Yea I know the season isn’t over yet. But after Jerry Jones said a few weeks ago he was doing his best work as a GM, I thought it might be fun to look at the draft a little early, and see what needs we have versus what we will eventually do. I will of course update this in the coming months. I love to watch the combine (I know, call me crazy). Let’s have a look at some of the needs that have become apparent this year.
1. Defense – Where do I start here? I will say we need D-Line help, safety help, and LB help. I could see a corner as a backup, but the first three are just so glaring.
2. Offense – Guards. We of course could use another RB, backup QB, and maybe a FB.
3. Special Teams – It might be time to start looking at getting a long snapper for L.P. Ladouceur. He won’t be around forever.
With all this being said, here is what I would like to see in the upcoming draft.
Round 1 – Clinton-Nix, S, Alabama – This team struggles in the secondary, this would be an immediate upgrade.
Round 2 – Aaron Donald, DT/DE, Pitt – One of those undersized D linemen, but man can this kid get to the QB.
Round 3 – Anthony Steen, G, Alabama – As much as I think he is a little short, he is a very solid OG who plays quick.
Round 4 – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Mich St – One of the most unheralded players on Mich St., solid against the run.
Round 5 – Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois – Made the transition this year to OLB, needs to learn to get off blocks better, so skilled beyond that.
Round 6 – C.J. Barnett, CB, Ohio State – Had an injury in 2010 so durability is questionable, has the skills to make this look better than a 6th rounder
Round 7 – Kenny Guiton, QB, Ohio State – All this young man did was win, being a backup, every Buckeye said he was a leader. Well worth a flier in the 7th on.
Undrafted FAs – This I will just list a few with position and school.
Zach Northern, LS, Baylor
Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford
Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona
Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska
Trey Hopkins, OG, Texas
Roderick McDowell, RB, Clemson
Well, there it is. Of course I will be updating this as we get closer to the draft. I just thought it would be fun to see how everyone feels about this, knowing how the Dallas Cowboys are doing this year. Maybe if I am right Jerry can give me a call.