As the NFL combine continues on today, the Dallas Cowboys have been making waves by interviewing Cam Newton. As Tyler pointed out in an earlier blog post, this would be a terrible idea and a waste of a first-round pick.
More than anything, I think this more hype than substance. Jerry Jones may go crazy and take Newton, but I doubt it. If anything, the Cowboys’ apparent interest will do nothing but artificially increase the stock value of Newton, something that could be an advantage to the ‘Boys. If their talks could make teams like the Carolina Panthers, the Buffalo Bills or the Arizona Cardinals rethink their quarterback situations, Newton could theoretically go high in the top ten.
If that happens, the Cowboys can see their best target stay in the bottom of the top ten.
If I had to predict who the Cowboys would take in the first round, I lean towards Prince Amukamara from Nebraska. A number of experts agree with me on this, such as FS Southwest’s Jon Machota and Jason Henry of Bleacher Report.
Fellow FanSided blogger Josh Sanchez of The Landry Hat reports that Amukamara would be open to joining the Cowboys.
Drafting Amukamara makes sense for Dallas. The Cowboys’ secondary has been notoriously bad in the past, but with new talent like Amukamara, who can start right out of the gates, the defense will improve. He can tackle and he’s dominant on coverage. He’s willing to move to safety (another place where Dallas can improve) and he’s willing to push the envelope.
Furthermore, Alex wrote in an earlier post about how Rob Ryan will fire up the defense as the new defensive coordinator. If Ryan is going to get into people’s faces, old talent like Mike Jenkins, who is accompanied to the lazy ways of Wade Phillips, will not adjust well to Ryan. However, a fresh and undefined player, like Amukamara, will be much easier to mold and make.
Amukamara is a great option for the Cowboys for the first round. Jerry should be smart enough to pick him.
Then again, it’s really hard to have somebody make a top ten list of your busted draft picks. Stay tuned Cowboys fans!