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.
Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse, So.
The more I watch Waiters, the more he reminds me of Dwyane Wade, which is pretty high praise since I am a Marquette grad and Wade is my favorite college basketball player of all time. Waiters' ability to attack the basketball is beyond impressive and will be a huge asset when he transitions to the next level. He scored 18 points in 24 minutes against UConn and was Cuse's best player on the floor by far. Then, he dropped 28 in the Orange's loss to Cincy in the Semifinals. I selfishly would like to see him return for his junior season and see what he could do as a starter. However, if Syracuse makes a run in the NCAA Tournament, he is probably turning pro since he could go as high as the late lottery.
Moe Harkless, SF, St. John's, Fr.
Allow me to toot my own horn here; I've been high on Harkless as an NBA Draft prospect for quite a while now (he's in been in my 2012 lottery for the past month-plus.) A 25-point, 9-rebound performance in the Red Storm's only game at the Big East Tournament did a lot for Harkless as people are starting to hop on the bandwagon. He has a smooth offensive game and good size, and will only get better. Now the decision looms for Harkless as to whether he declares for the draft or returns for his sophomore season. I maintain he is heading to the league and will be a lottery pick.
Henry Sims, C, Georgetown, Sr.
In the Hoyas' two games at the Big East Tournament, Sims totaled 42 points on 18-30 shooting, 18 rebounds and eight assists. It's really incredible how the light bulb turned on for Sims this season. He has worked himself from a complete and utter disappointment to somebody who will certainly get a chance to make an NBA roster. The big man could end up being a high second-round pick come June.
2012 NBA Draft Stock: Selling
Jae Crowder, F, Marquette, Sr.
Crowder gained some serious steam at the end of the season and was deservingly named the Big East Player of the Year. He had a chance to add to his hype even more but failed to do so, picking up three first-half fouls which limited his effectiveness and production in the few minutes he saw in the second half. Crowder was forced to reel in his aggressiveness on both ends, which is one of his best traits. He also didn't shoot the ball well and his size deficiency was obvious, as Louisville grabbed 23 offensive rebounds in sending Marquette home early. There is no doubt in my mind that Crowder will be a second-round pick, but he didn't do anything to help his cause in the Big East Tournament.