The Dallas Cowboys will look to continue to build their team through the draft, and it is the best option they have in putting together a team that can win a Super Bowl.
Several years ago the Dallas Cowboys decided to do the smart thing and build their team through the draft. Yeah, I know that sounds like the common sense approach, but the Cowboys should have done it a lot sooner rather than later.
Instead, ole Jerry Jones-the owner, operator, and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys- preferred the free agent approach. Over the years, Jerry signed mediocre players (or players who had one good year) to massive contracts, only to see them falter to injuries or lackluster performance.
When it comes to Dallas Cowboys’ players who fit the “one year wonder” label, I think of current Cowboys player Demarcus Lawrence, who just signed his franchise tag. Although we all witnessed how great Lawrence can be, the jury is still out on him.
Back to the draft.
Since Jerry has put aside his wayward ways of spending money on flashy free agents, building through the draft is the best and only option for the Cowboys to get back to the Super Bowl.
Building and having a successful draft is the only way the Dallas Cowboys can control their own destiny, make deals, and get back to their winning ways of the 1990’s, ending a 23-year drought of winning the Lombardi trophy.
Once the Cowboys can lay down a solid foundation of talent on both sides of the ball, then (hopefully) they’ll be in a prime position to draft for depth/best player available, and do some wheeling and dealing with trades.
McClay is single-handedly the reason why Dallas has such a young and talented roster. Sorry, Jerry and Stephen, you deserve little credit on this one.
Basically, using the draft to get better is the only way for the Cowboys to compete and dethrone a team like the evil Philadelphia Eagles. I know Cowboys nation hate the fact that Philly are the Super Bowl champs, but they are, so deal with it, or get better.
During the free agent period, I realized that the main reason why the Cowboys did not have any major signings is because they didn’t have the ability to do it. Heck, they couldn’t even sign average wide receiver Sammy Watkins (thank goodness they didn’t sign him).
In so many words, Dallas had to stand pat and watch other teams participate in free agency and make their teams better. For example, Dallas has a secondary full of rookies, meaning they really didn’t want to sign a savvy veteran like Richard Sherman (they should’ve).
Dallas would rather watch these young pups grow in their sophomore seasons and reap the benefits of them becoming perennial Pro Bowlers.
On the offensive side of the ball, Dallas is paying a lot of money to Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and are in negotiations with All-Pro guard Zack Martin. Dallas just does not have a lot of money.
If the Cowboys had used the draft as a springboard to get better years ago, they could’ve been active participants in free agency and draft the best player available.
Now that Will McClay (Dallas vice president of player personnel) is the one in charge of the draft process, Dallas has more hits than misses when drafting. McClay is single-handedly the reason why Dallas has such a young and talented roster. Sorry, Jerry and Stephen, you deserve little credit on this one.
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As a great talent evaluator, McClay knows how to find the right players to fit the Cowboys scheme on both sides of the ball. Dallas has added a few wide receivers to the roster but expect McClay to find the Cowboys next top-tier receivers in the upcoming draft and in the 2019 draft.
It’s a strong possibility that Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley won’t be on the Dallas Cowboys roster in 2019. With April’s draft fast approaching, I expect McClay to continue to find those hidden gems, players who will fulfill a specific need, and most importantly, talented players who are going to make a difference.
That’s how the Dallas Cowboys will lay the foundation for future success, and be in a position to make the necessary changes when needed.