Dez Bryant: Full Report From Mom To Talent

The Dallas Cowboys have selected Dez Bryant as their new first round draft choice.

Since being drafted, Bryant has been in the news constantly, and I felt that instead of writing two or three mini-articles about Bryant, I’d do what the writers of Sports Illustrated do and just write a long article about Dez Bryant covering everything.

Let’s get this thing started with:

Dez Bryant Will Be Talked About Whether He Is Good Or Bad

When you think about the Dallas Cowboys, they always have these players that just stand out.

Whether is was the clean-cut life of Roger Staubach aka Captain America and Hollywood Henderson’s personality and antics in the 70s to the flashiness of Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin in the 90s; Dallas has always had guys in the center of attention.

The 2000s were no different. We had Terrell Owens, who made sure everyone had their popcorn ready, Roy Williams, who was just a seismic blow to receivers that came on his side in the early years, and Tony Romo, the undrafted free agent Pro Bowl quarterback that dates Jessica Simpson, Carrie Underwood, and pulls off some of the greatest highlights in the last ten years of professional football.

Now, as we enter a new decade, Cowboy fans are going to have to prepare for a new set of characters and guys in the limelight.

Dez Bryant is already under a microscope due to his suspension from Oklahoma State, the recent press about his mother; a topic I will address later, and most importantly, he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys.

I don’t know how it came about. To me, a kid from Texas, the Cowboys are just my team, but because of the “America’s Team” moniker, the press and media focus on them especially, so they are going to be watching Dez Bryant closely because the Cowboys will be watched closely.

Think about how often ESPN would focus on Michael Crabtree last year. After a while, the buzz around him died down because he plays for the 49ers, not a big name team like the Cowboys or the Colts or the Patriots

The big question is will Dez Bryant be a playmaker or a struggling rookie?

I can just see it now. Men in suits talking about how Dez Bryant’s five touchdown game this past week is the greatest performance by a rookie receiver.

Or I can see them talking about he’s not connecting with Tony Romo, he’s not getting by defenders, and he is looking like a bad draft choice by the Cowboys.

Dallas fans are just going to have to accept that Dez Bryant will be a major topic of conversation. He had headlines during the draft, he’ll have headlines in the NFL.

Also, by presenting Dez Bryant with the jersey number 88 that was Michael Irvin’s, a Hall of Fame receiver, puts even more attention and pressure on this young rookie.

I just wonder if Dez Bryant will bring touchdowns along with the cameras to the Cowboys this upcoming season.

Dez Bryant’s Mother is Irrelevant to His Future as a Cowboy

I’m waking up in the morning, and I check my usual football news websites so that I can find out anything, no matter how insignificant it might be, to ensure that I’m informed.

I look up and I see how this no-name general manager for the Dolphins named Jeff Ireland actually asked if Dez Bryant’s mother was, to keep it PG, a member of the world’s oldest profession at one point.

It struck me funny because I first wondered if he really was the general manager since Bill Parcells is running the show down in Miami.

Regardless of who exactly Jeff Ireland is, Dez Bryant politely skipped that question, but the sports world has kept it a headline, so here is my take:

I’ve read arguments by writers for both sides, and I don’t believe that Ireland meant to maliciously offend or embarrass Dez Bryant, I do think that he should claim temporary stupidity because only an idiot would bring that kind of question out in the open.

For one thing, the question is irrelevant. Unless Dez Bryant was actually helping his mother with some criminal activity, the past stays in the past.

Everyone has skeletons in the closet. Everyone including you and me has something that we have done that would turn us as red as a coke can should the public find out about it.

It’s called being human.

I think that the apology was not mandatory, but in that kind of situation, I would be compelled, personally, to apologize for my lack of sensitivity when it comes to the subject of the woman who gave birth to Dez Bryant.

I applaud Jeff Ireland for apologizing, I chalk up his mistake to being human just like the rest of us. Just don’t do it again.

Don’t ask a question that isn’t related to his speed, hand skills, footwork, motivation, work ethic, or in certain cases, things that Bryant has done in the past.

What his mother allegedly did and what Bryant does are two separate issues that are not connected by any reasonable means. End of story.

What The Dez Bryant Selection States?

Okay, now for some real football talk.

Going into the draft, I felt that Dallas should have addressed needs at offensive tackle and safety since the release of both free safety Ken Hamlin and offensive tackle Flozell Adams.

