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Neosapien 23's final mock and rebuild plan

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  1. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    Sitting here at home and bored. My kid is sick and we cant go anywhere because its cold.

    Round 1 Kony Ealy DE 6-5 275 lbs. I really like this guys measureables and production. I only hope he actually makes it to Dallas. I know a lot of posters are hoping Dallas takes Donald and while I think he is worthy of being taken with 16th-17th, I think the 2nd round tackles will offer similar value. I don't feel the same about the 2nd round DEs. Ealy is easily the 2nd best DE prospect in this draft, the other DE don't even come close as evidenced with Murphy and Martin getting stone walled at the senior bowl. This guy will offer instant starting value and pass rush ability from the weakside.

    Round 2 Kelcy Quarles DT 6-4 298 lbs This guy has a quick first step and is predicted as a 3rd round pick. I don't know why when he is extremely fast and productive as evidenced by his 9 sacks. I think he is worthy of a 1st round pick. With that said if he is still there in the 2nd round, he would be a nice consolation prize for not getting Donald. If by some minor miracle Aaron Donald is still there when Dallas picks in the 2nd even with his smaller stature, I would take him over Quarles. Quarles has good size, strength, and will easily be the fastest DT in the NFL combine. This guy has it all.

    Round 3 This is where it gets tricky. Does Dallas want to go with the concept of taking a smaller and quicker 1 tech or do they go with a larger 1 tech that can still get some push. I prefer the bigger 1 tech lineman but Maranelli likes players that can get a push.

    Round 3 Carraun Reid DT 6-2 301 lbs. This guy is extremely fast like Quarles but a lot stronger. He had no one to take pressure off of him at Princeton and still dominated. I know Princeton is not known for putting out successful players, but this guy was a honor student and most likely chose Princeton for academic reasons. A really smart guy who does not have to play football, but wants to. Not well known right now and is being predicted as a 4th round pick. Like Quarles, he will tear up the combine and see his stock rise.

    OR

    Round 3 Justin Ellis DT 6-2 342 lbs. He is being predicted as a 4th round pick. People with his size and speed ratio do not make it to the 4th round. He is having a good senior bowl and is displaying a good pass rush despite his size. He also lost 9 lbs since the east/west shrine game showing a commitment to get in better condition probably now weighing 333 lbs.

    Round 4 Jay Prosch FB 6-1 256lbs. Dallas needs to admit that the 2 TE offense is a failure like the rest of us fans already know. Prosch is a punishing blocker and finishes his blocks. This is exactly the kind of FB Murray or any other running back for that matter. He will allow the teams running game to reach the performance of the other elite running backs. Every top rated runner in the nfl has a top rated FB on the team. Maybe Garrett's Princeton education will allow him to google this fact.


    Round 5 Sentrel Henderson OT 6-7 331lbs. Displays a very similar skill set like DJ Fluker. Unlike Fluker he could not stop smoking the ganja. This exactly the round you take chances on players like this. He could add a dimension of power to the RT position that is missing and is extremely agile for a man his size. I wouldn't risk a 4th round pick on him as he could easily flame out in the NFL. 5th rounders hardly ever make it.

    Round 6 Dontae Johnson FS 6-2 199 lbs. Dallas needs to get much bigger in the secondary. This guy is fairly fast for a man his size and has played both FS and CB. He would be a good project to take and try to groom at CB. He wouldn't have to start right away and would be allowed time to get bigger with Claiborne, Scandrick, and Moore in front of him. I didn't list Carr for a reason.

    Round 7 Jonathan Dowling 6-2 FS198 lbs. This guy is extremely fast and long for a secondary player. He was good player at western Kentucky and I think will be surprise in the NFL. Is a natural at the FS position and has the nose for the ball that our current safeties lack. He could also get some looks at CB with his 4.4 speed and long length.

    Now Dallas has to make some serious decisions concerning cutting or restructuring players.

    Tony Romo -Restructure
    This one is not even open for debate. Even people who don't like Tony Romo know there is no walking away from this contract. Dallas will have to restructure Romo to get under the cap. He also does give the team the best chance to win and is tough as hell. Hopefully he heals up well this offseason. Restructuring Romo should save about 10 million next year.

