Doesn't it feel great?
That is kind of how I feel three days after the trade-down. I, like many others, hoped the Cowboys would address the offensive line and safety positions early in the draft. But I also thought that we were at least as weak at center as we were at guard or tackle. Monte Kiffin, after the Wilcox pick, but before the draft was even over, said that his top priority on defense was now linebacker, not defensive line. And I believed him. I wouldn't have believed Jerry, but I believed Monte.
Does this draft fix all the Cowboys' needs? Probably not. No guard. No right offensive tackle, and I am not sure that Wilcox will make the Pro Bowl at safety; at least, not this year. But hey, maybe the football God that distributes injuries to the various teams will be a little kinder this year. Maybe this will be the year that the Cowboys over achieve rather than the opposite.
And did the rest of you see the post draft press conference where I thought Stephen was going to come up out of his chair and go after some reporter when the subject of draft charts came up? He declared, with no uncertainty, what he thought of the Johnson Chart; the one so beloved on this site. Of course, Papa Jones couldn't help sticking his $.02 in, but the Pup had already made his point.
This link to an article by Kevin Meers, How to Value NFL Draft Picks, was referenced by a fellow BTB member recently--sorry I don't remember by whom--and seems to have a much better statistical basis than the one Jimmy developed twenty-plus years ago. It certainly seems to fit the Jonses' perspectives/rationalizations better.
And finally, for what it is worth, by that Harvard chart, the Cowboys got better value from the trade than did the 49ers: #18 pick = 249.2 points; #31 + #74 = 321.4 points. That 72.2 point differential most closely equates to the Cowboys' fifth round pick.