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How Much Input Will Kris Richard Have in Cowboys Draft?

After a disappointing , the knew they needed to make changes. So far, the the only changes made have been to the staff. They weren't necessarily big changes, and certainly not the ones a lot of wanted to see, but one new hire in particular could be a difference maker.

Yes, I'm talking about the Cowboys new coach and , .

On paper, it looks like a small move on the Cowboys part and definitely a demotion for Kris Richard (the former ), but I think this hiring is all about the future.

It's no secret contemplated retiring after the 2017 season, but ultimately decided to return as the Cowboys defensive coordinator for at least 2018. Beyond that point though it really looks as if Kris Richard will take over as the new DC in Dallas. Why else would he accept a demotion?

I know I'm probably reading between the lines just a little bit here, but I don't think it's out of the realm of possibility. I think things were said, and maybe a few promises made behind closed doors that Richard will take over once Rod Marinelli calls it quits. But the here is, he might just be 's replacement as well.

Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett
Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett and GM (Vernon Bryant/The )

I know Jason Garrett currently has a ringing endorsement from Jerry Jones, but I think he is somewhat on the still, especially if the Cowboys have another disappointing season.

With that in mind, I started wondering how much input Kris Richard will have in the Dallas Cowboys moves, especially in the draft. If Richard is indeed the future DC and possible HC in Dallas, why not start building the team with the kind of players he likes?

We already know the Dallas Cowboys aren't going to be very active in . That's just not the way they have done things these past few years. They prefer to let the market settle before throwing their hat in the ring, which means they will be “bargain shopping” once again.

So, I don't really know how much input Kris Richard can have in free agency. But, the draft could be where we start to see him make an impact in Dallas.

We all know the Dallas Cowboys haven't prioritized early in the draft under the tutelage of Rod Marinelli. But, maybe that changes if Richard has much of a say in the draft process.

This of course is just one example. It could extend to just about any defensive position. Richard might have a different philosophy of what he looks for in certain players than Marinelli. That could possibly change the types of players the Cowboys target come draft time.

We are still a few months away from the , but I think Kris Richard could shake things up in the Cowboys War Room. It's just too bad that we have to wait to find out if I'm right or not.

What do you think Kris Richard's input will be in the Cowboys draft?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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Travis Diggs

Hopefully he has alot of input on the draft coming from Seattle. Let him find us a Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor. He will definitely change that secondary for the best. If we get lucky and get a Derwin James, watch Richard move Byron back to Corner to pair with Awuzie.


I agree with Diggs. I’m going to go out on a limb, and predict that the Cowboys trade for Earl Thomas, to solidify the Cowboys secondary . I also have a gut feeling that the Cowboys , will come out of this draft, in great shape . Down the road this draft will be on the same level with the 1975 draft, that produce the dirty dozen .
As far as Garrett is concern I think this upcoming season he will finally come through and bring home the coveted Lombardi Trophy in 2019. Just my two cents worth .

Michael White

I’m hoping we show putt defensive tackles some love…we need to draft Vita Vea for the 1 put Malik Collins back at the 3 move Irving to right defensive end and let Taco back him up..Allow Demarcus Lawrence to keep his spot and have Tapper back him up..and Allow the others to interchange for depth…i know it’s a drastic change…but it could be a hell of a line…

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