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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Due to the hiring of Monte Kiffin, I will again take another stab at this.


Front Office Changes


Mike Mularkey - Offensive Coordinator

We were unable to lure Norv Turner to Dallas, but Mularkey is a great consolation prize. Mularkey did not have anything to work with in Jacksonville, but did a fine job coordinating for the Falcons from 2008-2011. Mularkey is very committed to the run, but will also have plenty of weapons through the air as well. We feel that Jason needs to focus more on coaching, rather than calling plays. Mularkey will take over the play calling duties.


Bobby April - Special Teams Coordinator

There aren't too many better special teams coordinators than Bobby April. Special teams is a huge part of the game today, and ours was clearly lacking last season. Bobby has made a few stops in his coaching career, and most of them have been very successful. We feel like we have the personnel in terms of kicking, punting, and returning, but the results just weren't in our favor. Adding a coach like Bobby will surely increase our special teams success.

Restructures/Extensions

The projected salary cap for next season is around $121,000,000, give or take a few dollars. We are currently sitting at $136,457,621. This may seem like a difficult number for the time being, as we are more than $15M over the cap, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves to get under the cap. A couple fan favorites may be on their way out the door, but it must be done to help the team. We also need to be careful that we don't mortgage the future by making poor extension decisions.

The first thing we plan to do is roll over the extra $4M, which brings us to $132,457,621.


Tony Romo - Quarterback

We fully intend to keep Tony Romo in Dallas for the rest of his career. We back Tony, and want to extend his contract for a few more seasons. We believe that Tony deserves a deal that is somewhere between the Matt Schaub and Michael Vick range. We will give Tony a five year extension, worth $70M, with $30M in guaranteed money. We are committed to Tony, and this offseason will show that. This move also reduces his 2013 cap hit by roughly $8.54M.


Brandon Carr - Cornerback

Brandon has a monumental cap hit for 2013, but we are going to restructure his contract in a responsible way. We love our combo of Carr and Claiborne, and are fully committed to Carr for the remainder of his deal. We are confident that he can retain a high level of play. This move reduces his 2013 cap hit by about $10.4M.


Jason Witten - Tight End

The next restructure goes to the most reliable tight end in the NFL, Jason Witten. We will convert his $5.5M salary to $1M, with $4.5M in signing bonus. This move reduces Witten's 2013 cap hit by approximately $3M.


Sean Lee - Linebacker

Sean Lee is the quarterback of our defense, and we really missed him in the latter half of the season. We want Sean to know how important he is to this defense, and that we still believe that he will be one of the best linebackers in the NFL, if he isn't already. We are proud to announce that Sean Lee has signed a five year extension worth $40M, with half of that in guaranteed money. His 2013 cap hit increases by $2.125M.

The 2013 Dallas Cowboys will see a lot of new faces. We promised change at Valley Ranch, and we plan to deliver on that promise. Some cuts are made for monetary purposes, while others just did not fit into the future plans. Our current salary cap number after restructures and extensions is around $112,642,621. Without further ado...


Dan Connor - Linebacker

We cannot afford to pay our fourth string inside linebacker over $4M next season. We appreciate everything that Dan has done in Dallas. Cutting Dan saves us around $3M.


Doug Free - Offensive Tackle

Everyone at Valley Ranch was extremely disappointed in Doug. We think very highly of Doug, but it says a lot when we have to rotate our right tackle every other offensive possession. We are paying Doug like a franchise left tackle, and that is just not acceptable right now. We will save $2.825M by cutting Free, and even more for the big 2014 offseason.


Marcus Spears - Defensive End

Marcus is a great run stopping end, but we need our ends to be able to stop the run as well as rush the passer. Marcus has had a great ride here in Dallas, and we wish him the best. By designating Spears as a post June 1st cut, we will save $1.65M.


Gerald Sensebaugh - Safety

We are looking for consistency at the safety position to finally solve our secondary woes. Right now, we are in a tough spot with Gerald. But we like a lot of our young talent, and this is the year to draft a good safety or two, as we believe we can get premier talent in the third or fourth round with how deep it is. This move saves us about $1.25M off the 2013 cap.

Ryan Cook - Center
Saves $1.1M.

Eric Frampton - Safety
Saves $950K.

Anthony Armstrong - Wide Receiver
Saves $630K.

Phillip Tanner - Running Back
Saves $555K.

Chris Jones - Punter
Saves $555K.

Donovon Kemp - Wide Receiver
Saves $480K.

These moves put us well below the cap, as we are now sitting pretty at $99,647,621.

