How the Dallas Cowboys blew their 2016 draft
Okay,Paxton Lynch Jersey every NFC East team that thinks it had a great draft, step forward.
Not so fast, Dallas.
Despite Jerry Jones believing that taking running back Ezekiel Elliott at No.Emmitt Smith Jersey 4 was a game-changer ("I've had my finest hours in business going against the grain," he told MMQB's Peter King), it's a move only DC, New York and Philadelphia could love. It's yet another example of what the mediocre-to-awful Cowboys of the last 20 years do best: putting star power and skill positions ahead of needs,Odell Beckham Jr Jersey consequences be damned.
Over the past two years it had looked like cooler, wiser heads had been prevailing in Dallas when they'd been presented with choices between flash and substance. This was most famously shown when the Cowboys passed on Johnny Manziel for some offensive lineman in the 2014 NFL draft, a pick that still annoyed Jerry Jones even after Manziel began his downward spiral in Cleveland.Aaron Rodgers Jersey Meanwhile, that offensive lineman, Zack Martin, is now two-for-two in Pro Bowls and has a first-team All-Pro honor as well.
Solid,Cam Newton Jersey measured drafting like that would be the key to breaking through and becoming a dominant team in a division that hasn't seen one in a decade. Shoring up an offensive line, however unsexy, is how DeMarco Murray became a star in 2014 and even gave the oft-injured Darren McFadden the second-best season of his career in 2015, much to the delight of his fellow Arkansas Razorback Jerry Jones.Tom Brady Jersey The idea of getting another good back is sound: A solid rushing attack helps Tony Romo which helps Dez Bryant and the receiving corps and, thus, goes back to helping the offensive line. Football is all about symbiotic relationships.
Doing the same to the defense - by,Seattle Seahawks Jerseys say, drafting FSU cornerback Jalen Ramsey or edge rusher DeForest Buckner - could have had the same sort of domino effect. A shutdown secondary could allow Dallas to load the box to stop the run or attack on more blitzes with the knowledge that coverage would be taken care of downfield.
But the lessons Dallas should have learned from the Manziel/Martin situation were already forgotten. Instead,Steelers Store Jones went for a position that has more first-round busts and more late-round successes than any other. It's rare the Cowboys are in a position to draft such a big prospect. After taking Elliott, it might not be long before they're in the same spot again.
Time and time again it's been proven that you don't need a running back in the first round,Bengals Store particularly when you're drafting as high as the Cowboys were. Consider: Only three rushers in the past 20 years have been drafted higher than Ezekiel Elliott. All were expected to change their offensive complexion of their teams and begin new dynasties. Those three players: Ronnie Brown, Reggie Bush and Trent Richardson.Tyrann Mathieu Jersey
How bad, truly, could Dallas have really wanted the Memphis QB? Jerry Jones gets what he wants and if he wanted Paxton Lynch, then he'd have gotten Paxton Lynch.
Jones boasts of his risk-taking yet took no real risks, at least in his eyes. To the rest of the NFL, taking a back at No. 4 would be a fireable offense. For Dallas, it's the key to a door they'll never unlock.
How 'bout them Cowboys?