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Last Updated: Friday, February 28, 2014
Will Mock Drafters get the Donald pick completely wrong?

If you were the Cowboys GM, which defensive player would you draft in the 1st round? Are you sold on a player like Aaron Donald, or would you rather get a defensive end, or perhaps a defensive back?  Aaron Donald is the hot pick for Dallas in most mock drafts, and if history is any indicator you may want to have another prospect to get enamored over. Mock drafts are more of an art than a science. The last time mock drafts were pretty close on our draft pick was in 2011 when we drafted Tyron Smith and in 2006 when we drafted Bobby Carpenter. Everything in between has been a guessing game, especially with Jerry moving around in the 1st round. Take a look at our previous 1st selections: 2013 Travis Frederick, C/OG, Wisconsin 2012 Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU 2011 Tyron Smith, OT, USC 2010 Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State 2009 Jason Williams, LB, Western Illinois 2008 Felix Jones, RB, Arkansas 2007 Anthony Spencer, DE, Purdue 2006 Bobby Carpenter, LB, Ohio State 2005 Demarcus Ware, DE, Troy Starting with DeMarcus Ware, not many had him going to Dallas in 2005, when he was drafted, it was almost a head scratcher. I mean, who comes from a smaller school like Troy and gets drafted high by the

Last Updated: Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Latest Post-Combine Mock Drafts

There are ton’s of post-NFL Combine mock drafts out now, so let’s take a peek at who other media outlets are penciling in for the Cowboys. These mocks further illustrate how much impact a solid Combine performance can impact a player’s draft stock. Pre-Combine mocks were virtually split down the line between safety and defensive line, fast forward to today and for the most part safety is no where to be found at the moment. At the end of the day the Cowboys do in fact need to bolster the front seven; in particular, the defensive line. So, its not surprise to see Donald on so many of these freshly updated mock drafts. The popular name attached the Cowboys post-Combine is Aaron Donald from Pittsburgh. If you’re following Donald’s path to the draft then you’ll want to know his Pro Day will be just a few days away, March 3rd. For a complete list of the 2014 Pro Days click here. (Burke): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittburgh CBSSports (Prisco): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Bleacherreport (Miller): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh (Burke): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh (Jeremiah): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Aaron Donald, DT,

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft Headlined by DT Aaron Donald

The NFL Combine is over and we are now one step closer to the NFL Draft. The Combine helped solidify what we already knew about some players, but it also raised questions about some as well. If Will McClay is bridging what the Cowboys Coaches want and need, then I expect them to get some more speed on the field. I’m doing this latest mock draft under the assumption that DeMarcus Ware will be back in 2014. So, let’s go to my 7-round mock draft 2.0: Let’s talk about my selections. 1st round (#16): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Going into the Combine Donald had already racked up every major defensive award out there, and his play backed it up. A solid Senior Bowl was icing on the cake, but then came the Combine and he put on a clinic. This player knows what he is doing, he’s clearly committed to his craft and ready to showcase his skills at the next level. As I stated earlier, if Ware is still with the Cowboys, then adding Donald could be a huge boon for the defensive line. The Cowboys are looking for some more speed on the field, and for a big guy, Donald can move. The biggest question is whether or not Donald has put himself into position to being drafted before

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Exactly Two Weeks left to decide on Ware

With the NFL Scouting Combine officially in the bag, the attention immediately shifts to the Cowboys cap or lack thereof. The Cowboys have exactly two weeks from today to get the team under the cap and the biggest decision revolves around DeMarcus Ware. Ware’s contract will levy a whopping $16 million against the cap this year, so the Cowboys can restructure the contract yet again, but this will make a harder hit in subsequent years. The Cowboys are about to be staring at some hefty new contracts for Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith in 2015. These guys are core players and the current foundation of the offense, so they aren’t going anywhere. By cutting Ware, the Cowboys would free up $7.4 million dollars in cap space. Ware said he would not take a pay cut; but as it stands now, this will likely be where the Cowboys will look at in order to keep Ware and drop his cap number significantly. I imagine they’ll want to do a similar reworking like they did with Doug Free, with incentives and option years. This could come down to who blinks first, and if history is any indicator, Dallas will. Jerry Jones has been known to hang on to players longer than the value of their contract

