After three days and seven selections for the Cowboys the NFL Draft has ended. As everyone knows the Cowboys made their biggest selection on Thursday night when they traded up eight spots and selected cornerback Morris Claiborne from LSU. With Claiborne and Brandon Carr the Cowboys defense looks to be greatly improved from last season.
As far as the other six selections for the Cowboys, well there has been some head scratching as to why the Cowboys went in the direction that they did. I’m in no way an expert in evaluating talent. I won’t even pretend that I am. Those professionals know what to look for and how to rate a player. I don’t have access to game film like the experts do and I don’t have any kind of rating system for all of these players. I’m just a fan who has my own opinions. I could write an article telling everyone what the experts are saying about the newest members of the Cowboys. How they are rated and their pros and the cons, but you can go to any of the NFL sites and read the same things. So what I thought I would do is watch some game highlights on the Cowboys draft picks and give you my thoughts from my own non professional eyes. I won’t include Morris Claiborne because he is the one member of the draft class that does not need to be evaluated due to the fact that he is arguably the best defensive player in the draft.
I found some game highlights on four of the players selected except the last two players, TE James Hannah from Oklahoma and LB Caleb McSurly from Montana. I watched the game highlights as a fan and this is what I got out of them.
Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise St. – As I watched some highlights on Crawford I saw a player who was handled very easily by offensive linemen. He seemed to get pushed around and taken out of plays. Although he never seemed to give up on plays, he also was eaten up as the play passed him by most of the time. Even though he has good size at 6’4″, 275lbs. he seems to play smaller than his size.
Kyle Wilber, LB, Wake Forest – I saw highlights of Wilber lining up on the left side as well as the right side. He seemed to always be involved in the play one way or another. He didn’t seem afraid to take on an offensive lineman or tight end. He disrupted many plays in the backfield and had no problem giving up his body to put a hit on someone. He also was involved in the passing game and didn’t seem to have issues keeping up in coverage.
Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington – Keeping in mind that Johnson played at Eastern Washington, he looks to be a very physical player. In coverage he always seemed to make a play as he showed speed and the ability to adjust on the run. In the run game he had no problem attacking the line of scrimmage and putting a hit on someone. His tackling looked to be text book as he wrapped up instead of just diving at the ball carrier.
Danny Coale, WR, Virginia Tech – The first player that came to mind while watching highlights of Coale was the Patriots Wes Welker. He seems fearless going over the middle and is very quick, especially after catching the ball. He looks to be a possession receiver who could also get deep when needed. He also had no issues taking a hit from what I saw.
I wish I could give you my thoughts on TE James Hanna and LB Caleb McSurdy. If I am able to find some game highlights I will update my article, but for now these are my thoughts on four of the Cowboys 2012 selections. I don’t see any of them cracking the starting lineup anytime soon if at all. I see them as projects for the Cowboys. Whether any of them will work out is anyone’s guess. If I had to select a favorite to make some noise it would be Kyle Wilber.
Good luck to the Cowboys 2012 draft class