Because of recent success in the draft, the Dallas Cowboys have a young and talented roster, and their success comes from the man behind the scenes.
Regardless of the star players on the Dallas Cowboys roster, owner and general manager Jerry Jones will always be the face of the franchise. Somehow and someway, ole Jerral will find his way onto the camera and make about him with that Arkansas accent.
So whenever a player is selected in the NFL draft, its Jerry on the phone swinging his leather chair asking players “are you ready to wear the star and be a Cowboy for America’s Team?”
And as good as Jerry plays the role of general manager and the face of the franchise, Jerry isn’t he one picking those selections. Or should I say Jerry wasn’t the one who scouted the players and found those hidden gems that Cowboys Nation love so much.
It’s not his cheap son Stephen Jones, either.
The one and only person solely responsible for the Cowboys’ draft success is Will McClay-Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel. McClay is the game-changer. The guru. The founder of elite talent. The Man. Period.
As I watched the NFL draft unfold for three straight days, I didn’t care who the Cowboys drafted. I was more interested in the Cowboys drafting a no-name player and and everyone asking “who is he?”
Well that is exactly what happened on the second day of the NFL draft. With the 58th pick of the NFL draft, the Cowboys selected defensive tackle Trysten Hill out of the University of Central Florida. I wasn’t disappointed in the selection, but I wondered why didn’t Dallas select Juan Thornhill or Taylor Rapp.
Thornhill and Rapp are safeties, the safety position can use an upgrade, and both players made pre-draft visits to Dallas. But after I shook off my initial shock, I remembered this was a McClay selection.
All that means is that Hill can play.
Trust me. Go watch the tape. Hill is a beast of a defensive tackle that’s going to wreck havoc on opposing running backs and quarterbacks in the NFL. Hill is a much needed addition to Dallas’ defensive line.
Dallas will use Hill as a rotation player this season and he’ll become a starter in 2020. But that could change quickly if Hill comes out the gates balling.
Hill has all the intangibles that defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli likes-quick first step and knows how to get into the backfield. Hill is beyond good against the run and will only improve Dallas’ 3.8 yards per rush in 2018.
If you are weary of Hill or any player that McClay selects, you can stop best believe that the player can is a baller 90 percent of the time.
Remember last season when Dallas drafted Leighton Vander Esch with in the first round and Cowboys Nation lost their minds and souls? Well didn’t LVE turn out to play like an action figure in a Marvel comic book?
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LVE and his teammate-Jaylon Smith-are the best linebacker duo in the NFL. Dare you argue with me!
These are just two players that McClay has found for the Dallas. If you want more, I’ll give you more players to boot.
When McClay became a Pro Scouting Coordinator in 2009 with Dallas, the magnificent talent evaluator has hand in drafting Dallas’ players (past and present) such as Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Cole Beasley, Lance Dunbar, Dan Bailey, Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford, Travis Frederick, Ronald Leary, Zach Martin, Tyron Smith, Zach Martin, La’el Collins, Joe Looney, Terrance Williams, Lucky Whitehead, Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Michael Gallup, Xavier Woods, Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and Kavon Frazier.
There are many more I didn’t mention, but you understand where I’m coming from. So have no worries about this year’s draft class: Connor McGovern, Tony Pollard, Michael Jackson, Joe Jackson, Donovan Wilson, Mike Weber, Jalen Jelks, and any other undrafted free agents.
They will be successful. Because in Will McClay we trust.
- Published on 05/03/2019 at 12:00 PM
- Last updated at 05/03/2019 at 11:27 AM