I'm more optimistic but the grade is about right. If Zeke has a good year, we get through the first four games and our key players stay healthy it's a good step. I think Smith will work out. The cowboys team doctor performed the surgery, he's probably the most capable member of the cowboys. If we go into next year having won ten games, turned out with four starters from this draft with a top five potential rb, a 90 percent smith, improved byron, Lawrence, Gregory and two of our later picks pan out we should be Happy. We'll bring in more pass rushers and corners by next year. I really believe most of those things could happen and we can make a run in the second and third year of this window. Obviously a disaster has a 50 percent chance of happening with the cowboys but that would doom the season anyways. Ramsey wasn't all we needed to get to the promise land, and I don't think he was the piece that was taking us to a Superbowl. We're still close to being close. Would have preferred Payton Lynch, but not enough to be tied to him. Also, not trading with Baltimore was just stupid. We'd have another 4th round DE coming into camp.
I had hoped they would pick Ramsey as well. However, if we end up with two pro bowlers in this draft then it's a huge success. If Elliot produces 80 percent of what demarco did, and they hold off the first four games then they could win the division. The defense was pretty bad that year as well. I was only hoping for a top twenty defense last year, and they were 16th. With scandrick back, a second year for Jones And the suspended pass rushers along with lee healthy. If the cowboys can have a top 15 defense this year by week 8, we can win the NFC east. Nothing was really giving us a super bowl this year. With a three year window I think a healthy romo has, the pieces added could certainly help make that happen before this decade ends. Am I stoked about the draft? No. But I'm not pulling my hair out either. If everything clicks, a ten win team and maybe a playoff win could be a step towards where we want to be. Hopefully we'll add some average vets. If this was difficult to read, sorry. New garbage phone.
F/C: Mitchell Young (Jr)/Kenton Walker (Sr)/Kyle Rowley (Jr)/Brad Waldow (Fr)
PF: Rob Jones (Sr)/Tim Williams (Jr)/Beau Levesque (So)
G/F: Stephen Holt (So)/Clint Steindel (Sr)/Eividas Petrulis (Fr)
G: Paul McCoy (Jr)
PG: Matthew Dellavedova (Jr)/Jorden Page (So)
Gone: G-Mickey McConnell, PF-Phil Benson
For the second time in three years, Saint Mary's ended up on the wrong side of the NCAA-Tournament bubble despite a successful regular season. Things only get more difficult for the Gaels with addition of BYU to the West Coast Conference (WCC). Still, with a solid core returning, St. Mary's should be right back in the conference title hunt.
The Gaels lose half of their backcourt in WCC Player of the Year Mickey McConnell, but return Matthew Dellavedova. The Aussie is a two-year starter and got even more experience this summer playing for the Australian National Team. He is not nearly as efficient a three-point shooter as McConnell, but can light it up from deep when he gets the hot hand and also uses his size to get to the basket.
Dellavedova will likely take on the ball-handling responsibilities, although SMU transfer Paul McCoy is also capable of running the point. After sitting out last season, McCoy will be an impact player and possibly part of a three-guard look that will also feature rising sophomore Stephen Holt. Jorden Page returns from a season-ending knee injury that cost him all but seven games last year and will be a key backcourt reserve for the Gaels.
The frontcourt returns all its contributors and will provide head coach Randy Bennett with plenty of options. At 6-foot-6, Rob Jones might be undersized but uses his physicality in the paint and three-point range to be an effective inside/outside threat. He will return to the starting lineup and be joined by either Mitchell Young, Clint Steindel, Kenton Walker, or Tim Williams.
Young is the only of those four players not to start a game last season but is undoubtedly the most talented. He averaged more than ten points and five rebounds, despite playing around 21 minutes a night. Walker and Williams seem better suited as role players off the bench and will also have to compete with Northwestern transfer Kyle Rowley for playing time. Steindel is a perimeter-based forward who connected on 42.3% of his triple tries and gives Bennett more size at small forward when he wants to go with a bigger lineup. Redshirt freshman Brad Waldow, Beau Lavesque, and Eividas Petrulis figure to be the odd men out in the rotation.
McConnell is the only contributor gone from last year's team, which means the Gaels bring plenty of experience and versatility to the floor. Gonzaga will once again be the team to beat in the WCC, but Saint Mary's should find themselves on the right side of the bubble this year if they don't earn the league's automatic bid to the Big Dance.
Player to Watch: Paul McCoy, G
As a freshman at SMU, the 5-11 guard averaged 13.4 points, 4 boards, and 3 assists per game. His numbers dipped a bit his sophomore year, which ended early due to a knee injury. McCoy is a solid defender who will pester opposing points guard and allow the bigger Dellavedova to guard two's.