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Re-Visiting The 2014 Draft With The 2016 Cowboys Needs

Welcome to Hypothetical City.

I’m the Mayor, Governor, and President of this land and I’ve come up with quite the hypothetical situation for you to sink your teeth into. I hope that you’re ready.

Pretend that you’re the General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys. Congratulations on the promotion!

You have the exact same needs that the Dallas Cowboys do on today – January 13th, 2016. You’re coming off of a 4-12 season where Tony Romo broke his clavicle twice, Matt Cassel had an intentional grounding call on an interception, and Byron Jones captured our hearts. All of this heartbreak earned you the 4th Overall Pick in the upcoming Draft.

The reason the name on the sign when you drive into town reads “Hypothetical City” is because the pool of players that you’re selecting from is the 2014 NFL Draft Class… and you know everything about them that you do today. Oh AND you already have Zack Martin on your team. Talk about an advantage!

In case you want a list of how that Draft went down, I’m setting this up for you to slam dunk, you can refresh your memory by clicking here.

Shall we begin?

The first three picks are Jadeveon Clowney, Greg Robinson, and Blake Bortles… just like they were in the actual 2014 NFL Draft. You are, with the 2016 Dallas Cowboys needs and knowledge of how this class has performed over the last two seasons, now on the clock. What do you do?

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Are you going to take Odell Beckham Jr.? You could pair him nicely with Dez Bryant and have what would easily be the best wide receiver duo on this planet. If you’re worried about him handling the big media market that is Dallas you could always go Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans if you really want a receiver. Don’t forget that Allen Robinson is an option at this position, too!

How about you go with Khalil Mack? We’re talking about the first player to ever be named All-Pro at two positions now! He would immediately provide a big-time pass rush. I mean, the guy sacked Brock Osweiler five times in a game a few weeks ago. You could use that, right?

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Of course you could anchor the interior of your defensive line with Aaron Donald. He’s been to two Pro Bowls, was a First-Team All-Pro in 2015, and is the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year with a solid shot at the Defensive Player of the Year. He immediately makes your team better.

Ryan Shazier just announced himself to the world with his fine play against the Cincinnati Bengals in last week’s Wild Card Round of the Playoffs. How about him? If Rolando McClain leaves via free agency you could put him in the middle and keep Sean Lee at the weakside spot. And holy moly if McClain sticks around you’ve got a trio of linebackers that puts some serious fear in anyone running into them.

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The same argument can be made for C.J. Mosley or Anthony Barr. Linebackers are always welcome in Rod Marinelli’s defense and maybe Shazier isn’t as fun to say out loud as Mosley or you want a shirt that says “Barr-barian” so you go one of these routes. Maybe?

If you’re still not satisfied, you better hurry though the clock is ticking, there’s always Calvin Pryor or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. You’ve been trying to find that lockdown safety ever since Darren Woodson retired and surely one of these two along with Byron Jones could put together quite the collection of interceptions for your defense.

This is a lot to think about. Take your time.

…oh wait there’s one more position group to consider! My bad!

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Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, and Derek Carr are on the board. Remember now that Tony Romo broke his clavicle twice last season so you really, really, really need a quarterback.

You should probably get one of these guys because that’s what’s going to help you the most this season, right?

Oh.

You mean to tell me that you’re not so sure that Teddy Bridgewater, Johnny Manziel, OR Derek Carr are better than any of the guys that I just named? Are you positive?! They were all thought to be the number one overall pick at one point or another! Teddy’s a game manager, Johnny can scramble, and Derek has a big arm!

You wouldn’t rather have one of those quarterbacks in a limited capacity than literally anyone that I told you about before for the whole season? Remember, remember… Tony Romo broke his clavicle twice. He’s coming off of injury.

YOU NEED TO TAKE A QUARTERBACK WITH YOUR FIRST PICK!

Knowing what you know now… that seems like a silly decision, doesn’t it?

Imagine if that situation had really played out and you, the show-runner for the Dallas Cowboys, took one of those quarterbacks at #4. You were coming off of a season where your worst nightmare became a reality and you caught a glimpse of quarterback purgatory. It was terrible so you took one of the top signal callers. You also left these guys on the board:

  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Sammy Watkins
  • Mike Evans
  • Allen Robinson
  • Khalil Mack
  • Aaron Donald
  • Ryan Shazier
  • C.J. Mosley
  • Anthony Barr
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Is it perhaps possible that any single one of these guys could have been of more use to you than the backup quarterback that you took? Literally any single one?

That’s the situation that the actual 2016 Dallas Cowboys could potentially find themselves in with the 2016 Draft Class.

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There are plenty of members of Cowboys Nation who are advocating for the 4th Overall Pick to be used on one of the top quarterbacks in this Draft Class – my fellow Staff Writer Sean Martin wrote about that here if you’re in that club.

If you’re in my club, we have jackets mind you, then you are against taking a quarterback with the 4th Overall Pick. You can read my argument right here.

