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Anthony Spencer Influenced Mock Off-Season(s)

Anthony Spencer OLB

Dallas will go one of three ways with Anthony Spencer:

1. Let him walk via free agency

2. Work out a long term deal

3. Franchise him

In this mock, I’m picking the fan’s least favorite scenario and franchising him, counting $8.8 mil. against the 2012 CAP. I would NEVER do this, but Jerry is unpredictable, so I’m just mocking a “what-if”…sorry folks…

 

Free Agency:

Anthony Spencer OLB $8.8 mil. (franchised…ouch…I know…)

Laurent Robinson WR 4 yr. $15 mil. (topping Jordy Nelson’s contract)

Abe Elam SS 2 yr. $5 mil. (a necessary evil)

Duece Lutui OG 3 yr. $6 mil.+ (2 mil guaranteed. Incentive bonuses based on playing time and weight/conditioning)

Tony Fiammetta FB 3 yr. $5 mil. (who doesn’t love Tony?)

Josh McCown QB 2 yr. $3 mil. (could be worse. could be better and a lot more expensive)

Antuan Molden CB 3 yr. $5 mil. (tall corner who improved his play last year in New England)

Leonard Pope TE 2 yr. $2 mil. (blocking tight end for just above veteran minimum)

 

Cuts/Trades:

Terrance Newman cut (save $4 mil.)

Kenyon Coleman cut (save $1.9 mil.)

David Buehler cut (save $1.25 mil)

Felix Jones traded to New England during draft (save $1.17 mil.)

Stephen McGee cut (save $565k)

Phil Costa cut (save $490k)

Kai Forbath cut (save $465k)

Shaun Chapas cut (save $465k)

 

Draft:

Colts– Andrew Luck QB Stanford

TRADE Redskins trade #6, #39 and 2013 1st to Rams for RGIII QB Baylor

Vikings- Morris Claibourne CB LSU

Browns- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State

TRADE Cardinals trade #13, #80 and 2013 2nd to Bucs for Ryan Kalil OT USC

Rams- Riley Reiff OT Iowa

Jags- Quinton Coples DE North Carolina

Panthers- Michael Brockers DT LSU

Dolphins- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

Bills- Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama

Chiefs- David DeCastro G Stanford

Seahawks- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

Bucs- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama

Trent Richardson RB Alabama

Cowboys- Trent Richardson RB Alabama (Dallas doesn’t find a trade partner after seeing most all of their targeted players are gone and sticks with the BPA mindset, not reaching, instead taking a highly rated player who fell)

…and here’s the rest of the Cowboys draft

2) #45 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State (RR’s man-crush at the senior bowl)

2) #63 Ben Jones C Georgia (acquired from Patriots for #83 and Felix Jones)

3) #83 to New England

4) #117 Josh Chapman DT Alabama (stock slipped due to injury. JJ loves these kind of deals)

4) #137 (comp. Pick for Stephen Bowen) James-Michael Johnson ILB Nevada

(depth behind Lee, Carter and Lemon)

5) #155 B.J. Coleman QB Chattanooga (small school QB with a big arm to replace McGee)

6) #186 Micah Pellerin CB Hampton (CB depth)

7) #224 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Mississippi (small school fatty with good feet to swing behind Free and Smith in place of RFA Jeremy Parnell)

 

2012 Roster:

QB: Romo, McCown, Coleman

RB/FB: Richardson, Murray, Tanner, Fiammetta

TE: Witten, Phillips, Pope

WR: Austin, Bryant, Robinson, Harris, Radway, Holmes

Oline: Smith, Free, L.Holmes, Kosier, Lutui, Nagy, Arkin, B.Jones, Kowalski

CB: Jenkins, L.Johnson, Scandrick, Molden, Pellerin, M.Butler

S: Sensebaugh, Elam, Church, McCray

LB: Ware, Lee, Carter, Spencer, V.Butler, Albright, Lemon, J-M.Johnson

Dline: Ratliff, Chapman, Hatcher, Lissemore, Brent, Spears, Calloway

P: C.Jones

K: Bailey

L.S. Ladouceur

 

Now here’s the option to this draft:

Dallas will go one of three ways with Anthony Spencer:

1. Let him walk via free agency

2. Work out a long term deal

3. Franchise him

In this mock, I’m picking number 2. Just like the last mock I did, this one is to provide another way to go about the off season. Signing Spencer long term lowers his CAP hit, but puts an investment in his future with Dallas that many might not like, including myself. Again, this mock is for the sake of argument and a different point of view.

 

Free Agency:

Anthony Spencer OLB 5 yr. $30 mil. ($12 mil. guaranteed)

Richard Marshall CB 5 yr. $28 mil. ($10 mil. guaranteed)

Ben Grubbs G 5 yr. $25 mil. ($20 mil. guaranteed)

Samson Satele C 5 yr. $12 mil. ($6 mil. guaranteed)

Tony Fiammetta FB 3 yr. $5 mil. ($5 mil. guaranteed)

Luke McCown QB 2 yr. $3 mil. ($3 mil. Guaranteed)

 

Cuts:

Terrance Newman cut (save $4 mil.)

