4/1/13 Offseason Blueprint
The Cowboys recently resigned Tony Romo to a 6 year extension, but are not done in the offseason. Some more moves need to be made, and this is another blueprint for the Cowboys in what is left of the offseason, post Romo deal.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->1) <!--[endif]-->Resign Anthony Spencer: When the Cowboys franchise tagged Anthony Spencer, I was not a fan of the move. I still am not, and would prefer for Spencer to be traded, but that is looking very unlikely. (I will be making another post on what the Cowboys should do in the case that Spencer is traded.) This will save Dallas some money and give them comfort in signing their rookies.
<!--[if !supportLists]-->1) <!--[endif]-->The Cowboys will likely only be able to make one free agency move, and that should be so sign Brandon Moore. Even at 33, Moore is one of the best guards in the business, and was rated as the fourth best guard last year. He will be 33 right before the start of the season, so while he isn’t young, he still has a couple years left as a solid guard. Dallas has no sure thing at guard, so Brandon Moore is a necessity. You can bet that Romo will be expecting an upgrade at offensive line this season after committing to the team for another 6 years,
The Cowboys still have some needs left that need to be addressed, and the draft is the best way to take care of these needs after free agency. This draft provides lots of depth for Dallas, and Dallas should be able to get a couple quality starters out of them.
18) Sheldon Richardson, DT: The Cowboys need a presence on the interior of that defensive line, something Jay Ratliff can no longer provide. Richardson is a beast on the defense. He can stuff the run, blow up the pocket, and make a sandwich of the quarterback consistently. He will help all aspects of the defense in 2013, and should allow Monte Kiffin to maximize on turnover opportunities.
47) Barrett Jones, G/C: The Cowboys helped their offensive line by adding Moore, but that move doesn’t make the Cowboys offensive line good. Tyron Smith is the outstanding player, and Brandon Moore is the good one on that line, but beyond them, there is no quality starter. Jones is a mean guard who can block for the pass and the run exceptionally well. Adding Barrett Jones at guard will give a lot of help to Phil Costa at center. Between Smith on the blind side, and the Moore/Jones duo inside, the offensive line could be shaping up pretty well.
80) Bacarri Rambo, S: The Cowboys biggest need still left is a safety. Will Allen was brought in toprovide depth and a veteran presence, but the Cowboys still don’t know who the starters will be and don’t realy have a “great” player back there. Matt Johnson could turn into that, but has no game experience, so the Cowboys don’t know what they will get out of him either. Rambo is a great safety who has tons of potential but needs to fine tune his game and get polished up. But he is naturally good at hitting and is a ballhawk, which is something the Cowboys need. Rambo could lock down a starting spot relatively easily, or, in the case that Dallas wants to give significant reps to Johnson and Church, could be a key player in a safety rotation. This move will allow Dallas to solidify the safety spot with a playmaker, while putting some finishing touches onto that Monte Kiffin defense.
114) Le’Veon Bell, RB: The Cowboys will still be searching for a RB to add behind Murray, and wich Bell available in the 4th round, should have their man. Bell likely isn’t going to be a franchise back, but is a quality backup that can come in on short yards, give breathers, and start a couple games if asked. Bell is a downhill runner who runs big. Dallas hasn’t had a bruiser in a while, and he is a good compliment back to Murray. He is also great insurance in the likely case that Murray doesn’t dress for 2 or 3 games.
151) Tharold Simon, CB: The Cowboys could look for a CB this season to take over Scandrick’s spot on this roster, making 32 expendable, considering his ridiculously overdone contract. Simon is a good cover corner who has the size to play as the nickelback or start in case of an inury. He’s a defensive back from LSU, which should give him a slight edge over other late round corners. Simon, like Bell, is insurance in case of an injury and should displace Scandrick as the slot corner.
175) Ontario McCalebb, RB: The Cowboys will be almost set at RB, so McCalebb is not being drafted to be a significant member of the offense. But what McCalebb brings is incredible speed and ability to follow blockers. This makes him a great candidate to be the kick returner for Dallas. He has the skills to flash on kick returns and could occasionally take it back to the other endzone. Dwayne Harris has pretty much nabbed the punt returning position for himself, but Dallas hasn’t had a dangerous kick returner for a while. In the 6th round, McCalebb is a great option to revive the Dallas Special Teams. He also provides insurance if Murray goes down and Bell needs his own backup.
Starters Considering the Above Draft:
QB: Tony Romo
HB: DeMarco Murray
FB: Lawrence Vickers
WR1: Dez Bryant
WR2: Miles Austin
WR3: Dwayne Harris
TE: Jason Witten
LT: Tyron Smith
LG: Brandon Moore
C: Phil Costa
RG: Barrett Jones
RT: Jeremy Parnell
DE: DeMarcus Ware
DT: Jay Ratliff
DT: Sheldon Richardson
DE: Anthony Spencer
LOLB: Justin Durant
MLB: Sean Lee
ROLB: Bruce Carter
CB: Morris Claiborne
CB: Brandon Carr
S: Barry Church
S: Bacarri Rambo
Romo: 4700 yards, 29 TD, 11 INT
Murray: 850 yards, 6 TD
Bell: 400 yards, 2 TD
McCalebb: 80 yards
Bryant: 105 rec, 1450 yards, 11 TD
Austin: 70 rec, 850 yards, 6 TD
Harris: 40 rec, 400 yards, 2 TD
Witten: 95 rec, 900 yards, 4 TD
Ware: 13.5 sacks, 3 FF
Ratliff: 2 sacks
Richardson: 7.5 sacks
Spencer: 11.5 sacks
Lee: 160 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 INT, 3 FF, 16 passed defended
Carter: 110 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 2 FF, 8 passes defended
Durant: 90 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 INT, 1 FF, 4 passes defended
Carr: 60 tackles, 5 INT, 1 FF, 18 passes defended
Claiborne: 55 tackles, 7 INT, 19 passes defended
Church: 70 tackles, 1 FF, 1 INT, 9 passes defended
Rambo: 65 tackles, 3 INT, 2 FF, 10 passes defended