Do you find yourself utterly underwhelmed with the Dallas Cowboys draft selections – fear not – this is why you shouldn’t be disappointed with our newest additions
Every year we inevitably find ourselves in this situation. We’ve done our research for months. We’ve found our can’t miss players. We’ve identified our sleepers. We’ve named our pet cats. Basically, we’ve solved the riddle and if the team would only listen to us, we’d get our beloved franchise back to the Super Bowl. Then the Dallas Cowboys go and ruin it all.
Whether it was one pick in particular or the whole lot of them that disappointed you, we all walk away from the most exciting weekend of the offseason slightly underwhelmed. Here’s why all of that pain is unwarranted and the Dallas Cowboys are going to be just fine.
I think we all know the NFL Draft is an inexact science. Every year we see these half-a-billion dollar franchises invest all their efforts into getting it right only to bat below .500 when the dust settles. Player projection is a tricky thing and there’s no magic formula to figuring it out (as an advanced stats guy this is tough for me to admit).
With that in mind, it’s truly absurd for us to trust our own player analysis, or our favorite draft expert’s analysis, as God-inspired truth – No matter how much film we watch or numbers we crunch.
Yet we always find ourselves rolling into draft weekend absolutely convinced we know how to unequivocally crack the code of this draft. Hey, I’m guilty of this myself. After focusing so much energy for months, only to see Dallas pass over the players I personally christened, is disheartening to say the least.
But I know darn well, at the end of the day, I don’t know better. Really, neither does anyone else on the outside. Only the Dallas Cowboys know what kind of offense Kellen Moore is going to implement. Only the Cowboys know how Kris Richard and Rod Marinelli see the future of their defense.
Only the Cowboys know how these players are in interviews, how they respond to their tough questions, and how they process data when thrown a curveball. We have film and test scores. They have personal info, scheme fit, and knowledge of future personnel decisions.
I’m not saying to ignore all personal assessments or even to trust in all things this flawed front office does. I’m saying the team is simply in the best position to determine the worthiness of a player and only the team knows their own plans for the future.
With all of that said I have some serious questions as to how they managed their draft board and assessed value. I also question the ceiling of some players selected and whether they even have a chance at making the team.
In coming weeks and months we’ll break down how certain players fit where. We’ll look at their roles and chances of making the final 53 man roster. But for now we really have no choice but to trust the team.
The Dallas Cowboys have a stellar track record of success in the draft and they’ve earned the benefit of the doubt here. They’re also in position to know considerably more than any of us or our favorite draft experts. So while blind faith isn’t what what’s called for, a little reasonable faith is.
What are you most worried about after the Dallas Cowboys draft. What will you be watching the most closely in camps leading up to the season?