Instead, Dallas decided to trade up from 27 to 24 with New England just before Baltimore and drafted Dez Bryant.

Personally, I didn’t believe we necessarily needed Dez Bryant because while Roy Williams had struggled, I saw him make some very good catches at key moments in the last two games against the Eagles this past season.

I felt that Roy Williams was going to get some more work in and knock out all the kinks and become a legitimate number two guy.

The emergence of Miles Austin was astonishing as well and combine Jason Witten, our regular Pro Bowl tight end, and the three-headed running attack of Choice, Barber, and Jones, and you have got a great offense.

Dallas was second in the league in total offensive yards gained. Granted, they were 14th in points scored, but Dallas could improve on that with better execution in the redzone.

From a team standpoint of needs and depth chart, this looks like a stupid move.

However, the reality is that Dez Bryant is an amazing talent. In 1998, the Cowboys had a chance to draft a very talented wide receiver out of Marshall named Randy Moss.

Moss had grown up a Cowboys fan, wanted to be their guy, and Dallas spurned him in the draft by drafting Greg Ellis instead.

Jerry has no problems with his memory especially since Randy Moss will go to the Hall of Fame one day and in his rookie year, he caught 69 balls for 1313 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Moss got his revenge on Thanksgiving when he and his team, the Vikings, showed up to Dallas, and Moss had three catches.

All three were for touchdowns and over 50 yards each. He finished the day with 163 receiving yards in a 46-36 win for the Vikings.

That was devastating because the Cowboys went 10-6 that year and lost in the playoffs to the Cardinals. Think about how different things would have been if Moss had been paired with Michael Irvin?

Jerry Jones is not about to make the same mistake twice. He’s going to take this young man whose character questions are arguably exaggerated, and Jerry is going to give him a chance to play football for the star.

This move also lights a fire under Roy Williams if he wants to stay a Cowboy. While I agree with many experts that the trade for Roy Williams was a reach, it can still pay dividends if he plays like the wide receiver that Jerry believes he’s capable of playing as.

This also spells the possibility of losing Patrick Crayton or Sam Hurd, two veteran receivers that I had come to cherish during their time here in the Big D.

Hopefully Dallas can keep them all because I’d love to see them win a Super Bowl with Dallas.

Interesting Stat About Dallas and First Round Receivers

The one thing about this move that concerns me is the late draft history Dallas has when it comes to receivers.

In 2000, Dallas traded two first round draft picks to the Seahawks for Joey Galloway whose career stats for Dallas are 151 catches for 2341 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Seattle used those picks on the 2005 MVP Shaun Alexander and wide receiver Koren Robinson.

Then we traded Galloway to Tampa Bay for Keyshawn Johnson, and all I can say is UGH!

Finally, we trade our first, third, and sixth round picks to Detroit for Roy Williams and a seventh round pick.

Those picks drafted Brandon Pettigrew and Derrick Williams, and neither team so far has benefited from those trades.

Dallas hasn’t been very good at trading for real receiver talent, and when you trade draft picks for them, it’s the same as if you drafted them yourself.

Also, Jerry Jones did not draft Michael Irvin. Michael Irvin was the last first round pick of the Landry Era. So, Jerry Jones has done zilch when it comes to drafting first round receivers.

And before you mention how the Ravens were about to draft Dez Bryant, and they are excellent drafters, I’ll remind you that the one position that the Ravens haven’t drafted well is wide receiver.

These past experiences raise eyebrows yet despite the past failings, I like the addition of Dez Bryant. I have to say that it is a gamble that I would take since at the time of the pick, all the really great talent at safety or offensive tackle was off the board.

Dez Bryant Scouting Report

To view the rest, please go here: http://www.nfltouchdown.com/dez-bryant-full-report-from-mom-to-talent/

Times Have Changed But the Stars Remain the Same

The entire world has changed since social media took over the internet. It has brought a sense of reality that everyone really is human. I think in the beginning even I got excited to know that I was friends with a famous football player, or at least I thought it was him. Who really knows who is running the page, maybe an agent or a media manager? Heck, it could even be a cousin or sibling. At times we would find out it was someone impersonating the pro athlete we adored so much. Ahh the days of Myspace and the addiction that came with it…

Twitter and Facebook are the big thing now. With Twitter they now verify if it really is the celebrity, which I guess is a good thing. Do you really think they have time to sit down and tweet when they are in the middle of the playoffs or after a big game? I don’t know, why not. I don’t leave home without my cell phone and thats the easiest way to update statuses these days.

