Some people who don’t really dig deep into the players in the draft beyond the big name first rounders may run around on Twitter saying the Cowboys draft was a disaster.
And when I say some people I mean Dan Graziano of ESPN’s NFC East blog. No need to link to his garbage because he sounded silly trashing the Cowboys draft based on them not grabbing any named players Dan ever heard of in the three hours he spent on player evaluation.
And when I say three hours I am referring to him watching Sportscenter talk about Luck, Griffin and Tannehill in 12 different segments.
Dan knows the starting QB’s for the NFC East teams, but he’s clueless about which players or positions the teams were targeting in the draft. While I was guessing correctly on three of the four players the Cowboys selected in rounds 4-6 Dan was busy bashing players he had never heard of never mind watching any film on them which was easy accessible on Youtube.
Let’s get to some other people and their views on the Cowboys draft…
Well I guess Dan would think those two guys don’t know crap about football.
What about the NFL Networks guys…
How are they giving them an ‘A’ when it’s clear that Dan Graziano has told everyone the Cowboys are clueless when it comes to the draft.
The guys at SBNation are going to agree with Dan for sure…
Starting to wonder if we ever find anyone who agrees with Mr. Graziano.
Rob Rang on the NFC Draft grades, read here.
Dallas Cowboys: C
The Cowboys pulled one of the early surprises of the draft, trading up to select LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne at No. 6 overall. Considering the team signed free agent Brandon Carr and former starter Mike Jenkins and last season’s third corner, Orlando Scandrick, Dallas now boasts arguably the league’s most talented cornerbacks group. While overshadowed at Boise State, defensive end Tyrone Crawford is an intriguing athlete whose size and athleticism could be maximized in Dallas’ scheme. Virginia Tech wideout Danny Coale is the opposite of most of Dallas’ wide receivers. He’s a good athlete who runs excellent routes and has reliable hands, rather than an extraordinary athlete who isn’t quite as consistent between the sidelines as the team might want. Watch out for underrated safety Matt Johnson, who was a consistent playmaker for the 2010 FCS champion Eastern Washington Eagles and could be in position for early playing time considering the Cowboys’ struggles recently at safety.
At least Rob didn’t give them a ‘I don’t know what the Cowboys are doing grade’ like Dan did the other day.
CNNSI gave the Cowboys a passing grade as well, read here.
Dallas Cowboys: Dallas fans seem to be of the belief that the move for CB Morris Claiborne (6) made everything else icing on the cake. That may be true — leaping up for Claiborne was a sensational move — and it could have to be, since Dallas didn’t land another immediate-impact guy. DE Tyrone Crawford (81) will have a chance to play as a pass-rusher.
And now to Michael Lombardi who says the Cowboys had one of the 12th best value picks, read here.
11. Caleb McSurdy, LB, Dallas (222nd). McSurdy might never start for Dallas, but he is capable of being a core special-teams member and playing a role in the Cowboys’ sub defense. He is smart, tough and willing, which makes him a real value in the seventh round.
The Czar from Fox Sports with his grade, read here.
This team blew five fourth-quarter leads last season as Rob Ryan’s defense faltered time and again. So owner Jerry Jones made the bold move to trade up with the Rams in order to take LSU’s Morris Claiborne, the draft’s most complete cornerback. This was a bold move, and Claiborne has no character flaws. … They waited until the third round for their next pick. Ryan has to love the addition of Boise State defensive end Tyrone Crawford. … Wake Forest outside linebacker Kyle Wilber also has pass-rush potential and, at worse, is a special-teams star. … Eastern Washington’s Matt Johnson will be given every chance to become a starting safety. The late-round find could be Oklahoma tight end James Hanna, who has a quick first step and possibly give Jason Witten a rest, since Witten isn’t getting any younger. Grade: B+
Just another guy who seems to be just fine with what the Cowboys did in the draft. Not really sensing anyone of those experts looking to frame the Cowboys efforts in the draft as disastrous.
These guys are making it seem like Graziano has no clue. Hmmm.
Here’s what Dan said about the Cowboys draft…
This is a close contest between the two moves that lost out in the first category. It’d be easy to say Griffin, because he cost so much more. But I’m giving this to the Cowboys’ trade-up to get Claiborne. It’s a tough call, because I think Claiborne may be the best player any NFC East team got in this draft (barely, if at all, ahead of Griffin) and he cost less than Griffin did. But I’m basing this call on the circumstances specific to each team.
The Redskins are taking a big risk, sure, by picking a kid to be their franchise quarterback and telling him they don’t have a first-round pick in either of the next two years with which to build around him. But the Redskins had no choice. Their need for Griffin was overwhelming, and they were right to let it overwhelm their priority list for this draft and the next two. Washington hasn’t had a franchise quarterback in 20 years, and once they were convinced Griffin could be one, this was a risk worth taking for them.
I do not think, however, that Dallas’ need for Claiborne was nearly as great as Washington’s need for Griffin. Yes, the Cowboys’ secondary was the obvious weak spot of their team last year — the main reason they fell one game short of the Giants in the division race. But they’d already spent their big free-agent bucks on Brandon Carr and had Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick at cornerback. Does Claiborne have a good chance to be better than any of them? Yes. Could that happen as early as this year? You betcha. But with needs at safety, linebacker, defensive line and offensive line, the Cowboys should have conserved their picks to address multiple needs. They weren’t one great cornerback away from being a championship team in 2012, and by trading their top two picks for Claiborne, and then picking project players and reaches the rest of the way, they decided to operate as though that were the case. It’s a big risk, and if lingering weaknesses at those other spots do them in this season, they could regret it.
Doesn’t it feel like Dan is forcing himself to pick the Cowboys over the Redskins?
He says the Skins gave up more and could get a lot less in return. He says both teams were addressing the biggest need as far as positions that were poor on their teams. If RG3 and Claiborne are both busts then it’s gonna hurt the Skins a lot more over the next ten seasons.
Say both players are average. An average CB can play for years in this league and he’s on the field. Most average QB’s do not keep the starting job for long as the team then starts looking for his replacement.
Now say both players are top ten at their job for five years. The only way RG3 is valued more than Mo by leaps and bounds is if he turns the Skins into Super Bowl champs.
From there we come to a conclusion. He had just a bit more evidence to point the finger at the Skins here and instead decided to go with the Cowboys because he knows that it’s always a good choice to get the Cowboys fans in an uproar.
Some people like getting attention and they don’t care if it’s for doing a great job in researching the draft prospects so you sound informed when blogging about the draft or if it’s saying the Cowboys stink over and over again until a crowd full of their fans forms around you.
Pretty sure Dan had no clue who Kyle Wilber was until ESPN announced the Cowboys had drafted him.