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NFL Draft Day Central – Live Thread

Welcome to our exclusive NFL Draft Coverage Thread here at Lone Star Struck.

For complete round the clock coverage of all the big news, signings and trades, keep it right here as we will keep updating this thread with everything you need to know.

We also invite you to join us at our live Draft Chat where many members of our staff will be discussing the day’s events and answering questions.

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It’s going to be a great weekend and I bet there will be a few surprises with Jerry Jones running the show.

NFL Draft Update

1. Rams

2. Lions

3. Buccaneers

4. Redskins

5. Chiefs

6. Seahawks

7. Browns

8. Raiders

9. Bills

10. Jaguars

Dallas Cowboys Picks

The Cowboys have half a dozen picks with the first at #27.

Round 1, Pick 27 (27)
Round 2, Pick 27 (59)
Round 3, Pick 26 (90)
Round 4, Pick 27 (125)
Round 6, Pick 27 (196)
Round 7, Pick 27 (234)

How Do We Replace T.O.’s Game?

So here we are three days after we let Owens go, a huge mistake in my opinion. How exactly are we going to replace his offense?

Roy Williams will assume the number one spot although he has yet to prove he deserves it. He is paid like a number one receiver, but I cannot see him commanding the same respect that defenses showed Terrell.

As of right now Miles Austin is slotted as the number two receiver, with Crayton still in the three slot. Miles has game, but a number two receiver? I’m not so sure about that. Crayton is where he needs to be. He has proven he can thrive in the slot position.

Then there is Sam Hurd and Isaiah Stanback. Hurd was showing some promise in 2007, but injuries kept him from playing all of last season. Stanback in my eyes is a bust, he has shown little promise as a receiver.

Which leads me wonder, is this who Tony will throw to in 2009?

Now some might think Witten will step up another notch, but I actually think losing T.O. is going to hurt him more than any other player on this team. I have a feeling defenses will be doubling Witten and leave Roy in one on one coverage. Now if Roy can run some decent routes and make some catches it will ease the pressure off of Witten, but that remains to be seen.

Martellus Bennett could be a wild-card in all of this. If he can take the next step, he may be able to make some big plays with all the attention focused on Witten. Lets hope his mind is on the game and that he has matured in the offseason, because he has big-time talent. 

Is Jerry going to  add a veteran to move into the two spot? There isn’t much out there in free agency to fill the spot, Marvin Harrison maybe? Other than that, the best available WR is Bobby Engram, yikes!

There are some rumors that Torry Holt will be released and that the Browns are shopping Braylon Edwards… either of these two would fit in nicely across from Roy.

How about the draft?

Picking 51st in the draft, makes it unlikely that we will grab a receiver that can jump right into the starting lineup like a Michael Crabtree would. I have seen the name Juaquin Iglesias show up a lot in mock drafts for the Cowboys. He is a 6’0″ 205 lb. senior from Oklahoma, and has decent speed, running a 4.45 40, but jumping right in as a starter is a long shot at best .

I don’t know about you, but this Cowboys fan is extremely concerned about our receiving corps. I am hoping that Jerry Jones has something up his sleeve or it could be a very ugly season.

Cowboys-Bengals… Oh yea and a guy named “Chad Ochocinco”

Good Afternoon Cowboy Fans…

Looking ahead to the Dallas Cowboys-Cincinnati Bengals game this Sunday, I look at this game as just another step on the Cowboy’s journey to Tampa and the Super Bowl. Over the next four weeks, the Cowboys host the Bengals, travel to Arizona, St. Louis, and back home to play the Buccaneers. I really feel the Cowboys even though not playing well this past Sunday against the Redskins’, have a great opportunity to be 7-1 when they make their annual stop to the beautiful confines of Giants Stadium for their game with the Super Bowl champs.

But first things first, The Cincinnati Bengals. On paper the Bengals are not a very good team. This team possesses a lot of talent, but year after year they seem to always find a way to hang around the cellar of their division. It would not be fair to the Bengals though without mentioning that even though there are in the cellar, they are not alone as they share the room with their cross state rivals the Browns.

The Bengals come into Dallas on Sunday ranked 30th in offense and 24th in defense. That is not good news for Cincinnati fans when they will be facing the # 1 offense, and the 9th best defense in the NFL. That can only be a recipe for disaster and an opportunity for a lot of fans to beat the traffic leaving Texas Stadium.

Now I will enjoy the game as I enjoy all the Cowboy’s games (well didn’t enjoy last Sunday much), but we can just keep on kicking that dog over and over. I will be paying very close attention to a guy named “Chad Ochocinco” formally an artist known as Chad Johnson. “Chad Ochocinco”…hmm… Kind of sounds familiar I guess. There used to be a guy called “Prince” that became an artist formally known as “Prince”, then just “Prince” again. Man this is getting confusing to say the least. Of course, we also had a sport’s icon named Cassius Marcellus Clay who later became Muhammad Ali, but never confuse Chad Johnson aka “Chad Ochocinco” with the great one Ali!! Johnson changed is surname to “Ochocinco” which is Spanish for eight five, which is the number he wears.

