With all of the news swirling around Tony Romo and his surgery this morning, is it wrong to spend a quality pick on a quarterback? In their 53 year history the Cowboys have drafted a total of 28 quarterbacks. Jerry Jones spoke today on 105.3 the Fan in Dallas about utilizing a pick on the position.
[quote_box_center]"You’d like to every spring pick up a quarterback. I think the real issue and maybe your question would be, ‘would you seriously consider using a significant draft pick for a quarterback?’ That’s early. That’s way too early to do that with the way things are today with my expectation of Tony’s career, which I think will be for several years to come, it’s too early to be drafting a highly ranked or if you will costly quarterback." -Jerry Jones[/quote_box_center]
It would be under poor judgement to not draft a quarterback with a significant draft pick come May, however Jerry Jones has never committed to drafting them at all. Yes Troy Aikman was drafted number one overall in his first season, but it is of my opinion that Tom Landry would have taken him anyway. The bigger question for Jones is why start now. He has been the owner for the last 25 years and only four quarterbacks have been drafted. One of those (Isaiah Stanback) was never brought in to actually play quarterback.
The other three were Troy Aikman (1st round), Quincy Carter (2nd round) and Stephen McGee (4th round). That would be the recipe for disaster. Aikman had issues with concussions and his back before an early retirement in 2000 at the age of 34, which is the same age Romo will be next year. Until Romo took over in 2006, the Cowboys dealt with quarterback purgatory.
From 2000 to 2006 the Cowboys started Randall Cunningham, Anthony Wright, Quincy Carter, Ryan Leaf, Clint Stoerner, Chad Hutchinson, Vinny Testaverde and Drew Bledsoe before giving Romo the job. Using eight different guys in the span of six years isn't exactly grounds for success. During that period the Cowboys had only two winning seasons and three consecutive 5-11 seasons. Since Romo was handed the reigns he had only one losing season. Which as everyone should be aware of was 2010 when Romo went down with a broken collarbone.
Jerry is the owner and he will always do things his way, but if he truly wants to win like I believe he does it needs to change. If he continues to do it this way he is living up to the definition of insanity. He is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results. Yes this team has holes and a large portion of them are on the defensive side of the ball. However can Jerry really expect this team to win if worst case scenario, Romo has to retire because of an injured back that has required two surgeries in the span of nine months? Do you feel comfortable going into next year with two 34 year old quarterbacks and an un-retired Jon Kitna who is 41?
Jerry Jones it is time you take a quarterback early for the sake of a contingency plan.
2 Longhorns Who Could be Dallas Cowboys After the NFL Draft
Yesterday, I took a look at a few Aggies who have garnered some interest from the Dallas Cowboys during the pre-draft process. In order to not leave anybody out, let's take a look at several Texas Longhorns that could be selected by the Cowboys during the NFL Draft this week when the Cowboys go on the clock.
The Cowboys front office and scouting department has shown interest in Charles Omenihu and Lil'Jordan Humphrey from the University of Texas.
Let's take a look at these potential Dallas Cowboys draft picks.
Charles Omenihu, Defensive Line
There seems to be some debate about Texas Longhorns Defensive Lineman Charles Omenihu. Some see him as a defensive tackle because of his size, length, and athleticism, and others see him as an EDGE.
When I watched Omenihu, I had a hard time with his film. I didn't see a guy that was overly impressive in any area. He has a good motor and a good arm over, but I didn't see a guy that would win consistently on the EDGE in the NFL and was strong enough to be a defensive tackle.
He does have a frame that can add more bulk and strength to his game once he gets into an NFL strength and conditioning program and many scouts see him as a round two prospect.
Omenihu was a very productive player in college. totaling 16.5 sacks over the last three seasons in Austin, including 9.5 in his senior season. In 2018, Omenihu also had 18 tackles for loss.
The Dallas Cowboys met with Omenihu at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and looks like a player that meets Rod Marinelli's size requirements for defensive linemen. The question becomes, where does he play?