Why am I so adamantly against a quarterback, you ask? Because the 4th Overall Pick is the biggest resource at our disposal this offseason. I don’t want to regret it in two years. I want the 2016 version of one of these guys:

  • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Sammy Watkins
  • Mike Evans
  • Allen Robinson
  • Khalil Mack
  • Aaron Donald
  • Ryan Shazier
  • C.J. Mosley
  • Anthony Barr
  • Calvin Pryor
  • Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

They’re out there. Let’s put a Star on one of them.


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If you were facing this hypothetical situation, who would you take? One of the rising stars in today’s NFL or a quarterback for the sake of taking one? Let me know! Comment below, Email me at Roel.Ochoa.Jr@Gmail.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

Tell us what you think about “Re-Visiting The 2014 Draft With The 2016 Cowboys Needs” in the comments below. You can also email me at RJ.Ochoa@SlantSports.com, or Tweet to me at @RJOchoa!

RJ Ochoa

I like long walks on the beach, mystery novels, no just kidding those suck. The Dallas Cowboys were put on this earth for us all to love and appreciate. I do that 24/7/365. I also love chicken parmesan. Let's roll. @RJOchoa if you wanna shout!

28 Comments
  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Loosely translated: Beckham = Treadwell Mack/Donald/Any of the DL listed = Bosa Barr = Jack, with Jack being much better Clinton Dix = Ramsey I do not want Bosa, so turning your hypothetical into what could be the Cowboys board looks something like: Jack, Treadwell, Ramsey and QBs Assuming Ramsey hits the bottom of this list as far as players you would actually take at 4 (I like him, but he's just not over the other three guys with such a high pick), my rankings would go: Jack QB (Goff) Treadwell However, if Jack is gone, suddenly Treadwell becomes second on my board. You're welcome RJ, I drew up a plan to get the Cowboys as close to your boy as I'm going to get haha. Now let's hope Goff is on the board.

  • RJ Ochoa

    But if Goff is on the board doesn't this whole thing make you realize how he's the potential Carr of this class? You're turning down so much talent.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    I'm turning down a star WR, outside of that Goff become the best talent because he's more naturally gifted than Carr

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Based on what? Carr has one of the best arms among young prospects. Goff has size I'll give you that.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Goff makes it look so easy and he's mobile

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Well forgive me if I'm not willing to spend the 4th pick on someone who "makes it look easy," haha. Also JFF and RGIII are mobile if that's your cup of tea.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Yes but they lack the essential QB skill of being able to throw the football

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  • RJ Ochoa

    As Jared Goff lacks the ability to play in all 16 games of the season because of Tony Romo.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Why is that a bad thing? We all need more Romo in our lives!

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  • RJ Ochoa

    What kind of car do you drive, Sean?

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    A Dallas Cowboys/ITS branded Mazda 2 haha

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Looks like in it's good shape. If you could upgrade one aspect of it, what would it be?

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Probably the horsepower in some way, or at least grab a cold air intake and make people think I have more horsepower haha [emoji23]

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Give me a specific part you'd buy. Please.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Cold air intake

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Ok well what if you put me in charge and I just bought you a new engine? It would be cool, no pun intended, but it would just sit in your garage wouldn't it?

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Yeah and then I get way more miles out of this body and frame, etc. the engine blows ups and I'm not scrambling, I just put yours in instead of calling my local car dealership and having Brandon Weeden sell me a car

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Is the engine expected to blow up in the next 12-13 thousand miles? By all measurable tests and calculations?

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Most likely not, can always sell the engine (trade the pick to a QB hungry team)

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Or you could just buy a cold air intake… The part that you actually need.

    [emoji441][emoji98]

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    But here's what happens next. At some point in the future my engine explodes WITH the cold air intake in place. Now I just blew up a more expensive engine, as the Cowboys will be if they have a fourth overall pick talent for years to come but no QB when Romo isn't in the game

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  • RJ Ochoa

    I'm not saying don't get s new engine. But if you're getting a gift from me, the first part yeah you're going to implement into your car, why would you want it to be the engine? Do you need the engine NOW? No. Let me get you the cold air intake and then next paycheck we'll go pick out the engine together.

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    So, Treadwell/Jack and a guy like Sudfeld or Hackenburg later in the draft? Sure hope those are reliable engines

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Well they make it look so easy so we should be good! [emoji854]

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  • http://PigskinHub.com Zac Fields

    All good points, RJ. The only factor I would add into this is a 36 year old Tony Romo instead of a 34 year old Tony Romo. Back then, we all knew we were 4+ years away from his retirement. This year? I think most of us realistically see him playing another two years, three if we're lucky. Being four years out, that's definitely too early to be drafting a guy at #4.

  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Hackenburg makes it look anything but easy

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  • RJ Ochoa

    Zac! Yes! One of us!

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  • http://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/ Sean Martin

    Submitting my paperwork now to just be #TeamMcClay and sit back and watch haha

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