Flozell Adams and Ken Hamlin have been released. All of a sudden the Cowboys, who were entering the draft with no serious holes to fill, have two HUGE ones. None, arguably, more important than Left Tackle. The man that has our franchise Quarterback’s backside.
Do Jerry and company really believe Doug Free is ready NOW? Apparently they do because between the two starting positions released, there HAS to be at least one starter in waiting. Alan Ball, although filled in admirably last season for Ken Hamlin, is not the ball-hawking center fielder that Jerry covets.
This brings us to the newest mock draft I have assembled with these new twists in mind.
Earl Thomas (safety, Texas) falls to 19 where Atlanta is waiting to take a player like Pierre-Paul. Dallas jumps ahead of Houston and Cincinnati, giving the Falcons #27(1st), and #125(4th) and a 2011 3rd for #19. The Cowboys draft their ball hawking center fielder with solid depth behind him (Alan Ball, Mike Hamlin)
The biggest concern in the second round is drafting SOLID O-Tackle help should Free not work out or a starter goes down. The picks at 59 (2nd) and 90 (3rd) are enough ammo to move up to Denver’s spot at 45 and draft a tackle that dropped out of the first round such as Indiana’s Roger Saffold or Rutgers’ Anthony Davis.
With no picks left from the 3rd round until the 6th (3rd to Denver, 4th to Atlanta, 5th to Denver for Montrae Holland) the Cowboys kick back and chill. There is no sense in giving up any more future picks and realistically, at this point, we are done giving up players. (e.g.Bennett, Choice, Barber)
At the end of the 6th round the Cowboys are pleasantly surprised to see Fullback John Connor from Kentucky still on the board. Drafting a potential starter this year in the 6th round is the quiet victory of this entire off-season.
In the 7th, kicker Brett Swenson from Michigan State is selected to compete with David Buehler and Connor Hughes. This would be a very good situation for the Cowboys to be in concerning their kicker issues. New kicking consultant Chris Boniol should be able to coach up one of the three, shoring up our immediate place kicking need. We can debate who holds the advantage in a later post.