Originally Posted by robert70x7
With the regular season coming to an end, I decided to go back and look at what could have been with the Cowboys 2012 Draft. It's not fair, and hindsight is always 20/20, but it is interesting to see the players that we could have taken. I'm going to include do this from the perspective of us having our original 14th pick.
14 - Michael Brockers - DT, LSU
Brockers started off slow but he ended up with 5 sacks in 13 games. This was a tough choice between Zeitler, Harrison Smith and Coples.
45 - Casey Hayward - CB, Vanderbilt
Quarterbacks had a 31.1 rating
when they threw Hayward's way. Might be the defensive ROY. The guy is a ballhawk and looks like he's going to be the center-piece of a revamped, young Packers defense.
81 - Ben Jones - C, Georgia
[View Full Quote]Played guard and struggled at times this year for the Texans. Chris Myers was the incumbent. Would have been welcomed at center for the Cowboys.
113 - Jared Crick - DE, Nebraska
Didn't get a lot of sacks opposite of JJ Watt, but was able to shake off his injury concerns and was effective, especially against the run when he was on the field.
135 - Jerron McMillian - S, Maine
The exact opposite of Matt Johnson. What I mean by that is he was actually productive for the Packers, whereas Johnson couldn't get out of the training room.
152 - Alfred Morris - RB, Florida Atlantic
This needs no explanation.
186 - Alfonzo Dennard - CB, Nebraska
Patriots struck gold by taking a risk with his character issues. Cowboys would never draft him, but he is a press corner who doesn't back down from anyone.
222 - Brad Nortman - P, Wisconsin
My nightmares will be flooded with Brian Moorman shanks from this past season.
UDFA - Vontaze Burfict - LB, Arizona State
Again, another guy that the Cowboys wouldn't touch with a 10 foot pole. We could have used some depth this season, and once he got on the field he made so many plays for the Bengals.
It was a weak year for WR, and that is the obvious omission from my picks. I couldn't make one fit that I liked.
That was a great choice in the second rd. In my mock I was hoping Hightower would fall to us in the second, and had us grabbing Fletcher Cox in the 1st.
I never saw the talent in Hayward for the second rd, I do believe that is why valley ranch never consults with me.
My only hit on our draft was Danny Coale and I had Hanna as a free agent.
I threw out Burfict because of speed and not the right kind of guy.
Not sure what I learned from last year, I do agree MO was a good selection, hated the cost but I am looking forward to the coming years. I think we are fine on the WR inventory, give me some OLine and Dline.