What if these forms of communication existed back in the day? Do you think Emmitt Smith would tweet that he has new t-shirt designs on his website or would Herschel Walker question if he was going to get traded? The whole world would know the instant Jerry Jones bought the Cowboys or that Troy Aikman had decided to retire. Back then we had to wait for the morning newspaper. Today all you have to do is sign on to Twitter or check your rss feeds and you’re instantly in the loop.

You may have seen Tony Romo’s face on the cover of a magazine or maybe you seen rumors about him on TMZ back when he was dating celebs, but you will never see Tony Romo trying to promote himself online. I know this for a fact because last year we had a run in with an impersonator who offered an interview. Luckily we got past that without much harm.

Recently, we had the honor to do a Q & A with the great Jay Ratliff. It felt really good to get such a wonderful player on our site. Jay reached out to us because he said he wanted to speak to true Cowboys fans, wow what a compliment to Lone Star Struck. Thanks again Jay!

While some people still get STARSTRUCK whenever they get to meet a professional athlete, I think these days social media has softened the excitement. We get to see personal photos and learn what they did over the weekend. We actually get a chance to be part of their lives.

Even though I believe everything I just said honestly, I’d still scream like a school girl if I was ever in the same room as Troy Aikman or Roger Staubach. No matter where the world wide web takes us, the legends will always be untouchable.

Cowboys Extra Points: Tying Up Loose Ends

The NFL released dates today for all clubs. Here are the dates for the Cowboys Organized Team Activities and well as Rookie and Veteran Mini Camps

OTAs: May 17-19, May 24-26, June 1-3, June 8-10

Mini Camps: April 30-May 2 (rookies), June 11-13

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With the recent signings of Montrae Holland and Alan Ball, the Cowboys have only Miles Austin and Gerald Sensabaugh left to sign their tenders by June 15 or have a long-term deal in place. Last week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that “both are in line for a long-term contract”.

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Miami Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, has apologized to Cowboys first round pick Dez Bryant for asking whether his mother a prostitute. The apology came after it was learned that Ireland posed the question during a pre-draft interview with Bryant.

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In a complet about-face, undrafted tight end Scott Sicko reversed his position and has agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the Cowboys, and will attend the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend. Sicko initially decided not to pursue any NFL offers when he failed to get selected in the NFL Draft, and was going to return to school. Jerry Jones can be very convincing when he wants something, huh?

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After the season DeMarcus Ware had surgery to remove a bone spur. When asked if he was 100% yet, he replied:

“I would never say 100 percent. I would say 94 percent. The surgery went well. I had a bone spur, and they just shaved it down. Now, everything is good.”

Gotta love Ware’s attitude and personality! We love you #94!

New To The Silver & Blue: Dez Bryant

Dez Bryant as we all know was the Cowboy #1 pick in this years draft.  He will be wearing  #88 so he has alot to live up to since legends Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin are known for wearing the same jersey.  I have no doubt that he will be able to do just that.  He has the most amazing hands I have  ever seen playing college ball. He always seems to know where the sidelines are and what he needs to get that all important first down.

Here is some history on our newest member of the Dallas Cowboys. Dez was born November 4, 1988 in Lufkin Texas.  He attended  Lufkin High School. Here are just a few of his merits in high school.

  • Superprep listed him as #7 receiving prospect.
  • ESPN.com choose him as America’s 29th best player
  • Member of the Texas football Superteam, first team..All State  Selection
  • Stats is Senior year 53 receptions for 1,207 yards and 21 touchdowns.
  • He ended his high school career scoring 41 touchdowns in 31 games.

Dez had his choice of college’s to attend including LSU, Nebraska, OU and Arkansas, but chose to attend Oklahoma State University. Where is majored in education.

2008 Final Stats at OSU:

  • 2nd nationally with 19 touchdowns
  • 3rd in the nation with 113.9 receiving yards per game
  • 3rd nationally with 17.94 yards per punt return
  • 2nd nationally with 9.69 points per game
  • 87 receptions, 1480 yards, 19 touchdowns and 2 punt returns. 

He is the highest picked OSU wide receiver since 1989.

I realize a lot of fans have doubts since he was ineligible for the of 2009 season for violating an NCAA bylaw. He failed to disclose his interaction with former Cowboy Deion Sanders. He would have been a candidate for the Heisman, no doubt in my mind.  Dez doesn’t have any drug or criminal problems.  He was late for a few practices and games in which Coach Gundy didn’t start him.  So compared to many other questionable players who played for the Cowboys, believe me this kid is worth the pick.

