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#TeamRamsey: Why To Root For A Colin Kaepernick Trade

RJ Ochoa

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Cowboys Headlines - Hypothetical: A Traded Colin Kaepernick Nets Cowboys Jalen Ramsey

If there's one thing that I enjoy, it's a good hypothetical. Welcome to Friday!

The NFL world got seriously Brocked when a quarterback named Osweiler up and left the World Champion Denver Broncos to head down to Houston, TX. In lieu of Brock the Brock-nos, aka the Broncos, are looking around the NFL town for his replacement.

A popular name that has been thrown around over the last 36 hours has been that of the Super Bowl XLVII losing quarterback - Colin Kaepernick.

Kaep is currently under contract with the San Francisco 49ers and therefore would have to be traded to the Broncos. As fate would have it Denver isn't the only team interested in his services. Word surfaced on Thursday that the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets have also shown interest.

How is this relevant to the Dallas Cowboys? Oh, just because it could be the key to Jalen Ramsey landing in their lap come Draft Day on April 28th. Allow me to explain.


Step 1: Colin Kaepernick Is Traded

We want Colin Kaepernick to be traded, but him going to Cleveland doesn't help us at all. So say the experts are right and he lands in the Mile High City.

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This would obviously mean that the 49ers are in the market for a franchise quarterback. Why obviously? Because no one in their right mind, even Chip Kelly, is going to hitch a career-defining year to the wagon of Blaine Gabbert.

But RJ... there are no more big-time free agent quarterbacks. I know RGIII is out there and you like him, but where would the Chipster get his new QB?

I'm glad you asked! There are a few things that we know Chip Kelly loves: Smoothies, Destroying NFL Franchises, and Making Trades. It's that last one that leads us to part two of this plan (don't even get me started on plans...).


Step 2: The 49ers Trade For The 3rd Overall Pick

We're assuming here that Chip gets his way and finds a way to trade up from #7 Overall to #3 where the San Diego Chargers sit. Why? For his quarterback, of course!

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It was only one draft ago that Chip Kelly tried all the way through the eleventh hour to trade everything that the Philadelphia Eagles are worth, which isn't much, to the Tennessee Titans for the #2 Overall Pick. He wanted his quarterback in Marcus Mariota and failed to get him. The season was one to forget for Kelly as he didn't even last its full length before being fired.

Chip knows that his career and reputation are on the line with his stint in San Francisco. With Kaepernick gone he will absolutely know that he's going to need to have a franchise quarterback that can keep him around for a long time. Having failed a year ago at trading up that high Chip now definitively knows what it takes to climb up there and will succeed so he can finally get his quarterback.


Step 3: Tunsil, Quarterback, Quarterback

Chip Kelly's biggest mistake in Philadelphia was signing DeMarco Murray to be his lead running back. That experiment failed so miserably that the Eagles banished DeMarco to NFL purgatory - The Tennessee Titans.

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Tennessee now has Murray plus a sophomore quarterback in Marcus Mariota who showed a lot of promise his rookie season. What's the best way to ensure their future success? A stud left tackle, which is who Laremy Tunsil will become. There's the first pick in the NFL Draft.

The Cleveland Browns will then be on the clock. If they have Kaepernick then their options are pretty wide, which is why we don't want them to land Colin. Cleveland is even lower on the NFL totem pole than Tennessee and are drastically in need of a makeover from top to bottom, and that starts with the quarterback. Hue Jackson will take the future of the Cleveland Browns in Jared Goff/Carson Wentz. Chip Kelly and the 49ers would then take the quarterback that Cleveland doesn't.

If the Chargers keep the 3rd Overall pick then they are a potential landing spot for Jalen Ramsey. They have a void to fill at the safety position given that they let Eric Weddle walk away. They are the biggest hurdle to get over in terms of putting a Star on Jalen Ramsey's helmet. Chip Kelly trading with them for a quarterback eliminates that threat entirely and sets the Cowboys up nicely.


Step 4: Draft Jalen Ramsey

Sometimes it really is that simple.

