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    The Tony Romo situation is beginning to stink. There is an aura of funk hanging in the air much like when a skunk gets hit by a car and is lying dead by the highway. You canít see the skunkís carcass but you can smell it for a long time before and after you pass the body. What seemed like a done deal prior to the beginning of free agency way back on March 9 is now just a mess. What started out as a deal where Jerry was going to be willing to eat all but about $5MM of Romoís projected $24MM cap hit to ďdo the right thing for Romoís sakeĒ is now flipped to where Jerry said at the NFL ownerís meetings yesterday that a final decision may not happen until training camp in August. It seems unlikely Jones will wait that long but now the gauntlet has been thrown down. Itís likely Jerry has been listening to his son Stephen and others who are demanding the Cowboys donít release Romo until after June 1st which is the date the Cowboys will at least get the most savings on their cap hit. Itís good business for the Cowboys but it screws Romo and his chances of catching on with his most likely landing spot in Houston with the Texans. I donít see any way in hell for Romo to put up with this situation if heís really committed to being a starting QB in the NFL and I canít believe Jones, who is notoriously loyal to his players especially ones like Romo that hold a special place in his heart, would screw over Romo even though he can contractually speaking.
    The Bleacher Report reported that Romo has distanced himself from Cowboys staff and head coach Jason Garrett who were responsible for Romo losing his job to Dak Prescott. Garrett admitted yesterday that he hasnít spoken to Romo since the end of the season which is totally against past years when Romo and Garrett and a couple of selected players would go on trips together. It appears that Romo is understandably bitter over the way Garrett screwed him out of his job. It is the reason the Cowboys are in the situation they are in now. If Romo was allowed to resume his job when he was declared healthy which would have been around Week 9 or 10 the outcome of the Cowboys season would have been the same which is they would have won the NFC East and gotten a first round bye in the playoffs. The upside is Romo would be the starter and the Cowboys would get their moneyís worth out of Romoís contract AND they would have their QB of the future waiting in the wings to take over. Maybe behind Romo the Cowboys would not have gotten down 20+ points in the first half of the NFC Divisional Round playoff game but I think the Cowboys defense would have been their undoing because they just werenít that good, and havenít been for the entirety of Romoís career, to advance very far in the playoffs. I believe the Cowboys were not the best team in the NFC because of the deficiencies of that defense. Even if they made the Super Bowl the Patriots would have picked the Cowboys apart like vultures on a dead carcass. Itís a moot point because thatís not what happened.
    My plea is to Jerry Jones, stop listening to your best business options and do the right thing. You and Jason Garrett are responsible for the situation youíre in right now. Do the right thing for Tony. Give up this ridiculous quest to trade Romo because you know in your heart that isnít going to happen. Release him and say goodbye before this becomes such a bitter pill for Romo any relationship you had with him becomes beyond repair. This situation has already cost Romo and Garrett their friendship, donít let it get that far between you and Tony.

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    The Cowboys series of Top Ten Draft Picks for each round continues with the 10 best from the 5th round of the drafts in Cowboys history. In the teaser to the article found on DallasCowboys.com and linked below says that Dallasí 5th round features a lot of good roll players. I tend to disagree with that assessment especially when you have guys who pretty darn good players like the #1 guy on the list, Herschel Walker as well as guys like Walt Garrison, Blaine Nye and Ron Springs were simply more than just role players. Herschel Walker was the only thing Dallas had for the offense at the time he was traded but the promise of Walker to the Minnesota Vikings turned into the trade heard round the world when Dallas got players and draft picks enough for the deal to be referred to later as ďThe trade that made the Cowboys DynastyĒ. Linked below is a recap from Wiki about the trade.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herschel_Walker_trade

    Hereís the link to the Cowboys top ten all time 5th round picks from DallasCowboys.com.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...tands-out-most

    The Cowboys website is featuring articles in a series called Possible Pick: and todayís ďpickĒ is DE/OLB from the University of Houston Tyus Bowser. This is as good a place to start because if there is one weakness we, as Cowboys fans, can agree itís that Dallas needs a stud pass rusher. This is actually a guy who could be around as pick #56 in the second round of the draft which, by coincidence is just where Dallas picks. The great thing about this draft class is it seems to be deep in DEís and CBís so Dallas should be able to get better later this month in the draft.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...er-unsung-star

    The Gavin Escobar experiment in Dallas is over. After taking Escobar in the 2nd round of the 2013 draft the Cowboys allowed him to leave via free agency. Last Friday Escobar signed a one year deal with Kansas City ending his time as a Dallas Cowboy. Itís actually the only move made since Dallas signed OT Brian Bell last Tuesday. No updates on Romo and no other player news worth mentioning.

    According to the countdown clock on the NFL.com homepage there is only 24 days and change until the 2017 draft. Boo--yaah!