Kenyon Coleman cut (save $1.9 mil.)

David Buehler cut (save $1.25 mil)

Stephen McGee cut (save $565k)

Phil Costa cut (save $490k)

Kai Forbath cut (save $465k)

Shaun Chapas cut (save $465k)

 

Mark Barron SS Alabama

1) #14 Mark Barron SS Alabama (Dallas finally gets a safety with strong modern attributes in the first round)

2) #45 Rueben Randle WR LSU (tall, rangy WR with great hands that can also return kickoffs. Replaces void left by free agent Laurent Robinson)

3) #83 Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State (will provide a strong rotation with Lee and Carter)

4) #117 Josh Chapman NT Alabama (the fat double team eater everyone has been screaming for since Jason Ferguson left for Miami. a steal at this spot, but fell due to injury. everyone knows Jerry aint scurred’.)

4) #137 (comp. Pick for Stephen Bowen) Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M (provides solid corner depth and can return kickoffs)

5) #155 BJ Coleman QB Chattanooga (replaces McGee and becomes the new big arm development at QB)

6) #186 George Bryan TE North Carolina State (known for his great hands and solid blocking skills. Just what the dr. ordered to replace Marty B)

7) #224 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Mississippi (replaces Jeremy Parnell as the swing tackle)

 

2012 Roster:

QB: Romo, McCown, Coleman

RB/FB: Murray, F. Jones, Tanner, Fiammetta

TE: Witten, Phillips, Bryan

WR: Austin, Bryant, Randle, Harris, Radway, Holmes

Oline: Smith, Free, L.Holmes, Kosier, Grubbs, Nagy, Arkin, S.Satele, Kowalski

CB: Jenkins, Marshall, Scandrick, Judie, M.Butler

S: Sensebaugh, Barron, Church, McCray, Taplin-Ross

LB: Ware, Lee, Carter, Spencer, V.Butler, Cole, Albright, Lemon, B.Satele

Dline: Ratliff, Chapman, Hatcher, Lissemore, Brent, Spears

P: C.Jones

K: Bailey

L.S. Ladouceur

** BTW Samson Satele (FA Center signed from Oakland) and Brashton Satele (ILB signed in January to a futures contract) are cousins…cool…

Jones Was Right: Cowboys Should NOT Focus On Drafting A QB

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Hello fellow Dallas Cowboys fans. Before I begin my first post I would just like to introduce myself. My name is Greg Pomes. I’m a Cowboys fan from New York City. I’ve been a Cowboys fan since I was seven or eight years old. My favorite all time Cowboys are Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. I’m looking forward to communicating with everyone about our favorite football team!

There has been a lot of talk since the Cowboys once again collapsed and missed out on the playoffs. It’s tough being here in New York seeing the city fawn over the New York Giants, the same team that eliminated my beloved Cowboys from the playoffs yet again.  I think we are all in agreement that there needs to be some serious changes if this franchise is ever going to be the proud franchise it once was. There’s no question about it that we need to revamp our defense. The secondary or complete lack of a secondary is the reason why we lost that final game against the Cowboys.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism over Jerry Jones not actively seeking out a quarterback in this year’s upcoming draft. I rarely ever agree with Jerry Jones and that’s for good reason, however on this stance he’s completely right. Jones said:

“”We’ve got a lot of work to do with our personnel. “The good news is that we’re not starting out at quarterback. We’ve got a competitor there and we’ve got a lot of good skill people around him.”

Tony Romo has been a good quarterback. Is he in the same class as Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and yes Eli Manning? I don’t think so but not every good quarterback has to be an elite quarterback. Romo this year had better stats than Eli Manning yet Eli is the quarterback going to the Super Bowl while Romo will be watching it. Eli also has a very good defense around him.

Romo became a different player before our very eyes this past season. Gone was the smiling and shrugging when he made a stupid mistake which was rare this season. Gone was that gunslinger mentality that we’ve seen for most of his career. He took a beating this season with those cracked ribs and that bruised hand at the end of the season but he got back up and led this team to victories.

What we need Jerry Jones to focus on in this year’s draft is improving the offensive line, the pass rush and the secondary. The Cowboys need defensive backs that can make tackles, not chase guys into the red zone. The Cowboys need a pass rush that is not going to give the opposing quarterback all day to throw. The offensive line needs improving after using inexperienced guys on the line that caused Romo to be sacked 36 times and resulted in the injuries that I mentioned earlier.

I’m aware that we cannot go into the new season with McGee as Romo’s backup. There are some good free agent quarterback’s on the market that would serve as an adequate backup. I would like Matt Flynn but he would command too much money. Vince Young is too much of a head case and we certainly don’t need any more of those on this team.

