Drew Pearson infuriates Eagles fans - Marc Narducci, Philly.com
Pearson with a draft announcement for the Ages:
"I am honored as an undrafted free agent to be selected to make the Cowboys second round draft pick and on behalf of
the five-time world champion Dallas Cowboys,
Hall of Fame owner Jerry,
Geneand the Jones family,
Coach Jason Garrett,
all the Cowboys players that played before me, that played with me and played after me,
with the 60th pick in the second round, the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado, Chidobe Awuzie."
Drew Pearson just made the greatest pick selection preamble in modern NFL history.— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) April 29, 2017
Drew Pearson right now pic.twitter.com/yWQyjG2b13— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) April 29, 2017
DREW PEARSON THE TROLL GOD OMG— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 29, 2017
Drew Pearson might as well have thrown a cheesesteak down onto the stage and stomped on it a few times.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) April 29, 2017
Drew Pearson just straightup punked the "tough" Philly fans right to their face. And showed them his ring, even tho they didn't recognize it— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) April 29, 2017
2017 NFL Draft: Cowboys steal Chidobe Awuzie at No. 60 to upgrade secondary - Sean Wagner, CBSSports.com
The pick gets a straight "A" from CBS.
In his last two seasons at Colorado, Awuzie notched three interceptions, 18 passes defended, and 18 tackles for a loss. He's also a capable blitzer, evidenced by his eight sacks in the past two years. Awuzie can help a team as a gunner. Teams don't draft players for special teams only, but it's a nice bonus.
As my colleague Jared Dubin noted, Awuzie was also fifth among cornerbacks in SPARQ. That's becoming a trend in Dallas, as Byron Jones and Kavon Frazier also placed highly in SPARQ.
All in all, this is a great value pick for Dallas.
Day 2 was unlike past Jerry Jones drafts; here's how that benefited Cowboys - David Moore, SportsDay
Moore reflects on the patience that landed the Cowboys two top corners on Day two.
The Cowboys, displaying patience and a strategic expertise not always evident on the second night of the draft, continued their extreme defensive makeover. With the acquisition of defensive end Taco Charlton one night earlier, the Cowboys used picks in the first, second and third round on defense for the first time since 1983.
"There were always several guys there that we felt if we stayed put, we would get players we would want. Both of the players we took [Awuzie and Lewis] were the top players on our board when we drafted."
The Cowboys had second-round grades on both CBs Chidobe Awuize and Jourdan Lewis.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) April 29, 2017
Cowboys 2017 Draft Picks: Scouting Report On Second-Round Pick Chidobe Awuzie - Danny Phantom, Blogging The Boys
Danny with a summary scouting report on Awuzie.
The Cowboys have a plan and they are executing it. Awuzie has great size and can use his length to challenge receptions. He had 39 passes defended during his college career. He’s flexible and can play both inside and outside. He is a good blitzing corner who had nine career sacks and 24 tackles for losses. He’s a high-energy guy who has been an outstanding specials team gunner. Awuzie takes great angles and always finds himself around the ball.
This is another Jason Garrett guy who possesses great football intelligence. He keeps his eyes on the quarterback without losing sight of his receiver. He is a versatile back who can play all over the field. Awuzie has always wanted to be a Cowboys player and now he will get his chance.
Jourdan Lewis Selected No. 92 By Dallas - Leland Mitchinson, TheWolverine.com
This Michigan football blog provides a quic summary of what the Cowboys got with their 3rd-round pick.
The cornerback finished his career as a Wolverine as the program leader in passes defensed with 45. Lewis was a consensus All-American in 2016 and also earned All-American honors in 2015.
Off-field issues may have played a role in where Lewis was in the draft order. Based on his production in college, Pro Football Focus listed Lewis as their No. 24 overall prospect.
Though Lewis may have slipped down the draft, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay raved about the former Wolverine.
"This guy was the best player on the board 30 picks ago, 40 picks ago," McShay said. "He's the best nickel cornerback in this draft. I understand why he fell, but I don't know that there's a better cornerback in terms of cover instincts and the ability to stay in the hip pocket of a receiver."
