After trying to cure my addiction to mock drafts and expert opinions again this year, it dawned on me. We are doing what 95% of people that know what they're talking about keep criticizing Jerry Jones for. We aren't seeing the big picture. Let's look at a 3 year plan focus on building dominant groups instead of filling gaps here and there. We could dominate at OLine, DLine, LB, or oddly enough even get close in the secondary. And, by the way, despite coach speak, we are nowhere close to a position to draft BPA yet, but let's assess some options of how to get there... read more
Dominance. Something our teams of the 70s and 90s had in multiple areas. Picture Too Tall and Randy White looking like polar bears destroying opposing QBs. Think of Nate Newton and Co. opening holes where our grandmothers could get 5 easy YPC. Charles Haley, Woodson, etc - all Cowboys fans have those special playoff game dominance memories. Getting back there isn't done by taking a flyer from every position each draft year. Let's offer one possible solution. Pick the groups (OL, DL, secondary, LB, OLB, WR, etc) and rank them in order. Now, do the same with this year, next year, and maybe even the year after's draft class (as good as possible since future years will obviously change a lot). Now connect lines to our numbers. There should be a pattern that can equal dominance. For example, this year, we could have the ability to build a truly dominant O-Line. A dominant O-Line would keep the D off the field longer, helping them stay fresh, and ready, in the 4th qtr. It also would keep Romo healthy. Although some will argue Romo is the problem, I totally disagree. ( If Eli is elite, than Romo is ready for the HOF. Either Manning brother wouldn't last 6 games with this OLine and no chance in He** they put up the numbers Romo did last year.) Imagine the difference to games if we could convert 3rd and 2 or don't need to line up in the shotgun every time 3rd and 4 comes along. Other groups where we could dominate this year is DLine, LB, or CB. Sounds weird but we could pick 2 of these departments and have a dominating group for the next 7-10 years from the next couple drafts. Here's an example. We see the potential at OLine (and no, Nate Livings and the Carolina backups doesn't give us BPA ability).
Option 1 Oline - we move up and take Kalil. Sounds crazy right? But think of why Tyron Smith played Right Tackle in college. Yeah Kalil was that good -what would happen to the offense with 2 dominant tackles barely 20 years old manning the outsides of the pocket? Also, Free would slide to Guard and be a backup swing tackle with the athleticism to pull like we need. Personally, I think we would have to give up too much (since we are not BPA ready) but kick this crazy idea around and you'll get the ahah moment too.
Option 2 Oline - Decastro in the 1st and a C in the 3rd. Still no great backup tackle but a dominant line, but a definite all pro from this year's class and defensive gets rest - see above. Option 3 DLine - Go defense throughout the 1st and 3rd. I would say, we talk the Pats into giving us their 2 first rounders so they can land Keuchly in the 1st (should he fall). We then trade away some later picks to move up again in the 2nd. Reyes, Ta' Amu, Ronnell Lewis, Crick, and Jackson/Bequette is highly probably in the 1st few rounds! We would still have a few picks in the later rounds for a CB, backup RB, and TE, but would you care?
Option 3 - combination - again, based on trading down but we get the 2 1st rounders or an extra 2nd and go with the DE and NT in the 1st couple picks, then Irvin, Lewis, or McClellin in 2nd. Then we take Osemele or Brandon Brooks and then Molk in the 4th.
We could also do the same thing with CB, given there is Gilmore, Robinson, Fleming, etc sitting out there waiting to wear the star. Too many possibilities but consider the dominance in at least a couple groups instead of this patch a hole with a warm body mentality and double/triple up on areas where we can truly dominate for the next 3 years. Example of next year's class - strong at strong safety, QB and pass rushers. Consider your scenarios and see how this mentality would give us a perennial 12-4 playoff team instead of 8-8.