I’m sure there will be many things that Jerry Jones will be wrong about in the months to come but this is not one of them.

NFL Draft Day 3 – Live Chat

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

For complete 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.

LONE STAR STRUCK CHAT

 

Join the conversation or just stop in and say “Go Cowboys!” Let us know who you think the Cowboys should draft with the first pick.

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

Dallas Cowboys Picks

Round 1, Pick 9 (9) – OT Tyron Smith, USC

Round 2, Pick 8 (40) – LB Bruce Carter, North Carolina

Round 3, Pick 7 (71) – RB DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma

Round 4, Pick 13 (110) – OL David Arkin, Missouri St

Round 5, Pick 12 (143) – DB Josh Thomas, Buffalo

Round 6, Pick 11 (176) – WR Dwayne Harris, E. Carolina

Round 7, Pick 17 (220) (From San Diego) – FB Shaun Chapas, Georgia

Round 7, Pick 49 (252) (Compensatory Selection) – OL Bill Nagy, Wisconsin

 

NFL Draft Order

1. Carolina Panthers

2. Denver Broncos

3. Buffalo Bills

4. Cincinnati Bengals

5. Arizona Cardinals

6. Cleveland Browns

7. San Francisco 49ers

8. Tennessee Titans

9. Dallas Cowboys

10. Washington Redskins


2011 NFL Draft: What The Cowboys Should Do

(This is my first of hopefully many contributions to this site and I hope you enjoy my posts. Thanks for reading! Go Cowboys!)

Is offensive line the right move to make? Jerry Jones has never selected an offensive linemen in the first round since he has been the Cowboys owner. Even though he played o-line at Arkansas. Seems a bit odd. But even he found offensive line boring and not flashy, I believe it might be the safe and correct pick in this case.

Tyron Smith out of USC is one rumored possibility for the Cowboys along with some other tackles and defensive ends Cameron Jordan and JJ Watt also rumored as options. The running game really struggled last season and Tony Romo (when he played) and then Jon Kitna did not have that long to throw. Certainly you only have so long to make something happen but they were not even given nearly enough time.

Smith would start right away at RT, opposite Doug Free. This selection would spell the end for Marc Colombo of course. Smith can help protect Romo and hopefully improve the running game, especially short yardage situations.

The Cowboys have plenty of needs but when I watched this team in 2010, the main problems that I saw were all in the defensive backfield more than anything. That is why I would consider taking Prince Amukamara with the ninth pick. Terrance Newman is getting up there in age and Michael Jenkins was bad at times last year. Neither Gerald Sensabaugh nor Alan Ball should be trusted to start at safety again and I think the Prince would be the right selection.

Then you can grab an offensive lineman in the second round and go with safety and defensive end/linebacker later. I do believe Dallas is in pretty good shape all around but just have a couple holes to fill, which they can accomplish by drafting well.

So while I would consider improving the secondary, I do believe that offensive tackle is the right, safe pick in this case for the Cowboys mainly because my hope is that an overhaul of the o-line can improve the running game, which can improve the passing game, which can give the Cowboys the lead and hopefully take some pressure off the defense, and the secondary. Everything has a cause and effect and you are supposed to build from the inside out. The Cowboys are a flashy team and Jerry likes to make splashy picks usually but in this particular case, let’s just be safe.

Southern California Draft Party ’11 (UPDATED)

Attention Cowboy Fans! There’s still a chance to get your tickets to the biggest draft party in Southern California!

You are invited to attend the 2011 Draft Party in Southern California hosted by So.Cal Dallas Cowboys Fan Club along with Maximum Sports Connection. This is a rare opportunity to meet two Dallas Cowboy greats, Nate Newton and Larry Allen along with current players Tashard Choice and Victor Butler plus many others and special guests. In addition there will be tons of giveaways including Cowboys memorabilia and ticket packages for two games in 2011.

Saturday April 30th, 2011

Sky Fox Lounge
345 S. Garey Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

- Party with over 1500 Cowboys fans
– 3 Levels of Fun
– 1st floor is Free and open to all the public (Free entrance)
– 2nd floor open patio (Open to the public)
– 3rd floor VIP with Players and Meet and Greet (Ticket needed to enter)
– 3 Fully Stocked Bars
– DJ
– All Ages
– Free Parking
– Tons of Prizes
– Grand prize raffle: 2 tickets to Cowboys @ 49ers or Cowboys @ Cardinals
– Gear and memoribilia provided by The Dallas Cowboys and Maximum Sports
– 500 Limited tickets will be sold

Call Now to Make Your Reservations! 888.935.4155.
$50 per person (Limited tickets available!)