Hypothetically if Colin Kaepernick is traded and Chip Kelly is Chip Kelly then things can work out pretty nicely for the Dallas Cowboys at #4 Overall. Let's hope that it happens.

What do you think of this hypothetical? Let us know! Comment below, Email me at RJ@RJOchoaShow.com, or Tweet to me at @rjochoa!

 

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Cowboys Draft Target: Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

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Cowboys Draft Target: Kentucky CB Lonnie Johnson Jr.

Since Kris Richard has taken over the back-end of the Dallas Cowboys defense, they have clearly shown a bias towards a "type" of cornerback. Richard, looking to build this Dallas unit in a similar form to his Seattle teams, has prioritized long corners both in height and arm length.

As his responsibilities within the organization increase, it's only fair to expect Kris Richard to have more say in who the Cowboys' defense acquires in terms of talent. This means we should anticipate more defensive backs who fit his type, such as Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr.

The Player

So why does Lonnie Johnson fit the mold of what Kris Richard tends to look for? Well, for starters, he is 6'3" and 206 lbs with 32 1/4" arms. He's a long corner with excellent size and the trait profile which indicates he could be the perfect candidate to play cornerback in Dallas.

But while he might look great on paper, the tape is always the most important factor for evaluating and projecting talent. And, for Johnson, the tape isn't all-that great. Despite his length, Johnson struggled mightily in press-man coverage at Kentucky. Too often he is late or ineffective with his hands, leaving him susceptible to being blown by by the opposing receiver. He often loses balance due to poor footwork, and is rather average with his hips and quick change of direction.

Where Johnson was his best in college was in zone coverage, playing his deep third of Kentucky's cover-three look. Rarely did he allow receivers behind him in zone coverage, and displayed good instincts when deciding whether to jump routes or play more conservatively when playing in that deep third. He was not nearly as comfortable underneath, and Kentucky didn't ask him to play in that role too often. Because of how big he is, Johnson is able to contest at the catch point regularly, yet he only deflected 9 passes in 2 years.

What gives me the most hope for Lonnie Johnson as a prospect (besides his length) is his Senior Bowl performance. Johnson impressed daily at the Senior Bowl, looking more comfortable in man coverage and playing much better in his press technique.

Was this Johnson becoming more comfortable over time and a sign of things to come at the next level, or was it an anomaly that we shouldn't read too much into? The answer to that question is up to the individual teams, but his combine performance will play a huge role in how those teams answer.

The Fit

As I've discussed already, Lonnie Johnson Jr. fits what Kris Richard tends to look for in his cornerbacks. He is long, tall, and relatively athletic, making him a clay piece for a coach like Richard to develop.

The question is, however, how much development can really occur? The highs for Johnson are rather high when he maximizes his natural abilities on the field. But too often he is sloppy in technique, or looks lost in man coverage. Whether or not Richard can "fix" Johnson completely may never be seen, but teams (especially this one) could fall in love with him as a prospect for what he can become if it all comes together.



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Cowboys Draft Target: Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson

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Cowboys Draft Target: Oklahoma Sooners RB Rodney Anderson

NAME: Rodney Anderson

SCHOOL: Oklahoma

CONFERENCE: Big 12

POSITION: Running Back

CLASS: RS Junior

JERSEY: No. 24

RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star

HT: 6'1"

WT: 219

D.O.B.: 9/12/96

Highlights:

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Before we get into the player, we should really try to get to know Rodney Anderson the person. He attended Katy High School in Katy, Texas, one of the powerhouse HS football programs in the state. He was a four-star recruit who received offers from Auburn, Baylor, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma. He originally committed to Texas A&M, but changed his mind and decided to go to Oklahoma instead. He had an up-and-down career on the football field at Oklahoma because of injuries, but did graduate with a degree in Arts and Sciences in May 2018 and is pursuing his Master's in Human Relations.

Pros:

Rodney Anderson has the ideal size and athleticism to become a featured back in the NFL. He shows good patience and vision on film to allow his offensive lineman to secure their blocks before sticking his foot in the ground and exploding through the hole. He runs behind his pads and shows good strength, loose hips, and balance to run through arm tackles. More than capable of picking up those "dirty yards" and is surprisingly slippery as a runner in the open field.