A Dez quote from KLTV says it all,

” Me falling to the Cowboys, that’s the best thing that could ever happen to me. I am so happy. I’m excited. I’m ready to go to work.”

I can not wait to see what the future holds for this young man.  With he, Jason Witten and Miles Austin,  watch out NFL here we come!

Cowboys Interested In Darren Sharper

As reported by ProFootballTalk.com, the Cowboys have expressed interest in Darren Sharper the free agent safety who played for the Saints in 2009. Sharper is visiting Jacksonville today and could be headed to Dallas next.

I believe this would be a big signing for the Cowboys as well as their defense since they released Ken Hamlin a few weeks ago. Sharper can be that one big free agent signing like Keith Brooking was last season. He will upgrade the secondary and be another leader for the young guys on the team.

In other news as reported by ESPN.com, the Cowboys have resigned free agent guard Montrae Holland to a two year contract. This adds some much needed depth to the offensive line of the Cowboys. 

Reported by NFL.com, undrafted tight end Scott Sicko from New Hampshire has signed with the Cowboys. Sicko is 6-foot-4 and 251 pounds and in 2009 he had 57 receptions for 725 yards and nine touchdowns. He earned first-team All-America honors in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).

The Mind Is A Powerful Thing

Do you believe in superstitions? Do you believe that what you say or do will make a difference? Can you lead your team to victory by sitting a certain way in your living room? Can you send messages to players just by talking to the television as you pace during the final minutes of a close game? I’m sure we have all gone through this at one time or another. Some truly believe it’s a ridiculous thing and others take it all very seriously. All I can say is that the mind is a very powerful thing and it can convince you of things even though you know deep inside that it’s not true.

Having just recently turned 42 (can not believe I just wrote that), I’m one of those people who is superstitious over many things when it comes to the Cowboys. It’s true that the little voice in my head is telling me that the things I do and say are stupid, but why can’t I stop? Why do I have to keep doing things every game that I believe is helping the team play better? When I was younger I believed that if I hung my Drew Pearson jersey up on game day (Pearson’s name needed to be seen of course) that the Cowboys would play better. My family would ask why not just wear his jersey for good luck and my answer would be because I can’t see his name. But at the same time I would wear my Danny White jersey because I thought it would help him play better. So why not hang the Danny White jersey up like I did with Pearson’s? If I turned my favorite Cowboys book to one particular picture of Tony Dorsett and left it open for the game I believed he would play well. I lost count how many times I would change the way I was sitting because the Cowboys were playing poorly. Then by changing positions something positive would happen and I could not move because I truly believed it was me changing positions that changed the way the Cowboys were playing. The mind sure is a powerful thing to make you think that way. Talking to the players, yelling at the players as I stared at the television almost as if I was coaching them and motivating them. Could they really hear what I was saying? Well, if those players ended up doing what I spoke to them about or picked their game up, then the answer would be yes in my mind.

As I got older I got a little better. Maybe not much, but a little better. Although my wife would not agree that I’ve gotten better. She believes I’m crazy with some of the things I do and believe in. There was one Dallas-Giants game not long ago that it just so happened that when the Cowboys were on defense I was standing to the left of my television and when they were on offense I was standing on the right side. I kind of picked up on this right after halftime. For the rest of the game I could not go away from that since they were playing well. Like I said earlier, I knew deep down it was stupid but I also could not stop because even if there was a tiny thought that I was making a difference that’s all I needed to know. One game a few years back I had eaten dinner while watching the game. The Cowboys were not doing that well. When I finished dinner I put the empty plate on the arm of my chair. Wow!!! The Cowboys actually started to take control and play better. By simply putting an empty dish on the arm of my chair? This was amazing to me. My wife came into the living room to take the dish. “DON’T TOUCH IT!!” “ARE YOU CRAZY?” I pointed at the television trying to convince her that it was the dish and only the dish that was responsible for the Cowboys playing better. I can still see the look she gave me as she walked away…without the dish of course.

Back in 2007 the Cowboys were losing to Detroit 27-14 going into the fourth quarter. For three quarters I sat watching them play a horrible game. The fourth quarter I paced around my living room between plays and then stood still for each play with one foot on the coffee table. Well, for those who remember that game Cowboys came back and won 28-27. Should everyone thank me for winning that game because of what I did in the fourth quarter? For those who believe that we have the power to control games, then I will say you’re welcome. To actually think that we can change the course of a game simply by standing or sitting is amazing, but at the same time it can get a little scary because we get so caught up in it. 

