I really wanted to wait until the season was officially over and our draft spot had been cemented, but after receiving a lump of coal on Christmas Day from the Blue Starred Sleigh I couldn't help but to look to what possible gifts awaited us come April. The 2011 Draft picture is becoming increasingly clearer and I am excited about the prospects that look to be availabele when Dallas is on the clock.
As of now the Cowboys hold the 7th overall pick in the upcoming draft, which in and of itself puts us in excellent position to draft an impact now, game changing player. While i hate losing more than anything else I will, for the purposes of this post (this is why i should've waited lol) operate under the assumption that we fail to come away from Philly with a win to end the season. That being the case, two teams immediately ahead of us in draft order, Arizona and San Fran, go head to head next week, with the loser falling below us in the draft, moving us from the 7th pick to the 6th. Is it a huge deal? Probably not, because I don't see either team drafting any of the three guys on my wish list, because i think both are desperate for a franchise QB. For the record I'd rather see the 49ers win because I belive there is a better probability of them going secondary with their top pick than there is Arizona. I believe the Cards would snag A.J. Green in a heartbeat if they don't get the QB they want.
Which leads me to my personal wish list. It doesn't differ much at all from names that have been circulating these parts for the better part of this disappointing season; Nick Fairley DT Auburn, Patrick Peterson CB/S LSU and Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska. I have payed close attention to all three players this year and would love to see one of them in Dallas next year; these are the dominant types of players we need on our defense. The least likely to be available when the Cowboys picked before this weeks games, in my opinion was Peterson, he was surely a lock to go to Detroit, until the lions decided to beat Miami and move below us in the draft order. Now I'd say Fairley is the one that escapes our grasp, there is a chance that Denver takes Peterson at #2, but I think with the secondary depth in the draft they'd lean towards Fairley bolstering that D line and then look for DBs later in the draft.
So, Peterson or Amukamara? I'd be elated with either one of the two. Amukamara has shutdown corner written all over him and excels in run support. he lacks elite recovery speed, but has the quickness and technique to excel regardless. Peterson is the physical 'freak' in this years draft; a big corner, 6'1, 222-225 lbs running in the high 4.3s-low 4.4s alone is impressive. He is also touted as a ball-hawk type who can transistion to play safety much in the way that Ed Reed does and while those are lofty expectations I dont see it as a strecht and Peterson, therefore is at the top of my wishlist. Now I admit, first and foremost that I have a bias towards LSU (I became a Tigers fan in the 80's as I spent 5 yrs of my childhood in Baton Rouge). Just how much that impacts my prefering Peterson over Amukamara is unknown, but they're both excellent prospeccts. I do expect Mike Jenkins to get his head right and work his fingers to the bone this offseason to prove himself as a starting caliber corner in this league (a pro bowler no less!). With Scandrick looking like a player again, Peterson will fit in nicely as the starter oppsite Jenkins or, dream scenario, the safety making everyone look better. Oh yeah and, another dynamic returner, no way! Just a year ago Crayton was our best option (and he was servicale, but far from scary), imagine having Dez, Mcann, Peterson (potentially AOA once he adjusts) that's a fearsome foursome indeed.
However the draft plays itself out I'm looking forward to it with hopes that Jerry the Scrooge doesn't blow it, leaving us with another lump of coal. Also guys, I rarely post and I don't comment too often, but I check in daily and I very much appreciate the many different in sights and points of view, it's been a horrible season, but it's nice to have a place to call home and to share it with other loyal fans, who are unfortunately just as heart broken. been a pleasure gentleman and, if applicable, ladies.