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    The Tony Romo era is over in Dallas. The Cowboys released Romo per his request yesterday afternoon and it looks like he will be joining CBS as a part of their #1 NFL announcing crew as he appears to have bid his playing career farewell. Or has he?
    The Cowboys released Romo not so much as a favor to him but so when he does actually file his retirement papers he wonít be a Cowboy which means the Cowboys wonít be liable for $19MM of his salary in 2017. Thatís a big deal when you need some cap space like the Cowboys do.
    The fact is, since Romo was released and he hasnít officially retired he could actually sign with a team and tell CBS thank you but Iíll wait a couple more years before I move to the broadcast booth. He said yesterday he is 99% sure he wonít play anymore but he didnít rule out the possibility he could still play. So, a team like say, Houston, who dumped a high priced QB of their own when the worked a trade with Cleveland over a month ago in a move that seemed to clear the way for the Texans to sign Romo, could ring up Tonyís agent and suggest that maybe he shouldnít retire from the NFL and that he should chase his Super Bowl dreams in Houston with the Texans. Itís still not etched in stone that Tony Romo is done playing football. I hope he does sign with Houston. I would love to see what he could do with the Texans offensive weapons. There is no doubt he would make that team a scary offensive team to match an equally scary defense. It would be hard to look at Romo in a Texans uniform but as a fan of Romo I would love to see him win a Super Bowl and if Dallas doesnít win it all I would be rooting for the Texans all the way.
    Hereís an article from the Cowboys website that logs their Top Ten Tony Romo plays in his 14 year career.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...cowboys-career

    As an honorable mention Iíd like to add the one and only drive Romo led in 2017. It came in Week 17 against Philadelphia as Romo entered the game in the second quarter and led the Cowboys to their only TD drive of the day. The thing was, he made it look so easy capping a 6 play drive with a perfect TD pass to Terrence Williams. Dak Prescott led the offense the entire 1st quarter and only managed 3 points and he definitely didnít make it look easy. The word out of the Cowboys training facility was the best QB in practice the final 6 weeks of the season was not starting. Romo was clearly better than Dak but Jason Garrett shat on his friend when he took away Romoís starting job when he clearly should not have. I will never forgive Garrett in his handling of the Romo-Prescott situation as well as the way he coached Zeke Elliott out of setting the rookie rushing record. He coached like a little bitch and he doesnít deserve credit for 13-3 when the Cowboys should have been 14-2.

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    Once around the NFL.

    Aaron Hernandez just a week removed from being acquitted in a murder trial apparently committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell with a bed sheet. Hernandez is reported to have had ďJohn 3:16Ē written on his forehead as well as odd marking on his hands and feet. It is being speculated that he was putting stigmata markings on himself prior to committing suicide. I had to look up Ďstigmataí because I didnít know what it meant and it turns out it means marks on a body coinciding with the marks on the body of Jesus suffered during his crucifixion. In this case, the nails used to nail Jesus to the cross that went through his hands and feet. It has also been reported that just hours before his death Hernandez allegedly smoked K2, a synthetic marijuana, and that K2 has been known to have side effects that include erratic behavior. Hernandezí attorney and former manager, as well as family members, believe that Hernandez was the victim of foul play because they didnít believe he would commit suicide.
    The Hernandez news broke on the morning of the same day the New England Patriots were to visit the White House and meet with President Trump to celebrate their latest world championship. Media like ESPN wanted to know how the news of Hernandezí death would affect the Patriotís visit. I didnít think it was an issue because Hernandez hasnít been a Patriot for several years and there are hardly any players left on the team that played with Hernandez. As it turns out it wasnít an issue because the Patriots did not let it. There were no comments from owner Robert Kraft or head coach Bill Belichick or any of the players in attendance at the White House ceremonies.
    6 Players from the Patriots Championship team did not go to the White House in protest over President Trump, whether that be against the man or his policies. Tom Brady also missed the trip to the White House but it was because he chose to stay in Boston to spend time with his mother who has been battling cancer over the past two years. How can you hate a guy who does stuff like that? Iím jealous of him for sure, heís married to a super model, has 3 healthy children and is rich as hell not to mention heís generally acknowledged now, with his 5th World Championship, as the greatest QB of all time. If you look up the term ďidyllic lifeĒ in the dictionary Bradyís picture would be beside the definition.
    The Tampa Bay Bucs will be the team featured in the next edition of HBOís Hard Knocks. That could be a very interesting choice because there are some interesting storylines including QB Jameis Winston as heís about to begin his 3rd year in the NFL.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...nocks-giddy-up

    Former Cleveland WR Terrelle Pryor claimed in an interview he should have had 1,500 yards receiving last year. Not such a bold claim when you consider he actually had 1,007 yards on 77 catches for a Cleveland team who couldnít field a starting QB for more than 3 games in row last season. Last year was Pryorís first full season as a WR and he was the best playmaker on the Browns offense this side of RB Isaiah Crowell. It is amazing that Cleveland allowed Pryor to leave via free agency when they had the cap space to sign him. That would automatically have given the Browns 2 ++ receivers for a playmaker starved offense. Instead the Browns made a trade with Houston that netted them Brock Osweiler and his bloated contract and a 2nd round draft pick in 2018. Now Browns GM Sashi Brown is saying Osweiler will compete for a starting job when clearly he fell flat on his face in Houston. Letís see, blue chip WR vs a QB with poor field vision and questionable decision making skills. Hmmmm. Could it be just the same old Browns different verse? Weíll see.
    With the NFL draft just one week away hereís a look at the CBís in this yearís draft according to NFL.com. Note there are tabs to the other positions except linebacker in the draft which should keep you busy until next Thursday evening.