I think he could be a good rotational player and push for starting snaps after a year or two, but needs some work on his quickness and agility as well as adding strength. If the Cowboys take him, it would likely to be in the third round, but I'm not convinced the Dallas Cowboys will go after a defensive lineman early in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Projected Round: Late 2nd, Early 3rd
Cowboys Draft Probability: 50%
Lil'Jordan Humphrey, Wide Receiver
The Dallas Cowboys have been heavily interested in adding a wide receiver this offseason and did so with the addition of Randal Cobb. They aren't done, however, with Cobb and Allen Hurns set to be free agents in the 2020 offseason. In that vein, the Dallas Cowboys met with several receivers throughout the pre-draft process including Texas Wide Receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey.
Humprhey is a wide receiver type that they don't have on their roster. At 6-4 and 225 pounds, Humphrey would immediately be the biggest wide receiver on their depth chart. His size provides a nice catch radius and good red zone threat. He scored a lot of touchdowns in 2018.
Humphrey was a productive player his senior season with the Longhorns and caught 86 passes fo 1,176 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had a touchdown rushing. For someone with his size, he had a very difficult scouting combine, running only a 4.75 40-yard dash and didn't do well in the vertical or broad jump.
It's odd to me that a guy standing 6-4 would only jump in the 27th percentile at the wide receiver position.
The Dallas Cowboys have been looking at wide receivers, but it's likely they're looking at guys who are slot receivers or who have sub-4.4 speed. So think of names like Deebo Samuel, Andy Isabella, or Jalen Hurd in the slot. The speed guys they've looked into are Emanuel Hall and Mecole Hardman.
Humphrey is a possibility as the team thought enough of his film to make sure they met with him while in Indianapolis, but I think it's highly unlikely that he hears his name called by the Dallas Cowboys this weekend.
Projected Round: 5th Round
Cowboys Draft Probability: 10%
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One guy I didn't mention that could find his name called by the Cowboys is Cornerback Kris Boyd. He's likely a fifth or sixth round defensive back target, but he hasn't been linked with the Cowboys in the pre-draft process. It's not the most important thing, but they like to draft players that they've met with.
The other thing that makes it unlikely that Boyd wears a star on his helmet is his height. Under Richard, the Cowboys are looking to get taller at cornerback. Most of the corners they've brought in in the pre-draft process are 6-0 or taller. Boyd at 5-11 will get drafted by someone, but it won't be the Cowboys.
The Dallas Cowboys could take a shot on one of these players in the draft that starts on Thursday. Many analysts like Charles Omenihu more than I do, and I can see why. He's a really intriguing player. With Rod Marinelli, he could become a really good player, but he needs some work. If there was a Texas player they were going to draft, it would be Omenihu in the second or third round this week and he'd immediately compete for snaps at 3-tech and right defensive end.
Mauricio’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Full Two Rounds
I can't wait for the 2019 NFL Draft and I'm sure you can't either. We're only a few days away from knowing how things will work out on a draft class filled with intriguing storylines, starting from the first overall pick.
I've written my second and final Mock Draft of the year, this time doing a deep dive into the second round. The Dallas Cowboys don't pick until the 58th spot, the only second round pick for which I have written a brief description. Make sure to let me know what you think about my latest Mock Draft in the comments section below or on Twitter @MauNFL!
Note: This mock doesn't include any sort of trades. Enjoy!
R1/1 - ARI: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The Cardinals find a new QB for Kliff Kingsbury's offense. It's a wild story line, but it certainly seems like a true one. This will happen. The question is where will Josh Rosen end up?
R1/2 - SF: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Best player in the class. Nick Bosa will be a successful pass rusher in the NFL and the 49ers are very luck to see him "fall" to the second overall pick.