 

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Countless D-Line Options Available for Cowboys in Upcoming Draft

As the 2011 Scouting Combine comes to a close in Indy, prospects are getting rearranged and reshuffled on countless draft boards, mock drafts are getting retooled, value charts and “big boards” are getting redone. It’s getting to be that time of year when we start the wild speculation about the 2011 NFL draft and start coming up with the names that we could see on the backs of those famous white Cowboys jerseys.

Since defensive line is undoubtedly the deepest position in the 2011 draft, and maybe even the best defensive line class we’ve seen in several decades, it is only fitting to start with them. Defensive line is also very much a need in Dallas this year and what a great year it is to be in the market for a stud on the defensive line. So with that, let’s take a look:

 

Nick Fairley – Defensive Tackle, Auburn

Nick Fairley is without a doubt the most impressive prospect of this very talented bunch. Anyone who watched SEC football in 2010 saw Fairley completely take over games against elite competition all season. At 6’4″ and 291 pounds, he is a player that can be plugged in at any position on the defensive line, in any defensive scheme, for the next ten years. In Dallas’ case, Fairley would probably project as a 3-4 defensive end. He ran a 4.87 40-yard dash at the combine, which is amazingly fast for a man his size. With 11.5 sacks in 2010 and a staggering 24 tackles for loss, Fairley has the skill to get into the backfield and disrupt plays and get to the quarterback. He has a non-stop motor and a nasty streak that I personally have not seen since Warren Sapp was in his prime in Tampa Bay. You can bet your bottom dollar that this guy is at the top of the wishlist in Jerry’s war room come draft day, though he is almost certain to be gone by pick #9.

 

Marcell Dareus – Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Another SEC player who turned heads in 2010 was Marcell Dareus. Though he didn’t have the eye-popping numbers that Nick Fairley did, he still produced solidly for the Crimson Tide. In the Capital One Bowl against Michigan State, Dareus was virtually unblockable the entire game. His skills are very similar to Fairley’s and the two have been compared non-stop for months. Though Dareus is a tad shorter (6’3″), and a bit heavier (319) than Fairley, I think he still projects nicely to the 3-4 defensive end spot. Though heavier than Fairley, Dareus still ran a moderately fast 40-yard dash at 4.93. I don’t know that Dareus’ pass-rushing skills are as refined as Fairley’s, but his skill set is definitely better than what the Cowboys got out of Igor Olshansky last year. I’ve heard several reports that Dareus reminds some people of Marcus Spears when he came out of LSU. While that is somewhat worrisome, I think Dareus showed at the combine that he is worthy of a top ten pick. Unlike Fairley, I think Dareus could be on the board when Dallas goes on the clock and if that’s the case, he may just become a Cowboy.

 

Cameron Jordan – Defensive End, Cal

Not many people get to watch the Pac-10 as much as the SEC during football season, and for that reason, Cam Jordan may be the best kept secret in the entire draft. Like Dareus, Jordan produced solid numbers all season. He is another guy that can easily be plugged in at a 3-4 defensive end and contribute immediately. Since he played in a 3-4 scheme at Cal, he may have a leg up on guys who have not worked in a traditional 3-4 previously. Jordan is a freakish athlete at 6’4″, 287 pounds, and ran an impressive 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine. He also has NFL bloodlines as his father Steve was a 6-time Pro Bowl tight end for the Minnesota Vikings. While I think Jordan may be a reach at #9, I could see him being a real possibility for the Cowboys if they decide to trade back to the middle of the first round.

 

Cameron Heyward – Defensive End, Ohio State

Heyward is a guy who has had the “underachiever” and “lazy” tags attached to his name throughout his college career, but anyone who watched him in the Sugar Bowl knows what kind of potential he has. Against the #8 Arkansas Razorbacks and potential first day offensive tackle prospect Demarcus Love, Heyward was completely dominant and had his name called throughout the entire game. He has a non-stop motor and like Cameron Jordan, has the skills to be a dominating force in the NFL. He has ideal 3-4 defensive end size at 6’5″, 294. He didn’t run the 40 at the combine, but look for him to post a time similar to Nick Fairley’s during Ohio State’s pro day. He is a relentless competitor when motivated and also has NFL bloodlines as the son of “Ironhead” Heyward. I can only see Heyward getting picked by Dallas if they trade down to the late first round, or if he is still available in the early second round by some amazing stroke of luck.

 

J.J. Watt – Defensive End, Wisconsin

J.J. Watt is another guy who’s stock has been soaring since the Rose Bowl against TCU. Like Dareus, Fairley, and Heyward, he looked simply unstoppable against a very talented Horned Frogs offense. Watt is extremely athletic as a converted tight end and also has the impressive measurables at almost 6’6″ and 290 pounds. He is another 3-4 defensive end that ran the 40-yard dash stunningly fast at 4.84 seconds. He posted tremendous stats for the Badgers last year with seven sacks and 21 tackles for loss, and both numbers are a tribute to his pass-rushing skills and quickness. He is a instinctive player with great intangibles who would be a fantastic fit in Dallas. Like Jordan, I can only see Dallas drafting Watt if they trade back into the middle of the first round, but I certainly don’t expect him to be available in the second round.