    Jason Witten - Leave his contract alone, don't restructure him. Witten is a consummate pro. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. He is also slowing down though and looks like he is running in cement boots. I wouldn't cut him as he deserves to retire a Cowboy with his toughness and leadership ability, but I wouldn't continue restructuring his contract.


    Miles Austin - June 2nd cut. Will save 5.5 million next season.

    Demarcus Ware- June 2nd cut
    If Ware rebounds well next year for another team, so what. He is not made for the 4-3 and is body tore down very quickly playing there. I would be open to keeping him, but he is refusing a paycut. Time to move on and stop living in the past. Making Ware a June 2nd cut will free up 12.75 million.

    Brandon Carr June 2nd cut
    While everyone will say he sucks, I would disagree with that statement. However, he is definitely not worth 10 million a year. If Carr would take a pay cut, I would like to keep him. I do not think he will agree to a paycut though and Dallas should free themselves of his bad contract. Making Carr a June 2nd cut will save the team 7.5 million next year. He would not make a big difference and I think Claiborne can man his spot just as well. While Carr struggling was a result of the pass rush disappearing, it also showed that the idea of a high paid corner is a bad idea.

    Making all these moves would free up somewhere around 35.75 million. Dallas being over 25 million would mean that this would create 10.75 million in cap space. I would not spend that money though and let it carry over next year to offset the dead money from the Ware, Carr, and Austin contracts. Losing Ware and Carr will not hurt the team that much and will not mean the difference from 8-8 and 10-6. Adding Koney Ealy, Kelcy Quarles, and Justin Ellis would work wonders for the pass rush. It would also make the secondary look much better. The running game would be much improved by taking the best blocking FB in the 4th and Henderon in the 5th round. I only worry about Henderson's ability to "just say no". If he gets kicked out well most 5th round picks don't make it anyway. He has the physical ability of Fluker and is worth the roll of the dice. Taking Johnson and Dowling in the later rounds is worth the gamble. Both players are 6-2 and very fast. They would be good late round value and will making interesting CB projects without investing heavily in the secondary when the Dline needs those premium picks. If Johnson gets hurt again, Dowling could be kept at FS.
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  2. xwalker

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    Round 1 Kony Ealy DE 6-5 275 lbs. I really like this guys measureables and production. I only hope he actually makes it to Dallas. I know a lot of posters are hoping Dallas takes Donald and while I think he is worthy of being taken with 16th-17th, I think the 2nd round tackles will offer similar value. I don't feel the same about the 2nd round DEs. Ealy is easily the 2nd best DE prospect in this draft, the other DE don't even come close as evidenced with Murphy and Martin getting stone walled at the senior bowl. This guy will offer instant starting value and pass rush ability from the weakside.
    OK. If the opportunity to trade down were available I might take it and see if he is still available.

    Round 2 Kelcy Quarles DT 6-4 298 lbs This guy has a quick first step and is predicted as a 3rd round pick. I don't know why when he is extremely fast and productive as evidenced by his 9 sacks. I think he is worthy of a 1st round pick. With that said if he is still there in the 2nd round, he would be a nice consolation prize for not getting Donald. If by some minor miracle Aaron Donald is still there when Dallas picks in the 2nd even with his smaller stature, I would take him over Quarles. Quarles has good size, strength, and will easily be the fastest DT in the NFL combine. This guy has it all.
    I like Quarles more than most of the analysts, but I see zero possibility that he is the fastest DT as the combine.

    Round 3 This is where it gets tricky. Does Dallas want to go with the concept of taking a smaller and quicker 1 tech or do they go with a larger 1 tech that can still get some push. I prefer the bigger 1 tech lineman but Maranelli likes players that can get a push.

    Round 3 Carraun Reid DT 6-2 301 lbs. This guy is extremely fast like Quarles but a lot stronger. He had no one to take pressure off of him at Princeton and still dominated. I know Princeton is not known for putting out successful players, but this guy was a honor student and most likely chose Princeton for academic reasons. A really smart guy who does not have to play football, but wants to. Not well known right now and is being predicted as a 4th round pick. Like Quarles, he will tear up the combine and see his stock rise.

