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Kellen Moore Making the Draft Process a Little Easier



Draft Blog - Kellen Moore Making the Draft Process a Little Easier

One of the main reasons the Dallas Cowboys are 4-11 has been the play they've received from the quarterback position. When Tony Romo went down in Week 2 with the left clavicle injury, Brandon Weeden was inserted into the starting lineup and after three losses with him as the starter, the Cowboys decided to give Matt Cassel the starting gig. In seven starts, the Cowboys were just 1-6 with Cassel and after an ugly showing against the New York Jets, the Cowboys decided to make the switch to Kellen Moore just midway through the game.

The quarterback position is obviously a big concern in Dallas. With Romo aging, on top of his back concerns and the left clavicle being injured three times, the Cowboys have to start to look into the prospects of adding a quarterback for the future. Over the past two weeks, I've started my draft analysis and the first two players I analyzed were both quarterbacks. I looked at both Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff. Over the next couple of weeks, I'll continue to analyze players that fit positions of need for the Cowboys.

Despite the Cowboys' need to find Romo's successor, it has to be said that Moore hasn't played so poorly over the past game and a half. Sure his numbers aren't terrific, but Moore has shown more than both Weeden and Cassel showed.

While the Cowboys will have a top-5 pick in the draft, one option may be to draft a quarterback like Lynch or Goff, but the Cowboys have Super Bowl aspirations in 2016 and because of that, a guy that can make a more immediate impact might be the route the Cowboys choose to go. If that's the decision, a guy like Laquon Treadwell, Joey Bosa, or even Jalen Ramsey all make sense.

Drafting a quarterback in the first round will mean that the Cowboys will be drafting a guy that won't play, that is unless Romo gets injured. Moore isn't the future at the quarterback position, but he's a guy that can come in and do what is needed. The quarterback class isn't strong in this year's draft.

If the Cowboys want to wait until the 2017 NFL Draft to find their quarterback of the future, it might make more sense. Moore is a stopgap solution at the backup quarterback position. Before drafting a quarterback just to draft one, the Cowboys need make sure he's capable of being a starting quarterback for the next 10-15 years. Whether Goff or Lynch are capable of doing that has yet to be seen.

To view my analysis on Jared Goff, click here.

To view my analysis on Paxton Lynch, click here.

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.



  1. Marilyn

    December 27, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    It's not guarantee, that the Cowboys will be in position to draft Romo's heir apparent in 2017. If I'm the Cowboys, I think drafting a quarterback, in the 1st round, you have Romo`s heir apparent, while still trying to make a run for the Super Bowl, under Romo, still makes sense, and the Cowboys will be able to draft some quality players for other positions to make an impact, especially, if the 2 quarterbacks you mentioned are still available while the Cowboys are on the clock, I would take the quarterback.

  2. Shane

    December 28, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    It's that logic that got the Cowboys into this mess. Quit messing around. Draft a 1st round QB and groom him to be the starter. Think long term, and maybe short term if Romo get's hurt again. Like Marilyn said, there is no guarantee that the Cowboys will be in position to draft a QB high in 2017.

  3. George Johnson

    December 29, 2015 at 12:02 am

    My understanding is that there are not that good of QBs in the 2016 class so Dallas may have to come up with a different plan for Romo's replacement or wait for 2017. I like your support of K Moore as a backup. I think he will improve a lot from here. He is a master at pocket passing but in a non-NFL QB body. So far in the NY Jets and Buffalo games his physical limitations including lacking a strong arm have not been much of an issue. This bodes well for K Moore as this is the main thing that kept him from being the #1 draft pick in his class and a star in the NFL by now. Based on his college production/performance he is an outstanding pocket passer that has only partially shown up in the NY Jets and Buffalo games. He will get a lot better as long as his physical limitations don't get in the way and they haven't so far. I think he needs more 1st team reps, more experience against 1st team defenses and more experience in general and he will continue to grow/improve. I expect a better game from him against the Redskins.

  4. cjprine

    December 29, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Why overreach for a QB in the first round just for the sake of taking a QB! Many of scouts of said QB quality not as good!

    Remember Trent Dilfer is a Super Bowl winning QB, Dan Marino is not! The difference—DEFENSE!!!! Let's get a Safety/and or a CB so we can actually cover

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  5. Zac Fields

    December 29, 2015 at 9:24 am

    You have to take with a grain of salt the "expert" opinions that the quarterbacks in this draft aren't very good. It's impossible to know what they actually mean when they say that.

    Does it mean Goff and Lynch aren't NFL-ready right out of the gate? That's not a problem because the Cowboys already have a starting quarterback they can learn behind for a year or two.

    Does it mean they aren't projected to be good quarterbacks in the NFL at all? Then why does every Mock Draft out there have Goff selected in the top 5?

    We'll have a lot more digging to do to find out if one of these top quarterbacks can be developed into a franchise quarterback. Maybe they will, maybe they won't, but keep in mind that (outside of Tom Brady) teams that win Super Bowls usually got their quarterbacks in the top two rounds. It's just a fact.

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Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills

Mauricio Rodriguez



Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills

Although the Dallas Cowboys won't be on the clock in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, they essentially invested their first pick in Amari Cooper. However, wide receiver remains a need for the team, specially with Cole Beasley heading for free agency. Out of West Virginia, Wide Receiver David Sills is an interesting potential target for Dallas. A quarterback-turned-wide-receiver story, Sills is one of those guys who constantly shows up when you watch his football team play. That's what you want in a receiver.

Let's dive in.

During his time playing for the West Virginia Mountaineers, David Sills was a scoring machine. He scored 35 career touchdowns (15 in 2018, 18 in 2017) and caught over 980 yards in each of his two seasons as a starter. The Big 12 is known for its lack of good defensive backs, which will naturally raise skepticism when discussing how good Sills really is but it shouldn't.

Sills is 6-foot-4 and weighs 210 pounds. His frame is constantly criticized but thanks to his size and his excellent ability to high point the football that shouldn't be an issue. He's one of the best in this draft class when it comes to 50-50 jump balls. He shines the most as a vertical threat, including over the middle of the field, which should be an interesting trait for the Dallas Cowboys. Throughout his career, he was almost indefensible when given the opportunity at deep over the shoulder passes.

Although he doesn't have the best acceleration, Sills' build-up speed can be lethal for opposing defensive backs. Paired with this is his skill to adjust for deep balls, slowing down when necessary to take on defenders.

What I personally like the most about Sills is his play in goal line situations. Whether it's playing inside on a slant or running a fade route, the Mountaineer wide receiver surely made a lot of opposing defenses suffer. Thanks to his background as a quarterback, his understanding of defensive coverages is pretty solid. He manages to find the defense's soft spots and get open constantly.

But why isn't he valued as a top prospect on this year's NFL Draft? Well, unfortunately, there are a few reasons for this.

First off, David Sills had some problems in the "drops" department. He has plenty of body catches that aren't necessary. When balls weren't on target, he often didn't make the play despite counting with a pretty good catch radius. He can greatly improve in his route running abilities and he was challenged by true press cornerbacks, struggling to release early.

For the Dallas Cowboys, Sills could be a solid contributor as a vertical threat and in the red-zone, where the offense struggled so much last season. With the class being quite loaded at wide receiver this year, Sills should be a realistic target even in the fourth round.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Draft: Looking at West Virginia WR David Sills" 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!

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

Jess Haynie



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.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

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

Brian Martin



3 Potential Day 2 Tight End Prospects for the Dallas Cowboys 2

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 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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