Not Re-Signed

Anthony Spencer
Mike Jenkins
Felix Jones
Victor Butler
John Phillips
Derrick Dockery
Jerry Franklin
Brian Moorman
Kevin Ogletree
Charlie Peprah
Brady Poppinga
Danny McCray

L.P. Ladouceur - Long Snapper
If it ain't broke, we won't fix it. L.P. has been a very consistent long snapper for us, and we will bring him back on a three year deal worth $3M. His first year cap hit will be about $700K.

After locking up Ladouceur, we are back up to $100,347,621. We will set aside around $6M for our draft picks, which puts us at $106,347,621. This leaves us with just around $15M to sign some quality free agents.

Free Agency


Henry Melton - Defensive Tackle
Signed to a six year deal worth $48M. First year cap hit of around $4.5M.

Henry Melton is one of the best, young defensive tackles in the game, and he is only getting better. Henry is from the area, and expressed interest in returning to play in front of his friends and family. Needless to say, we were more than happy to oblige, and rewarded Henry with a contract in the same neighborhood as Justin Smith, one of the game's most dominant linemen. The trenches needed to be addressed this offseason on both sides of the ball, so adding Henry is the first step to achieving that goal.


Pat Lee - Cornerback
Signed to a three year deal worth $5M. Cap hit of around $800K.

We lost our special teams ace in Danny McCray, but Pat Lee will make him go almost unnoticed. Lee is a great special teamer in his own right, and he can come in and play in dime packages as a fourth or fifth corner.


Matt Slauson - Offensive Guard
Signed to a four year contract worth $12M. Cap hit of around $1.75M.

Coach Callahan approached us saying that he really wants to bring Matt Slauson in as a free agent to compete with Bernadeau for the starting right guard spot. We are signing Slauson to a very similar deal, so there is little risk involved. There is no plan for who the starter will be. Both guys will have a chance to prove to us that they should be the starter.


Andre Smith - Offensive Tackle
Signed to a seven year deal worth $35M. Cap hit of around $4M.

Doug Free just was not cutting it for us this past season, and we are prepared to give Romo the upgrades on the line that he deserves this season. We are very impressed with Smith's run blocking, which is evident by Cincinnati averaging 5.5 yards per carry behind Andre. He is also above average in pass protection despite his size. He has very quick feet, and should stick well on the right side of our line.


Osi Umenyiora - Defensive End
Signed to a three year deal worth $10M. Cap hit of around $2.25M.

Umenyiora is not the same pass rusher that he used to be, but he is still serviceable as a rotation defensive lineman. Demarcus called up Osi and helped recruit his former college teammate now that we are back to running a 4-3 defense. Osi will rotate in on obvious passing downs to provide a little more rush.

After these signings, and setting aside $6M for draft picks, we are sitting at $119,647,621, which is just under the $121,000,000 salary cap. This leaves us room to sign a couple of undrafted free agents or lesser rotation players later on if needed.

Draft

Draft Choices:
1.18
2.47
3.78
4.114
5.146
6.178

Trade

Green Bay calls looking to move up in the draft. We managed to get a 1st, 3rd, and 4th from them for the 18th pick. The official trade is the 18th overall pick (900 points) to the Packers for the 26th (700 points), 88th (150 points), and 120th picks (54 points). The trade favors us by just 4 points, which is equal to a late 7th round pick. This is about as fair as it gets for both sides.

Now, our draft looks like this:

1.26
2.47
3.78
3.88
4.114
4.120
5.146
6.178

1st Round


Jonathan Cooper - Offensive Guard
Height - 6'3
Weight - 295
School - North Carolina

By giving Tony Romo a five year extension, we proved to him that we want to keep him around, and we want to keep him upright and healthy for the remainder of his career. This is just the first of a few picks to address the trenches this year. Cooper is the most athletic guard in the draft this year, and will make a very athletic and formidable left side with Tyron Smith for the better part of a decade. Our scouts are very high on Cooper, who we had graded as a top fifteen prospect in the draft. Fortunately for us, interior offensive linemen are often undervalued on draft, and we could scoop up Cooper here, eight picks later than when we were about to take him.

2nd Round


Eric Reid - Safety
Height - 6'2
Weight - 212
School - Louisiana State

Safety has been a position of need since Darren Woodson retired, and will become an even more important position in Kiffin's system. We feel that Reid is a top three safety in the draft, along with the likes of Vaccaro and Elam. Reid is a former teammate of Morris Claiborne, and we feel that having Claiborne around will really help Reid adjust to the NFL game. He has a great NFL body, and has the physical tools and ball skills to be a star free safety. We really like Barry Church as the future strong safety, and believe that we have a fantastic secondary going forward.

