There are a ton of safeties to choose from for the Cowboys.
And so here we are, once again, needing to prioritize safety in the NFL Draft. Thankfully, it appears to be a draft that is deep at the position. That bodes well for the Cowboys. There may not be a name that is a top 20 pick in this year’s class, but there are several starting-caliber safeties available in the second and third rounds.
One of these players is Hamsah Nasirildeen, from Florida State. Bleacher Report’s Tyler Brooke published a piece focusing on one player that each NFL team should prioritize from the Senior Bowl.
Here’s what he had to say about Nasirlideen.
The players who forced their way onto the Cowboys’ scouting board.
SAF Richie Grant
Richie Grant has been a hot name in Dallas Cowboys draft circles for a couple weeks now, but it’s not just group-think and confirmation bias that gets him on this list. It’s his ability to play football that made him standout to scouts everywhere this week.
Grant made plays on the ball, he showed effectiveness in run-support, he showed the range needed for a team looking to add a player to play single high safety (the Dallas Cowboys) and he even showed his ability to man up at corner and play outside and in the slot.
Grant proved to be a high-character guy adored by his teammates and coaches alike. The question now isn’t whether or not he’ll be worth Dallas’ second pick. It’s if he’ll even make it to Dallas in the second round.
The former coach is none too happy with his old team’s current performance:
The two-time Super Bowl champion spoke to Mackenzie Salmon of USA Today Sports this week, and delivered a surprisingly candid message about his former club.
Salmon asked Johnson if he believes the Cowboys should finally augment their decision-making process by bringing a new shot-caller (presumably meaning a General Manager not in the Jones family), and Johnson’s reply likely surprised Salmon.
“I don’t know that bringing in someone new will change things. It’s really a unique place to coach and work. There are so many accolades that go their way… unearned,” Johnson first replied.
He would elaborate on the interesting notion that the Cowboys receive unearned accolades, relating that statement to the media recognition the team collects,
“A lot of their players walk around like they have Super Bowl rings on because that’s the way in the public and throughout the country they are treated. They’re treated like, hey, you just won the Super Bowl, but in reality, they didn’t even make the playoffs.”
Was Prescott the best QB in the draft?
But when we look back at the 2016 draft class we discover that seven quarterbacks were taken prior to Prescott in the fourth round. In fact, the two top picks that year were passers Jared Goff by the Los Angeles Rams at number one overall and Carson Wentz to the Philadelphia Eagles right after.
The careers of Goff, Wentz, and Prescott have been linked ever since. And out of the three, only Dak hasn’t been able to lead his team on a Super Bowl run. With Goff under center, the Rams went to Super Bowl LIII following the 2018 regular season.
Wentz helped the Eagles win their first Lombardi Trophy the year prior in Super Bowl LII, although he was sidelined with an ACL injury after Week 14. Ironically, the season-ending injury took place in a game against Goff and the Rams.
But both Goff and Wentz have had their issues as of late. And a recent trade has essentially placed Prescott in the catbird seat when comparing these three passers.
Opinions on this trade idea?
Currently, Dallas has Tyron Smith manning the blindside but his future is in question after playing just two games in 2020. This was the fifth season in a row where injuries have limited Smith and there’s a serious concern that he won’t be healthy going forward.
If Dallas did cut ties with Smith, it would be difficult to see since he’s been a fan favorite since the Cowboys took him at No. 9 overall in the stacked 2011 NFL Draft. He was an instant starter and was the catalyst for Dallas turning their offensive line into one of the best in the league.
While they no longer strike fear into opposing defensive lines, the Cowboys could start to rebuild that unit if they found themselves another franchise left tackle, which is exactly what Brown proved to be last year.
Two former Cowboys greats make the list for best Super Bowl QBs.
It’s been a long time since the Dallas Cowboys have made it to a Super Bowl. Twenty-five years, to be exact.
Yet through all of those years without a Super Bowl appearance, the Cowboys still have one thing to brag about: Having some of the top quarterbacks to ever make it to a Super Bowl.
NFL.com’s Gregg Rosenthal ranked the top Suber Bowl quarterbacks of all time based on their entire careers and five former Cowboys made the cut: Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman, Craig Morton as well as Drew Bledsoe (for his time with New England) and Brad Johnson (for his time with Tampa Bay).
No. 10: Roger Staubach
Staubach led all Cowboys quarterbacks, ranking 10th overall with a 2-2 Super Bowl record in Dallas. In his first season as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, Staubach led the franchise to its first Super Bowl win in 1972 with a 24-3 win over the Miami Dolphins. In the win, Staubach completed 12 of 19 passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns.
In 131 career games, Staubach threw for 22,700 yards and 153 touchdowns — all with the Cowboys.
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