It is officially draft week, and the Cowboys have at this point completed their draft board. Now, all they have to do is wait. They’ll be doing a lot of that with no first-round pick, but that just means there are a lot of different prospects they could potentially take once their number is finally up. Get to know ten of them here.
Regardless of how many mock draft scenarios Dallas’ front office and scouting department has come up with, things will happen that they weren’t expecting. Teams will trade. Top prospects will fall.
However, one thing seems pretty certain at this point. The Cowboys aren’t trading into the first round. They only have six selections in this draft and they’ve been clear about not wanting to part with future first round picks.
So they’ll most likely wait.
And if they sit patiently until No. 58 - the 26th pick in the second round - there’s a good chance one of these 10 prospects will end up being their choice.
It’s been a familiar talking point all offseason, as the Cowboys gave up their first-round pick for the ability to get Amari Cooper. Now that the Cowboys have finalized their draft board and are ready to pick some players, they feel vindicated by their decision to make the trade.
Make no mistake, the Cowboys would do the trade all over again, especially after seeing their draft board.
“I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anybody that would’ve made a difference on our roster like Amari made last year and like we feel like he’s going to make as me move forward,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News.
At this point in the draft process, there are smoke and mirrors aplenty, as teams all over the league are trying to send out signals of who they might take to trick other teams. But sometimes teams will try and trick their own personnel too in an attempt to weed out leakers, as Gil Brandt revealed the other day.
Brandt, who’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, tweeted he and his personnel showed their draft board to a scout and it showed them taking linebacker Mike Junkin – who was coming out of Duke at the time.
“… Sometimes we’d lay traps for scouts we didn’t trust. In 1987 we showed our board to a scout with us taking Mike Junkin, a LB we didn’t like,” he wrote. “Two days later, Cowboys beat writer Jim Dent wrote story saying we were taking Junkin.”
He added: “Hook, line, stinker.”
The Cowboys ended up taking defensive tackle Danny Noonan with the No. 12 pick. Junkin was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the No. 5 pick and was out of the league after the 1989 season.
The Cowboys’ full 2019 schedule released last week, and even though there is plenty of time before it begins, everyone is making a prediction on what their final record will be. According to Jean-Jacques Taylor, it’s not unrealistic to think Dallas can win 12 games next year.
The schedule -- as it looks today -- puts the Cowboys in position to win 12 games and get home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Nobody said it would be easy, but the roster is poised to improve internally because there are so many young guys on the team who should still be making a significant improvement. But the schedule gives the Cowboys an ability to get off to a fast start because the Saints are the only one of their first seven opponents they won’t be favored to beat, including a matchup against the Eagles in Dallas. The Cowboys, I believe, are also helped by playing the AFC East this year. That’s one of the worst divisions in football and New England’s decline has started. They must win at least three of four of those games, while sweeping Washington and the New York Giants. If they can do that -- and none of that is far-fetched -- it positions them to win 12 games, and if they can get home-field advantage, then the streak of 23 years without an appearance in the NFC Championship game should end.
On Tuesday, the Seahawks made headlines by trading their star pass rusher Frank Clark to the Chiefs for a host of draft picks. Kansas City immediately signed Clark, who was on the franchise tag in Seattle, to a massive contract extension. What does that mean for the Cowboys?
Frank Clark is technically going to make more per season with the Chiefs than DeMarcus Lawrence will with the Cowboys (a difference of less than $1M per season), but the fact remains... it’s more.
Again, Frank Clark is a very good football player. No one here is disputing that; however, he is not as good as DeMarcus Lawrence. Reading his contract details is likely not super enjoyable for Chiefs fans.
Why did Clark get more than Lawrence? Why? Lawrence is better, right? He got more because that is what the market dictated. In a supply and demand world if you’re demanding things you are in control. Clark had the leverage and was able to technically come out on top. It’s a small victory but one nonetheless.
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are both back in Dallas for the beginning of voluntary workouts, but that’s not why they made the news recently. Instead, it was a comical video of the two offensive stars enjoying the Dallas Stars game on Monday night. Grab your popcorn for this one.
Both in Dallas for the start of the team’s offseason program, the pair have been spending some time bonding off the field. Prescott and Elliott went to the Dallas Stars playoff game Monday night, and cameras captured a hilarious moment. The jumbotron at the Stars’ stadium showed the duo, and the crowd went nuts, via TMZ Sports.
Elliott did his trademarked ‘feed me’ celebration, and Prescott took it literally. Dallas’ quarterback took the popcorn he was holding, and used it to shower Elliott. It’s really funny, and you should check out the video at the link above. Prescott and Elliott might also be good luck charms for the hockey team, as the Stars beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime and advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Leighton Vander Esch was the most positively surprising player for the Cowboys last year, solidifying himself as a starter and one of the best young linebackers in the NFL during his rookie year. But that hot start isn’t enough for Vander Esch, who wants to only get better.
“There’s a lot of ways I can improve” Vander Esch said. “Getting off blocks, striking with my length and building coordination with that, getting my foot in the ground and just running and making plays. You’ve got to be in shape. You’ve got to be able to run and finish.”
And that has somewhat of a double-meaning to Vander Esch. While he’s mostly talking about running to the ball and finishing plays, one of the team goals is to finish strong in terms of games and the overall season.
Vander Esch said the playoff loss to the Rams, who rushed for 273 yards against the Cowboys, hasn’t been easy to let go.
“It was irritating. That wasn’t us,” Vander Esch said. “That’s not what we represent. We can’t put that on film.”
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