3rd Round


Travis Frederick - Center
Height - 6'4
Weight - 338
School - Wisconsin

It is generally a good rule of thumb to draft offensive linemen from Wisconsin. We really liked two Wisconsin linemen last year, and we really fell in love with Frederick as well. Fortunately for us, interior linemen lose a lot of value on draft day, and tend to fall at least a round further than where most teams grade them. Frederick is a beast. He is big, but carries his weight well. But what we like most about Travis is how smart he is. His football I.Q. is right up there with the best of him. Because of his size and smarts, his potential is off the charts, and we believe that he can be a quality center for the better part of a decade.


Sean Porter - Outside Linebacker
Height - 6'2
Weight - 230
School - Texas A&M

We have two of our three starting linebacker spots filled, with Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. The final outside linebacker spot is up for grabs, and we just added to the competition with Sean Porter. Porter will battle Kyle Wilber and Alex Albright for the final spot. We think very highly of Sean, and believe that he fits the defensive system we will be running very well. Monte seemed really excited about Sean, so we are happy to have him here.

4th Round


Jordan Hill - Defensive Tackle
Height - 6'1
Weight - 296
School - Penn State

Despite his size, Jordan looks his best on tape playing the one-technique, which is where we could use a little depth. He could stand to add some strength, and we intend on putting him through a weight program that can help him add some muscle. We would like for him to be around 315 or so, and we think that is plausible. As a fourth round draft pick, we believe that Hill can contribute by rotating in and keeping everyone fresh. Also has lined up at left end a few times for Penn State, and we like the flexibility and attitude he brings to the table.


Nickell Robey - Cornerback
Height - 5'8
Weight - 165
School - Southern California

If Robey were 5'11, 190 pounds, we would be talking about one of the premier cornerback prospects in this draft. We still want to see Robey around 175-180 pounds, but we love him as a slot corner prospect. He is much tougher and plays bigger than his small frame suggests. Additionally, he is a phenomenal, fluid athlete with great ball skills. Nickell will come in as our 4th or 5th string corner, but we would like to see him eventually compete with Scandrick for the slot corner spot.

5th Round


Cierre Wood - Runningback
Height - 6'0
Weight - 215
School - Notre Dame

Wood is a patient running back who has all the physical tools to succeed in the NFL. We believe that we can instill the confidence that he needs to continue his success at the next level. We like that he is elusive, but has a physical side to him that many don't expect to see. We think that the best option is to work him in as a third down back, where his shiftiness can assist us after losing Felix to free agency.

6th Round


Brad Wing - Punter
Height - 6'3
Weight - 185
School - Louisiana State

It is not too often that you see a special teams player declare as a redshirt sophomore, but Brad Wing can kick. Punting is an extremely underrated portion of a football game. Field position can decide games, and is part of the reason that our defense struggled last season. We could not find a consistent punter that we are happy with, so we want to bring in Wing to see if he can make an impact. Additionally, he is a great athlete, and can be counted on should we go for any fake punts.

Draft Recap:

1.26 - Jonathan Cooper, OG
2.47 - Eric Reid, S
3.78 - Travis Frederick, C
3.88 - Sean Porter, OLB
4.114 - Jordan Hill, DT
4.120 - Nickell Robey, CB
5.146 - Cierre Wood, RB
6.178 - Brad Wing, P

Undrafted Free Agents

Jordan Rodgers, QB - Vanderbilt
Mitchell Gale, QB - Abilene Christian
Braden Wilson, FB - Kansas State
Jack Doyle, TE - Western Kentucky
Xavier Boyce, WR - Norfolk State
Nick Speller, OT - Massachusetts
Cornelius Washington, DE - Georgia
Jumal Rolle, CB - Catawba
Marquis Jackson, DE - Portland State
Will Compton, ILB - Nebraska


Offense: 25
QB: Tony Romo | Kyle Orton | Jordan Rodgers
RB: Demarco Murray | Cierre Wood | Lance Dunbar
FB: Lawrence Vickers
WR: Dez Bryant | Dwayne Harris | Cole Beasley
WR: Miles Austin | Danny Coale
TE: Jason Witten | James Hanna | Jack Doyle
LT: Tyron Smith | Nick Speller
LG: Jonathan Cooper | Nate Livings
C: Travis Frederick | Kevin Kowalski
RG: Matt Slauson | Mackenzy Bernadeau
RT: Andre Smith | Jeremy Parnell