 

Other Prospects

 

De’Quan Bowers – Defensive End, Clemson

Bowers had a superb year for the Clemson Tigers with 25 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. Unfortunately he projects to be a defensive end in the 4-3 and is probably too small to be a defensive end in the 3-4. Will likely be gone in the first five picks.

 

Robert Quinn – Defensive End, North Carolina

Like Bowers, Quinn is a smaller defensive end at only 6’4″, 265 and projects better as a 4-3 defensive end or possibly a 3-4 outside linebacker. Didn’t play in 2010 and has a bust factor about him. Nevertheless, he is still a top 15 pick.

 

Stephen PaeaDefensive Tackle, Oregon State

Paea set the record for most bench press reps ever at the combine with 49. He’s a bit on the short side at 6’1″ and is also fairly light for a defensive tackle at 303 pounds. Regardless of size, Paea has great versatility and strength and if he lasts into the second round, Dallas may be interested in him as a player to move around and utilize along the defensive line.

 

Muhammad Wilkerson – Defensive End, Temple

Wilkerson is an enormous athlete at 6’4″ 315 who ran a fast 40 at the combine at 4.96. Was very productive in college and projects well as a 3-4 defensive end. He could be a possibility for Dallas in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Cowboys Extra Points: Free Agency, Draft and Schedules

Sam Hurd is the most recent player to sign his tender. Still nothing from Miles Austin or Gerald Sensabaugh, however both showed up in Valley Ranch for the off-season workout program. ESPN Dallas explains free agency rules and deadlines.

Robert Brewster has been cleared by the medical staff to return to football. The offensive lineman’s best position would be right tackle or guard. Brewster was drafted in the 3rd round of the ’09 draft but sat out the entire season due to a torn pectoral muscle.

The 2010 NFL Draft begins this Thursday, April 22nd at 6:30 p.m. CST. The first round will be held Thursday, the second and third rounds on Friday starting a 5 p.m. CST and rounds 4-7 on Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. CST. We will have a live thread with continuous updates for the draft. See ya then!

The Dallas Cowboys official website has been redesigned. In my opinion its clean and bright, almost too white, and will take some getting used to as far as the layout. Check out the new design here.

The NFL will announce the complete 2010 schedules tomorrow at 6 p.m. CST on NFL Network and NFL.com.

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Random Cowboys Thoughts…

I  am sorry for the long absence, however I am pleased to inform all of you that I will be having my first child soon, so I’ve been very busy getting ready to be a dad.  =)

Now on to the Dallas Cowboys and a few thoughts I have.

I will start with the upcoming NFL draft. There has been much speculation on who the Cowboys will take with the 27th pick. I have heard everything ranging from Eric Berry falling to our pick, to trading up in the draft to select Dez Bryant. Whatever Dallas does, I hope it’s with the goal of having this team playing football on February 6, 2011; the one thing that is most important for me. Dallas, no scratch that, the state of Texas, needs the Dallas Cowboys to succeed, and what better way than continuing our tradition of excellence than by being the first to play the “Big Game” in our brand new stadium?

My next order of business is ensuring a wining game plan to clinch a first place berth in arguably the most competitive division in the league. As we all know, Mac 5 was traded to our hated rivals the Washington Redskins (which might I add ruined my holiday lol) which now gives the Skins instant credibility. We all bashed the Redskins for years for spending all that money and never having a solid quarterback. Not anymore… Basically, they traded very little to get one of the best QBs in the NFL. The Washington Redskins already had a dominant defense and now if they can get some insurance on that O-Line they will be instant contenders because of the sheer greatness of Donovan McNabb. (By the way, rumor has it they are considering Flozell Adams.)

So as we all get ready for the ride that is the NFL season, don’t forget that we have a wonderful history and a rich tradition of excellence on our side.

I feel like this is our year and I believe that the players understand their jobs now. It won’t be easy… That big blue star on our helmet is always a target for our hated rivals, who are always motivated whenever they play our team.

Our task is not impossible or unobtainable it is very much in our grasps all they have to do is play like champions and all of us will be there for the ride.

I’m hoping that my new baby will be here to see its first Cowboys game on Thanksgiving, and Super Bowl title two months later. =)  I am hoping for a girl, daddy’s little girl, my own princess to dress up in her pink Cowboys gear.

