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D-Unit
02-24-2012, 02:03 PM
hahaha. I dunno, I think this might be fun. Just had an idea that I would mock out the Cowboys offseason with a fun fake (of course) series of events that go from cuts, fa signings, and the draft. Feel free to comment throughout as things happen. :)

D-Unit
02-24-2012, 02:16 PM
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Terence Newman is released by the Dallas Cowboys

In a much expected cap savings move, the Dallas Cowboys have released veteran cornerback Terence Newman from the team. Drafted in 2003 with the 5th pick in Round 1, Newman has spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. During that span he went to the Pro Bowl 2 times (2007, 2009) and has collected 532 tackles, 32 interceptions and 2 sacks.

There comes a time when age catches up and in 2011, Newman's age showed plenty... and his performance did not match up to the salary he was making as the teams highest paid player. His base salary at $8M + $2M (signing bonus) last year became a tough pill to swallow. The Cowboys will free up $23M over the next 3 years with the release of Newman, but will have to pay $2M per year over that span in dead money due to the amount owed by his signing bonus.

Terence Newman contract details:
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D-Unit
02-24-2012, 02:36 PM
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Tyron Smith is officially the Cowboys Left Tackle

INDIANAPOLIS -- When the Dallas Cowboys drafted Tyron Smith with the No. 9 overall pick last year it was the with idea that he could move to left tackle one day.

One day is supposed to be 2012.

Coach Jason Garrett said Smith will move to left tackle and Doug Free will play right tackle when the Cowboys reconvene in the offseason. Garrett added that "there's no guarantee," that Smith would be the opening day starter in 2012.

"The starting point for us next year is Tyron will start at left tackle and Doug will start at right tackle," Garrett said from the NFL's annual scouting combine. "The versatility that Tyron had coming out is something we were really attracted to. He was a right tackle in college, as you know, but we felt like he had the physical traits to play left tackle. Same with Doug Free. We felt he could play either side."

Free has started the past two years at left tackle, taking over for Flozell Adams in 2010, but he broke into the lineup in 2009 at right tackle after Marc Colombo suffered a fractured ankle at Green Bay. The Cowboys signed Free to a four-year, $32 million contract extension before last season.

Smith started every game as a rookie and earned high marks across the league for his play. He took snaps early in training camp before Free was eligible to practice but moved to right tackle for the rest of camp and the rest of the season.

"We felt the best decision was to leave Tyron at right tackle with the shortened training camp and offseason," Garrett said. "We felt like he was ready to make that move now and we'll see how it goes. I think both guys have demonstrated they can play either side. We're just trying to come up with the best combination."

Free struggled in 2011, but the move to right tackle comes with some risk as well considering the types of pass rushers the Cowboys see in the NFC East. Philadelphia has Jason Babin and Trent Cole, Washington has Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, the New York Giants have Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Osi Umenyiora.

The decision to make the switch could also affect guard Kyle Kosier. He moved from left guard to the right side to help ease Smith's transition. He could be moved back to the left side, however, there is some question about his future on the team. Garrett said Kosier's recovery from a torn medial collateral ligament in his knee suffered in the season opener is going well.

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D-Unit
02-24-2012, 02:57 PM
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Callahan going back to his Wisconsin roots?

The Cowboys hired Bill Callahan at the start of the offseason to help improve the play of the offensive line and assist Jason Garrett in game planning. With that hire came an added dimension of knowledge and a new network of resources. Callahan made a name for himself being the offensive line coach at Wisconsin during Barry Alvarez's reign when the program first got turned around. His ties there remain strong as the community is a tight knit one. So looking into the draft prospects coming out of Wisconsin in this year's draft should not be overlooked.

Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler made an interesting statement during his turn at the podium when he revealed that he has been working out as a center as well, and he plans to showcase his pivot skills at Wisconsin's pro day on March 7.

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One to Rise: Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin, OL #54 - Zeitler is another in a long line of mauling Wisconsin offensive linemen. He wants to show his versatility by playing some Center; Zeitler has a lot to gain from a solid combine.

With Peter Konz entrenched at C, G Kevin Zeitler had little chance to play the position. But he saw some action there during Senior Bowl week and plans to show what he can do at his pro day. "I learned how to make calls the right way [at the Senior Bowl]," Zeitler said.

With that kind of versatility, you can expect Callahan to be a big fan of Zeitler if Konz is taken off the board before the Cowboys get a chance to draft the more heralded Center.

D-Ware Nightmare
02-24-2012, 09:23 PM
As a current WI resident this excites me. I have seen both of them play on many occasions, both are beasts, as every WI linemen lately. The versatility from Zeitler is nice, but i still prefer Konz in a trade down scenario.

D-Unit
02-24-2012, 10:42 PM
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Dallas exercises Exclusive Rights to WR Jessie Holley

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Holley will return to the Dallas Cowboys for the 2012 NFL season since he is an exclusive rights free agent. Even though Holley was a free agent, he was not allowed to negotiate with any other team and no other team could offer him a contract since Dallas wanted him back. That is due to him having less than three years playing time. Dallas could offer Holley any contract they wanted and he couldn't refuse it unless he wanted to quit the NFL.

Holley will be back in 2012 at league minimum.

This signing is not an indication of the Cowboys losing interest in bringing Laurent Robinson back.

“It’s important,” Garrett said, per ESPN Dallas. “He’s a big contributor to our football team last year. We had a several injuries on our football team last year, different guys got hurt at different times and we had to put somebody else in. Nowhere was that more obvious to me than at the receiver position. Early in the year Dez Bryant got hurt against the Jets, so he missed a game and was hobbled some and Miles [Austin] gets hurt, and Laurent stepped in and did a good job for us.”

But there are significant stumbling blocks in the way due to the heavy interest league wide in the break out year Robinson had.

Laurent Robinson's agent thinks his client is a big target. "He's got the age, height, speed and people can see what he can do."

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D-Unit
02-25-2012, 01:08 AM
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Cowboys release 4 players

In preparation for the start of Free Agency the Dallas Cowboys have continued to churn their roster. WR Kevin Ogletree, TE Martellus Bennett, K David Buehler, and DE Kenyon Coleman have been told that the Cowboys will not retain their services.

For Ogletree, who is a Restricted FA, the lowest tender available will cost the team $1.3 million. The Cowboys had no interest in offering him that kind of money with the season full of mental lapses that Ogletree had.

Bennett never capitalized on the flashes he showed as a rookie catching 4 TDs as a redzone threat. In the 3 years since, Bennett has failed to add another TD to his resume and never had a better year in receiving yards. The 2nd rounder has turned into a bust, so it wasn't expected to see him back at Valley Ranch for another season.