Anderson is capable of playing in a power scheme or a zone heavy scheme like the Dallas Cowboys deploy. He has been featured in a number of rushing concepts including gap/power, read action, and power sweeps. His talent also carries over to the passing game. He possesses soft hands and looks natural catching the ball both out of the backfield and down the field as a receiver. Solid in pass protection, but this is an area of his game where he can improve.

Cons:

The biggest negative about Rodney Anderson is his injury history at Oklahoma. He is basically a one-year wonder because of three separate season-ending injuries, but bad things happen in three so maybe that's behind him. Durability will be a question mark entering the NFL though.

His vision is sometimes questionable, especially on inside and outside zone reads. Has a tendency to to try to bounce runs to the outside too often or cut back too quickly. Shows good explosiveness, but only average burst through the hole. Seems to have adequate long speed on tape, but is 40 yard dash time will be heavily scrutinized if he's able to run at the NFL Scouting Combine.

In the passing game he needs to improve his route running and pass protection if he wants to be a three-down back in the NFL. The talent is there, just not the production and consistency. Will also have to prove he can be productive against stacked boxes at the next level since he rarely saw any in college due to Oklahoma's spread offense.

Cowboys Fit:

If the Dallas Cowboys are looking for a running back capable of being a featured back in the NFL, while also spelling Ezekiel Elliott from time to time, then Rodney Anderson is there guy. His combination of power, balance, explosiveness, and scheme diversity could come in handy as their RB2. Not only would he provide a good insurance policy if the unthinkable were to happen to Zeke, but he could take over if they decide not to give No. 21 a contract extension.

There is a lot to like about Rodney Anderson's game and his ability to contribute in the running and passing game, but he is not by any means a clean prospect. Despite his immense talent, his injury history and lack of consistency in college is bothersome. But, as a mid-round pick the reward far outweighs the risks. Paired with Elliott, the Cowboys could have a formidable one-two punch in their backfield and could pound opposing defenses into submission.



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Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

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Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

Our search for a new pass catcher for the Cowboys in this years' draft class continues, this time with a wide receiver.

South Carolina's Deebo Samuel put himself on the map with a strong Sophomore season, but fell off a bit due to a severe leg injury early in 2017. After a strong 2018 campaign, and an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, Samuel has played himself back into early Day Two draft discussions.

The Player

I don't know that anyone "won" Senior Bowl week more than Deebo Samuel did this January. Samuel, who had to deal with some poor quarterback play throughout his college career, didn't get much of a break in that department either at the Senior Bowl. But, he did show out every day at practice, and seemed to go viral on Twitter at least once a day.

During his actual collegiate season, Samuel finished with 882 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 catches, solid production especially coming off an injury and playing in a limited offense. Initially in the NFL, Samuel is going to make his money in the slot. He's a shifty yet explosive receiver type than can quickly beat defenders with his speed. He's not the speedster than someone like Marquise Brown is, but he is explosive enough in his own right, especially in terms of short-area quickness.

Samuel isn't someone who will go up and grab the ball consistently, or even make up for inaccurate throws as often as some others might be able to. But he does have reliable hands, and his ability to get open quickly and create separation should give someone like Dak Prescott easy windows to find him in for completions.

What makes Deebo Samuel so fun for me to watch, though, is his ability after the catch. Despite his lack of size, Samuel is tough as nails, and rarely defers out of bounds or avoids contact. He's built well enough to withstand that contact as well, and when he gets free, he's hard to catch and bring down.

The Fit

Drafting Deebo Samuel 58th overall would be a heck of a haul for the Dallas Cowboys. In need of another playmaker in the passing game, the Cowboys could make immediate use of Samuel's talents in 2019, specifically as a slot receiver.

As has been mentioned ad nauseam, it seems unlikely that Cole Beasley will be returning to the team this season, which makes the need for a slot wide-out that much greater. Samuel has big play ability from the slot already, and has traits which project him to potentially work outside as well. If he tests well enough at the combine, reps on the outside could very well be in his future.

Samuel should be on every Cowboys fans' shortlist of draft targets in the second round this year.



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