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What if Donald drops to #16....

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Chuck 54, Mar 17, 2014.

  1. Chuck 54

    Chuck 54 Well-Known Member

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    and the Cowboys pass on him?

    Fans often get a little carried away with draft media and the combine, even after making fun of the underware Olympics. The fact of the matter is that Aaron Donald is 6'1" and tops out at 285. Maybe he will be the next great 3-tech DT that no one can block; maybe he'll be engulfed by NFL interior linemen that go 320-330.

    Maybe the Cowboys prefer Jernigan; maybe the Cowboys prefer trading down and picking up a DT and a DE. Maybe the Cowboys draft OL or safety, or LB or even WR.

    It's been proven year after year for decades; you don't have to sign the biggest names in free agency, nor do you have to draft the top ranked players in April to find impact players or even pro-bowlers. Everyone wants Donald; everyone assumes Chicago will take him ahead of us. Reminds me of the great RB draft under Parcells; Steven Jackson dropped down down down for us, and we dropped down, uninterested at all.

    You just never know what your front office, coaches and scouts are thinking in the war room, but it's safe to bet it's usually quite different from what the media and draft publications led us to think.
  2. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    I doubt there would be a Steven Jackson type of eruption, but I could be wrong.

    But If Dallas does not get a starting 3-T before the draft, yes, I think there will be people cutting themselves.
  3. CowboysLaw87

    CowboysLaw87 Active Member

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    We as fans need to ready ourselves for any scenario. I typically go into a draft with a group of about 4 guys I'd be perfectly fine coming away with.

    The chances of us pulling the trigger on Donald move into the "slim" zone if we sign Melton too.
  4. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    depends on what has happened before the pick
    i would try to trade down to mid 20s and still have a shot at taking one of donald/hagemann/jernigan

    the extra third rounder could turn into a starting DL or OL this year
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  5. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    I would be relieved. I want no part of a one dimensional player who only fits a scheme I want to get out of ASAP.
  6. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    When Marinelli is head coach, what makes you think the scheme is abandoned?
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  7. ScipioCowboy

    ScipioCowboy More than meets the eye. Zone Supporter

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    There will be rueing and gnashing of teeth.
  8. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    Because in true Jerry fashion, after the hire he will force Marinelli to run a 3-4.

    After checking with Will McClay.

    Your move.
  9. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    what about if it is linehan and not marinelli?

    we have several highly qualified HC coaching candidates on the roster
  10. DallasEast

    DallasEast Cowboys 24/7/365 Zone Supporter

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    Dallas should do their homework and draft defensive front seven or offensive line in the first three rounds. I'm willing to tolerate some usual Jones wheeling-and-dealing as long as he nets quality and very probable opening game talent while doing so. However, if we choose players for the positions listed in red above, I may head to a book depository and wait for Jones to drive by Dealey Plaza.
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  11. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    I don't think Donald has to "drop" to 16. The only team above us who could take him IMO is the Bears at 14.
  12. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    I like Donald and I think good football players can be good in any system if you find a way to use them.

    With that said, if they like another DT better like Jernigan or Hageman than that is what they want and I am not going to complain. If they like OG/OT Martin better...so be it.

    I think you can get a quality player not named Donald in this draft and this team is in need of help in so many areas it would work out for them.
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  13. visionary

    visionary Well-Known Member

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    may as well ask for the moon and sun while youre at it
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  14. DanTanna

    DanTanna Original Zone Member Zone Supporter

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    We gotta take a TE in round two, don't forget about that.
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  15. ConstantReboot

    ConstantReboot Well-Known Member

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    If the Cowboys go Oline I will shave my hair and join a Buddhist sect. There is no reason in this draft for us to focus on anywhere else but Dline. A 3-tech doesn't have to be that big. Ratcliff wasn't overly big so was Hatcher. I think these days people want to pick size over speed. But speed is something you can't teach and Donald certainly has the speed to be that prototypical 3-tech.

    I really doubt he will drop that low this year, even past round 16. I doubt that only Chicago wants him. There maybe other teams that are keeping their cards close to their chest and not causing a fuss before the draft.

    Lastly, I think Donald's small size gives him an advantage. Being small with a lot of speed makes it harder for a guard or center to put your hands on you. Couple that in with an explosive first step, and its a recipe to becoming a sack master. So don't think for a second Donald's size is a negative. I think it plays into his favor. Especially as a passrushing 3 tech.
  16. DoctorChicken

    DoctorChicken Well-Known Member

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    Depends if we have Melton or not.

    If we have Melton, I'd still take Donald, but I would not be heartbroken if we went OL or whatever.

    If we did not have Melton and passed on Donald, I would cry my eyes out.
  17. sadams

    sadams Well-Known Member

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    The Day Dallas passed on Jackson was the day the running game died.... And we were singing. Bye.Bye to the run game..
  18. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Brotherhood of the Beard Staff Member

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    We did that once every other year with Fasano and Marty B.

    After that we went 5 years before taking another TE in round Two.

    People need to leave that joke alone as it is olllllllddddd and wronnnngggggg
  19. Risen Star

    Risen Star Likes Collector Zone Supporter

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    If we ever take an Arkansas TE in the 2nd round their heads will explode.
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  20. Dhragon

    Dhragon Deadly Claws of Death

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    I'm not gonna lie, I would be PO'd.

    I seem to have an irrational need for us to draft Donald. Main reason I don't want Melton - it would make the possibility of drafting Donald very very low.

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