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Norm's Blog: Cowboys Draft--Talent vs Needs

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by EastDallasCowboy, Apr 30, 2006.

  1. EastDallasCowboy

    EastDallasCowboy New Member

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    Every year the struggle at draft time is whether to draft the player that best fits your needs or simply the best player on the board. The “need” drafters can usually be easily identified by simply looking at the worst records in the National Football League.

    If there is one overwhelming commandment on draft day it would be—“Thou Shalt Draft Ability”.

    Fortunately for Dallas ability and need came together at the 18th pick in the first round. One of the most glaring holes in the Dallas defense last year was the outside linebacker opposite rookie Demarcus Ware.

    First round pick Bobby Carpenter fills that hole. He was not the most athletic LB available. He was not the best pass rushing LB available. He was not the best cover LB available. He was not the best run stopping LB available. HE WAS THE BEST LB AVAILABLE given the job description for that Cowboy position.

    Ware will be the rush LB here. Carpenter will be asked to do a little bit of everything on the other side. That’s perfect for the most complete LB available when the Cowboys picked him up.

    The 2nd round selection of TE Anthony Fasano signals a whole new era of Cowboy offense. They will use 2 Tight Ends, 2 Wide Receivers and 1 Running back. There’ll be no blocking FB in the Dallas scheme.

    To make this work the offensive line must prevent any quick penetration on passing plays. But the presence of a 2nd Tight End should give Bledsoe 2 short-to-mid-range targets along with the longball threats of Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn. But that offense will put a premium on the RB’s ability to pick up any blitzer that comes free. Because we know that Drew Bledsoe isn’t terribly good at avoiding the rush.

    The 3rd round choice of Defensive End Jason Hatcher was almost without question a “best player available” type of pick. Hatcher’s stock had risen steadily during the off-season. Apparently New Orleans was ready to take him with the 2nd pick of the 4th round and Arizona would have pulled the trigger with the 10th pick in the 4th round.

    But back to that pesky question of needs. Three significant holes still exist on the Cowboys—Free Safety, Right Tackle and backup Wide Receiver. Hoping that 2nd day draftees could fill those holes is probably shaky thinking.
    There is one player that I’d love to see still available when the Cowboys pick late in the 4th round—Penn State Free Safety Calvin Lowry—he’s smart, plays the ball well, makes excellent adjustments and would certainly fill the description of the type of player the Cowboys need at that position.
    But again when their pick rolls around if there is one player on the board measurably better than everyone else, TAKE HIM!

    Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 08:11AM by [IMG]Norm Hitzges | [IMG]Post a Comment
  2. MrPhil

    MrPhil Member

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    So, thus far in the 2nd day we have filled 2 of his 3 listed "pesky needs" and all that remains is OT.

    IMO, if we can pick up two of: OT, OG, DT......WITHOUT REACHING TOO MUCH........I will be one happy camper!

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