There is impassioned debate permeating the blogosphere as to whether our Dallas Cowboys
should or should not draft a quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft. I mean, why should we draft a quarterback, we have Tony Romo
, right? For those fans that reside in Romo Land, he is the Messiah. The one that will lead us back to the Promised Land. His followers are many, devout and will not hear of drafting a quarterback this year. Don’t even utter the words trade and Romo in the same sentence, for it is blasphemy! I have been on the side of those who think that drafting a quarterback is a preposterous notion; opposing the silly discourse with every ounce of my being, until now.
Before I go on, allow me to defend these loyal and misguided souls. Romo-nites make glaring judgments on why we should not take a quarterback in this year’s draft and with reason that is on the verge of being sound. There is no way around it, this is a weak quarterback class and we certainly do have other needs to address with our picks. The aforementioned arguments are only a sample of the cases against drafting a quarterback. I must admit, these points are effective. They cast an unhappy shadow over the whole idea of drafting a quarterback in any round of the draft, much less the first.
Oh, but I see the light…
Enter Tyler Pray, pardon me, Bray.
The ex-Volunteer is an exceptional passer and displayed his "God-given" talent by putting on a passing clinic at the combine, but because of all the Geno hoopla; Bray’s efforts were mostly ignored to say the least. There is no doubt that he can make every throw when he stays with his mechanics.
At the combine, he demonstrated exceptional arm strength and with various throws exhibited touch and pace that is indicative of a premier NFL passer. Also, Bray has amassed a ton of experience playing in a pro-style offense at Tennessee, making Bray’s game well suited for the pros; whilst the same can’t be said for many of the higher rated QBs in this year’s draft class. Very few of them played in a pro-style offense at their respective alma maters. This fact is huge in my opinion!
Bray’s senior season was filled with dropped passed, a reoccurring thumb injury, offensive line woes, and just chaos in general. Let’s just say, his last season as a Volunteer was not the most ideal of environments in which to excel.
Yet, his stats for the 2012 season remained more than respectful. Oh yeah, let’s not forget he played the hardest conference in all of college football to play in…the Big 12…ha-ha…you Mountaineers wish!
SEASON CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
2012 268 451 3612 59.4 8.01 72 34 12 8
With the right coaching to correct his footwork and some fundamentals, this guy could be a star. He is a natural born leader on the field and whilst the same can’t be said about some of the immature antics away from the gridiron; I think as he goes through the draft process, his new found maturity will be evident, making him all the more appealing to NFL teams.
Before I go, allow me to finish with this.
I don’t need Tony Romo to walk on water. I just need him to not throw an interception at the exact moment that everyone knows he is going to throw one.
I don’t need Tony Romo to turn Gatorade into wine. I just need him to not overthrow Miles Austin
in the biggest game of the season, for what would have been a sure touchdown; clinching the fans a playoff berth, a place where anything can happen.
Has my faith in Tony Romo waned a bit, maybe? Or is it just that I have decided to believe in something else entirely…the Church of Bray perhaps?
I hope no one is offended by this post, because of its religious connotations. It was not my intention to do so. It’s late here in Australia…Go Boys!
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