Originally Posted by Randy White
I want to preface by saying that this grade is based solely on the execution of the talent procurement. It has absolutely nothing to do with predicting how any of these particular players is going to turn out, or what record the Cowboys are going to end up with because of their contribution, or lack of.
The grade I'm going to give them is: B-/C+
Here's how I break it down.
1st rnd: I give them an A+
for moving up to get CB Morris Claiborne. I do not penalize them for using a 2nd round pick to move up because in my opinion Claiborne is worth more than which ever 2 players the Cowboys could have drafted at #14 and #45, taking into consideration how the draft turned out.
3rd rnd: I give them a B+
for drafting DE Tyrone Crawford. His value is higher than the pick ( 81st overall ) they invested in him.
[View Full Quote]4th rnd: I give them a C+ for drafting OLB Kyle Wilber. This might be a slight reach, but it's a reasonable one and if Rob Ryan is convinced about his skills, then by all means, taking him at this spot was the right thing to do.
4th rnd ( comp ): I give them an F for S Matt Johnson. This was a HUGE reach. It doesn't mean a thing about how the kid is going to turn out ( I actually like him after watching his highlight film ), but they probably could have picked him in the 6th rnd, maybe even 7th rnd.
5th rnd: I give them a C for drafting Danny Coale. This wasn't a huge reach either since Coale's type of talent is usally drafted around this area. Although they did pass on much higher available talent, I definitely see the reason for this pick: slot receiver/punt returner.
6th rnd: I give them a C for drafting TE James Hanna. Folks, lets be real, at this stage of the draft all they're looking for long shots. Much like Coale, Hanna's type of talent is drafted around this area ( the current back up TE for the Cowboys was a 6th round pick himself, if I remember correctly ) and, again, although they did passed on better talent, I see the reasoning behind this pick.
7th rnd: I give them a D- for drafting OLB/FB Caleb McSurdy. This was also a big reach, although not as big as Matt Johnson. This guy is an undrafted free agent talent. If the Cowboys wanted him so badly, they should have put on the same recruiting show they did to sign Tony Romo. Again, this is not an indication on how the kid is going to turn out, but there was so much better talent available that was passed on that I cannot, in good conscience, give them a pass on this one. They usually disappoint me with the 7th round too, because instead of taking chances on big time talent that usually fall for some reason or another ( or even draft the best QB available in some years ) they usually get this type player: LB/FB/TE/DB that should have been UFA.
As I said in another thread, this wasn't exactly a " looking for the big hollywood show " draft, like those idiots at the Ticket kept criticizing them all weekend long for. On the contrary, if anything, on the surface, it looks like a blue collar, get your hands dirty type of draft.
We'll see how it turns out in a couple of years.
for you he is a huge reach, for many fans, and for some teams....however, for other teams and scouts, including ours he was picked where he was.
Maybe this is where Dallas had him on their board and if so, he wasnt a reach. Also, if they had wind that another team was going to be taking him soon, then that would cause them to pounce.
McSurdy is the only pick I really do not like. There were so many other quality prospects......especially SS Kelcie McCray and NT Fangupo