Defense: 25
DE: Tyrone Crawford | Jason Hatcher
DT: Henry Melton | Sean Lissemore
DT: Jay Ratliff | Jordan Hill
DE: Demarcus Ware | Osi Umenyiora | Cornelius Washington
OLB: Bruce Carter | Sean Porter
ILB: Sean Lee | Orie Lemon | Caleb McSurdy
OLB: Kyle Wilber | Alex Albright
CB: Brandon Carr | Orlando Scandrick | Nickell Robey
SS: Barry Church | Sterling Moore
FS: Eric Reid | Matt Johnson
CB: Morris Claiborne | Pat Lee

Special Teams: 3
K: Dan Bailey
P: Brad Wing
LS: L.P. Ladouceur

Practice Squad:
1. Mitchell Gale, QB
2. Ronald Leary, OL
3. Braden Wilson, FB
4. Xavier Wilson, WR
5. Will Compton, ILB
6. Rob Calloway, DL
7. Marquis Jackson, DL
8. Jumal Rolle, DB
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just say no to a Romo extension. He will be 33 to begin the season in 2013. By keeping Romo it will make the gm comfortable with the qb position and the fact is we need to start drafting some qb's.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Romo is getting resigned, and Jerry has made it known already.

Cowboys won't have the cap space to sign all those FA especially if they resign Spencer which seems pretty proable listening to Mike Fisher yesterday.

I know many of us want a new C, but highly doubt that the Cowboys give up on Costa. G/T is a certainty hopefully in the 2nd or 3rd round.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

flyingmonkey30 wrote:
Draft Recap:

1.26 - Jonathan Cooper, OG
2.47 - Eric Reid, S
3.78 - Travis Frederick, C
3.88 - Sean Porter, OLB
4.114 - Jordan Hill, DT
4.120 - Nickell Robey, CB
5.146 - Cierre Wood, RB
6.178 - Brad Wing, P

Undrafted Free Agents

Jordan Rodgers, QB - Vanderbilt
Mitchell Gale, QB - Abilene Christian
Braden Wilson, FB - Kansas State
Jack Doyle, TE - Western Kentucky
Xavier Boyce, WR - Norfolk State
Nick Speller, OT - Massachusetts
Cornelius Washington, DE - Georgia
Jumal Rolle, CB - Catawba
Marquis Jackson, DE - Portland State
Will Compton, ILB - Nebraska


That would not suck. Very nice work!
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buckwild wrote:
Romo is getting resigned, and Jerry has made it known already.

Cowboys won't have the cap space to sign all those FA especially if they resign Spencer which seems pretty proable listening to Mike Fisher yesterday.

I know many of us want a new C, but highly doubt that the Cowboys give up on Costa. G/T is a certainty hopefully in the 2nd or 3rd round.


I don't have us re-signing Spencer. I also tried to work out the numbers so that we can sign those FAs.
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With the coaching staff pretty much figured out, I will go ahead and give this another shot, but it will be less flashy. Also, I tend to go with the same kind of draft every time, so I will go ahead and switch that up as well.

Restructures/Extensions:

We are currently about $20M over the cap, so moves need to be made.

Sign Tony Romo to a five year extension worth $75M.

We are committed to Tony as our quarterback, and we think we have the ability to finally surround him with teammates who can help him win. He may be turning 33, but he is young in terms of playing time. We want him long term, and we will find a guy to groom in the next draft or two.

Restructure Brandon Carr's contract.

Carr has a built-in clause in his contract that will allow us to save $10.4M by restructuring his deal off the cap. This is a no-brainer for us. Combined with the Romo deal and rolling over about $2.3M from our cap last year, we are back even with the projected salary cap.

Restructure Jason Witten's contract.

By restructuring Witten's deal, we are doing two things. One, we are saving $3.6M off the cap. Two, we are showing Witten how much he means to this team. We want him here long term, and we think he still has some great football ahead of him.

Total Savings: $24.3M (roughly)

Cuts:

Doug Free - $2.88M
Marcus Spears - $1.65M
Gerald Sensabaugh - $1.5M
Ryan Cook - $1.1M
Eric Frampton - $950K
Anthony Armstrong - $630K
Josh Brent - $575K
Phillip Tanner - $555K
Carlton Mitchell - $555K
Brandon Underwood - $555K
Vince Agnew - $480K
Donovon Kemp - $480K

Total Savings: $11.9M

Re-signings

Ernie Sims - One year deal worth $1.5M.
L.P. Ladouceur - Three year deal for the veteran minimum.

