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BR: Dallas Cowboys Draft: Should the 'Boys Select an Offensive Tackle?

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by CCBoy, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. jnday

    jnday Well-Known Member

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    This line of thinking is the reason the Cowboys are 8-8 .
  2. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    To some extent I can agree with you, but we do have to get value at where we pick. I guess noone really saw how bad Free looked last year, guess I'm the only one.

    Let's try to hide him on the right side and see how that works out.
  3. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    The guard play for the Saints certainly looks "impact" doesn't it?

    The bottom line is that there are about a dozen other positions on this team that I'm more concerned about than Free's spot.
  4. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    It's VERY rare to see Romo being able to step up in the pocket comfortably. We have poor interior line play, there's no doubt about that. Interior OL should be addressed in free agency IMO.
  5. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Well I guess everyone's favorite scout, couchscout, shouldn't be listened to on this subject:

    Guess I'm going with the less obvious prediction. When it is stated that Holland was our second best OL (who is JAG), over Free, that should say plenty. Would be great to have DeCastro, but if so, I figure we will have to slide protection to Free's side to help him out.

    That's how bad Free was.
  6. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    What would you think about this OL?

    Tyron Smith, David Arkin, Kevin Kowalski, Ben Grubbs, Doug Free
  7. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Definitely an improvement vs. this past season.

    I'd also try and keep Holland as a cheap veteran for depth purposes.

    I like what I've seen from Kowalski, but I have no idea if he can be developed into a top quality Center.

    I would seriously consider drafting a Center in Round 3/Round 4, depending on the staff's view on Kowalski.
  8. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    It would be better, but everything depends on who we actually can get in the draft and free agency. I'm more fine with that if we can get a top CB or a pass rusher who works out well and proves to be worth the pick.

    I do wanna upgrade the OL, no question, and figure we will pick one with one of our top 3 picks. We just also need alot of help on D, and shouldn't be ignored.
  9. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    I would keep Holland as a backup no doubt. Kowalski will do great with Woicik's strength program also. I'd throw Arkin in the mix to improve as well. Nagy, Arkin and Kowalski are three players I'm keeping my eyes on for next year. We can't have Pro Bowlers at every position so we may have to get a FA guard, and then let the other players battle it out for the other guard spot.

    If the team doesn't believe Kowalski or Costa is the long-term solution, I'd be down for Ben Jones in the 3rd round.
  10. Bizwah

    Bizwah Well-Known Member

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    I think the original question of this post is a good one.

    If one of the top OTs is available at 14, do we pull the trigger?

    Kalil, Reiff, or Martin....if they're available, then take them. We'd have a fine tackle combo.

    If we do that....then, it's essential that we sign a FA OG or two.
  11. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Yeah I'm not against that at all. We have young guys we just drafted, why not develop them instead of give up on them so early. Now if we don't get a FA guard, and Kosier just can't play anymore, of course DeCastro moves wayyy up our list. We just aren't at that point of knowing all that yet.

    Plus we haven't drafted any CBs or pass rushers lately anyway that are ready to step in and contribute.

    If one of them are there at 14, I take one of them unless a top CB is sitting there or a pass rusher that works out well. I just don't think anyone of those 3 will be there, we would have to move up. But if we did take one of those 3, we would have to move Free to guard, which would decrease our need at guard.
  12. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    Exactly. Free agency will determine what we do in the draft...
  13. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Yeah we agree on that about free agency, if we get Nicks or Grubbs, I'm probably not looking for a guard that high in the draft. But if we don't get one of them, I'm probably going to become more a DeCastro supporter, but even more of a whatever OT drops supporter.
  14. TheSport78

    TheSport78 The Excellence of Execution

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    If we do sign Grubbs or Nicks, CB or OLB has to be the pick. The value may not be there for OLB, but the CB Kirkpatrick may not be there either.

    My dream FA list is: DE/LB Cliff Avril, S Michael Griffin, and OG Carl Nicks

    This would allow us to target CB and DL in the draft. Heck, I would try and move up a few spots for Kirkpatrick if he started to slide. We need CB's in the worst way.
  15. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Yeah everything is in limbo til we get through free agency. Not really loving the CBs in free agency this year, but we really do need to be more active in general in free agency this year. Out of our 5 young guys on the OL, hope we could find 2 that can play if we get some impact players at CB and pass rusher in the draft and get Nicks or Grubbs.

    Too bad right now the draft is looking weak on pass rushers, hopefully some work out well lead by either Ingram or Upshaw.
  16. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    If Martin slides to 14 and DeCastro is also there, it would be a tough call.
  17. Eskimo

    Eskimo Well-Known Member

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    Wow, talk about an overboard reaction from Free's play last year. He was actually a middle of the pack player at LT last year. He will be a top 10 player at RT next year, probably top 5.

    We have gaping holes on this roster and cap issues. We just gave him a huge deal. He's not going anywhere and we aren't going to draft an OT in the first 4 rounds so he can be 3rd string when we have our bookends in place for the next 5 years.

    Heck, I really like the growth Parnell showed last year. He actually looked pretty good for such a raw player in preseason. I wouldn't be shocked if he beats Free out for the starting role in 2013 and we trade Free next offseason.
  18. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    That's how I see things.

    I doubt the Cowboys are considering a tackle anywhere in the first 3 rounds.
  19. Deep_Freeze

    Deep_Freeze Well-Known Member

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    Well I guess you missed what was said about moving Free inside. Noone has proposed or even mentioned moving Free to the bench as a 3rd stringer at OT.

    At #14, a difference maker is needed, and although DeCastro is a good prospect, he doesn't play a premium position. Had to hear the noise about taking a RT at 9 last year, and point was he will be a LT which was a good plan. Now at 14, Jerry is going to take a guard with all of our other needs for our horrible D??

    Guess we will have to wait and see on that one.
  20. mmillman

    mmillman Well-Known Member

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    I disagree. He was constantly off balance with bad foot work.

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