How Third-Round Pick Jourdan Lewis Will Fit Into Now-Crowded Secondary - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
Youth is served in the Cowboys' cornerback room.
How He Fits In: At this point, the Cowboys really can’t get enough cover guys. Lewis will be able to play the slot and should help immediately on special teams. Paired with newly-drafted Chidobe Awuzie, Lewis now makes the cornerback room even younger, with second-year pro Anthony Brown. The Cowboys currently have veterans Nolan Carroll and Orlando Scandrick.
Other Options: The Cowboys still had Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley on the board, along with Iowa safety Desmond King, a position they will need to now address later in the draft. After three defensive players in the first two days, don’t be surprised for some offense on Saturday.
Cowboys 2017 Draft Picks: Scouting Report On Third-Round Pick Jourdan Lewis - Danny Phantom,Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys took another step in fixing the secondary with the selection of Jourdan Lewis, and Danny offers a scouting report of the young cornerback from Michigan.
The front office came into this draft as cool as the other side of the pillow and after three strong picks, it’s easy to see why. They are executing their plan to perfection. Lewis is a great corner and remarkable value at this point in the draft.
At 5’10", Lewis is not a big guy, but he possesses so many strong traits at the cornerback position. He looks the part of a slot corner with the ability to change direction well and smothers receivers off the line of scrimmage. And despite being smaller, he plays very physical and an asset in run support. He has great awareness and has been a very productive collegiate corner. His balls skills are top notch.
Jerry Jones denies that Cowboys are shopping Orlando Scandrick Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN
Jones shot down rumors of the Cowboys trying to deal veteran corner Orlando Scandrick.
"Absolutely not," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "I don't know who started that. That's completely erroneous. We heard things and that's never been the case. No one in this organization has ever insinuated or implied that we'd do anything with Orlando other than have him on the field."
Reports emerged at the start of the third round that had the Cowboys actively shopping the 10-year cornerback in hopes of receiving a third-rounder in return. Jones quickly shot that down at his press conference Friday night and said he would reach out to Scandrick so he could hear the news directly from the owner and general manger.
"He's an integral part of our plans this year," Jones said. "We need him and what he can bring to the secondary."
Taco Charlton: 'If you've got a taco, you really can't go wrong." - Mark Snyder, Detroit Freee Press
Charlton was asked what kind of taco he likes.
"I just feel like if you've got a taco, you really can't go wrong," he told reporters with his wide grin, wearing a light blue suit with a blue checkered shirt and a bow tie. "I think that's why I'm here."
The story of how Vidauntae Charlton became ‘Taco’ - Drew Davison, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Taco Charlton’s mom sets the record straight on how her son ended up being known as "Taco" instead of his birth name of "Vidauntae."
Taco was born two months premature on Nov. 7, 1994, and his grandmother, Veddiann, used a Taco Bell slogan at the time of him "making a run for the border."
"It was from my mother. Taco was a premature baby, so I was on bedrest the complete time," Tamara said. "My mom says, ‘He’s rushing for the border trying to get out.’ And she just started calling him Taco, so on my card she would write, ‘Just hang in there. It’s for Taco.’ Before he was even out, his name was Taco and it always stuck with him.
"His teachers, once they realized they would butcher his name, ‘Oh, Taco, great.’ His first check, he worked for Abercrombie, it came in Taco Charlton, his W-2s, all his scholarship letters were Taco Charlton. I think if you actually called his name out in the mall he probably wouldn’t answer you because he’s used to being called Taco."
Cowboys rookies are nicknamed Taco and Cheeto, and this is not a drill - Morgan Moriarty, SBNation.com
It's going to be a season with a lot of bad puns.
Jason Garrett believes Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith can attend rookie minicamp - Todd Archer, ESPN
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he believes linebacker Jaylon Smith will be allowed to attend rookie minicamp after missing his entire first season with a knee injury.
Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas this week, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Smith has a "great opportunity to really start to have full regeneration as we close in on the season."
Jerry Jones providing the latest update on Jaylon Smith: pic.twitter.com/323w5jkGj5— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 29, 2017