Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Nirvana, Mar 30, 2014.
Really? That's interesting. Any chance you can find the link? I'd be interested in that interview.
The article mentioned he could play both and it was before Melton signed to play the 3.
Ok. So that makes sense.
Look for the those type guys in the draft, DE and DTs.
Selvie took a similar path.
Look at Shaun Smith. Dallas cut him, then he kicked around, and now he's a solid defensive tackle. Guys sometimes develop later given the chance.
But I still draft my starter if I can and just hope McClain comes around.
So is McClain and improvement over Hayden only because the Cowboys signed him? I could have sworn I saw posts that people like Hayden and the LSU guy we released during the season. It may be the same people saying McClain is a clear cut improvement.
I have no idea if he is an improvement. I hope he is, but the bar is not that high. It just seems people were planning Hayden into the Cowboys plans until his replacement was signed.
Most of us see an opportunity to improve the DL at the one tech. Whether that's McClain or another player, it doesn't matter much to me. Hayden was a role player who gave us some starting snaps. I'm glad he did, but something's wrong if he's starting again next season.
Hayden gave them competent early down play against the run but he was used way too much and even on passing downs because of all the injuries. Pretty good for a late addition off the street. But he's not irreplaceable. I don't think anyones ever said that.
He played quality snaps in 2013. Hayden was out of football in 2012 and Drake Nevis was cut twice in 2013 before coming to the Cowboys.
McClain is better than Hayden...
SDE-Crawford, Bass, Mincey
DT1-McClain, Draft pick *
DT3-Melton, Draft pick *
WDE-Selvie, Rayford, Draft pick *
* possible starter
lets not forget, we are heaping accolades on selvie and some of these other folks, and they were part of a team that was 32nd in defense and one of the worst in league history and one of the worst DLs and two of the best players just left the team.
doesn't give me a lot of confidence on these players.
both of them are rotational players at best. need upgraded most probably.
That's not bad.
But I think Bass is going to be an inside player, which is where they had him at training camp prior to his injury. He's 6'5" close to 300lbs. I think he's a DT in this system. And I think he backs up both spots, assuming he stays injury free and assuming he makes the team.
Yeah, and Rayford did his damage in Indy at the SDE. They also have Martez Wilson who has been listed as a LB but should be a WDE in the Cowboys scheme.
Wilson has the right size for WDE but doesn't have the skills - I wouldn't expect him to make the final 53 unless something goes very wrong at camp. He's a journeyman who we picked up as an emergency fill in. He was not impressive last season either.
Rayford's best chance at making the team is at WDE depth chart side.
According to BTB article a few days ago Bass is 285. They had him at SDE last year but I could see him playing some 3 tech and backing up both spots.
I can see 3 draft picks use for the DL, whether that is 2 DT/ 1 DE or 2 DE/ 1DT. I see Hayden coming back as role player unless he loses the job. Rayford really have to show or he will be back on the practice squad or cut. I believe Bass will definitely go inside. And with that being said I have grown a little warmer to a trade down. I do not see Donald as a Cowboy as much as I would like him to be.
That got a chuckle. I think Bass has a chance of being a player. JMO.
I think he competes for the 3 and SDE. I think he could play the 1 some as well although that's not the best place for him. I think Selvie gets more snaps as a 5 on passing downs and less on running downs which Crawford and Bass can do for the most part. I'm hoping they draft a 3 and/or a 5 and wouldn't mind a 1 later on. That will make a decent rotation.
Yeah, I think a 3, a 5 and a 1 is definitely possible.