Bennett will be looking to take his immaturity issues elsewhere.

edit: Just saw something in Bennett's pick that I didn't know was there. eeeeeeewe!



Buehler was released this offseason because Dan Bailey showed he could handle the field goal and kickoff duties while Buehler nursed injuries. The team will save $1.26 million by releasing Buehler.

Coleman was released this offseason because there are younger players that can play defensive end in defensive coordinator Rex Ryan's system. The team will save $1.9 million in salary cap space with his release.

There continue to be rumblings that if Dallas can lure certain targets in FA that Abram Elam could also be let go and veteran linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking will not be brought back.

D-Unit
02-25-2012, 02:06 AM
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Cowboys active during Post Season Bowl Games

East-West Shrine Game

The East West Shrine game kicked off the offseason draft process with an on field display of mid-to-late round talent and the Cowboys brass was most certainly there. No surprise at all considering the Cowboys have drafted players out of this game consistently year to year. The latest being David Arkin and Josh Thomas last year.

Here are a couple to keep an eye on.

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Coastal Carolina CB Josh Norman (6-0, 203) -- If there was an MVP of the week in St. Petersburg, Norman was the guy. He's long, physical and showcased an impressive burst when asked to drive on the football. He was making plays all week and not only has a "plus" skill set, but also exhibits a very natural feel deciphering routes developing in front of him. There are some off-the-field character concerns, but he's a legit top-100 pick.

Miami (OH) OG Brandon Brooks (6-5, 353) -- Brooks stood out immediately at the weigh-in, carrying his weight about as well as you can for a 353-pound specimen. He dominated practice all week due to his combination of power, balance, coordination and pop on his punch. He's a natural anchor player who can slide through contact and overwhelm in the run game. There isn't a ton of snap off the ball initially into contact, but he still looks like a starter at the next level to me.


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Rob Ryan: "I'm only looking at DBs. Nothing else. DBs."

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Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan knows his team needs to improve its defensive backs and he’s determined to do something about it. While at the Senior Bowl, Ryan made it clear the secondary is on his mind.

“I’m only looking at DBs,” Ryan said. “Nothing else. DBs.”

The secondary isn’t the Cowboys’ only problem on defense, but it’s by far the most critical. The Cowboys ranked 23rd in the NFL this season, giving up 244 passing yards per game. Even though that ranking is up three spots from 2010, the Cowboys’ pass defense was statistically worse this year.

Cowboys team owner Jerry Jones always promises big things in the offseason following these disappointing seasons, but never comes through on them. Ryan has taken it upon himself to make sure the Cowboys at least draft some help at cornerback and safety, even if Jones doesn’t bring in veteran help via free agency.

Ryan is specifically interested in Iowa State cornerback Leonard Johnson, who is projected to be taken on the second day of the draft, in either the second or third round. Of course, Jones makes the final call on who the Cowboys draft, so Ryan can only plead his case and hope Jones selects Johnson after taking a high-profile pass rusher in the first round.

The Cowboys have no hopes of drafting a cornerback in the first round after Alabama’s Dre Kirkpatrick was arrested for possession of marijuana. LSU’s Morris Claiborne is the only other defensive back who will be taken in the first half of the first round of the draft and he’ll be gone way before the Cowboys are on the board with the No. 14 overall pick.

D-Unit
02-27-2012, 01:15 PM
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Cowboys veterans are shown the door

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The Dallas Cowboys are allowing veterans Bradie James, Keith Brooking, Mat McBriar and Alan Ball to test Free Agency. "We obviously have a great deal of love for Bradie, Keith, Mat and Alan on a personal level, but this is just another hard part of the business of professional football and it has come time for us to each seek new paths." said Stephen Jones. "It's especially tough for us with Bradie and Mat since they have been with the Cowboys for many many years. They will always be able to call this place home."

These announcements are a direct result of the failure to reach expectations from the Cowboys in 2011. Early signs pointed in this direction with the emergence of Sean Lee and the 2nd round selection last year of Bruce Carter. With the release of James and Brooking, the door looks wide open for the 2 new linebackers to seize their opportunity. However, with both Lee who is often injured and Carter, who has yet to have a full season under his belt after ACL injury, the Cowboys are weak in depth at the ILB position. Stephen Jones did say that there might be an opportunity for James to return, but stayed short of saying they were going to pursue that route.

Alan Ball reached expectations of a 7th round draft pick, but not much more. His release is a good sign as the Cowboys badly needed to eliminate him being a constant target and major weak link on defense.

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Mat McBriar has been a Pro Bowl punter for the Cowboys and one of the main stays here, however, an injury plagued season in 2011 looks to spell the end of his days as a Cowboy. Choosing not to resign McBriar opens up more cap space for the Cowboys in FA. If they can replace the Punter position with a player who earns minimum salary, that will open a few more millions of dollars in the long term. This could be a sign that the Cowboys are going to be hot in Free Agency.

D-Unit
02-27-2012, 01:34 PM
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Cordy Glenn's stock skyrocketing, linked to Cowboys

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This is the time of year where rumors are nothing but smoke and mirrors, but the latest has Cordy Glenn being a target of the Cowboys in the first half of Round 1. "...word is Glenn continues to sky-rocket up draft boards and ending up with Dallas in the top half of round one is a real possibility.” http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=6165

This could be a ploy to attract teams looking for help at OG like the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals to trade up with the Cowboys.

It's no secret that the Cowboys need help at Guard and will look to either FA or the draft to address that need. With David DeCastro's surpurb combine, he's looking to be gone well before the Cowboys are on the clock at 14.

CDCB14
02-27-2012, 01:43 PM
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Cordy Glenn's stock skyrocketing, linked to Cowboys

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This is the time of year where rumors are nothing but smoke and mirrors, but the latest has Cordy Glenn being a target of the Cowboys in the first half of Round 1. "...word is Glenn continues to sky-rocket up draft boards and ending up with Dallas in the top half of round one is a real possibility.” http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=6165

This could be a ploy to attract teams looking for help at OG like the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals to trade up with the Cowboys.

It's no secret that the Cowboys need help at Guard and will look to either FA or the draft to address that need. With David DeCastro's surpurb combine, he's looking to be gone well before the Cowboys are on the clock at 14.

I don't want Cordy Glenn. He's way to soft for his size, and wants to play tackle. I don't want some diva who won't play guard. There's just something intangible about him that I don't like. No thanks.

