When the Dallas Cowboys are on the table for discussion, you can bet that just about everyone will have an opinion whether it be half-brained or not. That was certainly the case these past two weeks when pundits blew up on everyone from beat writers to Greg Hardy. Let's dive in, shall we?
The Cowboys Will Draft A Player
Over the last few weeks, we've done our best to bring up a multitude of options for the Cowboys pick at 27 or what could be there if they decided to trade back. The one thing that I find laughable at this point is the fact that just about every draftnik is suddenly convinced that 50 or so players are going to gone by the time Dallas is on the clock. I'm no expert but methinks the math isn't correct on that one. That's the issue with the process of the draft, it literally starts when a team is eliminated from contention and drags on endlessly until almost May. At this point in time, folks are so exhausted of looking over prospect after prospect that they become like a herd of dizzy heifers. To that, I'll quote Aaron Rodgers...R-E-L-A-X. There will be some talented football players to choose from when the Cowboys decide to make their pick.
This happens every single year. Just like every year, players that weren't expected to fall will fall and others will be taken earlier than the Mel Kipers' believe they should be. The excitement is certainly filling the air, just don't turn the excitement into panic.
NFL Had To Use 10 Game Suspension For Greg Hardy
I have about six or seven friends that blew up my phone when the suspension was announced. I told them all the same thing; it makes sense. Without digging further into the ramifications of the actions he committed, I take a public relations approach instead. We all know that this reprehensible act is punishable under the CBA by a six-game suspension. The appeal process has begun and we will see how this plays out.
As far as the NFL is concerned, they did what they had to do in the desperation to repair an extremely blemished reputation as of late. The appeal was forthcoming and likely will be reduced into a two- to six-game suspension according to Adam Shefter's report. However, by levying a 10-game suspension, the NFL puts the end results in the laps of the Cowboys and the player. This, for what it's worth, is a "hope" that the NFL doesn't get more backlash over this case and is able to save some face in the media by taking a hard stance.
Anybody Else Give Pause To This Draft?
Maybe I've just read way too many scouting reports and watched too much player videos, but I'm not "in love" with a single player that is likely there for the Cowboys at 27. I like a lot of guys but I don't love a single one. As I write this, I know I'm going to be proven wrong on somebody. However, all of my pet cats are from the second round and on. It has a lot to do with the fact that the Cowboys can go any which way and there are no consensus selections. If they take a corner...will he be ready to possibly start? If a pass rusher...can he actually convert attempts to sacks?
This coaching staff has my trust and I know they will plug and play their first pick. I just hope they get the adequate production needed. As Freddie Mercury would sing; "can anybody find me, somebody to love?!"
Voluntary Workout Absentees
Dez Bryant not being there at the start of these workouts came as a surprise to no one. However, Orlando Scandrick's absence was a little unexpected. Now, Scandrick has every right to be upset about his current situation. In the same light, the Dallas Cowboys have every right to take their time. Orlando signed a six-year deal back in 2011 worth $28.2 million, he then was granted an extension in 2013 and was given $9 million in guarantees straight up. His base salary for this year is set at $1.5 million, which looks pitiful compared to the two guys on the team making more than him.
Orlando Scandrick is a very intelligent person and he knows that he's worth more than the what he's currently being paid. He's so intelligent that Nick Eatman joked on The Break that he's probably the only player on the team that truly understands every word of his contract. With Scandrick set to make $500k for attending 90% of the offseason program, it remains to be seen if he'll skip out on any mandatory events. It's the normal game of tug-and-war that we see almost every offseason. One thing that is not debatable is that Scandrick is the best cornerback on this team and perhaps the best defender.
Double-Down On D
With the draft only six days away, and the Hardy news, it's got a lot of folks wondering if defensive end now becomes the main target. Well, defensive end is probably a need and want but it depends on if the right guy is attainable. That position has always been one or two on the list no matter the Hardy signing or not. That leads to my question; would you be willing to use five of the seven picks on defense? Sign me up, looking at this team as a whole, defense will do the most help in building off of last year. With that said, it's important for the Cowboys to add depth on the defensive line. I'm not sure if their is a defensive tackle that's high on their list, but I would not be upset at all if the Cowboys grabbed two ends.
We hear about their interest in Frank Clark, Eli Harold, Owa Odighizuwa. What if they doubled-down and got one of the first-rounders, then pulled the trigger again in rounds three or four and got Clark? I like the idea of getting this defense some more help, the more competition the merrier.