    2017 NFL Draft: Marshon Lattimore atop deep CB class

    2017 NFL Draft: Marshon Lattimore atop deep CB class
    Who's the 2017 NFL Draft's most overrated CB? Most underrated? Boom-or-bust prospect? Sleeper? Lance Zie...
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    The Cowboys had a press conference today that was supposed to be about the upcoming draft this week. Part of it was about the draft but the first 30 minutes was devoted to former and current Cowboy DeMarcus Ware. The Cowboys have officially signed Ware to a one day contract as he will retire a Dallas Cowboy. Jerry Jones announced that Ware was going to retire as a Cowboy at the 12:00 PM presser this afternoon. Ware made a brief statement and took some questions from the media before leaving the press room so the rest of the time could be devoted to draft talk.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-retire-dallas

    Between Jerry and Stephen Jones and Jason Chickensh*t none of them revealed anything of substance and you wouldnít think they would because no group of NFL front office people reveal their draft strategy unless they are stupid and those types donít remain GMs for long.

    I nearly forgot about the series on DallasCowboys.com that ranked the 10 best players from each round of the draft. The last round I linked was the Top Ten 5th round picks after having done the 6th and 7th rounds previously. So here I am playing a little catch-up as I give you the Top 10 4th and 3rd round picks.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...s-club-history

    Spoiler Alert: This edition of the Top 10 ranked Dak Prescott as the #1 4th round pick in Cowboys history. Everybody has a boner for Dak and after going 13-3 in his rookie season you could understand why. DallasCowboys.com has drunk the Kool-Aid for Dak. I find it hard to believe he would be #1, I can certainly see why heís in the top 10 but not #1 after just one year.

    Hereís the Top Ten 3rd Round picks and itís a lot more easy to swallow than the crap we were force fed in terms of Top 4th round picks. Iíll bet there are no surprises here but itís incredible how many of the no-brainer selections there have been for Dallas coming from the 3rd round. There is no argument whatsoever about the #1 on this list.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...rd-round-picks

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    Dallas had it's big pre-draft press conference yesterday and at the same time announced that DeMarcus Ware would retire as a Dallas Cowboy. Feel good stories to be sure but, that wasn't the only news out of The Star. Ware's signing/retirement is a real nice feel-good story as 4 years ago the Cowboys decided to let Ware go via free agency because the previous two seasons Ware spent most of the time injured and missing games. It was one of the those situations where the Cowboys had to decide to let an injured player go a little too early rather than hang on to him a little too long. It was a decision made for the right reasons that didn't turn out so well for the Cowboys. As everyone knows Ware signed with the Denver Broncos and under Wade Phillips the Broncos defense became one of the best in the NFL. In the first season with Ware the Broncos went to the Super Bowl but they were ambushed by the Seattle Seahawks. In year two the Broncos went all the way and DeMarcus Ware won his World Championship. In year 3 injuries hampered Ware and the Broncos struggled to find their way with new QB Trevor Siemien and the Broncos failed to make the postseason. This spring Ware decided, based on his concerns on his long term health, that he was going to hang up his cleats for good. Judging from what was said at the press conference it appears that Ware will be involved with the Cowboys either as an assistant coach or consultant. There is no one that will complain about that.

    I think I posted this at the time but on March 24th Dallas signed offensive tackle Byron Bell to a one year deal. This adds to the Cowboys depth at OT as a hedge against the possible retirement of RT Doug Free and the shaky dependability of 2015 2nd round draft pick Chaz Greene. Bell was an UFA signed by Carolina in 2011 and he started for 4 seasons with the Panthers. His play enabled him to earn a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans. Bell started all 16 games in 2015 at left tackle but in 2016 during OTA's Bell dislocated his ankle and was placed on injured reserve and was out for the entire season. In all Bell has appeared in a total of 78 games logging 72 starts at both left and right tackle. This is a really nice pickup for the Cowboys and addresses a real need on the Cowboys roster.

    One week ago today the Cowboys signed a safety to add depth at a position of need. The Cowboys signed 6th year vet Robert Blanton who will bolster a safety position that was hit hard in free agency when Dallas lost starting strong safety Barry Church and his primary backup JJ Wilcox. Blanton was a 5th round draft pick by Minnesota in the 2012 draft and he played four years in Minnesota making 17 starts along the way. Blanton signed with Buffalo last year and he played in 10 games including 2 starts for the Bills.

    These two signings add depth to two positions of need for the Cowboys. They aren't sexy picks by any means but the Cowboys needed depth at tackle and Byron Bell fits that need to a T. The Cowboys like their projected starters at safety, Byron Jones and Jeff Heath with last year's 6th round pick Kavon Frazier as the main backup but adding an experienced safety and a good special teams guy in Blanton allows Dallas to take the best available player in the as the draft unfolds which is a huge luxury. The only real positions of dire need is at pass rusher and cornerback and I would expect pass rusher is the top priority for the Cowboys. Picking 28th in the first round and late in every other round Dallas will just have to trust in their draft board and if that means they choose a CB at 28 that's okay because after losing Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr Dallas needs to restock the cupboard. Dallas has Orlando Scandrick returning as well as another 6th round pick Anthony Brown who impressed replacing Morris Claiborne when he was injured last season. Dallas could also move Byron Jones to CB if needed but Dallas really needs to address CB in this draft. I would expect at least CB's drafted if not a 3rd. This is a CB rich draft and in later rounds I am hoping the Cowboys will take Lamar's Brendon Langley if he's available in the 7th round.

