Should The Dallas Cowboys Go CB In Round 1?


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Draft day is closing in quickly, the excitement and anticipation is mounting.  I’m sure by now everybody has looked over several mock drafts and found out for yourselves that there is no clear consensus of what the Dallas Cowboys will do with their 27th pick in the first round.  

Allow me to explain why I think our Dallas Cowboys should take a cornerback with that first round selection.

It’s easy to say we need to replace DeMarco Murray and make a splash move with Todd Gurley, or assume we have to take Melvin Gordon.  I’ve come to expect that in all likelihood Gurley will be long gone before our 27th selection, and I also have Gordon going not long after, I’d guess somewhere in the middle to late teens.

To have one of those backs would be a great addition to our team, young, cheap running backs with a ton of upside behind our O-Line is surely drool worthy, but my train of thought is that of looking at the depth at the RB spot in this years draft.  I see no problem waiting until the 2nd or 3rd round for our future ball carrier.

Now take a look at our cornerback position.  All the question marks concerning health, contracts, and the relative unknown leaves me unsettled.

Morris Claiborne, who has been a disappointment to date any way,  is coming off major knee surgery and will most likely miss a portion of training camp.

Brandon Carr has been formidable but with his salary and potential contract issue looming, its tough to see us depending on him to help be a top CB for us.  Tyler Patmon, and the newly acquired Corey White, give me some intrigue with their ability but it is much too early to see the Cowboys leaning on them for heavy production.  Which leaves me to Orlando Scandrick, the only CB on our roster that has been a constant producer at that position and only player I feel comfortable with when he lines up across a top WR.

Looking at this years draft talent, I’m excited.  Tons of natural ability, and football IQ.  There is how ever some baggage but that’s up to management and the scouting department to decide who is worth the risk.  Players such as Marcus Peters from Washington, Kevin Johnson from Wake Forest, and Byron Jones from UCONN, are the players that come to mind for me.

The talent is evident, and there’s a great chance one or two of them will be there when our first round selection is on the clock.  Size, speed, and the ability to be a number one Corner is in every one of the players mentioned.  All that being said, it’s not quiet as deep as the running back class and the need is just as strong across the league for cornerbacks as there is for running backs.  Waiting until the 2nd round to try to steal one of these top flight corners is a risky move that may not work out, but i feel differently about stealing a back in the same scenario.

If I was Dallas, I would take one of those Corners named before with the 27th pick and feel real good about a running back being there for them in the 2nd.  Top cornerback in the 1st, top back in the 2nd, and to me that’s a great start to a promising draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

So Cowboys Nation what do you say?  CB in the first a good idea? RB instead? Or maybe go in a different direction all together? Let us know, but either way, get excited ladies and gentlemen, the Draft is almost upon us.

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Doug Free’s days as a Cowboys coming to a end?


 
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CBS/NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports  it “looks like the end” for right tackle Doug Free with the Cowboys.
 
Free is owed seven million dollars in base salary and will count $11.2 million against the cap.
 
Doug Free started all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2012, but he and third year pro Jeremy Parnell rotated down the stretch. Free graded out near the bottom of Pro Football Focus’ final 2012 offensive tackle rankings. 
 
While releasing Free would clear his salary off Dallas’ books, the move would not provide significant 2013 cap relief.
 
 
    Doug Free’s contract break down:
  • Contract: 4 years/32 million
  • Signing Bonus: 10,300,000
  • Average Salary: 8,000,000
  • Guaranteed: 17,000,000
The Dallas Cowboys are currently 18.2 million dollars over the 2013 projected salary cap.
 
 
 

Dallas Cowboys 2013 Draft needs Part 1: Defense


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The Dallas Cowboys have many holes to fill in the coming up 2013 draft.  In my opinion these are the areas that the Cowboys need to address this year.  

Many experts have express that this year’s draft is loaded with talent in the trenches which is a huge plus for a team like the Cowboys that is switching from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 Tampa 2 defense with new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and are in dire need to upgrade their offensive line.