My interior OL philosophy for round 1 is simple, hope DeCastro is there at 14 or trade down for Konz/Zeitler. That's it.

D-Unit
02-27-2012, 08:39 PM
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Free Agency Begins - Cowboys stay quiet

On the first day of Free Agency the Cowboys stayed relatively quiet. The only signing being in the retaining Clifton Geathers. Geathers who's 5 min of fame included sacking Tim Tebow last year signed a minimum wage deal.

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Many Cowboys fans hoping for a big splash will have to wait. There were rumors that Brandon Carr could be a Cowboy, but news on that front has been quiet as of late. The Cowboys should also be in the market for a Guard or Center, with Ben Grubbs and Chris Meyers as top targets. As expected Carl Nicks was given the Franchise Tag by the Saints. Chris Meyers could also receive the Franchise Tag by the Texans now that Arian Foster was resigned today. The tag for a Center is much lower than that of a Defensive End, so it's looking more and more like Mario Williams will indeed hit Free Agency as the Texans are already tight against the cap. Two other players received the Franchise Tag today and they were San Diego WR Vincent Jackson and Arizona DE Calais Campbell.

The Cowboys are taking a wait and see approach with Anthony Spencer. Both the Cowboys and Spencer would like to remain together, however, sides are not close in contract negotiations and things have gotten a little dicey between parties. Abram Elam and Montrae Holland are also on the outside looking in.

Jerry Jones continues to emphasize that the Cowboys will spend this offseason, so even though the day passed with no big signings, don't assume things are quiet at Valley Ranch.

CowboyFan73
02-28-2012, 07:13 AM
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Cowboys release 4 players

In preparation for the start of Free Agency the Dallas Cowboys have continued to churn their roster. WR Kevin Ogletree, TE Martellus Bennett, K David Buehler, and DE Kenyon Coleman have been told that the Cowboys will not retain their services.

For Ogletree, who is a Restricted FA, the lowest tender available will cost the team $1.3 million. The Cowboys had no interest in offering him that kind of money with the season full of mental lapses that Ogletree had.

Bennett never capitalized on the flashes he showed as a rookie catching 4 TDs as a redzone threat. In the 3 years since, Bennett has failed to add another TD to his resume and never had a better year in receiving yards. The 2nd rounder has turned into a bust, so it wasn't expected to see him back at Valley Ranch for another season.

Bennett will be looking to take his immaturity issues elsewhere.

edit: Just saw something in Bennett's pick that I didn't know was there. eeeeeeewe!



Buehler was released this offseason because Dan Bailey showed he could handle the field goal and kickoff duties while Buehler nursed injuries. The team will save $1.26 million by releasing Buehler.

Coleman was released this offseason because there are younger players that can play defensive end in defensive coordinator Rex Ryan's system. The team will save $1.9 million in salary cap space with his release.

There continue to be rumblings that if Dallas can lure certain targets in FA that Abram Elam could also be let go and veteran linebackers Bradie James and Keith Brooking will not be brought back.

D-Unit, where are you getting your information from?

CowboyFan73
02-28-2012, 07:20 AM
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Terence Newman is released by the Dallas Cowboys

In a much expected cap savings move, the Dallas Cowboys have released veteran cornerback Terence Newman from the team. Drafted in 2003 with the 5th pick in Round 1, Newman has spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys. During that span he went to the Pro Bowl 2 times (2007, 2009) and has collected 532 tackles, 32 interceptions and 2 sacks.

There comes a time when age catches up and in 2011, Newman's age showed plenty... and his performance did not match up to the salary he was making as the teams highest paid player. His base salary at $8M + $2M (signing bonus) last year became a tough pill to swallow. The Cowboys will free up $23M over the next 3 years with the release of Newman, but will have to pay $2M per year over that span in dead money due to the amount owed by his signing bonus.

Terence Newman contract details:
http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/dallas-cowboys/terence-newman/

I have seen nothing on this. Are you pulling my leg? Are you playing with my emotions, Smokey?

Trogdor
02-28-2012, 07:28 AM
*facepalm*

Guys READ THE FIRST POST.... or the THREAD TITLE...

It's a MOCK OFFSEASON. :P It's his "prediction/dream" for what what will happen in the coming months.

CowboyFan73
02-28-2012, 07:42 AM
*facepalm*

Guys READ THE FIRST POST.... or the THREAD TITLE...

It's a MOCK OFFSEASON. :P It's his "prediction/dream" for what what will happen in the coming months.

sorry. My bad. Reading is fundamental. Gotcha.

D-Unit
02-28-2012, 01:35 PM
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Post Combine Rankings: GUARD

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1. David DeCastro, Stanford - 6047, 316
--5.43 Forty -- 1.82 10 yd Split --34 Bench --32 3/8 Arms

2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia - 6050, 345
--5.15 Forty -- 1.76 10 yd Split --31 Bench --35 3/4 Arms

3. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State - 6060, 333
--5.36 Forty -- NA 10 yd Split --32 Bench --35 7/8 Arms

4. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin - 6037, 314
--5.39 Forty -- 1.75 10 yd Split --32 Bench --32 3/4 Arms

5. Brandon Washington, Miami - 6030, 320
--5.25 Forty -- 1.77 10 yd Split --28 Bench --33 Arms

6. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State - 6040, 311
--5.43 Forty -- 1.89 10 yd Split --28 Bench --33 Arms

7. Brandon Brooks, Miami-Ohio - 6050, 353
--NA Forty -- NA 10 yd Split --NA Bench --NA Arms

Combine comments from http://walterfootball.com.


Stanford standout guard David DeCastro (6-4, 316) impressed at the Combine just like he did on Saturdays throughout his collegiate career. DeCastro had a 40 time of 5.43 seconds and a 10-yard split at 1.82. He was very strong with and fluid in the field drills. He is a natural knee-bender, and his technique is phenomenal. DeCastro was athletic in all of the drills and made them look easy. DeCastro confirmed his high first-round grade in his Combine performance .


Georgia guard/tackle Cordy Glenn had an excellent 40 time of 5.15 and 1.76 in the 10-yard split. Considering that he weighs 345 pounds, his 40 time is extremely impressive. On the field, Glenn was solid, but still has some room for improvement. Specifically, his footwork needs to get better and quicker for NFL pass-rushers. Overall, Glenn confirmed his stock as a pick in the 20-40 range.