    In the article linked below from Dallas Cowboys Star magazine draft preview issue is a look back at the Cowboys 1992 draft. It is a draft that occurred just prior to their first Super Bowl under Jimmy Johnson and was the first of 3 Super Bowls in 4 years which had never before been done. So, let's crank up the old time machine and let's go!

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-cowboys-draft

    This article from DallasCowboys.com is the final look at all the mock drafts around pro football with the only consensus being that Dallas will go defense with their 28th pick in the first round.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...%E2%80%99-pick

    This article from DallasCowboys.com is from it's Extra Points feature and it has news of several Cowboys including a signing, a suspension and a surgery.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/extrapoints

    The 2017 NFL Draft is just hours away and I, for one, can hardly wait! The draft will be in Philadelphia and judging by what I've heard on Mike and Mike the City of Brotherly Love has pulled out all the stops for this event. Dallas won't pick until late in the evening assuming they don't do something crazy and trade up. I don't expect them to trade up but they could trade down if the player they want isn't available. I don't expect any movement at all as a matter of fact the Cowboys haven't traded a first round pick since 2013 when Dallas traded down to pick #31 with San Francisco when they picked up an extra 3rd round pick. At 31 Dallas selected All Pro and Pro Bowl center Travis Fredrick and they also got Terrence Williams with the 3rd round pick. I'd say that was a productive deal for the Cowboys. Prior to 2013 the Cowboys only made on 1st round move and that was in 2012 when they traded up to Pick #6 to get Morris Claiborne. Since 2010 Dallas has stood pat making their selections as they came with the exceptions of 2012 and 2013. In 2010 Dallas took Dez Bryant at pick #24. In 2011 the Cowboys took OT Tryon Smith with pick #9. In 2014 Dallas took G Zack Martin at #16, in 2015 they took S/CB Bryon Jones at #27 and last year, of course they took RB Ezekiel Elliott with the 4th pick in the draft. In the past 7 drafts you can see that Dallas has been successful picking at various spots in the draft including at the tail end of the first round. Siince the Jason (Chickenshit) Garrett era began the Cowboys, under the guidance of player personnel guru Will McClay, they have had very successful drafts. Most of that time the Cowboys stayed pat with their draft position and have made the most of their picks and I don't expect any less this weekend. According to Todd McShay on Mike and Mike this morning this draft class has the best depth of talent in the 2nd and 3rd rounds as has been seen in a while so if Dallas does make a move I would expect them to trade back and get some extra picks. I would love it if Dallas could trade down but stay in the 1st round while also getting an extra early 2nd or 3rd round pick. That would give Dallas 5 picks in the top 100 and that ain't nuthin' to sneeze at.

    The Draft Is Here, People!!! Have some fun!!!!

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    The Cowboys stayed true to their board and they got a player they really wanted and that player can hopefully fill big need for the Cowboys going forward. Of course I'm talking about Dallas' 1st round pick last night of Michigan DE Taco Charlton. Charlton is big (6'7", 277 lbs) with long arms (34"+) and he's played in a Power 5 school and had success for them. Jerry Jones pointed out during the post 1st round press conference last night that Charlton isn't a player who gets hurt (knocking furiously on every piece of wood in sight) and that was also a big factor in what made the man his grandmother nicknamed Taco when he was a kid so attractive. Just think about this, Dallas will have Charlton AND they will have last year's first 4th round pick DE Charles Tapper from Oklahoma who missed all of last season with a bad issue. In effect, Dallas has two draft picks to plug into the right defensive end slot when OTA's begin in May. Add to that, assuming he can remain drug free, the Cowboys will get DE Randy Gregory who everyone agrees has freakish talent next season after his year long suspension for substance abuse is over. Dallas could have the best D-line since the NY Giants had Michael Strahan, Osi Uemenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka and Tuck. For this season if both Charlton and Tapper are really good it will help the Cowboys pass rush exponentially. If you look at the video linked below of the phone call to Charlton from Jerry Jones in the Cowboys war room last night and you see the look on DC Rod Marinelli's face when he spoke with Taco you know he's pleased as heck with the pick too.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/video/2...becomes-cowboy

    The Cowboys.com writer Rob Phillips has written an article talking about why the Cowboys believe Taco Charlton's best football is yet to come.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ball-ahead-him

    The Cowboys website writer and former NFL scout Bryan Broaddus gives a detailed scouting report on Taco Charlton.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-taco-charlton

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    Rounds two and three are in the books and Dallas has gone all defense with their first three picks. In the 2nd round they took CB Chidobe Awuzie from Colorado who, according to CBSSports.com was ranked at the 4th best CB in the draft behind Marshawn Lattimore, Gareon Conley and Kevin King. Dallas came right back in the 3rd round and got another CB, Michigan's Jourdan Lewis.