Pre-Draft Trades:

The Dallas Cowboys trade WR Miles Austin to the Miami Dolphins for the 77th pick in the draft (205 points).

The Dallas Cowboys trade LB Dan Connor to the Washington Redskins for the 181st pick in the draft (19 points).

Total Savings: $6.5M

New Draft Picks:

1.18
2.47
3.77
3.80
4.111
5.144
6.175
6.181

Free Agency


Gosder Cherilus signed to a four year deal worth $14M.

Believe it or not, Cherilus actually graded out as one of the better pass blockers last season. The strapped-for-cash Lions will not be able to bring him back, even at a modest contract, so we think this is a realistic signing. He isn't Andre Smith, or even Phil Loadholt, but he can hold his own and will provide better pass protection on the right side, which we desperately need.


Israel Idonije signed to a three year deal worth $7M.

This is another value signing. Yes, Idonije is past his prime, but he actually recorded 7.5 sacks last season. Rod Marinelli suggested that we bring in Idonije to start as our strong side end, while we continue to groom Crawford. He still has another couple years of good, underrated football left in him.


Philip Wheeler signed to a three year deal worth $9M.

Wheeler is a great fit as a SAM linebacker in our defense. He is a good athlete, and is coming off his best season in the NFL. The SAM position is often overlooked in terms of importance, which is why we are able to snag him for what we believe to be slightly below market value.


Pat Lee signed to a two year deal worth $3M.

After losing our special teams ace in Danny McCray, we bring in Pat Lee to take over duties. He will also be our dime corner.


Robert Turner signed to a two year deal worth $1.5M.

A Callahan guy who can play multiple positions along the line. Will be our main swing man.

Draft:

The Dallas Cowboys trade the 18th pick (900 points) in the draft to the San Francisco 49ers for the 31st (600 points), 61st (292 points), and the 125th pick (47 points) in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The 49ers really coveted Xavier Rhodes and couldn't wait any longer to jump up and grab him. They have many picks in this draft and very few needs, one of them being a lockdown cornerback. With our main targets, Chance Warmack, Shariff Floyd, and Sheldon Richardson off the board, we moved back.

The Dallas Cowboys trade the 175th pick (21.4 points) and a 2014 6th round pick for the 153rd (30.2 points) pick in the draft.

New Draft Order:

1.31
2.47
2.61
3.77
3.80
4.111
4.125
5.144
6.181

1st Round


Kenny Vaccaro - Safety
Height - 6'1
Weight - 218
School - Texas

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Good size and speed for the safety position. Quick twitch athlete that can cover man-to-man, drop back deep in coverage, or make plays in the box. Great instincts. Always all over the field making plays. Ability to matchup with slot receivers and tight ends one on one. Able to play either safety position well. Generally a sound tackler, but can also lay the lumber to send a message. Solid in run support. Understands defenses and can line up all over the field. A true playmaker with good ball skills. Plays with swagger and confidence.

Weaknesses: Prone to taking poor angles when in pursuit of the ballcarrier. Sometimes a little too aggressive which leads to over pursuit and missed tackles. Still needs to work on reading plays which should come with more experience. Unfortunately, the best way for him to learn is from experience, and there will be growing pains. Prone to going for the big hit instead of wrapping.

2nd Round


Larry Warford - Guard
Height - 6'3
Weight - 333
School - Kentucky

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Wide bodied, tough guard. Given size, surprisingly quick off the line, balanced and agile. Quick hands and feet. Strong initial punch to knock defenders off balance. Strong lower body and drives defenders back. Surprisingly decent pulling guard. Capable of walling off or just mauling. Good awareness in pass protection picking up stunts and blitzes. Body type makes it hard for linemen to slip by him. Strong hands neutralize pass rushers. Good job of staying in front of rushers. Stands up to bull rush and speed rush equally well.

Weaknesses: Carries too much weight around the mid-section, and that will need to be kept in check. Gets caught lunging at times. Straight line speed is poor, and will struggle to do damage at the second level. When he drops his head, he is very vulnerable to quicker tackles. Probably won't be able to stick on the left side. Even though his agility and athleticism is surprising, it is not much more special than the average guard.


Sylvester Williams - Defensive Tackle
Height - 6'3
Weight - 313
School - North Carolina

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Built like a one-tech, and that is probably where he is best suited for the NFL. Quick hands and feet, gets off the ball well. Able to shoot the A-gap or plug up two gaps, depending on what you want him to do. Flashes ability to disrupt if you want him to just attack. Flashes a swim move that is very deadly. Violent hands. Above average motor. Bull rush is above average with potential to be good. Able to disengage when needed. Versatile, as I saw him line up at the 0, 1, 3, and 5 techniques.