Iowa State guard/tackle Kelechi Osemele had a quality time of 5.36 seconds in the 40 yard dash despite being 6-foot-6, 333-pounds. Osemele is a power blocker with good length. He should be impressing teams that are looking for a power blocker. Osemele had the longest arms at the Combine (35 7/8). Despite this, he posted 32 reps of 225 pounds, which was really impressive. He's a strong second-round prospect.


Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler did well in the field drills. He obviously comes into the league well coached on his technique. Zeitler (6-3, 314) had an average 40 time at 5.39 with 1.75 in the 10-yard split. A solid Combine should help him after a so-so Senior Bowl. Zeitler pushed up 32 reps of 225 pounds. Zeitler is a powerful run blocker, so his strength in the bench press is not surprising. After a mixed outing at the Senior Bowl, he needed a good showing to get his combine started. He has a lot of good tape that shows his power.

D-Unit
02-28-2012, 06:12 PM
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Post Combine Rankings: CENTER

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1. Peter Konz, Wisconsin - 6050, 314
-- DNP Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- 18 Bench -- 33 Arms

2. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin - 6037, 314
-- 5.39 Forty -- 1.75 10 yd Split -- 32 Bench -- 32 3/4 Arms

3. Philip Blake, Baylor - 6030, 311
-- 5.25 Forty -- 1.76 10 yd Split -- 22 Bench -- 33 Arms

4. David Molk, Michigan - 6010, 298
-- DNP Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- 41 Bench -- 32 Arms

5. Ben Jones, Georgia - 6020, 303
-- 5.44 Forty -- 1.83 10 yd Split -- 29 Bench -- 32 1/2 Arms

6. Adam Gettis, Iowa - 6020, 293
-- 4.91 Forty -- 1.65 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 33 1/8 Arms

7. Michael Brewster, Ohio State - 6040, 312
-- 5.35 Forty -- 1.76 10 yd Split -- 29 Bench -- 31 1/2 Arms

* Zeitler and Gettis have potential to switch to Center.

Combine comments from http://walterfootball.com.


The top-rated center in the 2012 NFL Draft, Wisconsin's Peter Konz had a one of the most disappointing bench press totals. He managed only 18 reps, and that was very surprising considering he is a powerful interior lineman. This is a red flag on Konz's first-round grade, but he has a lot of good tape to offset the Combine bench press. This obviously did not help him as a fringe first-round prospect.


Baylor center Philip Blake had a good day. He needed it after a moderately disappointing bench press performance on Friday (22 reps). Blake had a good 40 time of 5.09 and looked quick in the field drills. He was athletic and moved well with good knee bend. Blake's Combine should hold him steady as a mid-round pick.

Baylor guard/center Philip Blake had a disappointing total with only 22 reps on the bench press. Blake (6-2, 311) did not carry his weight well at the Senior Bowl weigh-in, and he is going to need some work in an NFL strength and conditioning program.


Michigan center David Molk (6-1, 298) led the way for the offensive linemen with 41 reps. He wanted to break the combine record, but came up short. Still, it was an impressive total for him.


Ohio State center Mike Brewster had a 10-yard split of 1.76 seconds and ran the 40 in 5.35 seconds. That is a very quick time for a center. Brewster did not look very good in the field drills, however. He was reaching at times and will need some work on his technique in the NFL. Brewster's overall Combine performance was rather average.

Michael Brewster didn't have a good showing in the Senior Bowl, and that was once again the case in Indianapolis. Brewster struggled in the field drills, looking like a reserve center at best. He'll be extremely lucky to be drafted on Day 2 at this point.

D-Unit
02-28-2012, 07:55 PM
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Free Agency Day 2 - Cowboys land Safety Mike Adams

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Last year the Cowboys took their time in negotiations with Gerald Sensabaugh and Abram Elam. This year, they have have put it on the front burner with today's signing of Mike Adams. Adams is already 30 years old and only has 1 year of starting experience under his belt. However, he did very well finishing with 64 tackles, 3 interceptions, 6 passes defended, 1 forced fumble and 1 fumble recovery.

Under high recommendation of new Defensive Backs coach, Jerome Henderson, the Cowboys put their hard hats on early and quickly went into pursuit giving Adams a new 3 year, $6.5M dollar deal. His familiarity with Rob Ryan's defense is a big key here. The Cowboys defense was not very quick in picking up the nuances of Ryan's defense, so adding someone with that experience is a plus, especially if this signals the loss of Abram Elam.

Adams is an under the radar signing because he doesn't come with much hype, but the statistics show that compared to his other Free Agent peers and players at his position, that he did a very nice job this past season.


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D-Unit
02-29-2012, 02:50 AM
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3-4? 4-3? Both? Rob Ryan shows versatility

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Last month, at the end of a news conference, a reporter asked Cowboys coach Jason Garrett if the team was considering switching its base defense from a 3-4 to the more-conventional 4-3. The question seemed destined to be dismissed with a short response. Garrett, after all, has a reputation for being tight-lipped and judicious with words. But in this instance he stepped out of character and gave an intriguing answer, one that provoked discussions about the team’s plans.

“We haven’t gotten to the point where we’ve talked about what we’re going to play yet,” Garrett said that day. “We’re still evaluating the tape, and we’ll see where we are going forward. We’ll see what happens.”

Without revealing much more, Garrett left plenty open to interpretation and gave the impression the Cowboys were contemplating a change in defensive schemes after they surrendered 317 points — the 18th-highest total in the league last season. But when asked recently if it would be crazy to assume Dallas would abandon the 3-4 in favor of the 4-3, a source inside the Cowboys organization didn’t hesitate before replying.

“Yeah it would be,” he said. “Besides, we play 3-4 and 4-3. How can you switch if you already do both?”

From the moment he began installing his defense in training camp last summer, coordinator Rob Ryan promised that the Cowboys would feature unorthodox alignments designed to confuse the quarterbacks in a league where passing offenses have become increasingly sophisticated.

To stop them, Ryan was willing to try everything, conjuring up schemes like a mad scientist in a lab. From one play to the next, Ryan wanted his defense to change like a chameleon, camouflaging its intentions in a symphony of arranged chaos. Last season, according to the website, ProFootballFocus.com, the Cowboys ran 29 formations — switching from unconventional alignments that were devoid of down linemen to more traditional ones that featured four-man fronts. As for the true 3-4, the Cowboys were in that set only 34 percent of the time.

“Rob Ryan’s throwing a lot more at you because he does have a complex system,” said Marcellus Wiley, an NFL analyst for ESPN and a former Cowboys defensive end.

In 2004, Wiley spent his lone season in Dallas, watching Bill Parcells begin the process of scrapping the 4-3 defense — a system that had various incarnations but remained the backbone of the organization’s five championship teams.