    Here is CBSSports.com's pre-draft assessment of Awuzie that includes his combine and pro day workout results. Notice that he is fast running a 4.43 40 at both the combine and his pro day.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p...chidobe-awuzie
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    This article linked below from DallasCowboys.com talks about how Awuzie will fit into the Cowboys defense.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...efensive-plans

    Jourdan Lewis is short with his 5'10" listed height reportedly being pretty generous and he is not overly fast as he ran a 4.54 40 at both his pro day and the combine. He is known as a playmaker and a really good man coverage guy. Here is the CBSSports assessment of Lewis.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/p.../jourdan-lewis

    Again, from DallasCowboys.com is the article that describes how Lewis will fit into the Cowboys defense. My own opinion is I don't understand why Dallas chose Lewis when Clemson CB Cordrea Tankersley was available. Tankersley is bigger at 6'1" and much faster running a 4.40 at the combine and his pro day. I am really scratching my head over this pick as Lewis was not the best CB available when he was selected. This is one case where we have to trust that Will McClay and the Cowboys scouting department know what they are doing.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...wded-secondary

    Here is an early scouting report on all three of the Cowboys draft picks so far from Bryan Broaddus from DallasCowboys.com.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...lewis-charlton

    In the link below, Broaddus lists 9 players who would make sense for the Cowboys on Day 3 of the draft.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-cowboys-day-3

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    The draft is over and Iím exhausted. Not so much by the draft itself but by the draft, the astros and my wifeís honey-dos. It was a busy weekend that started last Thursday night. I did not know the end of April could be so damn tiring! I love that May has begun under a cool front and the low temp this morning was 54o! Just a nice cool morning to make Monday seem a little less unbearable.
    Did I like the Cowboys draft? Yes, I think so but Iím disappointed they didnít draft a little more depth for the O-line.
    Iíve already posted who Dallas picked in the first 3 rounds but it was on Day 3 of the draft that Dallas really made some moves. Dallas made their regularly scheduled pick in the 4th round and they chose North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer. This kid is cocky bragging that he is the best kick returner in this draft. He actually may be right considering he had 7 kick returns for TDís in his career at UNC. When you look at Switzer think of him as a better Lucky Whitehead.
    The Cowboys didnít have a 5th round pick because they traded that away when they signed Matt Cassel 2 years ago. It sucks that Cassel is still screwing the Cowboys over long after he is gone from the Cowboys roster. Dallas made their first move by trading up 20 spots with NY Jets in a deal that Dallas also gave up their 2018 5th round pick. The Cowboys must have a phobia for 5th round picks. Anyway, with pick 191, the 6th pick in that 6th round Dallas took S Xavier Woods from LA Tech. What sets Wood apart from past safeties is he has a penchant for turnovers. In his college career Woods had 14 INTís and 9 forced fumbles. Thank you for getting a playmaker Jerry.
    With their second 6th round pick Dallas selected their 3rd CB of the draft getting Marquez White from Florida State. Dallas actually traded down from pick 211 to 216 with New England and the Cowboys also picked up an extra 7th round pick as well. White makes 4 DBís selected in this draft which will make for a very crowded secondary roster. The Cowboys denied rumors they wanted to deal away Orlando Scandrick but you would think it would be hard to keep 6 CBís on the roster.
    The Cowboys first 7th rounder, pick 228, Dallas took a defensive tackle from Florida named Joey Ivie. Ivie is a big bodied 1 technique player who will give depth to the D-line.
    The Cowboys 2nd 7th rounder is another WR, Noah Brown, from Ohio State. Brown is a big bodied WR in the mold of Dez Bryant. He is also like Dez in that he is very physical and he can and will go up and fight for the ball and more often than not come down with it. With the depth Dallas already has at WR it is very likely Brown will end up on the practice squad when all is said and done.
    The Cowboys used their final pick in the draft at 248 to get another DT. This time they are said to have used the pick to get a guy they were targeting as a priority free agent but they were afraid he wouldnít make out of the draft so they selected him in much the same vein as they picked up TE Rico Gathers last year with their last pick. This is another project player who is believed will make it as a practice squad member. His name is Jordan Carroll and heís from Colorado giving Dallas two draft picks from CU. The first was their 2nd round pick CB Chidobe Awuzie.

    Hereís a look at all six day 3 picks by the Cowboys from both ESPN.com and DallasCowboys.com.

