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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook Reportedly The Last Remaining 1st Rd. Grade on Cowboys’ Board

RB Dalvin Cook

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Vikings RB Dalvin Cook Reportedly The Last Remaining 1st Rd. Grade on Cowboys’ Board

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook Reportedly The Last Remaining 1st Rd. Grade on Cowboys’ Board

In an effort to defend the first round selection of Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, Cowboys’ Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones mentioned that there was only one first round-grade remaining on their draft board when they were on the clock.

With this in mind, the selection of a player with a second round grade made more sense for the Cowboys. The question then became, however, who that remaining first round player was.

Of course, we speculated that it might have been Washington cornerback Kevin King, as it had been reported the Cowboys front office was quite high on the athletic defensive back. Yesterday, however, DallasCowboys.com’s Bryan Broaddus confirmed on The Draft Show that it was actually the now Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook with the final first round grade on the Cowboys board.

Considering that Dallas spent a first round pick, and a top five one at that, on running back Ezekiel Elliott a year ago, they clearly were not going to take another back early in this year’s draft.

So, instead, they looked to the next slot on their board, and took their best remaining defensive end. And it’s hard to be too mad at them for that, as long as they are in fact telling the truth about where Taco was on their board.

Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Target: Michigan DE Taco Charlton

There has been some speculation that the scouts, who are paid to work almost year round on building the draft board and scouting college players, valued other remaining edge rushers like TJ Watt much more than they did Taco Charlton.

It was apparently the coaching staff, and specifically head coach Jason Garrett, who banged the table for the big school, full time college end instead of the outside linebacker projection-type player.

This speaks to the Cowboys philosophy on their entire draft class. Instead of making projections on players, looking at what they could potentially turn a player into, they decided to take guys who they have already seen do “it” in college.

They’ve seen Ryan Switzer play in the slot and return kicks. They’ve seen Jourdan Lewis play cornerback all over the field. And, they’ve seen Taco Charlton play defensive end for an entire season.

And while I may be disagree with the direction they went in the first round, the logic at least seems to be sound. Hopefully, Taco Charlton can outplay his projections, and prove the coaching staff right.

Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and am currently a college student. Lets get going.

2 Comments
  • Travis Diggs

    I think it’s about time for the doubters to stop with their up and down opinions on the Stephen Jones and Will McClay draft boards This time last year it was the doubt of Drafting Dak, Before that it was Byron , Before that Zack Martin and Travis Frederick. Why do writers,critics,and analysists believe they know more than the guys who have Ben bringing us Talent for the last couple years It’s becoming ridiculous. I remember everybody had a 6 round grade on Travis Frederick but the cowboys Guess the nay Sayers were wrong about that one lol. The same people mad about the Taco pick A year from now will be riding his jock Talking about “I told you so” I can’t stand fake ass cowboys supporters

    • disqus_jimlaws007

      Amen to everything you said my Cowboy Brother !! I’ve just been setting back, and smiling 🙂 I have visions of what they could do, and began comparing to our 90’s dynasty & saw that we could (Potentially) have a better team w/this group !! I know many will laugh, jeer or be pissed, but is what I believe #DC4L

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