If the Cowboys win and I am wearing a particular jersey (Romo, Barber, Emmitt and yes even Danny White) that week then you can be sure that the next game I will be wearing the same jersey. I will wear that jersey every week because I believe it has a spark to it and gave the Cowboys good luck. But as soon as the Cowboys lose I will then change jerseys because in my mind the spark has gone away and it can only mean bad things for the team. I also can not put on a jersey until right before kickoff because I believe it is bad luck.  

I met my beautiful wife five days after the Cowboys won Super Bowl XXX. Now she is not a big football fan, but she loves that I’m so passionate about the Cowboys to the point that she had no problem with giving my son the middle name of Dallas when he was born. But…….since meeting her five days after Super Bowl XXX the Cowboys have not done so well. They are only 2-7 in the playoffs and have missed the playoffs seven times. Back in 2000 I decided to bring her to a Dallas-Giants game. What happened? Troy Aikman has his worse day as a pro throwing five interceptions. She has been instructed for several years not even to look at the game when it’s on. She did not watch any of the playoff game against the Seahawks back in 2006 until the ball was snapped to Romo and….Well, we all remember what happened after that.

My point is that the mind can control all of us at times. It can convince us of things that we know are not possible, but at the same time we continue to think that way. Even as I write these examples and read them I’m shaking my head. I think it’s funny, but only because the Cowboys are not playing. If the Cowboys were playing tomorrow I would be doing the same things I’ve always done. Sitting a certain way, wearing something that had energy, standing with one leg up on the coffee table, telling the players what they need to do and to get their heads in the game, making sure I adjust my hat three or four times during a commercial. Am I crazy? Do I need help?  Some people think so. Some people yell at me saying that these players got to training camp, they practice every day, they lift weights, they study playbooks, they watch game film and do all the things they need to do to become better and to hopefully become a championship team. But yet I sit around thinking that I’m the one making the difference. That I’m the one doing what it takes to make the team better. Why can’t I stop myself even though I know better? Even though that little voice in my head keeps telling me that all these superstitions are ridiculous? In the end it’s all in my mind because…

The mind is a very powerful thing!

The Drafted, The Undrafted And Trading?

With the draft ending after three days I can honestly say that I enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure how I was going to like it being on Prime-time, but it ended up being a good idea by the NFL. I think what made it exciting was of course chatting with all my fellow LSS friends as well as being able to watch what was going on in the Cowboys war room. Every time someone in the room picked up a phone or got out of their seat I thought something was happening. Oh, I almost forgot, the Cowboys drafted some guy named Dez Bryant. I hear he is supposed to be a pretty good receiver. Of course I’m kidding. I was jumping out of my chair as the Cowboys traded up and then the commissioner announced Bryant’s name as the next Dallas Cowboy. I can tell all of you this. As much as the Giants fans that I know tried to cover it up, I know they were not happy that the Cowboys were able to get Bryant.

As far as our other picks are concerned I can honestly say I don’t know much about them. So many people have their opinions of how teams did or how players are going to work out. The Cowboys can only hope that they picked some players that will contribute to the team this year and years to come. Let’s not forgot that many players from last years draft class either never made it to the field or barely made it to the field. Players like Robert Brewster, Mike Hamlin, Jason Williams, Brandon Williams, Stephen Hodge and Victor Butler.

After the draft the Cowboys started to sign some undrafted free agents per ESPN.com.

Chris Gronkowski, fullback/tight end, Arizona

Phil Costa, center, Maryland

Matt Nichols, quarterback, Eastern Washington

Chet Teofilo, guard, Cal

Lonyae Miller, running back, Fresno State

Barry Church, safety, Toledo

Terrell Hudgins, wide receiver, Elon

Will Barker, tackle, Virginia

Now we have been hearing that Patrick Crayton, Sam Hurd, Martellus Bennett and possibly Tashard Choice are available to be traded. I’m not overly happy with the trade talk about Choice. I don’t want him traded and I think it would hurt the Cowboys down the road. Hurd would not be a big loss and as far as Crayton, I don’t blame him for wanting to go somewhere because he wants to play more. I guess we just have to wait and see how things play out.