Boys Could Look To Add Outside Linebacker Depth Early On In Draft

Outside linebacker play got more consistent for the Cowboys in 2009 with the emergence of Anthony Spencer and the usual All-Pro play from Demarcus Ware. There are questions however with the depth behind the two starting outside linebackers. Contrary to popular belief, I think Victor Butler played well for a raw rookie making the transition to linebacker. And we can’t forget about Brandon Williams, who was sidelined for the year with a torn ACL, and should be ready to compete by the time training camp starts. Still, expect the Cowboys to take a close look at the deep class of ‘tweener type linebackers that fit well into their 3-4 scheme. Here are a few prospects to watch.

Thaddeus Gibson - Ohio State, 6’2″ 243

Many questioned Gibson’s decision to declare for the draft early. But after his performance at Ohio State’s pro day, it looks as though he made the right choice. He has the size that 3-4 defensive coordinators covet, and would project to be an outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. Gibson also has the speed to go along with his size, running a 4.58 40-yard dash at Ohio State’s pro day. His 40-time is comparable to Demarcus Ware’s when he performed at the combine in 2005 and ran a 4.56 40. Gibson will probably go in rounds 2 or 3, which may not be too early for the Cowboys to consider an outside linebacker.

Jerry Hughes – Texas Christian, 6’2″ 255

A hometown boy who played his college ball for the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Hughes was a terror on the Frogs defensive line, posting 26 sacks in the past two seasons. Like Gibson, he is a ‘tweener prospect who will play outside linebacker at the next level. He posted a very solid 4.69 40-time at the combine, and has the size comparable to Anthony Spencer. Hughes’s draft stock has been solid throughout pre-draft workouts, and he could go as early as the late 1st round. The Cowboys are not likely interested in drafting an outside linebacker in the first round, so Hughes could be out of reach. If he falls to them in the 2nd round however, they will take a long, hard look at him.

Ricky Sapp – Clemson, 6’4″ 266

Sapp is another athletic defensive end who will transition to a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has fantastic size and speed, both comparable to Demarcus Ware, and had a terrific outing at the combine. Did not really have impressive sack numbers during his collegiate career, but certainly has the intangibles that pro teams look for in a 3-4 outside linebacker prospect. He could go anywhere within rounds 2 through 4, and could get interest from the Cowboys.

George Selvie – South Florida, 6’3″ 252

Selvie is a prospect who really fell off the map after posting 14 sacks in the 2007 season. His drop-off in production was partly due to nagging injuries. The emergence of Jason Pierre-Paul on the Bulls’s defensive line also took alot of eyes off of Selvie. Regardless of his recent drop-off, Selvie has intriguing size and upside that will draw the interest of any defensive coordinator looking to add athleticism to his defense. I could see Selvie going in the late 3rd round to 4th round range, which is certainly within the range that Dallas would likely pull the trigger on an outside linebacker project.

Koa Misi – Utah, 6’3″ 251

Misi is one more intriguing ‘tweener prospect amongst a very deep class of pass rushing athletes in this year’s draft. He showed his athleticism at the combine in the vertical jump and the 3-cone drill. Like Selvie, Misi did not accumulate impressive sack numbers in 2009, but was plenty active and racked up plenty of tackles. Also like all the other prospects named in this article, Misi possesses the intangibles to be a force at the 3-4 outside linebacker position. He is projected to go anywhere within rounds 2 or 3. Like the other prospects, look for the Cowboys to consider him if he is on the board after round 1.

New to the Silver and Blue: Kevin Olgetree

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We as fans have watched the progression of this rookie receiver from training camp, through the pre-season and the impact he has had on the offense so far this season. I wanted to know a little more about this young man that is catching our eye, so I have done a little digging and this is what I have uncovered for Starstruck readers.

OgletreeKevin Ogletree was born August 5, 1987 in Queens, New York and has grown into a perfect size for a wide receiver at 6 ft 2 inches weighing in at a 189 pounds. He attended Holy Cross High School in Queens where he was one catch away from making state history with 19 touchdown catches. Kevin’s senior year he caught 63 passes for an amazing 1,170 yards, that did make league history. His junior year he caught 40 passes for over 1,000 yards and made 10 touchdowns, not bad for a junior in high school. Not only did he make touchdowns, he also made 5 interceptions and led his team to a conference championship. Olgetree was quite the athlete, also playing basketball and baseball.

He attended College at Virginia where he studied as a sociology major. He played as a true freshman for seven games. He had his breakout year as a sophomore when he led the team with receptions. His junior year he ran back kick-offs for 274 yards. Kevin’s total stats at Virginia totaled 117 receptions for 1,332 yards and 9 touchdowns.

Olgetree decided to enter the 2009 Draft after his junior season, but went unnoticed. The Cowboy scouts didn’t let him slip through the cracks and he was signed immediately following the draft. As a rookie undrafted, free agent he made the cut, and made the 53 man roster.

This young  man seems to have a dream and he is not letting the fact that he wasn’t drafted slow him down in making that dream come true. Going from the practice squad to the 5th receiver is a feat in itsself. This guy has stepped up when his number is called and shows that he has worked hard to learn routes and to be on the same page as Tony Romo.

