Mike Fisher over at ranchreport.com has an interesting article on our 2006 draft class. According to inside people at the ranch, last years draft class will be nothing more than solid backups. Parcells is looked upon as whiffing on this draft class, except for maybe "that McQuistan kid."
If Bill Parcells were still here, Carpenter, coming off his only good performance of 2006 in that playoff game in Seattle, might be a starter going into 2007. But our third expert says that is in fact an indictment of Carpenter’s ability, that being an instant "Parcells Guy’’ is a weakness and not a strength. That expert says Carpenter doesn’t win battles at the line of scrimmage, doesn’t have the athletic ability to play OLB, and has no "wow! factor’’ as an ILB.
"I’m not exactly sure who it was who pulled the trigger on even drafting him,’’ says our expert, rather alarmingly.
The experts agree he’ll be an NFL-caliber starting tight end. But they again wonder if Parcells’ projection of him as "another Mark Bavaro’’ was an overstatement. And one of them wonders why scouting boss Jeff Ireland didn’t buck Parcells on this pick if only because it represented the furthest thing from a "need pick.’’
It’s not that he’s not athletic, or that he lacks size. Nor is it that defensive ends are anything but a hot commodity in the NFL, even with Marcus Spears and Chris Canty ahead of him.
No, say two of the experts in dissing the scouting decision on Hatcher, the problem is that come from Grambling, he is extremely unpolished and, as of the end of last year, anyway, no where near ready to contribute regularly in this level.
"Maybe with this this will change,’’ says one of our experts who is no longer with the team, "but picking him when we did just seemed like the wrong guy at the wrong time.’’
the Cowboys football guys concede that the pure definition of a bust is Skyler Green, the fourth-round safety who, it can be revealed now, didn’t have a chance of making the team even BEFORE he’d signed his contract.
A couple of eyebrows were raised when discussing Ireland’s (apparent) involvement in this selection of a kick-return specialist who appeared to be a little overweight. But the biggest shocker came when one of the men revealed the truth about Green’s rapid dismissal from the team.
The way it was described to us, the club decided so quickly that Green couldn’t play that Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones’ contract offer to the player included a signing bonus that was $100,000 lower than the slotted expectation. Green’s people engaged Jones in a screaming match that bothered the executive not one bit because he really didn’t care whether Green signed it or not.
Because either way, Skyler Green’s bags were pretty much being packed for him – never a good sign for a fourth-round pick who’d just rolled into town.
We suggested that the fifth-round safety Pat Watkins deserves a pass here if only because so many people thought of him as fourth-round-worthy. Oh, and he did get a cup of coffee as a starter. Our Cowboys staffers didn’t argue that Watkins is a "prospect,’’ but as one of them said, "There’s a reason we went and got Kenny (Hamlin).’’
"Oh, we love him,’’ says one of the Cowboys staffers, who adds, "especially for being a seventh-round guy.’’ And, we would add, especially for being a backup. It really sums things up: The Cowboys are hoping that the entire draft class might be salvaged by an end-of-round selection who has a good chance of being the team’s sixth offensive lineman.
"A lot of it adds up to depth, and we think we have a very deep roster,’’ says one member of our Cowboys panel still with the club. "Of course, that’s not exactly what the plan was.’’