So that was a pretty interesting draft the Cowboys had. Some of us were very disappointed while others defended the picks and said it was a good draft haul. A lot of us might have gone a different way with any of the picks we had, and rightfully so. But unfortunately (or in some cases fortunately), we don't get to choose the Cowboys' draft picks. Therefore, we go along with what is given to us and hope for the best. In this fanshot, I am going to go over what the best case scenarios are for our incoming rookies, and who I would have gone with if I was the GM choosing our rookies.
Best Case scenario: Wins the starting center job in training camp and solidifies the spot for years to come.
I would really prefer that Frederick plays center and not guard. Although they are different players, Peter Konz struggled from what I heard in Atlanta playing guard last year while he was drafted as a center. While its not the end of the world if he does win a spot at guard, I would prefer him winning the center job.
Alternate Pick: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue.
Best Case Scenario: Wins the second TE position and becomes a valuable Red-Zone target.
If I was able to change any draft choice from our draft, this would be the one. I just thought it was kind of a luxury pick. Yes, Escobar can contribute, but I don't think we needed another pass catching TE, mostly not in the second round. If a lacerated spleen couldn't sideline Witten, I'm not sure anything else will. Therefore, Escobar will not become the top TE, but he will be a valuable Red Zone target being 6'6".
Alternate Pick: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky.
Best Case Scenario: Wins the 3rd WR spot and can step up in case of an injury.
While I like Dwayne Harris as a slot receiver, I was worried about him stepping up to #2 in case of an injury to Dez or Miles. Terrance Williams can come in and compete for the 3rd spot, and in case Miles' hammies start acting up or Dez gets hurt, play outside as a #2.
Alternate Pick: No Change.
Best Case Scenario: Wins one of the starting Safety spots.
I like his chances of winning one of the Safety spots. My money right now would be on Church and Johnson, but both have injury problems and can see Wilcox taking advantage. Being that he played safety for one year only, I expect some growing pains, but I like this pick.
Alternate Pick: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas.
Best Case Scenario: Wins the slot corner spot.
While I don't expect Webb to beat out Scandrick, Webb's "best case scenario" would technically be to win the slot corner job. A more realistic scenario would be to win the 4th corner job and maybe get the 3rd corner job next year.
Alternate Pick: Phillip Thoma, FS, Fresno State.
Best Case Scenario: Wins the 2nd RB spot and can start if Murray goes down.
From a value, need, and skill perspective, this was my favorite pick of the draft. Randle can come in and backup Murray with a few touches a game, while stepping up if Murray goes down.
Alternate Pick: No Change.
Best Case Scenario: Wins the SLB spot.
A more realistic expectation as a 6th round pick would be to be a reliable backup, maybe even make the roster in the first place. But it looks like Holloman could compete for the Sam LB position with Durant and maybe Magee.
Alternate Pick: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State.
Alternate pick haul:
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue.
Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Phillip Thomas, FS, Fresno State
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon
The average grade according to NFL.com for our draft class was 77.4. The alternate class would have gotten an 80.9. While overall I like our draft haul, I would have liked the alternate haul more. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm right. The draft is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get ;)
Let me know what you guys think while I go back to studying for my physical chemistry final :/