Weaknesses: Not the most consistent player. Plays big in spurts. Needs to develop more moves other than the swim. Can get turned around and lose sight of the ball. Lacks the flexibility to get low and do damage. Pad level is inconsistent. When he rises up, he loses his balance and gets pushed backwards.

3rd Round


Barrett Jones - Center
Height - 6'4
Weight - 305
College - Alabama

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Versatile. Can play anywhere on the line and excel, but his best position is center. Technician with excellent fundamentals. Very hard worker. Vocal leader, smart football player that can make line calls from day one. Always keeps his feet moving. Not a mauler, but can do more than just wall off defenders. In pass protection, head is always on a swivel. Eases back and stays calm. Underrated athlete. Very passionate. Tough guy who will play through injuries. Great player, but a better person.

Weaknesses: While he is an underrated athlete, he is no better than average. Won't blow people away with his strength. Not the quickest off the ball and could struggle against stronger opponents. Has a bit of a history with injuries, and this Lisfranc injury is a serious issue. Could scare teams off and cause him to slide.


Cornellius Carradine - Defensive End
Height - 6'4
Weight - 265
School - Florida State

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths - Very good athlete with natural flexibility and bend around the edge. Quick hands and feet. Light on his feet laterally and in pursuit. Very fluid. Active, strong hands. Gets up in the passing lane and takes away QB's vision. Good instincts. Really sets the edge well, and continued to improve in this department all year. Generally keeps good pad level and learning to use hands. Violent hands that rip well. One of the best motors in the draft. Always on the move and looking to make a play.

Weaknesses: Bit of a one-year wonder. Most of his experience comes at the JUCO level, and only stepped in to start in place of Brandon Jenkins. Still very raw and will need some seasoning. Still developing pass rush moves. Can get overpowered and needs to bulk up. The ACL tear is an obvious concern as well. Otherwise, he is likely a first round pick.

4th Round


Mike Gillislee - Runningback
Height - 5'11
Weight - 207
College - Florida

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Good frame for a back with room to add ten more pounds without losing elusiveness. Lateral agility and acceleration are his strong suits. Very quick burst through the hole. Enough speed to break away through the secondary. While elusive, he does not necessarily shy away from contact. Effective spin move that makes him tough to tackle. Potential is there to be a weapon receiving out of the backfield. Gives effort in pass protection.

Weaknesses: Runs too upright, and doesn't break as many tackles because of it as his size would suggest. When there isn't an obvious hole, he tends to bounce around the line too much. Doesn't always protect the ball by moving it to the outside arm. Doesn't do too much after contact.


Nickell Robey - Cornerback
Height - 5'8
Weight - 168
School - Southern California

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Phenomenal athlete with quick feet, loose hips, and flexibility. Sticks tight to receivers in man coverage. Top-notch ball skills, showing soft hands and willingness to gamble for picks. Shows good awareness in zone coverage. Physical in press coverage and very scrappy corner. Above average open field tackler and can lay the wood despite his size. Seems to really love contact. Top end speed is well above average. Stays low in his backpedal and shows good fundamentals.

Weaknesses: As physical as he likes to be, he is still very undersized. Bigger receivers will take advantage of him and box him out. Struggles to get off blockers on screens if he doesn't evade them with quickness. If he doesn't wrap up well, he doesn't have the strength to recover and bring down his man. Very thin and wiry. Needs to add some strength to his lower half.

5th Round


Chris Harper - Wide Receiver
Height - 6'1
Weight - 228
School - Kansas State

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Big, physical receiver. Improving route runner who takes pride in his craft. Good athlete. Able to really control his body well and box out corners on comeback routes. Big, soft hands with great concentration. Fast, projecting something along the lines of 4.45 speed. Good blocker on the outside and always gives effort. Very frustrating to cover one on one due to his physicality.

Weaknesses: Fast, but not explosive. Doesn't really accelerate well in and out of his breaks. Still learning to be a full time wide receiver, as he was recruited as a quarterback. Not the best red zone target despite his size. Not the most elusive running after the catch.


Tyler Bray - Quarterback
Height - 6'5
Weight - 215
School - Tennessee

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Great height for a quarterback. Easily able to see over his line. Top of the class in terms of arm strength. Very confident in his arm and his ability to fit the ball into tight windows. Very accurate when throwing slants and posts. At his best driving the ball hard downfield. Throws a beautiful deep ball. Reminiscent of Jay Cutler in terms of arm strength and confidence. Very quick release and accurate when his fundamentals are right. Tough and willing to step up and take a hit. Tons of talent.