There is no lack of blogs, or interviews to research.  He’s definitely becoming a fan favorite. He has a nice personality, being able to kid around with Marty B on his show. He wants to learn from veterans like Roy Williams and Patrick Crayton. Jerry Jones said on a phone interview that he is excited about Olgetree. He’s quick, fast and they have pushed him as a rookie to make a impact on this year’s team and Kevin has responded and made plays that helped the team.

While watching an interview on the Marty B. Show I noticed a tattoo on Kevin’s right shoulder that said “Respect” , that is something that he is earning play by play.

I don’t know about you, but Kevin you have my respect and I am sure we will be seeing more and more #85 jerseys in the stands as your stats continue to grow here in Dallas.

2010 Draft Schedule Changed

It has been reported on ProFootballTalk.com that the 2010 NFL Draft will go Prime-time. I’m not sure that I like this idea. Maybe it’s because I don’t like change that much and too much has changed in the NFL since I became a fan.

The NFL Draft will be spread out over three days. The first round will start on Thursday night, April 22 at 7:30pm est. Rounds two and three will be on Friday night, April 23 at 6:30pm est. Then the draft will finish up on Saturday, April 24 starting at 10:00am est.

“We continue to look for ways to make the draft more accessible to more fans,” said Commissioner Roger Goodell.  “Moving the first round to prime time on Thursday night will make the first round of the draft available to fans on what is typically the most-watched night of television.”

Sounds like it’s not about making the draft more accessible to fans, but getting better ratings on the most watched night of television. But that is just my opinion of course.

The Cowboys Top 50 players

DallasCowboys.com has completed their rankings of the Top 50 players of all time. It all came down to Emmitt Smith or Roger Staubach. Who would get the top spot? Emmitt Smith who was key to the three Super Bowl Championships in the 90’s, a warrior for the team from 1990 to 2002, a class act through and through? Or Roger Staubach who was the face of the team in the 70’s, leading them to four Super Bowls and two wins? Well, it was Staubach who was selected the top player in Cowboys history. I don’t have an issue with that selection. Staubach changed the way the QB position was played and was key to the Cowboys success in his short 10 year career. Staubach will officially be listed in the site tomorrow. Unless of course DallasCowboys.com throws a curve at all us fans and makes Staubach and Tom Landry co-winners of the top spot which would be fitting. If that does happen then you heard it here first.

My two issues with the Top 50 are that Terrell Owens and La’Roi Glover were ranked. I would have left them off the list and added Dennis Thurman who played with the Cowboys from 1978-85 and recorded 36 INT’s and 4 TDs. I also would have added Robert Newhouse who played for the Cowboys from 1972-83 and rushed for 4,784 yards and scored 31 TDs. Let’s not forget his famous TD pass to Golden Richards in Super Bowl XII.

The list can be seen below.

http://tinyurl.com/l2vw78

Draft Report Card

Nfl.com released its report card grading all 32 teams on their draft so I am listing their ratings and my rating for the teams. This list is listed by overall grade not by alphabetical order.