R1/3 - NYJ: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
If the Jets can't trade this pick away, Quinnen Williams might be the way to go. Lately, pressure in the interior has grown more and more important in the NFL. Ed Oliver could also be an option here, and his name has been making a buzz at #3.
R1/4 - OAK: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Ed Oliver has been disrespected throughout this process. Many have him falling to the teens in their mock drafts, but not me. The Raiders find an insanely talented defensive tackle at four.
R1/5 - TB: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Bucs get a premium pass rusher for their defense early in the Draft. A quarterback wouldn't surprise me, but they opt for the best player available.
R1/6 - NYG: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Time for a new era in New York. I believe that era begins with Dwayne Haskins, a QB they reportedly like and want in this upcoming Draft. That's a rumor I'm buying.
R1/7 - JAC: T.J. Hockenson, TE , Iowa
Jawaan Taylor has been the most heard name at this pick, but I believe T.J. Hockenson ends up being too good of a player to pass on here. Nick Foles succeeded in Philly with quality tight ends and the Jaguars give him one of the best prospects in the Draft in Hockenson.
R1/8 - DET: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Many doubt how far will Montez Sweat will fall but I have the Lions taking a chance on one of the best prospects in the Draft.
R1/9 - BUF: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The Bills will be tempted to go for a skill player at this pick, but Jonah Williams is a very wise selection. They get offensive line help that can play anywhere they ask him to.
R1/10 - DEN: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Joe Flacco might be the guy for 2019, but the Broncos get a young prospect for the future. Lock can make all the throws and has ton of potential.
R1/11 - CIN: Devin White, LB, LSU
Devin White is your ideal middle linebacker. He has the speed and range needed to be a quality starter in the NFL and the Bengals fill an important need.
R1/12 - GB: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Packers prepare for life after often-injured 30-year old Ryan Bulaga. Jawaan Taylor is a physical prospect with tons of upside at right tackle.
R1/13 - MIA: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Dolphins must get help at offensive line. They start by adding Andre Dillard, a player ready to step in and play.
R1/14 - ATL: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Gary has a lot of athletic talent and the Falcons will try to exploit it in Atlanta. Fourteen is great value for Rashan Gary.
R1/15 - WAS: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Redskins could use a QB, but Josh Rosen might be their way to address that need. Here they find one of the best defensive prospects in Devin Bush. The linebacker class won't look pretty after the top two prospects are gone.
R1/16 - CAR: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
The Panthers need to help their offensive and defensive line. In this scenario the best prospect is on the defensive side. Brian Burns heads to Carolina.
R1/17 - NYG: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Wilkins might end up surprising all of us and be gone earlier than expected. The Giants find a quality interior defender who can rush the passer.
R1/18 - MIN: OL, Cody Ford, Oklahoma
The Vikings need to help their offensive line. If there's no one available, they probably should reach for one. Cody Ford provides decent value, and the Vikings get help.
R1/19 - TEN: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
At 19, Metcalf could be a steal. He's a WR1 in the NFL and the Titans will pair him up with Corey Davis.
R1/20 - PIT: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams has prototypical size for the NFL. The Steelers take the first cornerback off the board.
R1/21 - SEA: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Russell Wilson just got paid and the Seahawks opt to get him a weapon early in the Draft. Marquise Brown is a dangerous play-maker and should thrive with Wilson as his QB.
R1/22 - BAL: Clelin Ferrell , EDGE, Clemson
The Ravens need to invest on a pass rusher. Ferrell has a high floor for the NFL and could contribute right away.
R1/23 - HOU: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Hockenson might be the best prospect from Iowa but Fant isn't far behind. He's a very complete tight end who can block and produce in the passing game. Deshaun Watson gets a new friend at tight end.
R1/24 - OAK: Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
Lonnie Johnson's name has been buzzing in first round rumors and the Raiders could emerge as a possible landing spot. Lonnie Johnson has a lot of traits needed to shine in the NFL and would be a good pick by Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden. Raiders scouts likely won't get a say in this one since they'll be watching the Draft at home.