By 2005, the Cowboys fully converted to a 3-4, a base formation that offered greater flexibility because there were more players on the field who could both drop back in coverage and rush the passer. To accommodate the transition, the Cowboys altered their personnel.

Before unveiling their new scheme, they drafted DeMarcus Ware, an outside linebacker who would become the linchpin in the defense and one of the NFL’s elite pass rushers. They also picked a run-stopping end, Marcus Spears, who would beef up a line that Parcells wanted to inflate by stacking it with bigger bodies. Seven years later, after Parcells stepped down and Wade Phillips came and went, Spears and Ware still have lockers at Valley Ranch and the Cowboys are relying on the 3-4 as their base formation. In part, that’s because they have acquired personnel best-suited for that particular scheme — from inside linebacker Sean Lee , a 2010 second-round pick, to end Kenyon Coleman, a free agent who signed last summer.

As a young man, Ryan watched his father, Buddy, devise and implement the famed blitz-happy 46 defense, which regularly featured six players along the line. Later he worked under Bill Belichick, who helped popularize the 3-4 formation as he built a dynasty in New England. At his first job as a defensive coordinator, in Oakland, Ryan predominantly ran a system that relied on four down linemen and various combinations of linebackers and defensive backs.

Ryan has shown, no matter where he has been, that he is not beholden to one configuration in an age when defensive coordinators can’t afford to be stubborn.

“He’s going to go with what fits best,” said CBS analyst Charley Casserly, the former general manager of the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans.

And eventually the results will come. In both Oakland and Cleveland, his defenses allowed fewer offensive points in his second season in charge than they did in his first. In the process of trying to implement an involved system predicated on deceiving the quarterback, he first has to ensure that his players have a firm grasp of their responsibilities. That takes time.

In 2011, after their off-season had been wiped away by the lockout, the Cowboys’ defenders didn’t always know what to do. At different points, confusion led to communication breakdowns.

By New Year’s Day, when the Cowboys’ playoffs hopes had died, they allowed 57 passes of 20 yards or more for the second consecutive season. Eleven times, according to ProFootballFocus.com, they lined up with wrong number of players on the field when the ball was snapped.

“You come out of the huddle and you don’t know the play, there is nobody to point you in the right direction,” Wiley said.

Even Ryan admitted in late December that he had to simplify his scheme. But as the Cowboys begin to make plans in 2012, he doesn’t appear ready to make any sweeping changes. Instead, he’ll just continuing doing what he’s always done — a little bit of everything.

Breaking down the looks

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan runs a system that features multiple looks. In his first season in Dallas, the Cowboys used 29 formations, according to ProFootballFocus.com. The Cowboys were lined up in the base 3-4 (three down linemen, four linebackers) 34 percent of the time. In the chart, the first number represents down linemen, the second represents players with hands off the ground, and the third represents defensive backs.

Formation  Percent of snaps 
3-4-4  33.95% 
3-2-6  14.23% 
2-3-6  13.05% 
3-3-5  10.60% 
2-4-5  7.46% 
1-4-6  4.51% 
4-1-6  3.83% 
4-2-5  2.65% 
2-5-4  2.06% 
4-3-4  1.28% 
5-4-2  0.98% 
3-1-7  0.79% 
2-2-7  0.79% 
0-6-5  0.49% 
4-4-3  0.49% 
1-5-5  0.39% 
3-5-3  0.39% 
0-5-6  0.29% 
5-2-4  0.29% 
1-3-7  0.29% 
3-4-3  0.29% 
3-2-5  0.20% 
5-4-3  0.10% 
4-5-2  0.10% 
3-1-6  0.10% 
2-5-5  0.10% 
2-4-6  0.10% 
2-1-7  0.10% 
2-2-6  0.10%

Source: ProFootballFocus.com

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D-Unit
02-29-2012, 07:33 PM
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Post Combine Rankings: CORNERBACK

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1. Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
- 5010, 193 -- 4.44 Forty -- 1.47 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 33.5 Vertical 32 Arms

2. Morris Claiborne, LSU
- 5011, 188 -- 4.47 Forty -- 1.6 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 34.5 Vertical 33 1/4 Arms

3. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
- 6020, 186 -- 4.43 Forty -- 1.53 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 35 Vertical 30 5/8 Arms

4. Brandon Boykin, Georgia
- 5090, 182 --DNP Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- DNP Vertical 31 1/2 Arms

5. Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
- 5011, 206 -- 4.43 Forty -- 1.57 10 yd Split -- 23 Bench -- 34 Vertical 31 1/4 Arms

6. Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
- 6000, 190 -- 4.44 Forty -- 1.5 10 yd Split -- 15 Bench -- 36 Vertical 31 Arms

7. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
- 5010, 204 -- 4.51 Forty -- 1.52 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 37 Vertical 30 Arms

8. Trumaine Johnson, Montana
- 6020, 204 -- 4.5 Forty -- DNP -- 10 yd Split -- 19 Bench -- 35.5 Vertical 33 1/4 Arms

9. Chase Minnifield, Virginia
- 5010, 183 --DNP Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split --7 Bench -- DNP Vertical 31 1/2 Arms

10. Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
- 6000, 197 -- 4.56 Forty -- DNP -- 10 yd Split -- 14 Bench -- 33 Vertical 32 3/4 Arms

11. Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
- 5010, 178 -- 4.38 Forty -- DNP -- 10 yd Split -- 11 Bench -- DNP Vertical 30 7/8 Arms

12. Josh Robinson, Central Florida
- 5010, 199 -- 4.29 Forty -- DNP -- 10 yd Split -- 17 Bench -- 38.5 Vertical 31 1/4 Arms

13. Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
- 5011, 192 -- 4.53 Forty -- 1.52 10 yd Split -- 19 Bench -- 34 Vertical 30 1/4 Arms

14. Coryell Judie, Texas A&M
- 6000, 194 -- 4.44 Forty -- 1.51 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 37 Vertical 30 1/4 Arms

15. Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
- 5010, 182 -- 4.37 Forty -- 1.56 10 yd Split -- 13 Bench -- 31.5 Vertical 30 1/4 Arms

16. Justin Bethel, Presbyterian
- 6000, 200 -- 4.53 Forty -- 1.56 10 yd Split -- 19 Bench -- 39.5 Vertical 32 3/8 Arms

17. Leonard Johnson, Iowa State
- 5010, 196 -- 4.65 Forty -- DNP -- 10 yd Split -- 15 Bench -- 32 Vertical 28 3/4 Arms

18. Cliff Harris, Oregon
- 5011, 175 -- 4.59 Forty -- DNP -- 10 yd Split -- 14 Bench -- 36 Vertical 30 1/8 Arms


Post Combine thoughts from yours truly. lol. :)


Janoris Jenkins is too bad ass to ignore anymore. I used to like him... now I love him. Shooting to the top of my Cornerback rankings. I think his character concerns are a thing of the past and that he will go on to have a brilliant NFL career. Safest CB prospect in my mind.


