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Cowboys not expected to take OLB in Round 1

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  1. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    Just some media speculation for those interested . . . .

    Cowboys | Not expected to take OLB in first round
    Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:19:56 -0700

    The Dallas Cowboys are not expected to take an outside linebacker in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft because based on their evaluations they believe all of the prospects at the position are similar to LB Anthony Spencer who is already on the roster.

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  2. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    This was the source at KFFL (ESPN),

    Robert Shipman of Mobile, Ala., a Crimson Tide fan, likes the idea of safety Mark Barron going to the Dallas Cowboys with the No. 14 pick but wonders if the Cowboys might consider outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw instead as a pass-rushing complement to DeMarcus Ware.

    DG: From everything I've been told about Dallas' mindset, they have evaluated Upshaw and Melvin Ingram and the other pass-rushers at the top of the draft and decided that they're all pretty much similar players to Anthony Spencer. And since they have Spencer on the franchise tag already, they believe the best way to maximize the value of that pick is to look at other positions. If they drafted Upshaw, it would be because they'd decided to rescind the franchise player designation and let Spencer leave as a free agent, and that doesn't seem a likely course of action. I think if both players were there at 14, they'd take Barron. The question at this point seems to be whether Barron will last that long.
  3. CCBoy

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    That doesn't pass litmus test...as Spencer is getting both older and more expensive at just effective, not top shelf. In a 3-4, the OLB MUST dominate the outside influence all the way to the quarterback.

    I wonder why the Giants continue to draft top defensive tackles every year?
  4. a_minimalist

    a_minimalist Well-Known Member

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    when were they ever?
  5. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    It's such a flawed way to go about the draft. You don't factor in the current roster to determine the best way to maximize the pick. You take the best player.
  6. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    I agree.

    And if I were to draft an OLB, it wouldn't be Upshaw at 14.
  7. GloryDaysRBack

    GloryDaysRBack Well-Known Member

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    In a way that's what they are saying..nobody at OLB is worthy of the 14th pick
  8. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    The flaw is in your logic.

  9. Rockytop6

    Rockytop6 Well-Known Member

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    Simple answer! They like to win SBs.
  10. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    Water | Is wet
  11. newnationcb

    newnationcb Well-Known Member

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    Take Ryan Tannehil if he's there and rated as the best player on our board?
  12. cobra

    cobra Salty Bastard

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    Welcome to what I have been saying for months.

    Heh. Went back and looked, and as far back as late January, there were posts about whether we should take Ingram or Upshaw and I was taking heat for saying "There is no SOLB worth taking in the top 15. None of them are better than Spencer."
  13. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Absolutely, if he is.

    But he won't be the BPA on our board.
  14. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Several of us have said the same thing.
  15. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    true, but we know what we got, he is a legit SOLB , draftees could bomb.

    I agree with the premise that not a single one is better than Spencer as far as the complete package.
  16. JeffInDC

    JeffInDC Well-Known Member

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    In fact, the most explosive pass rusher at OLB is probably Bruce Irvin. And, as much as I want him to wear the star, he is not nearly worth 1st Round Pick. At pick 45, maybe? I honestly don't think either Mercilus, McLellin, or Perry are worth 1st's either TO 3-4 TEAMS because of the learning curve. But, I'm sure they'll all be gone by pick 32.

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