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Emmitt Smith wants current Cowboys to reach potential - Bob Glauber, Newsday

Another Cowboys legend weighs in on the current state of the team.

“It is disappointing, because you see how talented this team can be, was [in past years], and has the potential to be,” Smith told Newday. “The disappointing part is not seeing this team maximize its true potential, how it’s done, what they need to do. They need to figure those things out quickly for themselves, individually and as a complete team.”

Smith would like to see this year’s team take some of the lessons from his championship seasons and apply them to the 2022 season and beyond. And that means today’s players taking their profession more seriously.

“One thing I can say about my Dallas Cowboys teams back in the ‘90’s, there was an overarching commitment from each and every man on the football field to get better and be better and be physically fit and ready to roll once the season came around, period,” said Smith, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 18,355 yards. “What was important was what we did every off-season in terms of our physical training and getting in physical shape ready to go out there and compete, and we did compete. Not only amongst ourselves, but we competed once we got on the football field for four quarters, and there was no holding back. In my opinion, that is the environment that our current Cowboys are missing.”

The clear line of demarcation and the Cowboys’ descent was Jones’ firing of Jimmy Johnson after the 1993 season – even though the Cowboys managed to win another title in Barry Switzer’s second season. Smith would love to see the lessons Johnson imparted on his players before his ouster apply to the current team under Mike McCarthy.

15 top-100 prospects Cowboys almost assuredly won’t pick in 2022 NFL draft - KD Drummond, Cowboys Wire

Don’t count on seeing these guys in Cowboys uniforms.

WR Skyy Moore, Western Michigan

WMU is in the MAC conference, a group of 5. There’s even buzz Moore could be a first-round consideration, but with no 30 visit or private workout on record, the Cowboys are likely out on him.

OT Trevor Penning, Northern Iowa

Penning (Missouri Valley, other) has been mocked to Dallas in the first round by a couple high-profile national folks, because there is rumored interest. But in the first? If Penning goes that high, it would shock me into a coma if that team was Dallas.

OT Tyler Smith, Tulsa

The Cowboys have recently been burned at the Tulsa (Group of 5) alter, and as we see with other schools- they tend to stay away, so Smith is likely out, too.

Two arrests are made in the shooting death of Cameron Ray, one day after Kelvin Johnson met with police - Mike Florio, PFT

The latest news around the Kelvin Joseph situation.

Cowboys defensive back Kelvin Joseph apparently told police exactly what they needed to hear.

A day after Joseph met with authorities investigating the drive-by shooting death of Cameron Ray, two people were arrested in connection with the crime. Per the Dallas Police Department (via Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News), police have apprehended Aries Jones, 28, and Tivione English, 21.

Joseph’s lawyer has admitted that Joseph was a passenger in the vehicle from which the shots were fired.

Joseph, a second-round pick of the Cowboys in 2021, has not been arrested or charged with any crime. The murder happened on March 18, following a fight outside a bar. Cameron Ray was 20 years old.

NFL Draft 2022: 3 Draft Predictions for The Dallas Cowboys - Rocky Garza, Jr., Inside the Star

The Cowboys trade-up talk has got everybody riled up.

1. Cowboys trade up to the Top-15.

While some fans are hoping the Cowboys stay put at Pick 24, or even trade down, I’m rocking with what Jerry said and predicting that they move up in the first round. Every year you see prospects slide down than their projected rankings, so I envision the same happening in this draft, and the front office goes after a homerun selection early.

Now I understand that the franchise would lose draft capital and given their many needs on the team, it would be hard to justify moving multiple picks. However, Jones did say if another “CeeDee Lamb or Micah Parsons” type player was there, they would go after them.

Although his message was likely implied towards meaning if a top prospect fell to them at 24, I’m using the same energy towards them moving up. I can already hear Jones’s post-draft interview of how elated they were to see “x-player” within striking distance, and they felt obligated to trade up.

(Additionally, my bet is Jones uses some crazy analogy to justify the pick and all of us will be confused about how it relates.)

With the trade-up, I would expect them to target players like Ohio State Wide Receiver Chris Olave, LSU Cornerback Derek Stingley, USC Wide Receiver Drake London, Northern Iowa Tackle Trevor Penning, Florida State EDGE Jermaine Johnson, Mississippi State Tackle Charles Cross, and Georgia Defensive Tackle Jordan Davis.

Micah Parsons recalls emotional reaction to getting drafted by Cowboys - Lauren Barash, The Landry Hat

The Cowboys struck gold in last year’s draft!

With the 2022 NFL Draft around the corner, a lot of the NFL world has been buzzing with mock drafts, prospect profiles, and trade rumors. But there’s also been some content that allows fans and players to reminisce on last year’s draft. To teams around the league, the draft is a time for business to be done. For collegiate players, this time of year represents a life-changing opportunity. It represents a chance to be rewarded for years of hard work. The Dallas Cowboys former first-round pick, Micah Parsons, had one of those incredible moments last year.

The NFL recently posted a video from their “Hey Rookie Welcome to the NFL” segments on Twitter showing Parsons’ reaction to getting drafted by the Cowboys, and it’s very emotional. It starts with the Penn State product saying that he wants Dallas and that he will cry if he gets that call. Moments later, his phone rings and Jerry Jones is on the other end.

“This is all I’ve ever wanted man,” Parsons said to Jones. He then puts his head in his hands and begins to cry. His family is jumping for joy and recording the moment. It’s truly a special moment for the young gun. Maybe it’s just me. But there’s something about seeing a 6-3, 245-pound man cry that really gets you.

As he’s on the phone with Jerry, Parsons’ son Malcolm comes up to him and the linebacker envelops his kid in a big hug. Tissues, anyone? Parsons retweeted the video expressing how important the moment was to him.

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