    OR

    Round 3 Justin Ellis DT 6-2 342 lbs. He is being predicted as a 4th round pick. People with his size and speed ratio do not make it to the 4th round. He is having a good senior bowl and is displaying a good pass rush despite his size. He also lost 9 lbs since the east/west shrine game showing a commitment to get in better condition probably now weighing 333 lbs.

    I'm thinking both of these players will be available in the 4th.

    Round 4 Jay Prosch FB 6-1 256lbs. Dallas needs to admit that the 2 TE offense is a failure like the rest of us fans already know. Prosch is a punishing blocker and finishes his blocks. This is exactly the kind of FB Murray or any other running back for that matter. He will allow the teams running game to reach the performance of the other elite running backs. Every top rated runner in the nfl has a top rated FB on the team. Maybe Garrett's Princeton education will allow him to google this fact.
    With so few teams using true FBs, I think he will be available later.

    Round 5 Sentrel Henderson OT 6-7 331lbs. Displays a very similar skill set like DJ Fluker. Unlike Fluker he could not stop smoking the ganja. This exactly the round you take chances on players like this. He could add a dimension of power to the RT position that is missing and is extremely agile for a man his size. I wouldn't risk a 4th round pick on him as he could easily flame out in the NFL. 5th rounders hardly ever make it.
    He has more issues than just smoking weed. He has a long history of being a knucklehead. Having said that, he is a freakishly large human. I'm surprised to see him weigh in at 331. That's only skinny for a guy with his frame.

    Despite is personal issues, I wouldn't have a problem drafting him in the 5th. His upside is really high (pardon the pun).

    Round 6 Dontae Johnson FS 6-2 199 lbs. Dallas needs to get much bigger in the secondary. This guy is fairly fast for a man his size and has played both FS and CB. He would be a good project to take and try to groom at CB. He wouldn't have to start right away and would be allowed time to get bigger with Claiborne, Scandrick, and Moore in front of him. I didn't list Carr for a reason.
    I like your thought process here. I like the concept of a big guy that has played CB as a developmental DB in the late rounds.

    Round 7 Jonathan Dowling 6-2 FS198 lbs. This guy is extremely fast and long for a secondary player. He was good player at western Kentucky and I think will be surprise in the NFL. Is a natural at the FS position and has the nose for the ball that our current safeties lack. He could also get some looks at CB with his 4.4 speed and long length.
    Again, good thought process on getting some players with length in to develop. The league is getting more and more really big WRs. Sub 6' DBs have to play with perfect technique against the big WRs, whereas taller DBs with long arms can recover from imperfect play.

    Now Dallas has to make some serious decisions concerning cutting or restructuring players.

    Tony Romo -Restructure
    This one is not even open for debate. Even people who don't like Tony Romo know there is no walking away from this contract. Dallas will have to restructure Romo to get under the cap. He also does give the team the best chance to win and is tough as hell. Hopefully he heals up well this offseason. Restructuring Romo should save about 10 million next year.

    Jason Witten - Leave his contract alone, don't restructure him. Witten is a consummate pro. He plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. He is also slowing down though and looks like he is running in cement boots. I wouldn't cut him as he deserves to retire a Cowboy with his toughness and leadership ability, but I wouldn't continue restructuring his contract.
    There are zero reasons not to restructure his contract. If they have extra cap space, they can roll it over to the next year. Having space available gives them the opportunity to get some bargain free agents. Seattle got bargains on 2 DEs last year with Bennett and Avril. They combined for 16.5 sacks in the regular season as backups for significantly less more combined than Ware's salary.

    Miles Austin - June 2nd cut. Will save 5.5 million next season.
    Yes, he should be a June 1st cut.

    Demarcus Ware- June 2nd cut
    If Ware rebounds well next year for another team, so what. He is not made for the 4-3 and is body tore down very quickly playing there. I would be open to keeping him, but he is refusing a paycut. Time to move on and stop living in the past. Making Ware a June 2nd cut will free up 12.75 million.
    They can cut him in March and still free up about 7.5M. If they wait until June, they must carry his entire 16M cap hit between March and June. That would make it impossible to add any free agents.

