.

At 6'1", 327 pounds, Mack would provide some much-needed beef to the Cowboys defensive front. He has surprising athletic ability for his size and has a devastating first step to be the kind of disruptive DT Marinelli prefers along his DL. I really love his violent hands and raw athletic ability, and I believe he could be an absolute steal in the fourth-round even though Matt Miller has him ranked much lower.

WR, Jalen Hurd, Baylor (5th-round)

*159th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Jalen Hurd

Baylor WR Jalen Hurd

Outside of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, the wide receiver position in Dallas is pretty dreadful. There are some young WRs who show some promise, but they still need more depth regardless. That's why I decided to take Jalen Hurd in the fifth-round in this Cowboys mock draft. He is one of the more intriguing prospects in the entire 2019 draft class.

The most intriguing aspect of Hurd's game is his background as a running back. He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and was once considered a top RB prospect during his time in Tennessee before deciding to transfer to Baylor in order to switch to wide receiver.

At 6'4", 227 pounds, he has the prototypical size teams look for in a WR prospect. He reminds me a little bit of Cordarrelle Patterson, but is much more natural catching the ball. His route running is a little raw, but he has the ability to play in the slot or on the outside, something he did at Baylor. I think he could help replace some of Cole Beasley's lost production.

RB, Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State (7th-round)

* 206th on Matt Miller's Big Board

Bruce Anderson

North Dakota State RB Bruce Anderson

I reached a little bit with this pick, but if Bruce Anderson is available this late in the draft I would do everything within my power to bring him aboard if I was the Dallas Cowboys. I really think he could be the lightning to Ezekiel Elliott's thunder in the Cowboys backfield. I personally have him in the 3rd-5th round range, but can understand why he's ranked so low on Miller's Big Board right now.

Unfortunately, the draft process hasn't been very kind to Bruce Anderson so far. He was originally expected to open a lot of eyes in Mobile at this year's Senior Bowl, but unfortunately sustained an injury that kept him from competing. To make matters worse, he was a surprise snub at the Scouting Combine, meaning he only has private workouts and his Pro Day to impress scouts.

I for one am a big fan of Anderson's though. I believe he is exactly the kind of RB the Cowboys need behind Zeke. I personally see a poor man's Alvin Kamara when I watched his game film because of the different ways he can be utilized as both a runner and receiver. But, he can also contribute on special teams as a return specialist.

How do you feel about this 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft?



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Cowboys Draft Target: Washington Safety Taylor Rapp

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While most fans are hoping the Cowboys snag a different safety who played his football in the state of Washington, Huskies safety Taylor Rapp should be towards the top of their draft targets on day two.

The Cowboys have some decisions to make when it comes to their back-end, particularly at safety. Do they want to pursue a full time strong safety type who can play in the box, allowing Xavier Woods to play solely as the centerfield free safety? Or would they rather add a hybrid safety who can play in that deep third role, giving their defense more flexibility in how they utilize Woods moving forward?

If their answer to this question is to go with a more traditional strong safety, and slot Woods into one permanent role, then Washington's Taylor Rapp could be the right man in this draft class.

The Player

Taylor Rapp is not the single-high safety that I would typically value high in an NFL draft. He lacks the range to really play that centerfield role, and doesn't have the speed or agility to project to this role in the NFL. No one ever gets behind him, but that's more due to ridiculously deep alignment than excellent coverage skills.

Where Rapp does excel, though, is playing forward and downhill. Rapp is aggressive both in his pursuit of plays and in his tackling. He tackles with good technique as well, and can absolutely lay the wood when coming up to hit receivers over the middle. Rapp plays how you'd expect your old-school strong safety to play, and projects as a split-zone and box safety at the next level.

Rapp isn't anything special in man coverage, but he executes well at times. He's at his best when asked to cover tight ends in man coverage, something which would certainly be valued both in today's NFL and on this version of the Cowboys' defense. I wouldn't be as comfortable lining him up against shifty slot receivers over the middle, but he can match up well physically with tight ends in man.

Overall, Rapp is one of the best tacklers I've seen in this draft class so far, and with his instincts, size and physicality he will serve as a solid strong safety at the next level.

The Fit

I don't see Taylor Rapp as the typical versatile chess-piece the Cowboys have valued when drafting defensive backs in recent years. He does what he does well, but they would be ill-advised to mess with his alignment too often or try to make him fit into a different role. He's not going to move all over the field like Xavier Woods can, but he can certainly fit the Cowboys' current need for a strong safety.

Many fans want the Cowboys to pursue Landon Collins in free agency, but if they strike out there, Rapp could be their consolation prize in the NFL draft.

No, he's not as good as Landon Collins. Let me make that perfectly clear. But for a day two pick Rapp could fit a similar role to what Collins would here in Dallas: a strong safety who will play primarily in the box and cover tight ends in man.



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