Originally Posted by Darkhound
Were you guys satisfied with the pics?
I was NOT satified with most of the picks. I believe in getting as much value, or bang for your buck, as you can, whether it's at WalMart or the NFL Draft.
*I loved the Anthony Spencer
pick. When the top two OTs in the draft both mention the same player when asked who was the toughest player they had to block, you know you have a player. Spencer
, squats 620
, and power cleans 360
. Only Manuel Ramirez, a 335 lb. OG, beat that triangle of numbers of ALL
the players drafted! This guy is going to be something special. With DWare
drawing constant double teams, I wouldn't doubt Spencer
will make Mel Kiper's
prediction of DROY
*I also really liked the Doug Free
pick. To get a player who was projected to go around #85-90 & get him at #122, then you've gotten some value. Free is super quick, and tenacious. He had many plays where he pass blocked, then, after the pass was completed, ran down the field to block for the receiver. In fact, he is so fast for his size, his teammates named him "Doug Freak".
Even though he was taken after Marten
, I firmly believe he will be the OT to take over for Flozell Adams
*So, here is my "Shoulda"
mock draft of the players who were available at the same time that some of the players that were picked, that had much more value in terms of where they were taken, and the needs of the team.
1-26- Anthony Spencer
, OLB, Purdue, 6-3, 266, 4.60.
3-67- Marcus McCauley
, CB, Fresno St., 6-1, 200, 4.36.
4-103- Doug Free
, OT, N. Illinios, 6-7, 320, 5.10
4-122- Gosh Gattis
, FS, Wake Forest, 6-1, 205, 4.5...*Even though the team signed Ken Hamlin from Seattle to fill the FS spot, it's not filled until someone proves they can fill it. That is why the Cowboys should have focused more on quality secondary players. It was the secondary that killed us, along w/the lack of pass rush, at the end of last year. One feeds off the other. With the type of attack defense that Wade Phillips plays, he has to be able to trust his secondary to hold up & cover during the many blitzes he throws at teams.
6-178- Matt Toeaina
, DL/NT, Oregon, 6-2, 310, 5.10...*This team needs a backup & future starter at the NT position. This guy gives you all he's got.
6-195- Doug Datish
, OC/OG/OT, Ohio St., 6-4, 310, 5.10...projected to go in the 4th-5th rd. Very versatile, tough.
7-212- Courtney Brown
, CB, Cal Poly, 6-1, 205, 4.32...excellent value pick.
7-237- Brandon Siler
, ILB, Florida, 6-2, 240, 4.6...Hard to believe he's still here! Plays a little stiff, but most figured him a 2nd-3rd rounder. Is super tough, and just knows where the ball is going to be. Great instincts. Could push Bradie James by 2008.
*Taking James Marten
at #67 was not a value pick. That is about where he was projected to go. Plus, he didn't show much at the Senior Bowl
, both in practice & the game. Marcus McCauley
, however, was considered by most as the most physically gifted CB in the draft. Any problems he had his Sr. yr. at Fresno St. are ones that can be corrected. This would have been a great value pick. Besides, we needed a quality CB much more than we needed a OT project.
*Isaiah Stanback was a luxury this team can't afford. I hope he does well, but I have my doubts if he can or is willing to translate his talents to WR/RS.
*I really hated the Nick Folk
pick. We already have one of the best PKs in the NFL. Gramatica did very well down the stretch last yr., and showed nothing for the team to think he has lost anything. Folk has a stronger leg, but didn't they fire a kicker last year for being erratic? Makes no sense.
*Speaking of no sense, how about Deon Anderson
? This guy probably would have been there waiting on Sunday night. If not, the team could have signed FB Cory Anderson, who most rated higher anyway. Besides, with Polite & Hoyte, why was it necessary to DRAFT a FB? Just get one in UDFA!
*Speaking of UDFA, that's where Alan Ball
would have been if we hadn't taken him. When you compare a player of Ball's ability to Brandon Siler, there is no comparison.
I think the team, aside from the great deal they made with the Browns, and the selection of Anthony Spencer
, did almost as well in UDFA as it did in the regular draft. I feel the following players they signed from UDFA have a solid chance to at least make the team:
, RB, Hampton, 5-10, 210, 4.45. One of a few players to ever have gained over 1,000 yds. in all 4 seasons. With an upper body like a body builder, he may be able to block the blitz better than Tyson Thompson
, RB/FB, Houston, 6-2, 240, 4.43. Showed up big at the Combine. Could make team first at ST.]
, QB, Oregon St., 6-4, 200, 4.85. The QB position is pretty crowded, but, after watching part of the draft again, I noticed Ron Jaworski
really pitching for Matt Moore
after the forth rd. He had Moore rated as the 5th best QB in the draft. Jaws is one of the few "experts" at ESPN that I really respect. There must be something there, because the Cowboys were ecstatic about getting Moore.
, OG, New Mexico, 6-4, 315, 5.35. A man's man who might take a job from someone who might not want it as badly as Turner does. Real tough guy who will take it to you.
, NT, Nebraska, 6-2, 300, 5.10. Real quick big man who may fit well into Phillip's new defense.