Last Updated: Monday, February 24, 2014
Aaron Donald Interviews with Cowboys at Combine

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh put on a clinic at today’s NFL Combine and he’s steadily rising up draft boards. Today’s performance may have locked him into the first round. Donald said he met with the Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and St. Louis Rams. Drafting a DT could be atop the Cowboys needs since they have elected not to franchise tag Jason Hatcher. Marinelli likes to bring pressure from all the defensive lineman, so adding the very disruptive Donald could be a key to the Cowboys defense this season if they choose to draft him. Share

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Pre-Combine Draft Talk with CowboysAddicts Jesse Haynie

We are on the cusp of the NFL Scouting Combine, and every die hard fan will be glued to their televisions this weekend. The Combine really marks the start of all the draft intrigue that will put everyone’s predictions and scenarios in high gear. NFL Network, and in particular Mike Mayock do an outstanding job covering each prospect, you’ll hear words like “quick twitch” “faster than quick” “high motor guy” all of which have become synonymous with draft season vernacular. I wanted to bounce some pre-combine discussion with long time friend Jesse Haynie over at I’ve known Haynie for many years now, and his coverage on the Cowboys is some of my favorite bar-none. If you haven’t had a chance to check him out, get over there and check out his articles. Alright, so let’s get into this. CowboysBlog.Net 1): What’s your thought on Ware’s future in Dallas? What’s your gut feeling with what the Cowboys will do with him? Jesse Haynie: Ware’s future is not only the biggest question facing the Cowboys this offseason, but it’s also hardest to predict. A big reason for that is not knowing

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Jerry Jones is due for a Blockbuster Trade

We now know the Cowboys will have the #16 pick overall for this May’s Draft, but what we don’t know is what they will do with the pick. Conventional wisdom clearly suggests the Cowboys will address a decimated defense with the pick. The wild card, as it is every draft is whether or not Jerry Jones will trade the pick to move up or down. As the GM, Jerry has been very active when it comes to the first round, so we’ll see what happens. One thing I do know is that Jerry is due for a blockbuster trade and that is scary if you’re a Cowboys fan. Predicting when Jerry will make a splash is almost a science, and if we look at recent trades, and when they have occurred, then we are primed for something to happen. Let’s look at previous trades and why he made these audacious deals. 2000 Joey Galloway was brought to Dallas for (2) first round picks, and was a bust coming out the gate – literally. Here’s where the pattern begins when trying to evaluate Jerry’s tendencies. Prior to trading for Galloway, the Cowboys had a hole at WR with Michael Irvin retiring; in addition, the Cowboys had some relatively successful seasons. In 1998: 10-6 and in 1999:

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Mock Drafts Focusing on Defensive Line and Safety

The meat and potatoes of the NFL Scouting Combine begin on Saturday, so I’m taking a look at some pre-combine mock drafts. The consensus pick for the Cowboys is a defensive player; however, there is a split between defensive line and safety. Safety has been a need for us since Darren Woodson retired and the group has always been a weakness. It’ll be interesting what the Cowboys do here, since they did draft Wilcox in the 3rd round last year. I think safety is intriguing this year, but I don’t see it with such glaring needs on the line and lack of depth. The Cowboys will flip a coin Wednesday to determine whether they are picking at 16 or 17. For now, let’s see what others are picking for our first round pick. BleacherReport (2/18): Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama KFFL (2/18): Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota WalterFootball (2/18): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Aaron Donald made his first-round debut in my mock draft last week, soaring all the way up to No. 16. Donald had a dominant Senior Bowl, but he’s undersized. If that makes you believe that this is too high for him, I have two words for you: Jerry Jones. I’ve made Donald the choice here for