    http://www.espn.com/blog/dallas-cowb...very-selection

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...y-3-selections

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    The most awesome news for the Cowboys actually came prior to the draft during Jerry Jones and companyís pre-draft press conference. During that presser Jerry told the media present that one of the things the Cowboys are most excited about is that last yearís 2nd round pick and their first 4th round pick from last year, Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper will be available for OTAs with Smith attending the rookie minicamp next weekend. Jones went on to say that Smith is making significant progress in getting the feeling back in his injured knee. The torn ligaments suffered against Ohio State in the bowl game which was Smithís and Ezekiel Elliottís final college game have been surgically repaired. The knee is structurally sound and healthy. The other part of that injury was the damage to the peroneal nerve that caused Smith to lose feeling in his lower leg. It also caused a condition called drop foot which basically means he canít flex his foot. To be able to walk or run Smith has had to wear a brace. The fear all along was that the nerve would never fire and Smith would have to wear the brace for the rest of his life and also prevent Smith from ever reaching his potential as a football player. Now, Smith has been said to be able to run and cut well enough with the brace to be able to play football but the reports that the damaged nerve is getting feeling back means that Smith is well on his way to a full recovery. The fact that heís been cleared as a full participant in the Cowboys OTAís along with news of his nerve starting fire again is excellent news. Not just for the Cowboys but for Smith who appears to be returning to a normal life which is, in the end, the most important thing of all.
    Dallas had a really good draft and according to ESPN they are one of the teams considered winners in this yearís draft. When you add to this draft class the ability of two of last yearís top defensive picks Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper as what amounts to redshirt freshmen, the Cowboys have, in effect, added 7 important defensive players out of 9 draft picks and 2 might-as-well-be rookies. The excitement Jones showed when he talked about having both Taco Charlton and Charles Tapper was apparent. The hope was that Tapper, who ran a scorching 4.59 40 at the scouting combine and a 4.56 at his pro day workout, would blow up as a 4-3 defensive end for Dallas after being buried as a 3-4 defensive end with Oklahoma. The speed is one thing but couple that with his 6í3Ē and 271 pound physical size and that speed is scary fast. Hopefully, the back issues that sidelined Tapper for all of 2016 are all in the rearview mirror.
    If WR Ryan Switzer is as good as he has been billed then Lucky Whitehead might be looking for work as early as training camp.
    Having a Dez clone in 7th round pick Noah Brown who also comes from a very good Power 5 school in Ohio State is a good thing. The competition in the wide receiver room is going to be very intense and that is a very good thing from the Cowboys point of view.
    An interesting article from DallasCowboys.comís David Helman is linked below as Helman talks about a brand new perspective of this Dallas Cowboys roster after last weekendís draft.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...r-it-has-years

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    The Cowboys finished their draft nearly two weeks ago and in the first week after the draft all eyes began turning toward the signing of priority free agents. This article from DallasCowboys.com is basically a list of 14 apparent UDFA's if you believe what the 14 posted on social media. The official list of signings will occur this week as Dallas looks to finalize their 90 man roster and get all their rookies into next weekend's rookie mini camp.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ected-signings

    Since the 14 were tentatively announced DallasCowboys.com has been posting profiles of the players and it's way past time I played a little catchup and I will link each article about these players in the order they were posted on the Cowboys website.

    QB Cooper Rush - Central Michigan
    TE Blake Jarwin - Oklahoma State

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-starts-cmu-qb

    OL Nate Theaker - Wayne State
    OT Dan Skipper - Arkansas

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ensive-linemen

    DE Lewis Neal - LSU
    LB Lucas Wacha - Wyoming

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-expected-sign

    LB Kennan Gilchrist - Appalachian State
    RB Jahad Thomas - Temple

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-expected-sign

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    Since my last post there has been some goings on around Cowboys headquarters.
    First, Doug Free is retired at least as far as Dallas is concerned. Last week the Cowboys put Free on the retired list. Free made no official statement but the fact that Dallas designated him as retired sort of takes the mystery out of his status. Free played 10 seasons in the NFL and he was a starter for 8 of them. Heís had some injury problems, mainly with his ankle, the past couple of years. After his big breakout season in 2009 when he excelled at right tackle Free was given a big contract extension and he made the move to left tackle with the retirement of Flozell Adams. Free struggled at left tackle and was eventually replaced by Tyron Smith which meant that Free would go back to a position he had success with at right tackle. In 2015 Free received a 3 year $15 MM contract with most of that money going to signing bonus. Two years into that contract Free has called it a career.
    Speculation over Freeís status has been flying around since it was reported way back in February that he was going to retire about who would take his place. The logical choice was 2015 2nd round pick Chaz Green out of Florida but Green has been hurt more than heís been healthy. During free agency Dallas signed veteran tackle Byron Bell. Bell is a guy who has a lot of starting experience with Carolina and Tennessee and he looked like the guy who would replace Free. Now, as of this past weekend when 2015 UDFA from LSU Laíel Collins announced that during offseason workouts he has been working exclusively at right tackle. The guys on the Cowboyís website think this is a good move because he really takes advantage of Collinsí skill set. Iím not ready to trust that Chaz Green can stay healthy so Iím good if Collins moves to right tackle with Bell as the backup swing tackle. This would definitely be an upgrade on the O-line as Freeís last couple of years has not only been injury plagued but heís the most penalized guy on the line as well.
    So, who plays left guard? With the FA departure of Ronald Leary and Collins apparent move to RT there is big hole to fill. It could be the man that fills that spot is already sitting there on the Cowboys roster. Right now the Cowboys have free agent signee Jonathan Cooper, Joe Looney who was with the Cowboys last season and he played several games and they have Kadeem Edwards out of Tennessee State. The trouble with Edwards is he hasnít actually played a down in the NFL.
    Edwards was a 5th round pick by Tampa Bay in 2014 and he ended up on the Bucs practice squad. He was released by Tampa in 2015 and signed on to the Jacksonville Jaguars practice squad. He was released by the Jags in September of 2016. Dallas signed him to their practice squad last November.
    Joe Looney was a 4th round draft pick in 2012 by the 49ers. Heís spent 3 seasons with San Fran before being released. In 2015 Looney played for Tennessee starting 6 games with them. Looney was signed by the Cowboys in March of 2016 to replaced Mackenzy Bernadeau as the backup guard. He started one game for Ron Leary last season and he was the blocking tight end in short yardage situations as well.
    Jonathan Cooper was the 7th overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 but he would have to be considered a bust for the Cards because he has been derailed by injuries that landed him on IR in 2013 and slowed him down enough to cost him his starting job in both 2014 and 2015. In March of 2016 the Patriots traded their best defensive lineman, Chandler Jones, to Arizona for Cooper and the Cardinals 2nd round pick in 2016. The pick eventually went to the Saint who selected S Vonn Bell. Cooper suffered yet another injury, this time to his foot that again cost him his job. The Patriots released Cooper on October 8th and 2 days later he was signed by the Cleveland Browns. Cooper started 3 of the 5 games he played for them before he was waived by the Browns. Cooper was signed by Dallas in January of 2017 to add some much needed O-line depth for the playoffs. At the beginning of the free agency period this year Dallas signed Cooper to a one year extension. If Cooper could manage to put his injury woes behind him and win the starting job in Dallas it would give the Cowboys 4 first round draft picks on the O-line and the 5th, Laíel Collins, would be another guy projected as a first round pick had it not been for legal issues he was dealing with at the time. Left guard and right tackle will be big holes to fill and will be one of the interesting stories as OTAís and training camp progress this summer.