Weaknesses: Needs to add about ten to fifteen pounds of muscle to his thin frame. Lets his talents get the best of him. Very lazy with his mechanics which leads to sporadic throws. Throws rather than passes. Throws off the back foot too much when its not necessary. Three quarter release that almost negates his height benefit. Not a great athlete. Maturity issues are a concern, and he will need to sit for a couple years before he is ready to take the reigns. Needs time to mature physically and mentally. Needs to be humbled.

6th Round


Michael Williams - Tight End
Height - 6'6
Weight - 269
School - Alabama

FM30's Scouting Report
Strengths: Ideal size for a tight end, and is a slightly above average athlete. Shows some savvy as a route runner. Able to make over the shoulder catches and his hands are improving. Competitive player. One of the best in-line blockers in the draft. Long arms and good hand placement. Blocks well for the run and the pass. Walls off opponents well. You can get away with leaving him one on one with average pass rushers. Reminds me of Martellus Bennett with his blocking.

Weaknesses: Lacks top end speed and will never be a vertical threat. Ball skills may be improving but they are below average. Doesn't high point the ball. Will struggle to separate at the next level. Won't do much in terms of yards after the catch. Good blocker but needs to improve finishing. Not a reliable option for a quarterback. Probably a second string tight end at the next level used primarily as an extra lineman.

Undrafted Free Agents

Chris Jacobson, OG - Pittsburgh
Mitchell Gale, QB - Abilene Christian
Mike Catapano, DE - Princeton
Braden Wilson, FB - Kansas State
Jumal Rolle, CB - Catawba
Keenan Davis, WR - Iowa


Offense: 25
QB: Tony Romo | Kyle Orton | Tyler Bray
RB: Demarco Murray | Mike Gillislee | Lance Dunbar
FB: Lawrence Vickers
WR: Dez Bryant | Chris Harper | Cole Beasley
WR: Dwayne Harris | Danny Coale
TE: Jason Witten | James Hanna | Michael Williams
LT: Tyron Smith | Robert Turner
LG: Nate Livings | Ronald Leary
C: Barrett Jones | Kevin Kowalski
RG: Larry Warford | Mackenzy Bernadeau
RT: Gosder Cherilus | Jeremy Parnell

Defense: 25
DE: Israel Idonije | Tyrone Crawford
DT: Jason Hatcher | Sean Lissemore | Brian Price
DT: Jay Ratliff | Sylvester Williams
DE: Demarcus Ware | Cornellius Carradine
OLB: Bruce Carter | Alex Albright
ILB: Sean Lee | Ernie Sims | Orie Lemon
OLB: Philip Wheeler | Kyle Wilber
CB: Brandon Carr | Orlando Scandrick | Nickell Robey
SS: Barry Church | Sterling Moore
FS: Kenny Vaccaro | Matt Johnson
CB: Morris Claiborne | Pat Lee

Special Teams: 3
K: Dan Bailey
P: Chris Jones
LS: L.P. Ladouceur

Practice Squad:
1. Mitchell Gale, QB
2. Chris Jacobson, OL
3. Braden Wilson, FB
4. Rob Calloway, DL
5. Jumal Rolle, DB
6. Mike Catapano, DL
7. Keenan Davis, WR
8. Caleb McSurdy, LB


So there is your different look. Spent a lot of time on this one, more than I wanted to, so go easy on your criticisms.
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Very creative. I would like this. Only thing is im not sure about what we would have left at wide receiver. I like harris and beasley a lot but im not sure harris can be a number 2 guy. I would hope we would bring in more help at the position if we were to get rid of miles austin.
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Dboys88-82 wrote:
Very creative. I would like this. Only thing is im not sure about what we would have left at wide receiver. I like harris and beasley a lot but im not sure harris can be a number 2 guy. I would hope we would bring in more help at the position if we were to get rid of miles austin.


Yeah I feel you there. But I think we could get decent value for a receiver with injury problems, so we have to look into that deal should it come up. I am also a huge fan of Chris Harper. I think is getting overlooked because Collin Klein can't throw a decent pass his way.
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Given the drama between Dooley and Bray, I think I would almost take Bray off my board completely.

And you satisfied my inner Gator. Laughing
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Good effort FM30. Some I disagree with and some I do agree with but a solid overall effort.

The disagree's, I don't want to sign that many free agents because of the restructuring we would have to do. I don't think Bray will come close to falling that far. Not a huge fan of 170lbs cb's for the T2D. It's a very physical defense regarding db's.

