Why did Dallas draft Leighton Vander Esch?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by erod, Dec 9, 2019.

  1. Future

    Future Intramural Legend

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    Right, because teams never give big money to players who can't live up to the contract.

    We are going in circles because you are completely mis-remembering who Bruce Carter was as a player. Did Eberflus get the most out of his talent, no. Whether or not Tampa gave him a dumb contract is irrelevant.
  2. John813

    John813 Well-Known Member

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    So, only Mike Fisher has this report.

    It's been weeks since he last played but no other reporter has mentioned this.

    I'm going to label this as BS until further notice.


    Here's LVE's injuries in college:

    Oct 1, 2016 Non-NFL Cervical Neck Pinched Nerve Vander Esch missed 7 games in 2016 with a pinched nerve in his neck.
    Aug 15, 2016 Non-NFL Knee LCL Pull Grade 1 Vander Esch suffered a Grade 1 LCL sprain in August 2016 but was ready for the start of the season on September 3.

    Boy, look at all those neck injuries in college.

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  3. TexasHillbilly

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    Why is a pigs butt pork? Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get. :laugh:

    You just never know how certain talent will develop. It's all just a crap shoot.
  4. Chill35

    Chill35 Well-Known Member

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    Even if we had drafted them our coaches suck at developing talent. Jerry would never have changed the whole offense to suit Lamar's skillset, just as they have not done it to showcase Dak. It doesn't matter who we draft when the Offensive and Defensive schemes are predictable by the opponents. We can't even cover kickoffs. It takes really bad coaching to make a talented team play as bad as the Cowboys have this year.
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  5. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    Then why did teams take him off their draft boards because of neck injury concerns?
  6. erod

    erod Well-Known Member

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    A narrowing spine is referred to as spinal stenosis.
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  7. NeonNinja

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    Because friendship and family atmosphere is the culture more than business/winning.
  8. Noclaf

    Noclaf Well-Known Member

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    Watch him never play a down again, it would be so Cowboys
  9. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    We're just speculating how critical this is.

    There is not enough information for us as fans to panic and we should just chalk this up as a standard injury for now.

    Hopefully this doesn't turn into another Sean Lee situation for us but LVE is an absolutely incredible talent and that is why they drafted him.
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  10. John813

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    He was flagged. But the neck injury suffered in 2016 was diagnosed as a stinger.
    We'll never know how many teams actually removed him or was it just predraft talk.

    If you want to know why the Cowboys drafted him, Will McClay was his biggest supporter in the draft room.

    Also helped that his agent, Ron Slavin, also from DC with ties to the Cowboys talked up his player to them as well.

    The Cowboys have shown they'll take risks on players with a medical flag, when the potential talent outweighs the risk.

    I hope he doesn't have a serious injury and I have yet to see a credible source for this type of injury. Hard to believe a year + has gone by and nothing has leaked. Don't trust Fisher.
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  11. atlantacowboy

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    Why? Same reason we drafted Jaylon Smith. Same reason we drafted Randy Gregory. Same reason we drafted Tristan Hill. Same reason we drafted Taco. We are completely focused on hitting home runs and the upside of a player is all that matters. Character? Who cares. Injury? Who cares. Wasn't good in college? Who cares. The Dallas Cowboys only care about upside.........as they perceive it.
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  12. TWOK11

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    This is a myth that has been repeatedly denied by numerous people inside and outside the organization including LVE, his agent, two outside GMs and two physicians.
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  13. beware_d-ware

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    Crowing about him last year.

    Calling him a wasted pick this year.

    Stay prisoners of the moment, CZ.
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  14. TWOK11

    TWOK11 Well-Known Member

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    He’s wrong
  15. Proof

    Proof Well-Known Member

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    yes. obviously. I'm just relaying how trivially I recall it being mentioned at the time.
  16. Blackspider214

    Blackspider214 Well-Known Member

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    Lamar Jackson would look like a bum with this staff. You honestly think we'd design an offense that suits him? Nope. He'd be running the same outdated offense from 2 decades ago and our crappy OL would get him killed.
  17. Rockport

    Rockport AmberBeer Zone Supporter

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    House do you know he has that condition?
  18. atlantacowboy

    atlantacowboy Zone Supporter

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    True, Garret would have him sitting in a pocket taking 3 and 5 step drops..........thus missing out on what he does best.
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  19. Runwildboys

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    I assume he meant once we got Jaylon and LVE on the field with Lee.
  20. LACowboysFan1

    LACowboysFan1 Well-Known Member

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    Cowboys checked him out before the draft, and didn't think his neck was a concern. Even Jerry's not stupid enough to draft a player with spinal stenosis.

    Most every player has his weak spot, as do most of us. Knee, hamstring, shoulder or whatever. Neck may be his weak spot, but that doesn't mean it's reason to not draft him....

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