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Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by jterrell, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    not published yet and uh by me...


    It is time now to build the Boys for a 2006 SB run.

    The team is not as far away as many fans believe.
    I am honestly kind of shocked at how down the average Cowboy fan seems to be.

    The team won six games the previous season and improved by three games with only two losses to poor teams and one being at least understandable if not excusable the last night of the season when they were eliminated from playoff contention just before kickoff.

    Dallas faced three of the four conference championship contenders. They played in a division with three teams that had nine or more wins on the year and two double digit win playoff squads. They were not good enough to make the playoffs against that schedule. But beware perception. Dallas was obviously good enough to carry Denver to overtime, beat Carolina on the road and lead Seattle at their place with three minutes left to play.

    So how do you get from just off the mark to in the bulls eye?
    Well I’d start with a kicker. Last season saw Cowboys incumbent Billy Cundiff get injured in the pre-season and Dallas was left grasping at straws to fill the role of field goal kicker. That issue became a sore spot that lingered even when Cundiff returned from injury with seemingly a stronger but less accurate leg. Cundiff before injury was pretty good. Dallas wants to be very good at the position and a guy like Adam Vinatieri or Mike Vanderjagt is expected to provide that. Steve Hoffman would as well but don’t expect him back under Bill Parcells. Expect Dallas to spend money to rectify a troubled spot here. Vinatieri who is a tough, cold-blooded pressure guy and 2 years younger is the best bet but the Pats may value him as highly as anyone.

    Other issues are…
    WR: Dallas needs to add at least one more proven WR. Three WRs and a ST guy just doesn’t allow any leeway for injury. Tom Crowder is heading to NFLE but he is gonna come back to compete for Copper’s ST position not a legit WR role.
    Options here are drafting a guy like Martin Nance, Hank Baskett, Greg Lee, Maurice Stovall or jumping on a free agent like Antwaan Randel El or Reggie Wayne.
    I’d guess a draftee is the solution with a 3rd round pick being an early guess. All the Wrs listed above have at least a small chance of lasting to round 3.

    OL: I believe the biggest question is not at OT where we were obviously poor last season but instead at OC. Al Johnson looks to be limited in size and strength. He is not so undersized but his strength is clearly in question. Unless he can lift with Glover in the weight room (Glover may be pound for pound the strongest Cowboy) Johnson looks like a backup not a starter. Rob Petitti should be markedly better next season but it would be hard not to at least offer him a challenger. Petitti got turnstiled at the end of the year when he was playing injured. BP probably feels better about him than fans do based on the toughness he showed. Right now I’d still liken him a lot to Erik Williams---a guy who needed lots of work on technique but had the desire to destroy defenders. Thus I’d say signing a center and drafting a Tackle makes sense.
    Draftable Tackles: Jonathon Scott, Eric Winston, Marcus McNeill, Andrew Whitworth. Scott and Winston are Texas kids with Scott being from Dallas Carter High school so they’d come with a large local fan base. More importantly both are stud blockers. Winston had number 1 overall potential until he was injured last season. He was a top TE prospect coming out of high school.
    At Center there will be limited free agents but LeCharles Bentley is the guy you want to go get and he is available. He can handle big DTs and quick ones. He is worth a huge contract. Strengthening the center for a QB like Bledsoe is a must. Bentley is target 1 for me.

    OLB: Scott Fujita and Al Singleton are both in question as returnees. Fujita is a free agent and Singleton is a 4-3 backer. Kevin Burnett looks to have moved inside as the successor to Dat Nguyen you seems destined to retire. A bookend to Demarcus Ware is absolutely necessary and it will be very hard for Bill Parcells to pass the group of backer sin this draft class. There are some very tantalizing players like AJ Hawk, Chad Greenway, Demeko Ryans, Ernie Sims, Bobby Carpenter, Thomas Howard. I expect 1 of those guys to start in Dallas next year at some point as BP finishes off his defense.

    FS: Ok so maybe the defense is quite so finished with just an OLB but FS can be addressed in free agency or the draft. It will merely take the head coach allowing a coverage guy to be signed or drafted. Charlie Peprah is a local kid who can cover, Michael Huff will probably be long gone by 18 but can flat out play a perfect complimentary safety to the linebacker-esque Roy Williams. Laron Landry might be the best choice at 18 and is another regional kid playing down in Louisiana.

