We are getting closer and closer to the NFL Draft, and fans have their favorite names they are hoping to hear called to be a Dallas Cowboy. Whatever excitement roller-coaster ride we are on, you could probably double it for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. It seems like every year we are hearing that Jones is infatuated with a certain player. Because of those rumors, we’ve also heard that in the past that his son and director of player personnel, Stephen Jones, has had to talk his father out of taking flashy players like Johnny Manziel.
Now we are hearing about Jerry’s new potential toy in Kyle Pitts so that is something to keep an eye on in this draft. We haven’t seen Trader Jerry as of late, but Pitts is a possible once in a lifetime pick that could be hard to pass up, especially if Jones thinks back to the time he passed on receiver Randy Moss in favor of Greg Ellis in 1998.
Last season, other than one move up in the draft, the Cowboys sat and watched as talent fell into their laps in each round of the draft. This should lead the Cowboys, who have enough picks to do what ever they want, to stay put, trust their draft board, and pick the best players available.
And right now based on most draft analysts projections they continue to see Patrick Surtain II falling to the Cowboys at number 10. Which is perfect for Jerry Jones if he truly wants to compete for a championship. Pairing Surtain II with Trevon Diggs would give the Cowboys two very talented cornerbacks on the outside with Jourdan Lewis/Anthony Brown in the slot. The secondary of the Cowboys will hopefully be much improved with that combination. The Cowboys will need it this season going up against the re-tooled receiving corps in the division.
The Giants have added a bigger and stronger receiver in Kenny Golladay, and a speedster in John Ross III, to go along with Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepard. They are looking like a much improved unit. You also have the Washington Football Team who has added Curtis Samuel and Adam Humphries to go along with the talented Terry McLaurin and second-year receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden. This will give them a very tough group to deal with. Then you have the Eagles who took speedy receiver Jalen Reagor last season, and had Travis Fulgham emerge last season. The Eagles are also in prime position to add another receiver with a top pick in the draft to help second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts. Just like with Dallas, the glut of quarterbacks expected to go early is going to push a frontline receiver down to Philadelphia.
Adding Surtain II will help the Cowboys against those bigger receivers. Combined with Diggs, they should be able to grow into a cornerstone duo of defensive backs for the Cowboys defense. It all depends on Jerry Jones staying patient and letting the talent fall to him just like it did last season. If things go as expected at pick number 10, a really good corner should be available for the Cowboys. Given how much the other teams in the division have improved their receiving groups, they are going to need it.