Positions Needs: 1. Offensive Line  2. Defensive Line  3. Safety  4. Linebacker (depth)  5. Running back (depth)

Part 1 will focus on the defensive side of the ball the defensive line, safety, and linebackers positions.

Below are the top five ranked 2013 draft prospects at the positions that I think will fill a Dallas Cowboys need for next year.

 

 

Defensive Ends

1. Bjoern Werner 6-4, 256, Florida State
2. Damontre Moore 6-4, 250, Texas A&M
3. Barkevious Mingo 6-4, 240, LSU
4. Dion Jordan 6-6, 243, Oregon
5. Sam Montgomery 6-5, 260, LSU

Other players to watch:

Alex Okafor: 6-4, 265, Texas (Projected 1st-2nd rd)

Career Stats: 150 tackles, 34.0 tackles for a loss, 23 sacks, and 7 force fumbles.

Margus Hunt: 6-8, 280, SMU (Projected 2nd rd)

Career Stats: 112 tackles, 28.0 tackles for a loss, 16.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 2 force fumbles.

Barkevious Mingo: 6-3, 240, LSU (Projected 1st rd)

Career Stats: 119 tackles, 29.0 tackles for a loss, 15.0 sacks, and 4 force fumbles.

Defensive Tackles

1. Star Lotulelei 6-3, 320, Utah
2. Sheldon Richardson 6-3, 295, Missouri
3. Johnathan Hankins 6-3, 320, Ohio State
4. Jesse Williams 6-3, 320, Alabama
5. Sharrif Floyd 6-3, 303, Florida

Other players to watch:

Kawann Short: 6-3, 310, Purdue (Project 2nd rd)
Career Stats: 186 tackles, 49.0 tackles for a loss, 19.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 2 force fumbles.

Sylvester Williams: 6-3, 320, North Carolina (Projected 2nd-3rd rd)
Career Stats: 96 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 force fumble.

Strong Safety

1. Matt Elam 5-10, 202, Florida
2. Robert Lester 6-1, 212, Alabama
3. Shawn Williams 6-0, 211, Georgia
4. Jonathan Cyprien 6-0, 209, Florida International
5. Duke Williams 5-11, 201, Nevada

Free Safety

1. Kenny Vaccaro 6-1, 218, Texas
2. Eric Reid 6-2, 212, LSU
3. Phillip Thomas 6-1, 210, Fresno State
4. Bacarri Rambo 6-1, 215, Georgia
5. Tony Jefferson 5-11, 212, Oklahoma

Linebackers

1. Jarvis Jones 6-2, 242, Georgia
2. Alec Ogletree 6-3, 234, Georgia
3. Khaseem Green 6-1, 236, Rutgers
4. Arthur Brown 6-1, 228, Kansas State
5. John Simon 6-2, 256, Ohio State

Sources: sports-reference.com

Cowboys coaching staff changes


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The senior bowl is right around the corner and the Dallas Cowboys are still trying to complete their coaching staff. 

The word at Valley Ranch is that Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have decided to keep secondary coach Jerome Henderson and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson on the Cowboys coaching staff for the 2013 season.

In other Cowboys news former Arkansas coach Houston Nutt will join the Cowboys coaching staff as the running backs coach and former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will replace Brian Baker as the new defensive line coach.

Putting the BIG D back in DALLAS


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Jerry Jones said a few weeks ago that change will come to Valley Ranch and with the recent firings of running backs coach Skip Peete and ex defensive coordinator Rob Ryan changes are in the making. 

The Dallas Cowboys have hired former Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin to become the 12th defensive coordinator in Dallas Cowboys history. Kiffin, is widely considered to be one of the best defensive coordinators in modern football.   

Here are a few things that I like and dislike about the Dallas Cowboys switching from the 3-4 to the Tampa 2 4-3 defense.

My Dislikes

1. I really felt as though in a 3-4 we were literally just a nose tackle and a play making safety away from having the best defense in the league when we are healthy.

