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Recap: Will McClay Recap on ESPN Dallas

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by JBell, Apr 28, 2020.

  1. JBell

    JBell That's still my Quarterback

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    Give me an estimate on how long it takes to put the board together, and how many mocks do you guys do leading up to the draft?

    McClay: I can't put a number on it. I would wake up at 7 and look at film until 2-3 in the morning on a typical day. We did mocks collectively and threw around scenarios more than mocks. I probably did about 500 myself.

    What were the emotions as you saw CeeDee continue to fall?

    McClay: When he was sitting there, there was a discussion because we valued some other guys high, but not as high as CeeDee. After a discussion, we reached a consensus that we don't reach for need and you take the highest guy on your board.

    In the 2nd round, the choice came down between Diggs and Gallimore. Deciding factor?

    McClay: The players were graded similarly. Felt there was a better opportunity for a DT to fall than there than a CB that had the traits they were looking for - Long and could press.

    What's the importance of press corners?

    McClay: It delays the offense from getting into routes. It disrupts the timing, forces tight windows, and allows the pass rush to get there. You can eliminate WR's with that skillset and keep the offense from working on time.

    Why do you let guys with early round grades drop and not pull the trigger on going up to get them right away?

    McClay: You feel like it's not as high of need. This guy's got a good value, but we feel like we're comfortable with it because we have depth and numbers at that area. Then when it's a round or two later and you see someone with a 2nd/3rd grade and it's late day 3, then that's when you have that discussion that we can't let him drop anymore.

    Re: Biadasz

    McClay: We started talking about him in the 3rd round. We felt that Robinson was not going to be there that long. When the 4th round came up, from a needs standpoint, we took Robinson. Then the run on CB's went. Then we went back up to get Biadasz.

    McClay: When you make a pick, you make an investment. We want to get an equal or better value return on our investments. That's what we did, and we really feel good about it.

    What part of this process do you enjoy the most, and not like the most?

    McClay: I enjoy putting it together and getting all the information from the scouts, and adding my views and putting it all together. We all have biases, and really we try to breakdown those biases. The input from those guys, this is their livelihood, so giving them that voice, and allowing them to have the voice in the room. The worst part is sitting and watching and waiting, and everyone has those 3-5 players they like, we all have our pet cats or really value as a team, and waiting to see if they come to you.

    What would you consider rookie success for CeeDee Lamb?

    McClay: Seeing him grow week after week, and when it comes to crunch time, other teams have to be aware of him. You'll see a quick return on investment than you have in the past with 1st round WR's with how skilled offensive coordinators are today and the way the game is changing. You gotta pick your poison with all the weapons on O.

    Do you have a favorite pick?

    McClay: I had a pet cat. Every year I have one. Reggie Robinson from a value standpoint, you look at his skillset, he was my pet cat because I think he's got a lot of potential. I think he can be a good player.
  2. Rajat

    Rajat Well-Known Member

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    Good job sir, keep doing what you are doing and don't leave Dallas no matter how drunk Jerrah gets and what he says to you.
  3. ShortRound131

    ShortRound131 Well-Known Member

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  4. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    That was awesome. I liked hearing him tell us his pet cat. I wish Jerry, Stephen, and McCarthy would give us their pet cats.
    McClay should write a book on the Cowboys draft. I would read it.

    Maybe if Jerry or Stephen or Charlotte or some Jones family member is reading this, how about releasing some draft boards from years ago as a COVID19 present to us locked in our abodes. I don't see any harm in releasing draft boards from over 5 years ago. Good for the fans.
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  5. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Moderator

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    This was a great pick. Eventually he will be a starter. Teams were sleeping on him but not the Cowboys!
  6. Outlaw Heroes

    Outlaw Heroes Well-Known Member

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    It's good to hear that he's high on Robinson. Of all the picks that's probably the one I least liked.
  7. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Great post.
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  8. Bigdog

    Bigdog Well-Known Member

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    Our first pick was not that great. That Cee Dee Lamb fellow is just not going to cut it. We are going to rue the day we picked him, lol.
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  9. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    Interesting they had a 2nd round grade on DT Gallimore. They actually debated taking Gallimore over Diggs. Glad they didn't and they ended up with both.
    I am assuming other teams did not have a 2nd round grade on Gallimore.
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  10. Bullflop

    Bullflop Well-Known Member

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    Good stuff, JBell -- everyone here should read this post if they really want to understand how valuable Will McClay is. He leaves nothing to desire in terms of possibilities not considered. His logic is so keenly conceived -- it's an eye-opener. Let's hope he's a permanent fixture hereabouts! :)
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2020
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  11. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    Seemed to have the greatest questions in terms of value with no consensus on where he belonged.
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  12. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star Zone Supporter

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  13. DCBoysfan

    DCBoysfan Hardwork and Dedication Zone Supporter

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    Good writeup thanks.
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  14. unionjack8

    unionjack8 Well-Known Member

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    Player over system/scheme is the biggest takeaway here.
    . Said he jumped for joy when he heard this......

    He obviously was hamstrung by the previous coaching regime who se knew we ignorant and rigid
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  15. nightrain

    nightrain Since 1971

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    Time for some shenanigans on the party barge. Then, back to work.
  16. LandryFan

    LandryFan Proud Native Texan, USMC-1972-79, USN-1983-2000 Zone Supporter

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    Running to buy shares of Reggie Robinson stock now!
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  17. fivetwos

    fivetwos Well-Known Member

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    Every day I read something that makes me cant stand Garrett and Marinelli even more.
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  18. CowboysWillRise

    CowboysWillRise Well-Known Member

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    RRII is gonna build some hype with this.
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  19. Jumbo075

    Jumbo075 Well-Known Member

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  20. Hawkeye0202

    Hawkeye0202 Well-Known Member

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    IF Jerry and Stephen are smart, extend McClay another 5 years, let him and MM work hand-in-hand and get the hell out their way. We could have as many 11 picks 2021. Let's keep a good thing going.........

    BTW.......good thread JB
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