Nov 10, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to a game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: A Way Too Early Look at the Draft

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.


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  • SmartThinking

    Well. You’re right about one thing. It’s too early to even consider draft picks.

    This team has three more games to win and they’ll, frankly, need all the help they can get to do it. There’s a very good possibility that Dallas won’t win the NFC East if they quit again like they did last night.

    Maybe Ratliff had the right idea and escaped this sinking ship while he still could.

    • Daniel Ruppert

      The idea was just to see what our needs were versus who was coming out in the draft. Of course it is early, but it will be fun to see the options in the draft, what becomes available in FA, and if it changes if the Cowboys somehow magically turn this around.

  • Old Frog

    A good place to start might be to never ever draft another player who has a history of injury. Even Sean Lee isn’t worth what he’s being paid if he can’t stay on the field.

    • Daniel Ruppert

      It is a good question as to why they draft so many injury prone players. I think because of the way they are rated. I do not know if there is any lower in ranks or a mark next to the name if they have injury problems. It would be interesting to see.