Still a fan of Claiborne but I'm not going to act like a sheep and follow every other mock drafter out there and put him at the top just because it's the popular thing to do. Not hating as I still predict him to be the first one taken.


Kirkpatrick surprised me by deciding to run the 40 and then further surprised me by running as fast as he did. I would gladly take him with the 14th pick, but I still think that he could make for one hell of a safety if that's what a team decided to do. Needless to say, his versatility potential is a plus.


I might be a little higher on Fleming than others but I think he could be a really solid NFL CB. Not necessarily elite level, but definitely someone who could stick around for a decade and have a nice career.


I think Alfonzo Dennard, Trumaine Johnson, Josh Norman and Justin Bethel could project as a CB/S versatile defender which isn't neccessarily a knock on them projecting as corners, more that I simply see some versatility there as a plus and quite possibly they could be better off there.


Both Josh Robinson and Dwight Bentley made a name for themselves with blazing 40 times, but I'm not going to shake up my rankings and thoughts on them based on that.


I was never a big fan of Leonard Johnson and his combine performance sealed it for me. I'll take him if he's around in the 5th or 6th round.


Sad to see Cliff Harris plummet the way he has.

leroyisgod
02-29-2012, 07:41 PM
Jenkins as your #1 CB, I like it. I really really like Jenkins. Am a little afraid of the character concerns, but it wouldn't deter me from taking him at 14.

D-Unit
02-29-2012, 08:27 PM
Jenkins as your #1 CB, I like it. I really really like Jenkins. Am a little afraid of the character concerns, but it wouldn't deter me from taking him at 14.
The fact that he manned up and went back to school rather than enter the supplemental draft last year says a lot. Proves he wasn't trying to escape fault but rather face it and get away from the problems he was having (bad crowd and all).

TheFinisher
03-01-2012, 06:49 PM
Jenkins is smooooth, I don't know if I'd have him ranked over Claiborne but it's a lot closer than I thought a month ago. I really like the crop of players that should be available at 14, we're sitting pretty :)

leroyisgod
03-01-2012, 07:43 PM
Jenkins is smooooth, I don't know if I'd have him ranked over Claiborne but it's a lot closer than I thought a month ago. I really like the crop of players that should be available at 14, we're sitting pretty :)

I agree and if Jenkins, Kirkpatrick, Poe and DeCastro happen to be gone, I think we could trade back and pick up a pick or so and go after someone like Konz.

D-Unit
03-01-2012, 08:05 PM
I agree and if Jenkins, Kirkpatrick, Poe and DeCastro happen to be gone, I think we could trade back and pick up a pick or so and go after someone like Konz.
I'm having a hard time determing where I want to go with this offseason on whether I want to stay at 14 or trade back. hmmm.

D-Unit
03-02-2012, 12:31 PM
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Post Combine Rankings: DEFENSIVE END

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1. Michael Brockers, LSU
- 6050, 322 -- 5.33 Forty -- 1.77 10 yd Split -- 19 Bench -- 35 Arms

2. Devon Still, Penn State
- 6047, 303 -- 5.00 Forty -- 10 yd Split -- 26 Bench -- 33 1/4 Arms

3. Quinton Coples, North Carolina
- 6056, 284 -- 4.72 Forty -- 1.63 10 yd Split -- 25 Bench -- 33 1/4 Arms

4. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
- 6023, 308 -- 4.97 Forty -- 1.64 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 33 Arms

5. Dontari Poe, Memphis
- 6034, 346 -- 4.87 Forty -- 1.68 10 yd Split -- 44 Bench -- 32 Arms

6. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
- 6040, 298 -- 4.79 Forty -- 1.63 10 yd Split -- 30 Bench -- 34 1/2 Arms

7. Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
- 6041, 299 -- 4.79 Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- 36 Bench -- 33 1/4 Arms

8. Jared Crick, Nebraska
- 6042, 279 -- 4.94 Forty -- 1.69 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- 32 Arms

9. Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
- 6051, 295 -- 4.94 Forty -- 1.7 10 yd Split -- 33 Bench -- 33 1/4 Arms

10. Marcus Fortson, Miami
- 6030, 300 -- DNP Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- DNP Bench -- DNP Arms

11. Malik Jackson, Tennessee
- 6050, 284 -- 4.93 Forty -- 1.69 10 yd Split -- 25 Bench -- 33 3/4 Arms

12. Kheeston Randall, Texas
- 6045, 293 -- 5 Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- 28 Bench -- 33 3/4 Arms

13. Akiem Hicks, Regina
- 6045, 318 -- 5.21 Forty -- DNP 10 yd Split -- 26 Bench -- 35 1/8 Arms

Post Combine thoughts from yours truly. lol. :)


Brockers didn't have the kind of display that hopeful supporters were looking from him, but that certainly didn't bother me. I remain confident in what I saw of him on field and that is a non-stop motor player with excellent balance and aggression. I think he's got a lot of upside especially in the strength department. Some people saw his 19 reps as a disappointment. I saw it as a wow factor as in... damn, what's he going to be like when he IS strong?! Major major upside. Once he gets there, he will have the makings of one of the best DTs in the game. Up to now, he's gotten by with his sheer massive size and raw athletcisim and that's scary when you think about it. Besides, can you really blame him with those 35 in arms?


Have become a big fan of Devon Still lately and he's sky rocketed up my board. He's just a guy that brings his hard hat to work everyday and is a frustration for linemen to handle. Once he breaks through the line, he has good target ability when getting to the ball.


Love the versatility that Coples brings and being the same size as Mario Williams makes one wonder what could be possible. His combine numbers were good, but they are no where near Mario's, so I'm not going to have similar expectations. Still, he has untapped potential and that alone is worth taking a gamble on.


Worthy is not as quick off the snap as some of the other guys here and he tends to play differently game to game based of motivation. When on, he's a freaking terror, but he seems to pick and choose his spots, so I've tempered my hype on him since falling in love after that Wisconsin game. Still, I think he'll turn out to be a tremendous player in the NFL. Moreso than the guys I've ranked below him. That said, I see him being taken by a 4-3 team. My nightmare says that team will be Philadelphia. I can already picture his name on their jersey.


