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.
Charley Casserly: The Redskins should not take Ryan Mallett. He doesn't fit the system. They want a mobile quarterback, and their offensive line isn't built for a drop-back passer.
Charley Casserly: The Washington Post will do a two-page article on Ryan Mallett. He needs to go to a place with less attention.
Charley Casserly: I wouldn't have a reservation about taking Mike Pouncey in the teens if he's the top player on my board.
Charley Casserly: Mike Pouncey is a better football player at his position than some of these offensive tackles that will probably go higher.
Charley Casserly: The single biggest risk with Cam Newton is learning the pro offense. He doesn't see it.
Gerry Dulac (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): The area the Steelers need to address the most is cornerback.
Gerry Dulac: I think a guy like Aaron Williams fits nicely for what they're looking for.
Gerry Dulac: Cameron Heyward, Adrian Clayborn and Stephen Paea are guys they would consider.
Gerry Dulac: The one thing the Steelers never turn their back on is skill players. If there were a skill position player out there they'd like, they would have a hard time saying no.
Gerry Dulac: They don't think Mike Pouncey will be available at No. 31.
Brian Baldinger: The Steelers need to get better at corner. They'll take the best player at corner. I think Aaron Williams will be their guy if he's there.
Charley Casserly: Jimmy Smith doesn't seem like a Steelers kind of a guy. Aaron Williams could be a better fit at safety, that's why the Steelers spent a lot of time working him out. Derek Sherrod and Cameron Heyward both work.
Charley Casserly: Offensive tackle is a strength of this year's draft. Not in terms of talent, but five could go in the first round.
Charley Casserly: Tyron Smith vs. Russell Okung. I'm going with Okung - stronger, more physical, can anchor the bull rush better, more prepared mentally. Smith has better feet and he's more athletic.
Charley Casserly: Nate Solder vs. Trent Williams. Trent Williams clearly has better feet as an athlete. Clearly stronger than Solder.
Charley Casserly: Anthony Castonzo vs. Anthony Davis. Davis over Castonzo in a close one. He's smoother and has better knee bend. He's stronger and can anchor better.
Charley Casserly: Gabe Carimi vs. Rodger Saffold. I like Rodger Saffold a year ago. This one's not close. Saffold can play left tackle. Carimi's only a right side player. Saffold has better feet.
Charley Casserly: Derek Sherrod vs. Bryan Bulaga. I wasn't high on Bryan Bulaga, but I'm going with him. Bulaga plays lower with better knee bend. Sherrod plays too high.
Charley Casserly's top 10 tackles last 2 years: Russell Okung, Tyron Smith, Trent Williams Anthony Davis, Rodger Saffold, Nate Solder, Anthony Castonzo, Bryan Bulaga, Gabe Carimi, Derek Sherrod.
The top players Notre Dame's Brian Kelly coached against in 2010: Andrew Luck, Jonathan Baldwin and Ryan Kerrigan.
Brian Baldinger: I like Mikel Leshoure. He's never fumbled in his college career.
Brian Baldinger: I like Mark Ingram, but you can find a good back in any round in this draft.
Charley Casserly: Stevan Ridley could be a steal in the third or fourth round.
Brian Baldinger: When I watch Akeem Ayers, I question his toughness. He doesn't engage blockers very well. He doesn't have great quickness. He could drop out of the first round.
Brian Baldinger: I really like Colin Kaepernick. If he can go from the Pistol to a pro-style offense, he's going to be a keeper.