    The profiles of the 14 undrafted free agency that Dallas will probably sign this week continues with looks at a linebacker prospect and a wide receiver. The second profile page examines a couple O-linemen.

    LB Joe Jones - Northwestern
    WR Brian Brown - Richmond

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...w-rookie-wr-lb

    C/G Michael Coe - North Dakota
    OT Levon Myers - Northern Illinois

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...xpected-sign-0

    The 2017 class of rookies, both drafted and undrafted, will be reporting tomorrow and they will be on the field for the rookie mini camp on Friday when the Cowboys get the first look at the newest members of their team. The entire team will be together for the first time when OTAís begin on May 23-25.

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    Dallas officially signed 13 of the 14 undrafted free agents that were unofficially announcing their intentions to sign with the Cowboys earlier this week. The only player not to sign was Arkansas TE Dan Skipper. Skipper wasn't signed because of an issue with his bloodwork. Cowboys reps went with Skipper to a clinic to redo his bloodwork and he was back in time to participate in the mini-camp as a tryout. The Cowboys can still sign him if they choose

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ookie-minicamp

    Here's a photo gallery from DallasCowboys.com of the first day of Rookie Mini-Camp.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/galleri...ini-camp-day-1

    This article contains quotes from the rookies and 1st year players participating in this weekend's mini-camp.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...wboys-minicamp

    This final link is to Mickey Spagnola's article that talks about Dallas' 6th round pick Xavier Woods from La Tech. A player the Cowboys had ranked as a 3rd or 4th round pick. Obviously Dallas was elated when he was still available in the sixth. In fact they were so elated the made a deal trading away their 2018 5th round pick to get to pick near the top of the 6th round to get him. Nice article about a kid who wanted to come to Dallas all along.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...tty-darn-aware

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    The Cowboys rookie mini-camp came to a conclusion on Saturday and some positive things came out the workouts. Of course, the players were only working against air as the collective bargaining agreement doesnít allow players to work against each other in this Phase 2 of the NFL offseason work. In this linked article from DallasCowboys.com Bryan Broaddus gives some of his observations during the rookie mini-camp. Note how much Broaddus is impressed with the Cowboys 4th round pick Ryan Switzer. Judging by this article Iíd have to tell Lucky Whitehead not to get too comfortable in Dallas, he may not be here in August.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ys-rookie-camp

    There was a very pleasant surpise as I read the above article and that was that LUís own Kade Harrington was a participant in the mini-camp. He isnít a signed undrafted free agent, he there as a tryout player, but as Jason Garrett tells his players in these situations, he doesnít care how you got to The Star in Frisco, it is what you do when you get there. Dallas will be looking to replace RB Lance Dunbar since he left via free agency this spring and I canít think of a better guy than Kade.

    Hereís a photo gallery of Day 2 of the rookie mini-camp.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/galleri...p-day-2#421596

    The Cow boys 2nd round draft pick in this yearís draft CB Chidobe Awuzie from the University of Colorado did not participate in Fridayís rookie mini-camp because he was taking his walk to get his diploma from CUís school of business on Friday evening. He was in Dallas on Thursday for his orientation and to be fitted for his equipment but he went back to Boulder for his graduation. He was back in Dallas in plenty of time for Day 2. The linked article below may give some insight into what kind of player the Cowboys have gotten with that 2nd round pick. He looks like a bargain at any price.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ck-rookie-camp

