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.
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!
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.
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.
2018 NFL Draft: Cowboys to Hold Visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller
The Dallas Cowboys have been
frustratingly unsurprisingly quiet through the start of free agency, as their opportunity to improve at the AT&T Stadium hosted 2018 NFL Draft is rapidly approaching. Offensive line depth remains a team need for the Cowboys, one they're actively looking to address by visiting free agent Guard Marcus Martin while planning a pre-draft visit with UCLA Tackle Kolton Miller.
I'm told UTEP Guard Will Hernandez is another of Dallas' 30 pre-draft visitors. Hernandez joins Alabama WR Calvin Ridley and UCLA G/T Kolton Miller on the list of reported visitors for the #Cowboys. Since 2014, 14 of Dallas' 35 picks (40%) have been pre-draft visitors.
Protecting one of the top quarterbacks available in the draft in Josh Rosen through college, Kolton Miller absolutely blew up the Combine in Indianapolis - entering the draft as one of the most athletic available linemen.
It is this athleticism and versatility that the Dallas Cowboys should absolutely be looking for, if trying to add another "blue chip" player to an offensive line already featuring LT Tyron Smith, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin, and RT La'el Collins.
Kolton Miller with the broad jump world record for an offensive lineman at 10 1 wow
Tyron Smith's health (along with the level of play the Cowboys received at his spot in his absence) and the FA status of Jonathan Cooper are both reasons the Cowboys should consider adding a new, controllable option to their dominant offensive line. Whether this is with the 19th overall pick, or later on with a prospect like Miller, will depend on how the board falls through the first 18 picks of the draft.
With ten total picks coming in, the Cowboys could be positioning themselves for a move up the board to land an impact defender, or an additional piece for Kris Richard to work with in the defensive backfield. Staying home at 19th overall and selecting a player capable of playing swing tackle would not only be a safe option for the Cowboys, but a smart one with Ezekiel Elliott returning full-time to the lineup in 2018.
Without Elliott for six games in 2017, the Cowboys still managed nine wins. This is a point lost to most of Cowboys Nation, especially those watching the entire playoffs without their team in it, only to watch the Eagles hoist the Lombardi. Elliott's impact on each's week game plan for Dallas is hard to understate, and the Cowboys' trust in him begins up front.
Testing as an elite athlete with the film to match at tackle in the Pac 12, Kolton Miller should be a welcome addition to America's Team - getting the opportunity to learn the Cowboys' way with a trip to The Star in his future.
Can Powers of Persuasion Help Make Will Hernandez a Cowboy?
There is no shortage of NFL hopefuls who would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in the 2018 NFL Draft. But, not one of them have used their powers of persuasion to make their intentions known as much as former UTEP offensive guard Will Hernandez.
Throughout the entire draft process, Will Hernandez has done nothing but stand out when given the opportunity. He first started to make waves at the 2018 Senior Bowl, where he pretty much dominated his competition. Then, he improved his draft stock even more by putting on a show at the Scouting Combine.
The 6'2", 330 pound offensive guard has likely cemented himself as a surefire first-round draft pick and is arguably the second-ranked OG in the entire 2018 draft class. He is a plug-and-play prospect for any team who drafts him, but he has made his intentions well known that he would love to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
Back in February, Will Hernandez was spotted hanging out with the Cowboys bookend offensive tackles, Tyron Smith and La'el Collins, to see the premiere of the movie Death Wish, starring Bruce Willis.
@PujolsFive Cowboys fans will appreciate this post!! ⭐️ Movie Premiere #Deathwish Great movie!
To see Will Hernandez rubbing elbows with a few of the Dallas Cowboys talented offensive lineman only strengthened the connection for Hernandez becoming a draft pick by America's Team. But, this wasn't the only time the former UTEP offensive guard was seen out with a Cowboys player.
In March, he was once again seen out on the town with the Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith.
All of this can probably be chalked up to a current player hanging out with an NFL hopeful, but as a Cowboys fan you want to believe it's more than just a coincidence.
The Dallas Cowboys without a doubt need a new starting left guard. It can be argued it's the team's biggest need this offseason and Will Hernandez fits the bill to a T. He would immediately upgrade the entire offensive line and solidify the unit for years to come.
The only problem is, the Dallas Cowboys have already invested quite a bit in their offensive line and taking Will Hernandez in the first round would be considered by some as overkill. I for one wouldn't be opposed to taking him at 19 if he is the top rated player when the Cowboys are on the clock.
It's hard to know if seeing Will Hernandez hanging out with Tyron Smith and La'el Collins improves his chances of being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, but it definitely doesn't hurt. Offensive lines around the NFL perform at their best when they play as a cohesive unit, so developing a bond already could be viewed as a good thing.
Who knows, maybe Will Hernandez's powers of persuasion will pay off and end up being the deciding factor to help him become the next first-round offensive lineman drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.
Do you read anything into Will Hernandez hanging out with Cowboys players?
Keeping Dez Bryant Shouldn’t Stop Cowboys From Drafting Calvin Ridley
With NFL Free Agency buzz at full speed this week, Dez Bryant is one of the most intriguing names in the Dallas Cowboys world. We all know the story. We've been talking about it since last season. Bryant, who was once among the "Top WR of the league" conversation, doesn't look like an elite player anymore.
That doesn't mean he is a bad football player, but the problem is that he's getting paid big time.
The Dallas Cowboys, who have struggled with cap space for many years now, may want to avoid paying $16.5M to a player who isn't justifying his paychecks on the field. Big name and all, it certainly doesn't feel that way.
His lack of production on the field the last three years is concerning, even though he's played with quarterbacks not named "Tony Romo." There are other receivers around the league who have played with bad quarterbacks and have still been able to produce.
Even still, it wouldn't be easy to replace Bryant on the offense just like that. Right now, top free agents are already off the market, so if Dallas wants to replace him, it'd have to be via trade or via the NFL Draft.
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Right now, it seems that Dez is going to remain a Dallas Cowboy and after seeing the contracts other receivers in the league are about to get, who knows if a pay cut will even enter the equation.
Even if Dez keeps wearing the Star every week next season, wide receiver is still one of the team's top needs. Despite the fact that Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten are some very well-known names, the truth is this offense needs a guy who can create separation and be harmful as a deep threat.
This is a draft class with a lot of depth at wide receiver, and the Cowboys could find contributors at the second or later rounds. Even still, if they're on the clock at 19 and Alabama's Calvin Ridley is available, the front office should pull the trigger.
Yes, even if Dez is still on the team.
Despite last year's struggles, we shouldn't lose faith on the Cowboys' offense when it has a lot of talent. We believed in this group to take us to the Super Bowl. What they are missing could just be a new, dynamic wide receiver.
Calvin Ridley is by far the best WR in the Draft this year and will be an impact player anywhere he goes. Despite a poor showing in the Combine, Ridley proves to be worthy of a first round pick on tape. Ideal route-running, great ability to separate and more than enough speed for the NFL.
This would certainly take a lot of pressure off Cole Beasley's shoulders, who was constantly double-teamed last year. Sure, he's still good, but if he continues to run into double-coverage, Dak Prescott and company will probably continue to struggle another year.
It's tough to imagine Calvin Ridley being available at 19, especially with the Baltimore Ravens holding the 16th overall pick. However, some people believe there's a 50/50 chance he's available once Dallas is on the clock. If that's the case, the Cowboys shouldn't pass on this prospect.
Ridley could very well end up being the most productive receiver for the Cowboys in 2018 becoming an essential "best friend" for Dak Prescott.
We've seen how other front offices have made friendly offenses for their young QBs and if Calvin Ridley is what it takes, why even think about it?
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