A lot of people have Cox near the top ever since Mel Kiper released his latest big board and I'm not going to follow the crowd on this one. A great combine will tend to overrate a player... and Warren Sapp calling him "ma man right there" might have worsened that. He has excellent feet, but he tends to get washed out of plays a lot and too easily and gets neutralized at the LOS. He doesn't have that "bubble butt" factor which helps DTs to hold their ground. That's why I think the combine benefitted him. If I want a DT, I want someone who are either going to overwhelm blockers or shed them and guys who are going to stuff the run. Cox too easily gets taken out and he also gives up if the play is not near him. I smell bust and I'm willing to call that one out right now.


Poe is the guy that everyone wants to proclaim a God, but I wasn't there before the combine and I'm not going to change drastically now either. Yes, he's a rare specimen, but 40 times for DTs don't matter much to me. He's too raw and doesn't yet understand the game of football on the level of his peers imo. I've read scouting reports saying he doesn't look like a first rounder on film, so I'm staying away. The bench press was great but he lacks a natural born feel for the position, so who ever takes him on is taking on a project.

CDCB14
03-02-2012, 12:58 PM
I don't mean to start another argument between us so just as constructive criticism, those ratings are terrible.

Your assessment of Cox is completely off base. I just compared his combine to JJ Watt's and it's very comparable. Cox is a bit quicker and Watt has better jump numbers. Cox is a hell of an athlete with 34 1/2 inch arms and good college production. He would be a great pick at 14.

As for Brockers, way to much bust potential. He has great physical attributes, but he didn't produce at all and he's a RS sophomore. Sure the counter argument is "wait till he is coached up," but that's way to much of a risk for me. Hopefully he is gone by 14 so we don't have that dilemma.

Coples senior year was 5th round pick quality just because of his size, and I just don't see it with Still.

D-Unit
03-02-2012, 01:10 PM
I don't mean to start another argument between us so just as constructive criticism, those ratings are terrible.

Your assessment of Cox is completely off base. I just compared his combine to JJ Watt's and it's very comparable. Cox is a bit quicker and Watt has better jump numbers. Cox is a hell of an athlete with 34 1/2 inch arms and good college production. He would be a great pick at 14.

As for Brockers, way to much bust potential. He has great physical attributes, but he didn't produce at all and he's a RS sophomore. Sure the counter argument is "wait till he is coached up," but that's way to much of a risk for me. Hopefully he is gone by 14 so we don't have that dilemma.

Coples senior year was 5th round pick quality just because of his size, and I just don't see it with Still.
Sounds good.

So why the recent liking of Cox? and no mention of him before today?

edit: what do you mean Coples senior year was 5th round pick quality because of his size?

CDCB14
03-02-2012, 01:18 PM
Sounds good.

So why the recent liking of Cox? and no mention of him before today?

Well I read a link somewhere (can't find it currently) about us being interested in him so I looked into into him. Don't know if it was combine interviews or a league source but whatever.

Anyway, he has great size for a 5 technique or a 3 technique if we switch to a 4-3 and would be a good penetrating on nickel if Ratliff needs a break. Good production (49 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks in '11) for a guy who doesn't have much help compared to a guy like Brockers who probably has at least half of the defense he is playing on going to the NFL. Sub. 1.70 10 yard split shows great explosion, and a 4.79 at nearly 300 pounds shows you the athleticism.

Plus the kid has swag and confidence but not in an arrogant way. His combine interview was powerful and sounded like a guy you want on your team.

In hindsight, those ratings aren't awful, but I really think your opinions should be flip flopped on Brockers and Cox. I would love Cox at 14 if we get a CB in free agency.

EDIT: What I meant for Coples was that as a senior this past year he played like a 5th round pick, and would only get that consideration because of his measurables. His junior tape was top 10 worthy, but a drop as steep as that in play and production scares me. Did teams figure him out, was it his work ethic, or a combo or both? Either way, that's a red flag.

Sorry, I did word it a little weird.

D-Unit
03-02-2012, 01:38 PM
Well I read a link somewhere (can't find it currently) about us being interested in him so I looked into into him. Don't know if it was combine interviews or a league source but whatever.

Anyway, he has great size for a 5 technique or a 3 technique if we switch to a 4-3 and would be a good penetrating on nickel if Ratliff needs a break. Good production (49 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks in '11) for a guy who doesn't have much help compared to a guy like Brockers who probably has at least half of the defense he is playing on going to the NFL. Sub. 1.70 10 yard split shows great explosion, and a 4.79 at nearly 300 pounds shows you the athleticism.

Plus the kid has swag and confidence but not in an arrogant way. His combine interview was powerful and sounded like a guy you want on your team.

In hindsight, those ratings aren't awful, but I really think your opinions should be flip flopped on Brockers and Cox. I would love Cox at 14 if we get a CB in free agency.

EDIT: What I meant for Coples was that as a senior this past year he played like a 5th round pick, and would only get that consideration because of his measurables. His junior tape was top 10 worthy, but a drop as steep as that in play and production scares me. Did teams figure him out, was it his work ethic, or a combo or both? Either way, that's a red flag.

Sorry, I did word it a little weird.
So you haven't seen Cox play? OK. Maybe that's why we differ. I think my comments on him are pretty spot on. Doesn't have the thick base I like for DTs. He's a guy that gets blocked out of the play too much. Doesn't have a good repitoire of moves, plays too upright, and has a hard time shedding blocks to get to the ball carrier. If left unblocked he has good down hill ability though.

49 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks in '11 for Cox and you're in love.
55 tackles, 15 TFL, 7.5 sacks in '11 for Coples and you think he played like a 5th rounder.

59 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10 sacks in '10 for Coples and he plays like a Top 10 pick. 4 tackles less, .5 TFL less and 2.5 sacks less and you say he goes from Top 10 to 5th round.

It's no wonder we disagree.

CDCB14
03-02-2012, 01:41 PM
So you haven't seen Cox play? OK. Maybe that's why we differ. I think my comments on him are pretty spot on. Doesn't have the thick base I like for DTs. He's a guy that gets blocked out of the play too much. Doesn't have a good repitoire of moves, plays too upright, and has a hard time shedding blocks to get to the ball carrier. If left unblocked he has good down hill ability though.

49 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks in '11 for Cox and you're in love.
55 tackles, 15 TFL, 7.5 sacks in '11 for Coples and you think he played like a 5th rounder.