2. We will more than likely lose Anthony Spencer. It is not worth breaking bank on him and not know what you’ll get from him as a defensive end. He earned his money as an outside linebacker and he’ll want his money. Whether he signs elsewhere as a defensive end or outside linebacker with our cap situation we have to let him walk. We don’t have the chips to gamble on his transition.

3. Having effective safety play is a must in order to have an effective Tampa 2/Cover 2 defense, and safety is just not something we can honestly be confident about.

My Likes

1. Hiring coach Kiffin was great for our cornerbacks. They will now be in an effective zone scheme and you will see our guys make plays on the ball like Asante Samuel and Ronde Barber. Especially Morris Claiborne.

2. This is a perfect draft for 4-3 defensive lineman. There are plenty of defensive ends and defensive tackles who can come in and have an immediate impact. We have some serious speed and play making ability at the linebacker and cornerback position. If we can get a young guy who plays hard up front and find our combo at safety we can still become one of the best defenses in the league.

3. They say only an idiot keeps doing the same thing and expects different results. We haven’t had success in the 3-4 for the majority of seasons that we’ve been in it. We’ve always had the right pieces but not the right coach, or the right coach but not the right pieces. So change is a good thing for our future to establish a stable identity and we have the pieces that could work.

Think about it the same six or seven (3-4) coaches keep getting recycled around the league.  No matter who coaches it, its slim pickings to plug the right pieces into the puzzle. If we can keep building on the youth we have now, we can get back to our identity in the 4-3 as a defense that keeps points off of the board and forces turnovers.

Will the hiring of Monte Kiffin be the answer for the defensive side of the ball for the Dallas Cowboys?

Only time will tell……

Breaking News: Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan fired


 

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Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com is reporting that the Dallas Cowboys have fired defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Jerry Jones stated that there were going to be changes in the Dallas Cowboys organization.  The Cowboys also fired running backs coach Skip Peete yesterday. What will be the next move for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys?

 

 

Jerry Jones: Change is necessary at 8-8. We are going to have changes.


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I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8. Change is in order. We’re going to have changes. These were words Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones uttered on his weekly show on 105.3 The Fan New School morning show with Shan Shariff and RJ Choppy Wednesday morning.

Jones was not a happy camper, and who would be after his Dallas Cowboys football team failed to make the post season for the third straight season.  Since winning Super Bowl XXX after the 1995 season, the Cowboys have posted a dismal 140-141 record overall.

Jerry told 105.3 the Fan that he will meet with his most trusted guides and mentors outside the Cowboys organization to help him evaluate how to get out of the current cycle of average football and “drive across the water,” as he put it. He said sometimes unconventional moves are necessary when doing so, referring to the Broncos’ decision to go get Peyton Manning and the Redskins’ decision to trade up for Robert Griffin III and model the offense around him.

Jones said. “I can assure our fans this, that it’s going to be very uncomfortable, from my standpoint, for the next few weeks and months at Valley Ranch.”

Happy Birthday to Mel Renfro


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Mel Renfro was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1964 NFL Draft. Although he had won many accolades as a running back and at the time teams put their best athletes on the offensive side of the ball, Tom Landry looking to build a dominating defense decided to start him at safety. As a rookie he had an impressive season by leading the team with 7 interceptions, the NFL in both punt return and kickoff return yardage and culminated his great campaign with an invitation to the Pro Bowl. In his second year (1965), his 30 yards kick-off return average still remains as a franchise record.

In 1966 coming from an All-Pro season at safety, the Cowboys named him their starting halfback in an effort to improve its offense. He was injured in the opening game against the New York Giants and replaced by Dan Reeves, who was so impressive that Renfro was moved back to defense when he returned to action and would end up being named to the All-Pro team again.

Renfro joined the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor in 1981, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996. During his time with the Cowboys, even though one of his teammates was former Olympic gold medalist Bob Hayes, many experts still considered him the best athlete on the team.

Source: Wikipedia

Dez Bryant could be done for the season; seeking a second opinion


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Richie Whitt of 105.3 the fan first reported that Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had torn ligaments in his finger and will have season-ending surgery, and would be placed on injured reserve.