Chad Johnson or “Chad Ochocinco” (I love saying that name) is off to a very rocky start. Johnson has 11 catches for 116 yds and one touchdown in the first 4 games, and has one end zone celebration. A lot of Bengals fans believe that when Johnson changed his name it put some kind of curse on him. When I researched for this story, I noticed that he has been known to get off to slow starts, but nothing compared to this year. Johnson is a very talented receiver and has led the AFC in receiving the last 4 years. Not to mention he has been to 5 Pro-Bowls.

I just often think the real problem with Johnson is that he spends more time worrying about himself than winning football games. In the past he has changed his teeth (or his grill he likes to call it), “mohawked” and colored his hair (blonde I might add) and has had his share of gilded earrings. In 2006 he was voted by Fox Sports as one of the top ten showboats in professional sports. Lastly, I remember one of his most memorable moments in 2007 during a Monday Night game against the Ravens. Johnson caught the first touchdown of the night, proceeded to grab a jacket resembling a Hall of Fame inductee and pranced up and down the Bengal’s sideline to the cheers of all his adoring fans.

The Bengals will come into “Big D” ready to play and with the new insurgence of Chris Perry at tailback, T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Carson Palmer and “Chad Ochocinco”; they will not be a team to look past. I just think at the end of the day, the Cowboys will add another victory notch to their belt and continue their journey to reach that pinnacle of being the first team in NFL history to win 6 Super Bowls.

Oh by the way Chad… in case you did not know, the real spelling is actually “Ochenta Y Cinco”, but I guess that is not easy to spell when you write a check. So whether you like “Chad Ochocinco” or not it should be interesting to see if he can out-do our showman, T.O..

Lack Of Discipline Is A Concern

I  may get flack for telling it like it is but that’s OK. We’ve had way too much “sunshine and lollipops” the last few weeks anyway. Bottom line is winning is great. But just because you win doesn’t mean you played well. And it will catch up with you.

This team lacks discipline.

Nothing makes a coach any crazier than stupid mistakes. Some times you can escape with a win after bumbling through a game. The Eagles game is a good example of that. You give up 37 points you deserve to lose. No, the Cowboys didn’t lose that game but they sure tried their best to.

Opening day against the Browns was another example of lack of discipline. Way too many penalties to consider the game a success. Luckily for us fans the Cowboys were so much better than Cleveland that those miscues didn’t cost them the game.

The Green Bay game was the exception. This team had a solid performance at every phase of the game. This was a game that could have easily gotten out of hand. Romo’s interception in the red zone was probably the one thing that kept the game from being blown wide open.

Now to the Washington game. There are times when you know early on in a game your team is just “flat”. That was very apparent throughout this game. Poor tackling and lack of enthusiasm was so obvious even the most casual viewer could see it. I was livid during this game. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t alone either. Nobody, not even the Redskins themselves thought they could go into Texas Stadium and dominate the Cowboys the way they did. Yes, I said dominate. They moved the ball at will and their defense held this explosive offense to 4 three and out drives as well as the 3 and INT drive.

Twelve men on the field on 3rd and 2 is the epitome of lack of discipline. Wade can’t keep taking the blame for bone-head plays by professional football players. That play cost the Cowboys 3 full minutes at the end of the game.

The bright side is now we can stop with this NONSENSE of going undefeated and concentrate on the task at hand. WIN THIS WEEK. Everyone was thinking 8-0 going into the Giants game. I even thought.. “All we have to do is get past the ‘Skins and the schedule gets soft for 4 weeks”. I think most of forgot this is the NFC EAST we’re talking about. Nothing is guaranteed.

I’m as much of a believer in this team as anyone you’ll meet. When they lose I take it personally. I bleed silver and blue and have for over 30 years. This team has more depth than any team in its long, glorious history. The talent is close to that of the 90’s Cowboys. The only thing that glares at me is the discipline issue. Address that and NOBODY in the NFL can beat them.

Preseason Schedule Looks Familiar

The 2008 Preseason Opponents have been announced.

@ San Diego – Saturday Aug. 9th

@ Denver – TBA

Houston – Friday Aug. 22nd, 7pm

Minnesota – TBA

Final dates and times are still to be announced.

Last preseason Dallas played Indianapolis, Denver, Houston and Minnesota.

The Cowboys regular season schedule is expected to be finalized in the next two weeks.

Home:

Washington, NY Giants, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Tampa Bay

Away:

Washington, NY Giants, Philadelphia, Arizona, St. Louis, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay

Rumors are the Cowboys will open the season against the Browns on a Sunday afternoon, as soon as we know the official schedule we will pass it on to you, along with custom made schedule graphics, stay tuned.