Originally Posted by TXCowboyVol
Jenkins, Ingram, Kirkpatrick, DeCastro, Coples all slide to 14...who we taking??
Right now (right now), I would probably go with DeCastro first, Jenkins second, then Ingram.
DeCastro is precisely what the O-Line needs and the type of player the team needs. He is smart and can run any type of scheme (zone or power ahead). He was dominant at Stanford for the last two seasons so the body of work is there. He is passionate about football. That is important. Like Tyron Smith last season, you simply cannot lose by drafting this kid. A first year starter that will instantly upgrade the line. No downside to his game, character or attitude.
Jenkins is very, very intriguing. He might even be first on my list of not for those troubles at UF. He has been a model citizen at North Alabama and he says he has stopped hanging around the bad influences. He "seems" to get it now. Plus, he is precisely what Dallas needs to combat The Eagles and Giants WRs. Fluid hips and the speed to stick with the receivers that the Giants and Eagles put out on the field. His addition would go a long way in giving the D-line more time to get to the QB. Those issues at UF prevent him from being the first choice. I hope the kid does well at the combine with his interviews. I want him to clean up his act and become a Dallas great.
Ingram is going to be a playmaker in the NFL. I really believe that. He plays with intensity and has one of those high motors that does not shut off until the play is done. I watched him more than any of the other players and the dude simply took over games at times. He was a one man wrecking crew against Auburn. 18 sacks the last two seasons. Great hands for a guy his size and the quicks to go with his power. He would at least be as good as Spencer in coverage but with better hands. He would be an upgrade as a pass-rusher over Spencer. He was banged up mid-season in 2011 and still notched 8.5 sacks with two interceptions. He also plays special teams and had a fake punt run for a touchdown against Georgia. Good catalog of moves and sheds blockers well. He would complement D-Ware better than any player Dallas currently has on their roster.
Kirkpatrick is an incomplete at the moment. The driver said the weed was his, but I would to if the guy sitting next to me was my cash cow of the future. The law says he is free from charges, so I can't condemn him, but I am interested in seeing if anything else comes out prior to the draft (including if he tests clean at the combine and how he interviews).
Coples, no. This team needs players that play hard every snap and Coples is just not that guy. Dallas simply does not have the type of leaders in the lockerrroom to set him straight when he checks out of games. Plus, Mike Adams and Mitchell Schwatrz really stoned him in the Senior Bowl. That is the type of talent that he will face in the league each week. He would not be an upgrade over Spencer unless there were strong leaders on this football team to put him in his place and show him how to work each day. His deficiencies are simply not a good match with the players that are on this roster.