The thing I really like about the 2013 draft class is that it really molds to what Dallas needs. The Cowboys lack in offensive line, safety, defensive line, and running back. The draft class is loaded with talent in the trenches, and has multiple safeties that could garner a first round pick, and a couple that could be valuable pickups in the second or third rounds as well. The Cowboys are sitting at a really good spot at number 18 as well; there is bound to be a good safety prospect, guard, or d lineman on the clock when their pick comes around. As long as Jerry Jones doesn’t make a stupid move and jump on a player Dallas doesn’t need, the Cowboys should come out of the first round as winners. Here are the top 3 players I would like Dallas to take:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->1. <!--[endif]-->Jonathan Cooper
Cooper is an awesome guard. The reason he doesn’t get the publicity of a bigger guy like Chance Warmack is cause Warmack comes from a bigger school, who just won the BCS Championship, and is a former member of what was probably the best offensive line in the college football in 2012, with the only challenger being Texas A&M. Cooper is almost just as good, and would provide the same bite, power, and protection that Tony Romo needs on his offensive line. This is my favorite prospect, because I can just drool at what this offense can be capable of doing with a mean guard like Cooper. Just imagine: the Cowboys preserving fourth quarter leads by feeding Murray the ball, who is given the space to keep the ball moving forward. Tony Romo with a few seconds in the pocket looking for Dez and Witten? I’d be on that train in an instant. I think the offense will thrive with a man like Cooper bringing around the finishing touches. The redzone offense would look better, Romo will take less hits, Murray won’t meet as many defenders in the backfield, the run game will have some space, and Romo will laugh at defenders with Dez Bryant at his side all game long. If the Cowboys snag Cooper, I wouldn’t be surprised at a top ten offense. You look at teams like the Patriots: the run game make the pass game even more fearful. They didn’t have a good offensive output in their last game, but overall, you get the idea. The run game keeps drives alive to open up big pass plays. But you need solid blocking to execute.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->2. <!--[endif]-->Kenny Vaccaro
If the Cowboys decide to shore up the defense instead, my first pick would be to take Kenny Vaccaro. Vacarro would be an instant upgrade to the safety spot and that guy can be described with two simple words: game changer. The guy is a ball hawk. The guy is an excellent cover man. The guy is versatile. The guy can rush the passer. The guy can tackle. The guy can play well against the run. There’s a lot to love, and just a little to hate. I’m not gonna lie, Vaccaro isn’t the perfect safety. I have seen him get fooled by play action sometimes, and over pursue a ball carrier, resulting in a bad angle and a missed tackle. But I’ve also seen big plays. Vaccaro will solidify a yound secondary. No doubt Monte Kiffin would love the pick, and I would too. The front seven should be able to take care of themselves, and safety is a big need. This would be a perfect fit if Jonathan Cooper isn’t available. Again, Dallas still finishes draft night one as winners.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->3. <!--[endif]-->Sheldon Richardson
Sheldon Richardson is an interesting option. I think he represents a similar case as our stud from 2010. That’s right, his draft stock fits the same mold as Dez Bryant. Bryant deserved top 10 honors, but his character hurt his stock. I think Richardson is also deserving of a top 10 selection, but his off field issues raise some red flags and teams back off. This is a pick Jerry Jones won’t mind making, but Jason Garrett will definitely bristle if Roger Goodel announces Richardwon as the Cowboys top pick. Rishardson is a beast of a defensive tackle. On some plays, he seems to fall into the back field like a divine gift for the defense. He just flies past the offensive line. He’s big, he’s fast, he’d disruptive, he can play well against the run. He is the whole package. Richardson would give the Cowboys an enormous punch at defensive tackle, and will be one heck of a weapon. The Cowboys fron seven would al improve together, with Richardson providing tons of pressure, and frequently blowing up the backfield. Star Lotuleilei is the best d line man available, but Sheldon Richardson comes freakin’ close. If Richardson is on the clock, there is no reason why the Cowboys shouldn’t put the troubles aside and pick him up.