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    The Cowboys had their rookie mini-camp this past weekend and they signed 13 of 14 undrafted free agents and the 14th may still be signed if blood work doesnít come back bad. He participated in the Cowboys mini-camp so chances are he will be signed at some point.
    Just prior to the mini-camp the Cowboys actually signed 8 of their 9 draft picks. With the last collective bargaining agreement kicked in in 2011 and ushered in with it the rookie salary cap, signing draft picks isnít the adventure it used to be. No more hold outs, no more missed training camps and no overpaying a rookie for services not yet even rendered. It just made sense didnít it? Why pay a rookie a crap-load of money when he hasnít played a down in the NFL and be forced to kick a proven veteran to the curb to make room for the, in most cases, overpriced rookie? Itís the most logical and best move made by a union, any union, in a very long time. Since 2011 signing draft picks is just a formality and most deals are done before OTAís much less having to deal with a hold out in training camp. Itís happened, in fact, it happened just last year when Joey Bosa held out all of training camp because of a language issue in the contract. Bosa is the exception to the rule, the fly in the ointment if you will that occasionally happens when dealing with people. Bosa was a rare exception to the rule of signing players under the new collective bargaining agreement. There is one exception to the rule that isnít rare and that is the difficulty signing 3rd round draft picks. Iíve seen this before and I donít remember what there is about the language concerning 3rd round draft picks but they have traditionally, under the new system, been a real bitch to sign. Michigan CB Jourdan Lewis is the Cowboys 3rd round pain in the ass but he may have an extra cookie in his jar, that being a misdemeanor domestic violence charge back in March. The case goes to trial in July and the Cowboys may be waiting to see how that all plays out before actually making a financial investment in him. Lewis claims he is innocent and will be exonerated but only time will tell how that all plays out. This link from ProFootballTalk.com goes into detail about Lewis situation.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...okie-contracts

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...olence-charge/

    Cowboys COO Stephen Jones said recently that, in all likelihood, the Cowboys will get together to work out a long term deal with All Pro and Pro Bowl offensive guard Zach Martin. The Cowboys earlier this year exercised the 5th year option for Martin that is allowable for 1st round draft picks. Martin was the 16th pick overall in the 2014 draft as he enters the 4th year of his rookie deal. In the spring of a 1st round playerís rookie deal teams have to declare their intention of exercising that 5th year option and the Cowboys did that back in March. It doesnít mean that a first round pick and his team canít still work out a long term deal it just means the team wants that player for all five years they are eligible to keep him. Obviously, the Cowboys want Martin as he makes up the core of the Cowboys O-line along with LT Tyron Smith and C Travis Frederick and the Cowboys want to keep this core together for the long haul. Not every 1st round pick has a had their 5th year exercised. Remember Morris Claiborne? He was Dallasí 6th pick in the 2012 draft but because of his injury history Dallas chose not to exercise his 5th year option in 2015. Claiborne was a free agent in 2016 but there was little interest in him. Dallas signed Claiborne to a one year deal last season and for about half the year he performed well but he tore a groin muscle and didnít play the rest of the season. Again this year Claiborne was a free agent but unlike last year there was interest in his services and he signed a deal with the New York Jets this spring.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...contract-talks

    So, if Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper are both able to go full bore this year it will be like adding 2 more draft picks to this class. Well, you could add a third because last yearís 7th round pick TE Rico Gathers from Baylor was selected as a bargain basement tight end project. Gathers was a basketball player at Baylor when he decided to declare for the NFL draft last year. The thing about Rico was he hadnít played organized football since he was in 8th grade but Cowboys scouts saw a kid with size (6í6Ē, 290 lbs) with basketball agility and speed and they envisioned an Antonio Gates or a Tony Gonzalez and they took a chance on him. Rico was able to participate in last weekendís rookie mini-camp because he was on the Cowboys practice squad all of last year and as the article from DallasCowboys.comís Rob Phillips explains heís ďReady for Everything Theyíve Got to Throw At MeĒ.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...%E2%80%9D-year

    Latest news on Jaylon Smithís knee injury is this. The ACL and MCL he tore is surgically repaired and heís 100% good to go. The nerve damage he suffered at the same time he torn his knee ligaments is coming along. It was reported that he actually able to raise his toes for the first time since his injury in January of 2016. If the nerve is truly finally able to regenerate all the way he could be a full go by training camp.

    Nobody can say Dallas hasnít committed resources to its defense. Letís look at just what Dallas will be adding to their team on the D side of the ball this year.
    1st Rd caliber pick and a top 10 caliber player from 2016 draft LB Jaylon Smith from Notre Dame
    2017 1st round pick DE Taco Charlton from Michigan
    2017 2nd Rd pick CB Chidobe Awuzie from Colorado
    2017 3rd Rd pick CB Jourdan Lewis from Michigan
    4th Rd pick from 2016 DE Charles Tapper from Oklahoma
    2017 6th Rd pick (with a 3 Rd grade) S Xavier Woods from Louisiana Tech
    2017 6th Rd pick CB Marquez White from Florida State
    2017 7th Rd pick DT Joey Ivey from Florida
    2017 7th Rd pick DT Jordan Carroll from Colorado
    All these guys are from Power 5 schools except for Woods and all have the ability to make an immediate impact. There is plenty of evidence that the Cowboys defense is going to be markedly better in 2017 and if they live up to expectations and Dallas doesnít suffer under a Dak Prescott sophomore slump this Cowboys team should had a shot at a Super Bowl. Vegas has the Cowboys with an over/under of 9.5 wins based on a brutal schedule and improvements by all 3 other NFC East teams. The Cowboys will play their division rivals 2 times each and they play the NFC and AFC West divisions and their two remaining games are against the Packers and Falcons. So lets look at the Cowboys schedule which was published before the draft.

    http://www.fbschedules.com/nfl-17/20...l-schedule.php

    It is a bitch of a schedule, right? Just winning the NFC East wonít be a cake walk with the consolation being the Eagles, Redskins and Giants have basically the same schedule sans the Packers and Falcons. If the defense sees a big improvement with the influx of quality talent the road could get much, much easier.

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