R1/25 - PHI: Jefferey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Jeffery Simmons is way too good to slip out of the first round. The Eagles are a complete team that can take the risk here.
R1/26 - IND: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Colts could find a WR here, but they own the 34th pick. They'd be better off by securing the safety they want.
R1/27 - OAK: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
The Raiders get another weapon for their offense in Irv Smith, a full-rounded TE. He'll contribute right away.
R1/28 - LAC: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Byron Murphy fills a need and is the best DB available here. The Chargers shouldn't overthink this one.
R1/29 - KC: Garrett Bradbury, OC, N.C. State
The Chiefs should avoid reaching for an edge rusher and wait for later instead. Garrett Bradbury would be an excellent pick. Get Mahomes a long-term center.
R1/30 - GB: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
If Daniel Jones is still on the board here, I wouldn't be surprised if the Packers do the same they did when they drafted Aaron Rodgers. Get a young player with talent for the future. Green Bay has done its homework on the QB class throughout this process.
R1/31 - LAR: DT, Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
The Rams add talent to their defensive line with Dexter Lawrence. At the end of Round 1, Lawrence is worth it. Lawrence is great against the run, but he's also able to rush the passer when needed.
R1/32 - NE: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
With the final pick of the first round, the Patriots get Tom Brady an athletic WR who can get open and has a lot of upside.
R2/33 - ARI: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
R2/34 - IND: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
R2/35 - OAK: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
R2/36 - SF: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
R2/37 - NYG: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
R2/38 - JAC: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
R2/39 - TB: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
R2/40 - BUF: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
R2/41 - DEN: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
R2/42 - CIN: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
R2/43 - DET: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
R2/44 - GB: Nassir Aderley, S, Delaware
R2/45 - ATL: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
R2/46 - WAS: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
R2/47 - CAR: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
R2/48 - MIA: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
R2/49 - CLE: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
R2/50 - MIN: Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M
R2/51 - TEN: Mack WIlson, LB, Alabama
R2/52 - PIT: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
R2/53 - PHI: Elgton Jenkins , OC, Mississippi State
R2/54 - HOU: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
R2/55 - HOU: Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
R2/56 - NE: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
R2/57 - PHI: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
R2/58 - DAL: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
The Cowboys biggest need lies at safety. At 58, the Cowboys aren't likely to find guys like Taylor Rapp or Jonathan Abram. Instead, I think they'll be in the range of Juan Thornhill, Amani Hooker, Darnell Savage and perhaps Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Out of this group of guys, I like Thornhill the best.
He is a great tackler, a natural ball-hawk and a smart player. He would be an excellent player to pair with Xavier Woods and take the Cowboys' defense to the next level.
R2/59 - IND: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
R2/60 - LAC: Dre'mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
R2/61 - KC: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
R2/62 - NO: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
R2/63 - KC: Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
R2/64 - NE: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
Potential RB Prospects Dallas Cowboys Could Target in Each Round
The Dallas Cowboys have been pretty forthcoming about their desire to add another starting caliber running back to pair with Ezekiel Elliott at some point in the 2019 NFL Draft. That would suggest they are prepared to take one as early at 58th overall in the second-round, or at some point in the rounds in which they hold a draft pick beyond that.
Depending on what the Dallas Cowboys mean by "starting caliber", this year's RB draft class offers some pretty intriguing candidates. It's almost impossible to know at this point which RBs might have caught their eye, so I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of these potential candidates they could target in each round. With maybe the exception of Josh Jacobs, every other running back could be in play for the Cowboys.
Let's take a look…
Damien Harris, Alabama
Damien Harris was a three-year starter during his time in Alabama and led the team in rushing in each of those three seasons. He is one of the more complete running back prospects in the 2019 draft class and the most pro-ready. He has excellent vision and instincts, allowing him to evade would be tacklers despite his lack of explosion. He actually reminds me of a slightly less explosive version of Ezekiel Elliott, and if paired with Zeke would give the Dallas Cowboys the best RB duo in the NFL.
