I have noticed a trend since Garrett took over and the type of players that the team has taken. I went back and looked at the Scout's Inc. profiles of all of our picks to see what I could dig up. I was mostly interested in the categories of "intangibles".
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Scouts Inc. grading system, each category per player is ranked on a scale of 1-5 (1 being best). To give you an example, Bruce Irvin had a 5 for his intangibles last year.
When I went back and looked at the draft picks, here's what I dug up. I will copy and paste a couple of sentences to show you exactly what I am talking about.
Tyron Smith - 3
Recipient of the 2010 Morris Trophy Award for the most outstanding offensive lineman of the Pac-10 voted on by his peers. Hard worker both on and off the field. Work ethic is adequate but not as intense and passionate about the game
as NFL teams want to see.
Bruce Carter - 2
Dedicated and loves the weight room. Outgoing personality. Brings added value as a special teams standout and blocked six kicks during career, including three against Connecticut in 2008.
DeMarco Murray - 2
Good student and handles his business both on and off the field. Has shown the mental toughness to work through an injury plagued career.
David Arkin - 1
Named team's Co-Player of the Year and Co-Offensive Player of the year Award in 2010. Named team's Offensive Lineman of the Year 2007-2009. Named Offensive Scout Team Player of the year in 2006. All Academic First Team in 2009 and 2010. All Academic Second Team in 2007 and 2008. Graduated with a degree in construction management in December of 2010.
Josh Thomas - 1
Quiet and humble personality. Hard worker and well-respected by coaches and teammates. A dual-sport athlete; also a sprinter on Buffalo track team. Tough competitor. Plays with a chip on his shoulder.
Dwayne Harris - 1
Hard worker on the field and during off-season work-outs. Highly accountable and respected by both coaches and teammates. Brings added value on special teams and had three kickoff returns for touchdowns last season. Earned the offensive unit's annual Effort Award in 2008.
Shaun Chapas - 1
Selected team's overall permanent captain in 2010. Earned Coaches Leadership Award for Special Teams, Leon Farmer Award for dedication to strength and conditioning program and David Jacobs Award as the player who by example portrays courage, spirit, character and determination in 2010. Earned True Grit Award in spring of 2010. Named team's most consistent running back at the conclusion of 2009 spring drills. Named one of the team's most improved players in 2007 and 2008. Excellent student that has been on Athletic Director's Honor Roll the past three years and made Dean's List in summer of 2009.
Morris Claiborne - 1
"Versatile athlete. Began career at LSU at WR but moved to CB in fall camp. Played QB, WR and DB in high school. Solid work ethic. Mature for his age. No off the field issues to our knowledge. Good mental makeup for the position."
Tyrone Crawford - 2
"Windsor, Ontario native. Very coachable. Works hard on and off the field. Appears to have good football character. No off the field issues to our knowledge."
Kyle Wilber - 1
A well rounded individual. Hard worker and takes coaching well. Respected by coaches and teammates. Named a team captain as a senior.
Matt Johnson - N/A
Danny Coale - 1
Accountable and a relentless worker. A well rounded and respectable individual. Has a team first mentality. Brings added value as a versatile special teams' player including showing the ability to punt in emergency situations. Graduated with a degree in finance in December of 2010 and is currently on pace to earn a second undergraduate degree in market management.
James Hanna - 3
Hard worker that goes about his business. Handles his responsibilities on and off the field. No red flags.
Caleb McSurdy - N/A
Even though the profiles for Matt Johnson and Caleb McSurdy were not available, from what I remember these players were both seen in similar ways (high character). This can not be a coincidence. I know I always saw it here where people would say that we are shifting towards high character guys, but this really proved it for me.
When I was looking at people that the Cowboys might be interested in last year, this was something that I probably did not take as seriously as I should have. When we're looking at players the Cowboys might be interested in, this is something that we have to take into consideration.
Just wanted to share.