Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams (83) catches a pass before the game against the Oakland Raiders on Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Draft: Expect The Unexpected


Oct 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick (72) looks to block during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 17-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Draft is always an exciting time of year.  Fresh blood is fused into every organization and it gives fans something to look forward to.  It also brings the end of Mock Drafts, which is equally pleasing.  Everybody believes that they know who should be taken where.  When it comes to the Cowboys, that is not the case.  They rarely, if ever, do what the popular opinion says they should do.  They seem to take a lot of heat for it, but I believe the criticism is unwarranted.

When the Cowboys traded up 2 years ago, I was certain that they were going to take Mark Barron, the Safety out of Alabama.  Nope.  They instead take Morris Claiborne, the Corner out of LSU.  The jury is still out on Claiborne, but he has nowhere to go but up.  Last year saw the Cowboys trade down in the first round.  With the 31st pick they grabbed Wisconsin Center, Travis Frederick.  A great move on their part,  Frederick will man the line for a decade.  The Cowboys also used their extra pick from the trade with the 49ers to grab Baylor WR Terrance Williams.

Everybody seems to think that, without a doubt, the Cowboys will go Dline or Safety in the first round this year.  Not so fast.  I could see Dallas going WR, Oline, or even Linebacker with their first round selection.  I most certainly could see them trading down as well, depending on what happens with certain picks ahead of them.  I think that there will be a record amount of trades this year and the Cowboys are never one to shy away from draft-day deals.  If they can acquire some extra picks while getting who they want, I am all for it.

People need to learn to trust the Draft, the Cowboys are not nearly as bad as the perception says they are.  It was quite shocking to see the backlash from the Frederick pick a year ago.  It filled a void that the team had for years and really solidified the Line.

The Cowboys need to avoid other experts draftboards and stick to their own, and for the most part they do.  This team really could use a difference-maker at every position, so they can go with the best player on their board.

The point here is that the Cowboys have a Draft day plan and more than likely there will be a surprise with their first round selection.  I have to tell myself every year to expect the unexpected, yet I am still usually surprised.

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  • Alfredo Martinez

    The last year cowboys draft was the best in the last 8 years for this team… Freaderick, Williams are starters, Escobar is an excell TE with greats skill, and is a starter in waiting, 2 good prospects in J J Wilcox and Dvonte Holloman…great crop for this team… J W Webb and Joseph Randall are just bad picks…BUT in general this class draft play a lot for cowboys last year…

    • Scott.

      Picks 2-5 excluding Terrance Williams did absolutely nothing for them last year. Escobar might be a replacement for Whitten but should have not been taken in the 2nd round considering needs in other areas. Such as safety, def line and off guard. Holleman has promise but so does lee and carter. Lee can’t stay on the field and carter looked list in coverage. Way too early to say 2013 draft calls was a success, especially with Jerry’s history.

      • David

        Lee has promise????

        • Scott.

          We’ll let me rephrase he’s above average when he can stay on the field. The 8-8 team really needed him the last part of the year but he was hurt. Oh yeah he was hurt in 2012 too. Oh and his last year in college.

          • David

            You can say he is injury prone and I can agree with that. But he is not above average. He is regarded as one of the best MLB in the game when he is healthy and playing..

          • Earl Robertson

            Yea Lee is great so u r right but so is Scott because Lee gets hurt getting out of bed. I don’t think he will ever play a whole season unless moving him helps which I bet he would still get hurt

          • Scott.

            Think we both have valid points. The best in the game are not injury prone and find a way to stay on the field. I like lee and feel he can be a perennial pro bowler but an average 8-8 team needs their best defensive player on the field and not in the hot tub.

    • CowboysWin

      good draft class but that Escobar pick was awful – he’s a 5th rounder. We could have used that pick on a DT or G and this year be open to draft a real TE (real meaning fast, strong, and can block). Frederick, Williams and Wilcox were good picks but with so much talent this year, I hope JJ doesn’t draft 5th round development prospects in the 2nd again.

      • Earl Robertson

        Escobar is better then a fifth rounder but u right his blocking is terrible which probably comes down from not wanting it that bad. However I think he Is going to be a great pass catching TE one day but it is true if he doesn’t improve a lot at blocking we may never see him much on the field.

  • Old Frog

    I disagree. I think fans have every reason not to trust the Cowboys to make the right decisions. Recent picks such as Claiborne, Carter, Lee (can’t stay healthy), and Escobar have shown us there is ample opportunity for them to disappoint us yet again. I would be willing to bet they will screw up the first three picks in some fashion even with all the needs we have and a really deep draft. Getting 3 starting players ought to be like shooting fish in a barrel this year but I believe that once again Jerry Jones will leave us scratching our collective heads after the first three picks. I hope I’m wrong.

    • CowboysWin

      I think you are right on with that. The draft is when Jerry gets to feel like he is “in the game”. He can’t help but do something to get attention. So much depth at exactly the positions this team needs and he’ll just have to throw away a couple picks on a trade up. Decastro and Warford – imagine those 2 guards on this line – man what a waste.

      • Old Frog

        Hopefully McClay, Callahan, Linehan, and Garrett will be reminding him of that on draft day and he won’t make the same mistake 4 years in a row but I’m not optimistic.

    • Earl Robertson

      I think u will be right. Even though I looked at all teams drafts the last 5 years and the onky team that has really done a great job of drafting the last 3 years were the Seahawks. Cowboys were right even with the Pats. So it isn’t like they were terrible but the problem is what you said, they could have done a better job if they would have just pick the player that was right there for them, they at times try to be too smart which is of course Jerry fault