    Brandon Carr June 2nd cut
    While everyone will say he sucks, I would disagree with that statement. However, he is definitely not worth 10 million a year. If Carr would take a pay cut, I would like to keep him. I do not think he will agree to a paycut though and Dallas should free themselves of his bad contract. Making Carr a June 2nd cut will save the team 7.5 million next year. He would not make a big difference and I think Claiborne can man his spot just as well. While Carr struggling was a result of the pass rush disappearing, it also showed that the idea of a high paid corner is a bad idea.
    This is not realistic. The cap his is too big.

    He is only 27 and was good in 2012 and good in some games in 2013.


    Making all these moves would free up somewhere around 35.75 million. Dallas being over 25 million would mean that this would create 10.75 million in cap space. I would not spend that money though and let it carry over next year to offset the dead money from the Ware, Carr, and Austin contracts. Losing Ware and Carr will not hurt the team that much and will not mean the difference from 8-8 and 10-6. Adding Koney Ealy, Kelcy Quarles, and Justin Ellis would work wonders for the pass rush. It would also make the secondary look much better. The running game would be much improved by taking the best blocking FB in the 4th and Henderon in the 5th round. I only worry about Henderson's ability to "just say no". If he gets kicked out well most 5th round picks don't make it anyway. He has the physical ability of Fluker and is worth the roll of the dice. Taking Johnson and Dowling in the later rounds is worth the gamble. Both players are 6-2 and very fast. They would be good late round value and will making interesting CB projects without investing heavily in the secondary when the Dline needs those premium picks. If Johnson gets hurt again, Dowling could be kept at FS.
    Henderson is a better athlete than Fluker but does not have Fluker's mauler attitude.

    You didn't address Guard unless you think Henderson at 6-7 could play that position. The Cowboys have zero depth at Guard and were 1 injury away from Phil Costa either starting at Guard or having to move Fred to Guard with Costa at Center. They can't make plans the Spring based on the possibility of Waters re-signing after training camp.
  3. tm1119

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    You're plan looks like it involves punting the 2014 season. And Jerry will never let that happen. There's no rebuilding after building that stadium and giving Romo that contract
  4. Picksix

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    IIRC, you can only have 2 June 1 cuts, so they wouldn't be able to designate all 3. Besides, can't see them cutting Carr at this point. Miles and Ware, I could see that.
  5. rwalters31

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    Well, I have not kept up with the college ball players like you but I would have to disagree about the fifth round picks. Seattle has made a science of picking excellent players in the fifth round. At this time I would not argue with you on the DL picks and the full back is a great idea, but Romo needs protection at the guard position badly. Even though you are right about other positions, this draft needs to be solely about DL and OL.
  6. xwalker

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    They can only have two "designated" June 1st cuts. They can have an unlimited number of actual June 1st cuts.

    The "designated" June 1st cut just allows the player to move on prior to June 1st, but the team does not get cap relief until June 1st.
  7. neosapien23

    neosapien23 Well-Known Member

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    I think Henderson could be an interesting contingency plan, but I really like Ray Dominguez on the practice squad. He is 6-4 328 lbs. He would have enough girth to anchor in case either Leary or Bernadeau go down. If the Cowboys didn't think he could play, what would be the point of keeping him on the practice squad? If a Frederick were to get hurt, this guy could slide to Bernadeau's spot and Bernadeau could start at center. I think Costa will be cut this next offseason as he cannot play.
  8. Picksix

    Picksix A Work in Progress

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    Thanks. So, do they get to spread the dead money over two seasons for every cut they make on or after June 1?
  9. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    Yes.
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    Yes, it will be interesting to see Dominguez in the preseason. He definitely has NFL size/strength but borderline speed/quickness. Keeping his weight down is probably a key issue for him.

    It would not be wise for them to have Dominguez as the only option. He's already been in the NFL for 2 years and has not made it off the practice squad.

    They have also had Weems practice some at Guard. He is big and strong and more athletic than Dominguez. He was raw from a technique/awareness perspective in training camp at LT, but he has the required physical ability to play OL in the NFL, IMO.
  11. unionjack8

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    That is my dream first two rounds .
    I just hope Ealy is there for us, I don't see any way we can mov down and get him.

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