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.
New Jersey Nets
Their wet dream of landing Dwight Howard before the deadline didn't happen, and on top of that, it appears Howard is staying in Orlando which means the Nets won't be landing him in free agency either. As a result, the Nets somewhat panicked in trying to find another star player to bring in along free agent-to-be Deron Williams in hopes of enticing Williams to re-sign with the team this offseason. Giving up their biggest expiring contract, Mehmet Okur, and a likely top-seven first-round pick was a lot to acquire Gerald Wallace from Portland especially since Wallace has the ability to opt out of the final year of his contract this summer. Think about it this way; New Jersey could lose Williams and Wallace in a couple of months and then not have their lottery pick while they will be in re-building mode. If I were Jay-z, I'd be pissed.
More than likely, Ramon Sessions was going to opt out of his contract after this season anyway, so trading him seemed inevitable. However, I wouldn't have taken on the contract of Luke Walton, who is owed $6.1 million next season just to add the Lakers' first-round pick which will likely be in the low-20s. Cleveland did benefit from a similar deal like this last year when it acquired Baron Davis and the Clippers first-round pick (which turned out to be Kyrie Irving) but this just didn't seem worth it to me.
The Timberwolves had one of the more intriguing trade pieces on the market in Michael Beasley but were unable to turn him into the shooting guard they desperately needed. There were plenty of rumors that Jamaal Crawford was possibly coming to Minnesota, but David Kahn was unable to pull off a deal to help the Timberwolves' playoff push.
New Orleans Hornets
I am really surprised the Hornets didn't move the expiring contract of Chris Kaman and gain some assets in return to help them for the future. There is little chance of Kaman re-signing with New Orleans since Emeka Okafor is already at center, so why not move Kaman since he clearly is not going to help you past this season?