    If you were playing along at home and came up with something like:
    Big Free Agents
    OC: LeCharles Bentley
    K: Adam Vinatieri

    Draftees
    R1: Marcus McNeill
    R2: Bobby Carpenter
    R3: Maurice Stovall
    R4-6 Charlie Peprah

    Not sure that makes Dallas a serious Title contender but I’d take my chances with that squad. Then again I would have taken my chances with Flozell and Henry in the lineup. Two 6 seeds already have made it to the conference championship game no reason to think the 7th seed was just that far away.
  2. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    Well done J... I agree with you on just about every point...
  3. TonyS

    TonyS Well-Known Member

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    Biggest question mark I have with Petitti is foot and hand speed.

    Unless he can increase that or make it all work together, he is going to have a tough time at this level.
  4. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Nice article........you should write more often.
  5. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    If we could sign Kevin Barry and Bentley then the boys could draft Manny Lawson and Kai Parham to complete the linebacking core.
  6. DragonCowboy

    DragonCowboy Well-Known Member

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    thanks jterrell!
  7. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    Nice read JT...however I think I read somewhere that Landry is not coming out this year.
  8. jterrell

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    You are absolutely right.
    I missed that release yesterday.

    He was 50/50 last I heard on the 15th.
    Apparently draft advisory committee told him round 2 or 3 which I think was a bit too conservative. :(
    Round 2 here would have been good but I still expext we go safety a bit later with a guy like Peprah in rounds 4-6.
  9. TheHustler

    TheHustler Active Member

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    I'm pretty sure Glover isn't pound for pound the strongest Cowboy though. Nguyen and Allen both bench press twice their weight.
  10. Duane

    Duane Active Member

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    Great job as always JT.
  11. jterrell

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    Bench Press is not even a weight training exercise in the Cowboys strength program.

    They use full body measurements(cleans, deadlifts and squats).

    I can bench about 1.7 times my body weight but I am no where near NFL strength because overall core strength is not up to par.

    FWIW Glover won the bench press contest at the NFL Superstars. He lifted 355 I think it is 17 times to win.

    I remember reading Glover had the teams best squat and clean numbers.

    Dat would probably be 2nd on the team. I used Glover as the example because he is of a similar size and went from NFLE to Pro Bowler based largely on strength gains.
  12. jazzcat22

    jazzcat22 Well-Known Member

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    Great article JT, thanks.
    What about S from FA, like Chavous from the Vikings, then use that 18th pick on one of those LB's, since Huff may be gone by the time we draft.
  13. jterrell

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    Not a bad idea at all and honestly I probably should have included that option. Chavous is a great draftnik too and will want a job in an NFL FO/or ESPN as a Kiper-like guru when he retires.
  14. blindzebra

    blindzebra Well-Known Member

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    Isn't Landry staying in school or did I hear that wrong?
  15. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    No you heard right. He is not coming out.
  16. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    I disagree about Huff. Mel Kiper thinks he'll go #16 to Atlanta. But I JUST moved from Atlanta, and the fans hardly ever mention FS, they are thinking RB. I wouldnt be shocked if they drafted Lendale White.

    Dunn Only has to much left in him, and Duckett had a horrible season.

    That leaves Minnesota who is converting to a cover 2 scheme, so Im not sure they'd grab Huff either.

    I think it's very possible we get Huff at 18
  17. PA Cowboy

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    This is this first I heard about this.
  18. jterrell

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    He limped through many games.

    A lot of guys get banged up and when in college they could come out but not with BP.

    A limping OT has to learn to compensate and I think Rob was caught leaning wayyyy too much but he's a pup and will undoubtedly get better. He's raw though.
  19. ravidubey

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    Could Maurice Stovall be the next Derrell Jackson-- a third round pick who quickly turned out to be his team's go-to guy?

    Dallas does not have a go-to WR.
  20. jterrell

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    Wr is real tough to call early on.

    I think he could easily come in and battle as the fourth WR and replace KJ in a year or two.

    I expect his size would lend well to blocking as well as providing a big target. I'd compare him to a Plaxico Burress though minus the attitude and perhaps a step slower.

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