Yesterday's big news: The Cowboys now know where they'll be picking in the second week of May. And of course, BTB was on the scene like superheroes. Not only did Dave pen the above article, but KD followed it up with some analysis of the ramifications of Dallas first win in 2014.
The transcript of NFL Network draft
guru geek extraordinaire Mike Mayock's annual pre-Combine conference call was released yesterday to big fanfare (whew! what a news day). As per usual, BTB was on the scene, with summaries of his insights on the Cowboys' seeming positions of greatest need: defensive linemen and safeties. Go here to download the entire conversation. And speaking of safeties...
In Episode Five of his 2014 draft series, the Sturminator evaluates the crop of collegiate safeties. Before putting on his draft nerd's cap, he asks:
Could you imagine having a decade long of quality play from a center-field free safety? Maybe not Earl Thomas quality, but at least having some decent over-the-top play that can help the secondary? It has been a long time around here.
It sure has. The Darren Woodson days seem like a beautiful dream from which I have awakened, to the sound of nails on chalkboards and colicky babies.
Who does Sturm like? The usual guys, with a dose of unexpected love for the diminutive Seminole, Lamarcus Joyner.
Another chapter in the never-ending saga that rivals the Game of Thrones books for its sheer volume and utter bloodthirstiness, this one brought about by a Stephen Jones pre-Combine interview, in which Jones the Younger explains that the Sharrif Floyd "debacle" was a residual aftereffect of the defensive scheme shift. The real news? He promises that it won't happen again.
Apparently, Todd Archer worked from the "salary cap/ contracts" section of his little reporter's notebook yesterday. Both pieces look at the team's options should they try to recalibrate these and other players' contracts more closely to their performance. I don't really care how they do it, so long as they do it.
Well, yeah. Unless they need offense.
The Broad One offers up a few names of player groupings upon whom we should cast our ever-lovin' eyes as they run around in their underwear in Indy. Those who merit special attention are Offensive Line Group 2 (Taylor Lewan, Zach Martin, Jake Matthews, Moses Morgan, Greg Robinson, Cyril Richardson, Xavier Su'A-Filo and David Yankey), WR Group 5 (Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins) and DL Group 7 (Jadeveon Clowney, Aaron Donald, Kony Ealy, Dominique Easley, Ra'Shede Hageman, Timmy Jernigan and Dee Ford).
Speaking of the Combine, I'd like to direct your attention to some pieces BTB published last year that carefully outline the skills tests (which everybody participates in) and the position-specific drills. As you gear up to watch all 2,642 consecutive hours of Combine coverage, these should help to frame what you're watching:
Enjoy the Combine, y'all!!
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