The agree's, Warford and Williams selections. You traded Miles Austin.I have always thought Harper was solid. The fact that you took Bray in the draft at all was encouraging. We desperately need to draft qb's for the future. Yes I would be thrilled to get Bray.
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There is no way that Barret Jones falls to the 3rd, Not a fan of Vaccaro, but can understand the need for a Safety. Not a fan of Williams at all. Love the Warford and Gillislee picks. Carradine could probably be had in the 4th or 5th, but real nice player. I have no clue about the other players as I feel 6th & 7th rounds picks are a crap shoot.

Why do we have to throw the trade in as there is 99% chance it doesn't happen.
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There is no way that Barret Jones falls to the 3rd, Not a fan of Vaccaro, but can understand the need for a Safety. Not a fan of Williams at all. Love the Warford and Gillislee picks. Carradine could probably be had in the 4th or 5th, but real nice player. I have no clue about the other players as I feel 6th & 7th rounds picks are a crap shoot.

Why do we have to throw the trade in as there is 99% chance it doesn't happen.


I disagree - many thought Konz was going to be a first round pick and he fell to the 2nd. And that was without an injury that would keep him out all of preseason and potentially the first half of the regular season. I could easily see Jones fall to the 3rd.
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buckwild wrote:
There is no way that Barret Jones falls to the 3rd, Not a fan of Vaccaro, but can understand the need for a Safety. Not a fan of Williams at all. Love the Warford and Gillislee picks. Carradine could probably be had in the 4th or 5th, but real nice player. I have no clue about the other players as I feel 6th & 7th rounds picks are a crap shoot.

Why do we have to throw the trade in as there is 99% chance it doesn't happen.


Why do you always say trades won't happen. There are tons of trades on draft day, and while I can't predict exactly what will happen, it makes it more fun to do that.


I guess my answer to players sliding down the draft would be this: yeah, it may have been a little favorable for us, but there are always guys who slide. Remember when Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Thompson were supposed to be late first round picks? Cincinnati picked them both up in the 3rd round. As Plan mentioned in another thread, Duke Robinson was a 2nd round lock that went in the 5th. So it makes things more creative and fun to do that.
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buckwild wrote:
There is no way that Barret Jones falls to the 3rd, Not a fan of Vaccaro, but can understand the need for a Safety. Not a fan of Williams at all. Love the Warford and Gillislee picks. Carradine could probably be had in the 4th or 5th, but real nice player. I have no clue about the other players as I feel 6th & 7th rounds picks are a crap shoot.

Why do we have to throw the trade in as there is 99% chance it doesn't happen.


I disagree - many thought Konz was going to be a first round pick and he fell to the 2nd. And that was without an injury that would keep him out all of preseason and potentially the first half of the regular season. I could easily see Jones fall to the 3rd.


So you see Barrett Jones being there at 77? That is my arguement that he won't be there when the Cowboys pick. Some team will trade up to snatch him early in the 3rd. (Ex. Patriots/ Ravens/ Steelers)
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flyingmonkey30 wrote:
buckwild wrote:
There is no way that Barret Jones falls to the 3rd, Not a fan of Vaccaro, but can understand the need for a Safety. Not a fan of Williams at all. Love the Warford and Gillislee picks. Carradine could probably be had in the 4th or 5th, but real nice player. I have no clue about the other players as I feel 6th & 7th rounds picks are a crap shoot.

Why do we have to throw the trade in as there is 99% chance it doesn't happen.


Why do you always say trades won't happen. There are tons of trades on draft day, and while I can't predict exactly what will happen, it makes it more fun to do that.


I guess my answer to players sliding down the draft would be this: yeah, it may have been a little favorable for us, but there are always guys who slide. Remember when Mohamed Sanu and Brandon Thompson were supposed to be late first round picks? Cincinnati picked them both up in the 3rd round. As Plan mentioned in another thread, Duke Robinson was a 2nd round lock that went in the 5th. So it makes things more creative and fun to do that.


It is a crap shoot to predict that a trade will go down until closer to the draft. So predicting it will happen is pretty futile.WR always slide in the draft unless you are elite, and you have to look at the source at predicting when a guy is suppose to be drafted. Who said that Duke Robinson was suppose to be drafted in the 2nd. Unless his name is McShay, Mayock, Brandt, or works for a NFL team or cable network then its hard to know there credibilty. You have to take alot of the so called expert draft sites with a grain of salt as they may only have the same information on a player that most of the public has on them.
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