It is now being reported that Dez Bryant has a fractured left index finger that could require surgery. Bryant is the Cowboys leading receiver with 1,028 yards, nine touchdowns, and 75 receptions.

Bryant hurt the finger in the 4th quarter of the Cowboys emotional 20-19 win against the Bengals. He missed five plays then returned one play before his touchdown catch.

The Cowboys hope Bryant can avoid season-ending surgery. He is scheduled to visit a hand specialist to get a second opinion.

Cowboys NT Josh Brent released on bail


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Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent posted 50,000 bail today after being arrested on an intoxication manslaughter charge for the death of Cowboys teammate Jerry Brown Jr. in Irving,Texas.  The intoxication manslaughter charge is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.

Peter Schaffer, released a statement on Brent’s behalf:

“I am devastated and filled with grief. Filled with grief for the loss of my close friend and teammate, Jerry Brown,” the statement read. “I am also grief-stricken for his family, friends and all who were blessed enough to have known him. I will live with this horrific and tragic loss every day for the rest of my life. My prayers are with his family, our teammates and his friends at this time.”

Cowboys sign three draft picks


 

Nick Eatman of Dallas Cowboys.com reports that the Cowboys have signed three of the seven rookies and should have all of them, including first-round pick Morris Claiborne completed by the end of the week.

But the Cowboys appear to be starting backwards, signing their last three picks on Monday.

Fifth-round wide receiver Danny Coale (152nd overall) signed his contract, as did sixth-round tight end James Hanna (186th) and seventh-rounder Caleb McSurdy (222nd).

That leaves Claiborne, the sixth overall pick, third-round defensive end Tyrone Crawford (81st) and two fourth-round picks, Kyle Wilber (113th) and Matt Johnson (135th), left to sign.

With the entire team expected to be here this week with the mandatory minicamp (Tuesday to Thursday), the Cowboys are likely to get all of the players signed up before they depart on Thursday.

With the new CBA rules from last year, the rookies are slotted with their salaries and contract structure more than ever. Even signing guys like Claiborne won’t be as difficult.

 

Source: Dallas Cowboys.com

DeMarcus Ware sits out of OTAs


Cowboys’ All-Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware did not take part in today’s organized team activity due to a minor neck strain.

“We don’t think it’s a big deal,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He didn’t practice today. He should practice tomorrow.”

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he isn’t too concerned about Ware’s neck, considering that Ware had sacks on the final four plays of Tuesday’s practice. Ware was bothered by a stinger for several weeks at the end of last season. -Via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com

RB DeMarco Murray on Galloway & Company


 

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Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray was on ESPN Dallas radio show Galloway & Company today.

Here are some highlights of the interview:

Current status of his ankle…..

“It feels great. I’ve been doing stuff for the last couple months without any limitations and I’m feeling great … just trying to get back in the groove of things.”

On if the Cowboys championship window is closing…..

“We have a great group of young guys and we also have a great group of vets who I think they’re still playing like they’re 25, 26, 27 years old. Look at Witten, I’m around that guy everyday and he’s one of the hardest working guys. He’s out there beating me in agility drills, I’m trying my hardest over and over over to beat him and I can’t beat so … I think we have a great group of guys but at the same time we definitely feel that this year is going to be a great year for us and we don’t see why we shouldn’t be in the Super Bowl this year.”-via ESPNDallas.com

 

Click here to hear the full interview.

Judge orders Ex Cowboy to pay Child Support


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A Texas judge has ordered Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders to pay $10,550 in monthly child support as part of his divorce.

Also the McKinney judge ordered Sanders to pay $3,500 a month for a house where his estranged wife Pilar now lives and where their children will stay from time to time. Sanders, who is an NFL Network football analyst must pay $275,000 in his spouse’s recent legal fees.

For more of this story click the link below:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/05/deion-sanders-ordered-to-pay-pilar-sanders-10-5k-per-month-275k-legal-fees/