FMC’s Offseason Rant: NFL Draft

Hey all you LSS fans out there!

It’s me, Full Metal Cowboy, bringing you another installment of my latest thoughts on the “Silver & Blue”. It was a wild and productive NFL Draft for our Dallas Cowboys this weekend, and I want to tell you all about it Full Metal style!

So go grab a drink, sit your butts down for ten minutes, hit play, and most of all enjoy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fegU9TkRxFM

On behalf of me and everyone at Lone Star Struck, thanks for all your support, and until my next installment, peace out!


“WOW” What A Weekend

Although I am VERY excited the NFL draft is over and all the analysts saying over and over and over and over (you get what I mean) and over again about who goes where, who is number one, who should pick who, one word says it all. WOW!!!!!!! This has got to be one of the most active NFL drafts I have ever seen. There were trades galore and picks that shocked everyone. Top prospects going before during and after what they were projected to go. In a nut shell, a GREAT football weekend in the middle of the off-season.

First off Kelly did a good job on breaking down who we drafted this year. Although we got a great WR in the first round I kind of wish we would have gone with a little more focus on O-line to start the draft and other positions after that was solidified since we did lose Flozell Adams. But I do think we had a great daft and I am looking forward to an OUTSTANDING “championship” season. With that said, this draft to me seemed much more “emotional” than drafts in the past. As a writer for NFL.COM says, it was the “year of the hug”. There were more players hugging Commissioner Roger Goodell as they came on stage than in years past. Tears flowed, emotions ran high and dreams were fulfilled.

As we all know, Sam Bradford, QB for Oklahoma went number one to the Rams, the best defensive player in the draft, Suh went 2nd to the lions and from then on, it was GAME ON. Out of the 32 teams in the NFL, the draft was pretty well split down the middle between offensive and defensive players. 17 defensive players taken vs. 15 offensive players taken. What really came into play this year was the trades. Before the draft, the Eagles officially became the most ignorant franchise in NFL history trading a top 10 QB to a DIVISION opponent, the Washington Redskins. “BIG BEN” did what he does best and rubbed his name in the dirt just a little more showing his off the field behavior deserves NO respect, causing trade talks. In the end, the Steelers decided they were going to keep him and let his play on the field overlook his pathetic decisions off the field. With the Bears grabbing the best free agency out there in Peppers, they continued to focus on their defense drafting 3 more defensive players and 2 offensive players.

Seattle’s new head coach and former USC head coach Pete Carrol brought back familiar faces in acquiring RB LenDale White from the Titans and traded with the jets getting all pro RB Leon Washington to compliment that backfield. The Raiders decided that the Skins no longer needed Jason Cambell and took them off of their hands. We all know, just like in past drafts, the Patriots were going to be wheeling and dealing. Well coach Bill Belichick boosted up their defense and stealing veteran DT Gerad Warren from the Raiders. This acquisition, along with free agents WR Tory Holt and Defensive Lineman Amon Gordon and their TWELVE (12) picks in this year’s draft improved their team dramatically.

As I research the trades that went on this weekend, I realize I have taken on a task that would take me much more precious time than I thought, and besides, my blog would be 5 pages long. I found a link here that shows all the trades that happened during the draft this year.

http://www.nfl.com/draft/story?id=09000d5d817b4621&template=with-video-with-comments&confirm=true

With just the information that I’ve shared, you can easily see that this off-season is one of the most active ever. Free agents, trades, and a draft that in my opinion lasted WAY too long. Finally the draft is over, and the training camps can get underway. The newest “Boys” can start to show us what they have. Before we know it pre-season hits us and then, LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!

Cowboys 2010 Draft Summary

I present to you the Dallas Cowboys Class of 2010. Some of you will make the team, some of you may not.

But for today you are Dallas Cowboys! Congratulations!

Rd Pk Player POS Ht Wt College
1 24 (24) Dez Bryant WR 6-2 220 Oklahoma St.
2 23 (55) Sean Lee LB 6-2 236 Penn St.
4 28 (126) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB 6-1 190 Indiana (PA)
6 10 (179) Sam Young T 6-8 320 Notre Dame
6 27 (196) Jamar Wall CB 5-10 203 Texas Tech
7 27 (234) Sean Lissemore DT 6-4 298 William & Mary

Some Sound Advice For Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd

Whenever you hear a professional football player say something like, “I just want to play and help the team win.”, what they’re really saying is, “I just want to play so I can make more money”.