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2013 season was a letdown for the Cowboys. There’s not a single fan that would believe otherwise. On a positive note, it could have been worse they could have gone 6-10 like in 2010. Not that I’m saying that 8-8 is acceptable, nor is three consecutive 8-8 seasons. There is light at the end of the tunnel. 2014 is a new year and if any franchise can turn around its luck, it would be the Dallas Cowboys. But until the pre-season starts in August, here’s a few things that will help pass the time until the next kickoff. NFL Combine The NFL Combine is a great way to see the new wave of talent entering the NFL. All the players that everyone has been talking about, from this past college football season, will be there showing off their skills. Watching the Combine puts everyone into the shoes of the scouts and coaches; evaluating all the talent to see which players would be the best fit for the team. It takes place from February 22-25. The NFL Draft Obviously the Boys need have some holes to fill during this years draft. The offense was average this year finishing 16th in total offense, but the defense was terrible finishing dead last in yards allowed per game (415.3) and 26th in points

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft Headlined by DE Kony Ealy

I’ll be doing a few 7 Round Mock drafts centralized around the Cowboys’ picks. The Cowboys currently own 8 draft picks. I have to give a shoutout to my fellow friend / blogger DCFanatic for finding this mock simulator. Its pretty nice actually, I recommend checking it out as well. So for my 1st 7-round mock draft 1.0: Let’s talk about my selections. 1st Round (#16): DE Kony Ealy, Missouri Ealy is a name that has been attached to the Cowboys since the offseason begain; and for good reason, Dallas has an aging DeMarcus Ware and its time to draft the heir to the throne. Ealy has been a productive player in the SEC, and will be an impact pass rusher. Ware is currently slated to have elbow surgery sometime next week with hopes of participating in offseason workouts. Outside of Ware, the Cowboys have Selvie who was a nice find last season, but after him we have a bunch of question marks. This draft needs to address the now and future play at DE. 2nd Round (#47): DE DeMarcus Lawrence, Boise State The Cowboys need to double-dip on several defensive positions, and with Lawrence still on the board, I made the pick. We would now have two potential starters moving forward, and

Last Updated: Monday, February 10, 2014
Talking Defensive Tackles with Emory Hunt

In my last write-up I talked about the need for the Cowboys to look into going defense heavy, in particular at defensive tackle. I got together with Emory Hunt from to bounce some questions off him. If you haven’t had the chance to check out his work, you need to head over to his site and check out his YouTube channel for the latest, he does a great job covering the game and prospects. So, let’s get into it: With the major college all-star games in the bag I wanted to cover some defensive tackles that may have moved up the boards, and who we should be looking at heading towards the combine in 2 weeks. With Jason Hatcher looking to land a sizable contract in free agency, the Cowboys will enter the draft with a gaping hole up the middle. For the sake of hypotheticals, lets say Dallas uses their first rounder on a DT. 1) In your mind, who will be the first 6 defensive tackles taken off the board? Is this a deep defensive tackle draft in your opinion? - Aaron Donald (Pitt), Timmy Jernigan (FSU), Will Sutton (ASU), Louis Nix (ND), Ra’shede Hageman (MINN), Anthony Johnson (LSU) 2) For the sake of hypotheticals, if Dallas is looking to fill the void left

Last Updated: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Drafting Defensive Tackle in 1st Round, Not Since 1991

With the NFL Scouting Combine just 2 weeks away, its time to ramp up the draft talk and dig deep into draft day scenarios. The Cowboys 2013 draft was heavy on offense early and I expect the defense to get the concentration this year in the same manner. Forget about trading up for the hot name QB, its not going to happen. This team needs defense and they need a lot of it. I believe the Cowboys will need to double-dip at the defensive tackle and defensive end positions in this years draft. Coming away with 2 defensive tackles and 2 defensive ends will help the Cowboys lessen any decimating injuries like last season. The biggest question is; does Dallas draft a defensive end or a defensive tackle with its first pick? Either way, Rod Marinelli and Leon Lett will keep this line on course and incoming rookies will develop nicely under the defensive coaches. Take this into consideration: Jerry has not drafted a DT in the 1st round since 1991 when he used the #1 overall pick on Russell Maryland, that’s 23 years. Depending on who you ask, that was pretty much a Jimmy Johnson selection anyway, that was his boy and it was a position we needed to make that defensive line a super bowl caliber

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