  1. Clevland Browns- A,  I Give them an A as well for trading back to make a good financial decision and still picking up the best Center in the draft and still making great pick-ups at WR and CB.
  2. Green Bay Packers-A, I Give them an A as well for the pick-up of the NT Raji,OLB Matthews and two of the top offensive tackles in the draft which was their main area of concern.
  3. New York Giants-A, I Give them a B+ for grabbing two great recievers to solve a huge hole that was left after the Plaxico incident, and then they pretty much just added depth across the board.
  4. Philadelphia Eagles-A,I Give them an A as well for adding two veteran tackles that allowed them to tackle other areas when the draft got here, like taking Jeremy Maclin, RB LeSean McCoy, TE Cornelius Ingram, so the Eagles are going to be very tough this year.
  5. Houston Texans-B+ , I Give them an A for the fact that they put some depth to the OLB/DE positions and picked up two tight ends in the middle rounds, with the depth on the defensive edge they have look for the Texans to be playoff contenders.
  6. Jacksonville Jaguars-B+, I will give them a B for this draft, they put massive depth at the o-line and got a DT that can step right in and also addresed their WR issues with two out of the middle rounds and one in the 7th,they are hoping at least the two middle round WR’s they picked can step up and be contributors this year.
  7. Seattle Seahawks-B+, I will give them a B becasue they drafted OLB Aaron Curry when they really should of drafted QB Mark Sanchez wtih Hasslebeck becoming as injury prone as he has been.
  8. Baltimore Ravens- B, I will give them a B+ because they were tempted to go for a reciever but they moved up and picked OL Oher for depth and his ability to play any position on the line is one of the reasons that made the Ravens do this.
  9. Cincinatti Bengals-B, I will give them a C becasue almost every player they picked will either make a boom or will be a bust.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers-B I will give them a I will give them a B+ personally considering they hit their only need by upgrading their offensive line with their second pick and continued with their philopshy of developing talent by making picks who will be ready in a year or two.
  11. Arizona Cardinals-B- I will personally give them a B because they added RB Beanie Wells to pair with 2nd yr back Tim Hightower, and also added massive depth to their defense.
  12. Carolina Panthers-B- I will give them a B- also because their draft was nothing spectacular lacking a first round pick but was a very solid draft as is it was.
  13. Detroit Lions-B- I will give them a B- as well, they drafted Matthew Stafford which should solve their QB issue but the one pick that didnt make any sense to me was TE Brandon Pettigrew at pick #20 when they should have pursued a OT.
  14. Indianapolis Colts-B- I will give them a B for picking up RB Donald Brown and also picking USC DT Moala filled a gaping need look for the Colts to be once again playoff contenders.
  15. Miami Dolphins-B- I will give them a B- as well for having the most athletic draft class this year and the most intersting player to watch this year from their draft is QB/WR Pat White.
  16. New England Patriots-B- I will give them a B+ for having possibly the most solid 2nd round out of any team with the picks of SS Patrick Chung,CB Darius Butler,DT Ron Brace. Then there is the addition of QB Julian Edelman in the 7th round out of Kent, he could possibly be a Tom Brady type player for the Patriots again but look for that to be a tougher issue with their QB guru Josh McDaniels now being the Head Coach in Denver.
  17. New Orleans Saints-B- I will give them a B- as well for a solid draft that stacked up their defense.
  18. New York Jets-B- I will give them a B for the well thought out trade up for QB Mark Sanchez at pick #5 after Seattle passed him up to take Aaron Curry at #4
  19. San Diego Chargers-B- I will give them a B for a draft that filled in the line on both sides of the ball evenly with their first four picks and the pick of RB Gartell Johnson gives them the Pile Mover they currently lack at RB.
  20. Atlanta Falcons-C+ I will give them a C for a draft that patched up some holes on defense but there are still some holes there, but they can be filled in through trades and free agency.
  21. Buffalo Bills-C+  I will give them a C- for the lack of drafting a OT after trading Jason Peters to the Eagles and the fact that these players they drafted will have to be contributors right away considering that coach Dick Jauron needs to win this season.
  22. Chicago Bears-C+ I will give them a C for a moderate draft with no picks until the 3rd round caused by the Stellar Jay Cutler trade with Denver.
  23. Kansas City Chiefs-C+ I will give them a C- for a decent draft that padded their defense really well, but i am very worried about how well this offense can perform, I guess we will have to wait and see what Todd Haley can do.
  24. Minnesota Vikings-C+ I will give them a B- for the simple addition of Percy Harvin at pick 27 which could turn out to give them the two most explosive offensive players in the league with of course the other being Adrian Peterson. Look for the Vikings to have a strong rushing attack out of the Wildcat formation With Adrian Peterson,Percy Harvin and Tavarius Jackson who happens to be a Vince Young type QB but has a better arm and better accuracy than Young has at this point.
  25. St Louis Rams-C+ I will give them a C+ as well for a draft that landed them a excellent pick in OT Jason Smith.
  26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-C+ I will give them a C for drafting for the future by trading up two spots to pick QB Josh Freeman who may or may not be ready to take the field this year, only time will tell.
  27. Tennessee Titans-C+ I will give them a C+ as well for this draft, They took Rutgers WR Kenny Britt to give them an explosive reciever that they currently lack and hope his addition will lead them to another playoff run that will hopefully take them to the Super Bowl this year.
  28. Denver Broncos-C I will give them a D for a draft where only one pick made sense and that was RB Knowshon Moreno who better score alot of touchdowns becasue the defense is still suspect they only upgraded their troubled defensive line with one pick and was not addresed anymore, and I wonder do they really have all that much confidence in Kyle Orton not to draft a QB to offer some competion.
  29. San Fancisco 49ers-C I will give them a C+ for the addition of WR Michael Crabtree who no one thought would even be on the board at pick 10 for the 49ers to take, and their draft was more for depth than impact after the Crabtree pick.
  30. Washington Redskins-C I will give them a C as well for a solid defensive draft in which they now have plenty of depth on defense but on the offensive side of the ball players need to stay healthy because they didnt get much help on depth this off season so far.
  31. Dallas Cowboys-C- I will give them a B- for a very solid middle round draft that fixed alot of special teams issues and the pick of QB Stephen McGee was a great pick because I think he will make a stellar back up for Romo when Kitna is done here in Dallas if he does not win that spot from Kitna this year.
  32. Oakland Raiders-D I will give them a D as well for a draft that just didnt make sense starting with picking WR Darrius Hayward-Bey over WR Michael Crabtree. This was another fine example of Al Davis’ butchering his teams winning chances.

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