It’s no secret that in football, the more snaps you participate in, the better your chances are for earning more riches.

Immediately after the selection of Dez Bryant on Thursday night, most of the reactions from our current crop of receivers were very cordial and supportive.

However, I wasn’t all that convinced, and in fact in a previous post I poised the question,

“What are they really thinking?”

The answers started trickling in less than 24 hours later…

According to several reports, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Sam Hurd have asked to be traded. Additionally, Jerry Jones was quick to react and didn’t seem all too shook up about it.

“Both of those receivers I have such respect for,” Jones said. “And I know what they’ve given to our team and what they may give to the team in the future. I respect their sensitivity and I understand that. We all, I think, should understand when Dez Bryant enters the scene that that’s competition.”

You can be sure that niether of them will be back.

We might be able to get a future 3rd or 4th round pick for Crayton (if we’re lucky), but Hurd?

Sorry Sam… But like I said yesterday, you’re only sixth on the depth chart right now (if that), and you’ll probably just get released.

If you had made the right comments and said the rights things, you may have been able to stick around somehow and earn a paycheck, but now you’re looking at the prospect of trying to beat out a field of 10-12 other wide receivers trying to make another team, and that’s only if another team gives you that opportunity.

If we lose Crayton, I’ll be honest, I’ll miss him. But I also don’t hold it against him for trying to find an opportunity to be a number two receiver somewhere else.

But Patrick my friend, you have no control over where the Cowboys trade you. You have no veto power. You may very well end up in a situation where you get even less playing time. Or worse yet, end up with a perennial loser like the Detroit Lions, with no chance to make the post season.

Well. whatever happens I wish both of you luck.

The First Three Rounds In Hindsight

The draft for our Dallas Cowboys started with a bang, as expected, when Jerry Jones traded up in the first round from their spot at 27 to slot 24, jumping ahead of Baltimore and snatching up arguably the best receiver in this year’s draft, Dez Bryant from Oklahoma State.

As many of us sat watching the live war room cam, many of us expected a trade up to 12 with Miami. The player many of us expected them to target was Texas’ Earl Thomas, a playmaking safety with a skill set most of us would be thrilled to have start from day one in place of the recently released, Ken Hamlin. That didn’t happen as San Francisco traded up to 11 with Denver and took OT Anthony Davis. The next pick that Miami held was traded to San Diego for RB Ryan Matthews.

I’m not exactly sure of the timing of these two picks as compared to the reaction in the Cowboys war-room, but how I saw it, the jaws dropped as San Francisco jumped Miami by trading with Denver, one spot ahead of our proposed trade partner, taking a very coveted offensive tackle. To me, this doesn’t coincide with their recent comments supporting Doug Free as our starting left tackle in 2010. I truly believe Anthony Davis was their target all along and there’s no way they would admit that now, unless somehow this info is leaked, which would only hurt us in the long run.

In hindsight, what would have been given up for that pick at 12, compared to what was given up for Dez, wouldn’t have been worth it. Unless you fast forward to round two.

In round two, Philadelphia as expected, took their play making safety, Nate Allen from Mike Jenkins’ alma mater USF. That proved to be the end, of what the Cowboys brass viewed, the immediate starters from the safety class.
Other safeties projected in that range were Morgan Burnett, Chad Jones and Major Wright who all ended up going in the third round, proving us mock drafters only know relative position, not actual.

Getting closer to the Cowboys pick at 59, Jerry and co. saw New England sitting one spot ahead at 58 and licking their chops for the coveted linebacker, Sean Lee from Penn State. Not to be out-done, they made their move with Philadelphia, trading pick 59 and their late 4th round pick to jump to 55 and snatch their guy.

Nick Eatman was giving hints about them targeting Lee in recent weeks and believed if he was there for them at 59, that would be their pick. Again, the Cowboys moves were out in the open for everyone to see plenty ahead of time for others to strategize against. The Cowboys again had to give up a mid-round pick to take their guy.

Sean Lee, if he stay healthy, looks to be the future at one of the two inside linebacker spots. Weather that be the mic or the mo, it remains to be seen. Jason Williams, last year’s top pick will also be in the mix.

Each of these picks will be highly scrutinized in the future, should one or both prove to be the wrong decision. Both are high risk high reward in their own way. Dez with his character issues and Lee with his knee injury. Solid players were still available at both spots (27, 59 and 90, possibly 125 depending on how today goes)

Time will tell and the sceptic will be watching closely.