Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Drlabon, Sep 2, 2006.
Hindsight is 20/20.
Yeah, I know, that is the line that always goes through my head, although it is still hard to accept. I say that all the time on here, but don't know if I really mean it, lol.
I would go after the best NT/DT in the 1st round and continue to solidify our 3-4 front for the next 10 years. Ferguson won't be around much longer and I'm not convinced Johnson, Stanley or Ratliff are the future there.
I like the production of these three...
Marcus Thomas - 6-3 296 - Florida
In 36 games...131 TKL's, 22.5 TFL's, 10 sacks and 2 FF.
Quinn Pitcock - 6-3 295 - Ohio St.
In 37 games...94 TKL's, 15.5 TFL's and 6 sacks
Brandon Mebane - 6-3 295 - California
In 28 games...57 TKL's, 15.5 TFL's and 10.5 sacks.
No way we ever take a NT in the first round.
Agreed, NT while very key to the 3-4 defense can be plugged somewhat easily by FA or drafting a very big DT late. The NT has to be strong enough in order to withstand the double-teams and mentally tough enough to take a secondary role in the defense. Stanley has the size but not the eventual strength and experience requied. Thomas Johnson has more experience but is not ideally suited for 3-4 schemes (more of a 3-4 pass rusher, backup 4-3 DT). I think Ferguson will play another year, but the Cowboys would be better suited to fill this hole with a 5th round pick or FA in 07. The 5th round seems to suggest the type of quality developmental/potential part-time player required to fill the spot.
Give Stanley an offseason in the weight program. He should be fine.
I have said it a million times -
DRAFT THE TRENCHES! NT, OL, we need to hit on some picks here.
I like Pat McQuiestern, but if a potential starter at tackle is available in round 1, I don't see how we don't take them.
On Day 1, I'd like to get a potential number 1 WR (to develop), a NT, and OG.
On Day 2, I'd like to add a CB and developmental QB for sure. We'll have to probably draft another TE as well (for depth) as we're running 2 TEs now.
I'm still hoping that JJ and/or Barber will show enough. And on the OL, I'm hoping the Colombo and McQ continue to develop.
If we can manage to get the OG in FA, that would help out the draft quite a bit.
Umm...did he even make the cut today?
I didn't even know that cuts had been announced. I didn't have him on my 53 anyway (had him on the PS).
I would agree with you totally if you had put a running back into the mix. If we make the assumption that this year's pre-season performance of the first string O-line and Julius Jones results were the result of the defense putting 8 men in the box, and Dallas not responding with check off plays or throwing on first down, was to mask the running game, then I'll go on hold pending the regular season. But, Jones was essentially handcuffed this preseason, and if it wasn't by design, then a running back should definitely be put on the front burner in next year's draft.
I think we consider signing a proven, but still relatively young, FA OL next offseason considering how hard it seems to be for us to hit on first day OLs.
FYI if we could get any free agent, I'd take Eric Stienbach from the Bengals. The Bengals have already re-signed Levi Jones, Willie Anderson and Bobby Williams, but there starting center as well as Stienbach are still FAs to be. Stienbach will probably want to much money for the Bengals to resign considering how much money they have invested in the o-line now.