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Cowboys News: Dak Prescott Takes One Last Reflection On The 2016 Season

The Cowboys won the most awards at the NFL Honors program over the weekend, Dak Prescott took one last chance to reflect on their season.

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At NFL Honors, Prescott Takes Last Look Back At Promising Rookie Year - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys
As good as he was on the field during his debut season, Dak Prescott was equally adept off it.

"It was a fun season, a great season – a great Year 1 for me. I tried to make the most of it," Prescott said on Saturday night. "Obviously, I want to be playing – a bunch of people want to be playing tomorrow. That’s the reality. But overall, to win 13 games, to make the run to give ourselves a chance like we did in that last game of the season – it was a fun ride."

Five Dallas Cowboys Seven-Round Mock Drafts: Who The Fans Would Pick - OCC, Blogging The Boys

Over the weekend we asked BTB members for their mock Cowboys drafts in our Mock Draft Challenge. 60+ mock drafts later we look at the results of that challenge.

DE Taco Charlton, CB Quincy Wilson, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, and WR Fred Ross emerged as some of the most popular picks in this excercise.

Curtis Martin sees some Emmitt Smith in Ezekiel Elliott - Todd Archer, ESPN
When he watches Ezekiel Elliott, former star running back Curtis Martin is impressed by his running style.

"He reminds me so much of Emmitt," Martin said. "Just all around. They lean forward. They get through the hole, not a lot of dancing. They’ve got very similar lines. So I think they’re the perfect backs for that type of line."

Patriots, Cowboys carry best early odds to win Super Bowl LII - David Humphrey, The Star-Telegram
New England is favored to repeat, but there’s a Dallas Cowboys angle too.

The Dallas Cowboys, who had a bounce-back season behind coach of the year Jason Garrett and rookie of the year Dak Prescott, carry 9-1 odds along with Green Bay.

Dallas Cowboys mock draft roundup: Should team upgrade DE or DB? Or take a DeSean Jackson clone? - SportsDay
The Cowboys may not have the fourth overall pick of the 2017 draft, but the team will still be looking to meet needs at several positions.

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee (Lance Zierlein, NFL.com): "Dallas has taken shots at finding upper-echelon talent on the edge, but for the most part has missed. Barnett isn't as twitched-up as Randy Gregory, but he's strong, productive and consistent."

Helman: Pats-Falcons Classic Shows Cowboys Aren't Far From Next Step - Dave Helman, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys’ path forward was so clear in watching the Atlanta Falcons race to a 28-3 lead during Super Bowl LI.

It’s a little harder to correlate the Patriots’ success to this Dallas Cowboys team. Dak Prescott was phenomenal in 2016, and his future looks bright – but it’s hard to ask anyone to be Tom Brady.

Cowboys 2017 Free Agents: The Case For And Against Re-Signing CB Morris Claiborne - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys

The Cowboys have decisions to make on their own free agents. We help make the choice for them.

After so much investment and patience, the Cowboys would love to reap the benefits if Claiborne has truly turned things around. He’s still young, he’ll be 27 when the season begins, and has enormous potential. This is a guy who scouts thought would be the next, great lockdown corner. He might never be that, but he has the ability to be a very good corner in the NFL.

Jerry Jones' Hall of Fame selection no surprise to coaches, owners - Todd Archer, ESPN
Jones deserved his spot in the Hall of Fame class for his lasting impact on the business side, not to mention three Super Bowl titles.

"I’ve been really fortunate. I played for him for eight years," Jason Garrett said. "I was an assistant coach for him for four years and I’ve been the head coach now for six years, so I’ve known him in a lot of different capacities. This goes all the way back to the early '90s. The conversations by everybody, coaches and players alike, is that we love working for him because the pedal is always down. He does what he believes is necessary to win. He’s a very inspirational guy. He sets the standards high. He’s the driving force of the organization and we have a great appreciation for him. His recognition as a Hall of Famer is so deserving. His impact on the National Football League is significant. He changed the league in so many ways."

PFF names biggest offseason need for the Dallas Cowboys - Patrik Walker, 247Sports
After suffering another heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers, PFF believes they know just what the Dallas Cowboys need to get over the hump.

Will the Cowboys begin fixing their front-seven?

It was an incredible season for the Dallas Cowboys, as rookie QB Dak Prescott led a 4-12 2015 team to a 13-2 start before dropping their final two games (one in which they played mostly backups). The Cowboys have fielded one of the league’s best offensive lines over the past two or three seasons—Dallas ranked second in PFF’s end-of-season O-line rankings—and it was put to good use this season, with Ezekiel Elliott finishing the year as the second-highest graded RB (behind only Le’Veon Bell). The secondary, led by safety Barry Church, played at an elite level, finishing as the top-ranked secondary in the NFL. The only thing that held this team back was a front-seven that saw LB Sean Lee play at a Pro-Bowl level, and then not much else. The unit played better together than the individual pieces, but they lacked a true playmaker on the defensive line.

Michael Irvin thinks he knows exactly why the Cowboys lost to the Packers in the playoffs - SportsDay
It's been three weeks but Cowboys great Michael Irvin believes he has figured why his former team lost to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs.

"I'm starting to change my thoughts on this bye week anyway especially with the schedule these players have now because they can't even practice," Irvin said. "It's like Club Med anyway. So now you have 2-3 weeks of Club Med. It's hard to step out on the field and be ready for a football game. The four teams that had byes, three of them played poorly. Only one really played okay and that was Atlanta."