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.
Below, you can find various tidbits of NFL Draft rumors and information offered by Mike Mayock, Michael Lombardi and the rest of the Path to the Draft crew on the NFL Network. I posted these in my forum, but I thought it would be better to keep all the draft rumors together in this section. I'll be tweeting these during Path to the Draft at @walterfootball.
Mike Mayock: Teams typically don't like to go too high for wide receivers, but A.J. Green is the exception.
Charley Casserly: If you're a 4-3 team, I'm not taking J.J. Watt because you'll be disappointed. He's not an edge rusher.
Michael Lombardi: Cameron Jordan may get into the top 10. I think he's going to make an impact on a team next year.
Mike Mayock: I think Mike Pouncey is one of the most solid players in this draft. He's very similar to his brother. Value starts at 14 (Rams).
Mike Mayock: The Cowboys can get a tackle at 40 (Ijalana). I can't get a corner at 40. If Prince Amukamara is at 9, I'm taking Prince
Mike Mayock: I love the five-techniques, but I think the Cowboys have bigger issues than five-technique.
Mike Mayock: There's no way in the world the Cowboys aren't going to get a clean player this year after dealing with Dez Bryant.
Mike Mayock: Marcus Gilbert has been steadily been moving up draft boards. He's a 2nd-round pick with starter potential.
Mike Mayock: James Carpenter is a finesse left tackle. A 2nd-round pick with starter potential.
Mike Mayock: Orlando Franklin is the most physical of the non 1st-round tackles. Rising up charts; not sure if he'll be inside/outside
Mike Mayock: The guy I'm intrigued by is Jah Reid. He's a right tackle only, but he's a starting right tackle 2 years from now.
Mike Mayock: Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder are SO similar. Ponder is limited as far as upside.
Mike Mayock: Andy Dalton has a better arm than I thought. He's a great leader, loves football. I'd take Dalton ahead of Ponder.
Mike Mayock: There's a disconnect between Colin Kaepernick's lower and upper body (throwing mechanics). He's a project.
Mike Mayock: Ricky Stanzi is a 3rd-rounder. I don't like him at the end of games. He's a project.
Charles Davis' mock draft: 1) Cam Newton. 2) Marcell Dareus. 3) Von Miller. 4) Patrick Peterson. 5) Blaine Gabbert...
Charles Davis' mock draft (cont). 6) A.J. Green. 7) Prince Amukamara. 8) Nick Fairley. 9) J.J. Watt. 10) Julio Jones.
Michael Lombardi: If I'm taking a running back in the 1st round, I want someone electrifying. That's not Mark Ingram.
Michael Lombardi: With Mark Ingram, I see Toby Gerhart.
Charley Casserly: When I watch Muhammad Wilkerson, I don't see a lot of plays; an underachiever. I don't see production for a 1st-rounder
Charley Casserly: I'd take Blaine Gabbert in the first round. I wouldn't take any other quarterback in the first round.
Charley Casserly: Jason Campbell, Josh Freeman were better coming out of college than Cam Newton.
Mike Mayock: No one can find 13 cornerbacks that can go in the first three rounds, so the top guys will get pushed up. No depth at CB.
Mike Mayock's player to avoid: Nick Fairley. Charles Davis' player to avoid: Akeem Ayers.