David Montgomery, Iowa State
David Montgomery was a three-year starter and an every down back in a heavy zone-read offense at Iowa. He is an ultra-competitive back who broke a lot of tackles during his time in college. He is elusive in short areas with quick, active feet and is quicker rather than fast. He is a good receiver out of the backfield and solid as a pass protector. Overall, he is a starting quality RB capable of handling a heavy workload in the NFL. He would make a formidable 1-2 punch if paired with Zeke.
Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Darrell Henderson was a three-year starter at Memphis and was the lead running back in their zone heavy offensive scheme. He is built (5'8", 208) more like a complementary back in the NFL and is at his best when he can slash and weave through gaps. He's not a grinder and doesn't have the kind of long speed to be a home run threat, but his agility and instincts should make him an intriguing starter in the NFL. He would be a really good complement RB to Zeke with the Dallas Cowboys.
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Trayveon Williams was a two-year starter at Texas A&M and thrived in the Aggies new coaching staff's zone blocking scheme in 2018. Much like Darrell Henderson, Williams is a bit undersize and projects best as a complementary back in the NFL. He is quicker rather than fast, and shows good vision and competitiveness in both the running and receiving game. Despite his size, he is also solid in pass protection, which should help him get on the field early as a rookie.
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Justice Hill was a three-year starter at Oklahoma State and led the team in rushing the last three seasons. He is another undersized running back who projects best as a complementary piece in the NFL. He is a shifty runner with good lateral agility and has shown the ability to be a threat in the passing game as well. His slight frame and small stature is a cause for durability concerns and could limit him as a pass protector as well.
Rodney Anderson, Oklahoma
Rodney Anderson was pretty much a one-year wonder after his breakout season in 2017 at Oklahoma. He has had a run of bad luck throughout his collegiate career due to some unfortunate injuries, but has the size and skill set to become an every down back in the NFL if he can stay healthy. He reminds me a lot of DeMarco Murray with his upright running style and talent as a runner and receiver, but he's not nearly as polished at this point in his career.
Alexander Mattison, Boise State
Alexander Mattison was a two-year starter at Boise State and became the first player in school history to earn the Mountain West rushing title in 2018. He is a crafty runner who runs with good patience and vision, which allows his blocks to develop. He is a big, physical back with only average burst, but his tenacious running style will wear down opposing defenses throughout the game. He is also a factor in the passing game, showing soft natural hands. He would be a solid RB2 and spot starter behind Zeke.
Devine Ozigbo, Nebraska
Devine Ozigbo was a one-year starter at Nebraska and played in a heavy zone read, option offense. He is a hard charging runner who plays with a good burst, but only average long-speed. He is mostly a straight-line athlete, but is surprisingly elusive for a back his size. He has every down versatility due to his skills as a receiver and in pass protection. Like Alexander Mattison, he would be a solid RB2 and potential spot starter behind Zeke.
Elijah Holyfield, Georgia
Elijah Holyfield was a one-year starter at Georgia, but split the workload with D'Andre Swift in 2018. He looks the part of an NFL RB and has pretty impressive film that should get him drafted, but his poor testing numbers at the NFL Combine and his Pro Day will take him off of a lot of teams boards altogether. He is a tough as nails runner, but needs to improve his decision-making and tempo to stick around at the next level. If he can develop his game further, he has workhorse potential.
Bruce Anderson, North Dakota State
Bruce Anderson had a really good four-year career at North Dakota State and was a triple threat as a runner, receiver, and special teams player for the Bisons the past four seasons. He runs with good contact balance and is elusive in the open field, but he doesn't have a real good feel for setting up blocks or choosing the optimal running lane. That could improve with better coaching in the NFL, but right now he's a work in progress. His ability as a runner, receiver, and kick returner is intriguing though and should get him drafted.
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