59 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 10 sacks in '10 for Coples and he plays like a Top 10 pick. 4 tackles less, .5 TFL less and 2.5 sacks less and you say he goes from Top 10 to 5th round.

It's no wonder we disagree.

I have seen Cox play. He bench presses lineman off of him like a champ.

As for Coples, it's not about the stats. I trust Mike Mayock, and that was his exact quote. Other draft experts have said the same. Coples was a non-factor this year. Stats don't tell the whole story.

D-Unit
03-02-2012, 02:02 PM
I have seen Cox play. He bench presses lineman off of him like a champ.

As for Coples, it's not about the stats. I trust Mike Mayock, and that was his exact quote. Other draft experts have said the same. Coples was a non-factor this year. Stats don't tell the whole story.
Cox bench presses linemen off him??? hahahahaha.

I agree stats don't tell all, but that was your supporting argument for Cox in the first place. Now you wanna change course because Coples outdid him? All I did was a simple comparison.

The difference between me and you is that your opinions are based off what you hear or read. I formulate my own thoughts. If they differ from the masses, I'm ok with that. You can stay in tune with the mock experts and that's fine too.

But look at the history of drafts and how players turned out... then tell me how accurate all those guys are before you start to preach how credible they are.

This is an inexact science but the thing I always say is... "believe what your eyes tell you."

I think too much is put into stats and combine numbers and then people get fooled because they try to match those numbers into convincing themselves to like or not like a player. Even Senior Bowl practices are a joke for the most part.

Witten4HOF
03-02-2012, 03:30 PM
Coples played out of position last season... he chose to help the team and play DT, a position he had very little experience with. The technique is completely different and im sure his motor did run hot/ cold because he wasnt used to getting attacked by double teams for O-lineman.

D-Unit
03-02-2012, 03:50 PM
Coples played out of position last season... he chose to help the team and play DT, a position he had very little experience with. The technique is completely different and im sure his motor did run hot/ cold because he wasnt used to getting attacked by double teams for O-lineman.
I don't get why this point isn't brought up more. ...which makes his numbers even more impressive.

That's why all these Mayocks and McShays are frequently leading the blind off a cliff.

D-Unit
03-03-2012, 08:18 PM
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Free Agency Day 3 - Brandon Carr signs with the Cowboys

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The Cowboys have come to terms with cornerback Brandon Carr in what turned out to be an intense pursuit for the highly sought after free agent cornerback. The Cowboys outbid the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, and Cincinnati Bengals for the services of Carr giving him a 5 year, $48M dollar contract.

Carr's got terrific size (6'0", 207 lbs) and excels in man coverage, which is essential in Rob Ryan's defensive scheme. Best of all, he's just now entering the prime of his career, and pairing him with Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick would instantly make a bad secondary look pretty solid. At just 25 years old, he probably hasn't even entered his prime yet. He is a guy with tremendous upside after just four seasons in the league.

- PFF.com comments on the Cowboys needs

Primary Need: Cornerback

One of the reasons the Cowboys once again were kept out of the playoffs was that the secondary couldn’t hold up, which was especially costly in Ryan’s blitz-happy defense. If the last two seasons are any indication (-8.4 overall grade in 2010, -9.1 in 2011), Terence Newman’s days, at least as a starter, are over. On the other side, Mike Jenkins (+1.1) struggled with some injuries and didn’t find his 2009 Pro Bowl form, but did improve on his horrid 2010 campaign. Despite recently getting a nice contract, slot cornerback Orlando Scandrick (-5.6 overall) doesn’t seem like the answer and will likely remain in the slot.

With Jenkins not going anywhere, the Cowboys need to find Newman’s replacement, but probably don’t want to commit as much to this new addition as they did with Jenkins or even Scandrick. Chiefs free agent Brandon Carr (+2.7) would be ideal. The Cowboys likely wouldn’t have to break the bank and Carr is a solid starting DB, giving up only three TDs last year and ending with a +3.9 coverage grade.

Brandon Carr gave up completions 49.4% of the time he was covered, good for 13th in the league for all cornerbacks. Of those who finished ahead of him only 4 others were targeted more. Carr was targeted 79 times. For comparisons sake Mike Jenkins was targeted 54 times and gave up receptions 51.4% of the time he was targeted. Tied for 20th in the league. Orlando Scandrick was horrendous as he was targeted 62 times and gave up receptions 69.4% of the time he was targeted. Good for 96th in the league out of 109 CBs.

The beauty about Carr is that while 13th in the league is not neccessarily in the elite class for 2011, in 2010 he finished 5th in this category and that year was battle tested every game finishing with a staggering 110 targets against him! For being in the league just 4 years, Carr projects to being one of the league's best CBs for a long time as he begins to enter his prime.

With the Cowboys being able to ink both Mike Adams and Brandon Carr in free agency, their 2012 secondary should be able to see immediate benefits. The best way to get a quick fix is to bring in established veterans and the Cowboys have seemingly done just that. This also opens up the early draft to address positions other than the secondary. Their cap space has been cut in half as they opened the offseason with a little over $20M in space and have since given Adams a deal that opens with a $2M dollar salary and Carr a contract that opens with a $9M dollar salary.

D-Unit
03-05-2012, 02:21 PM
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Cowboys place Franchise Tag on Anthony Spencer

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After much deliberation the Dallas Cowboys have elected to place their Franchise Tag on Outside Linebacker, Anthony Spencer. Spencer will play on a one year contract that will pay him $8.8M dollars in 2012-13.

After being selected in the 1st round in 2007 with the 26th pick, Spencer has had a productive yet lackluster career with the Cowboys. This investment seems to be a calculative move by the Cowboys. By waiting for the last moment to use the tag, it shows that they were not completely pleased with Spencer's recent play enough to give him a long term deal. Yet, he was one of the better players available at his position in Free Agency. The Cowboys now have a chance to evaluate his play one more year and also give them the flexibility to draft a potential replacement and watch that development. At the very least, the Cowboys know the floor production they can expect out of Spencer for one more year. Don't expect the Cowboys to place any less emphasis on OLB in the draft just because they franchised Spencer.

The Cowboys are now tight against the cap unless further moves are made to restructure salary. Laurent Robinson and Mat McBriar are still considered valuable, but they may have to take less than what they can get on the open market in order to stay with the Cowboys.

Trogdor
03-05-2012, 05:13 PM
If this is how we kick off the offseason I'm pretty sure I'll be in a state of eternal bliss.

D-Unit
03-05-2012, 05:24 PM
If this is how we kick off the offseason I'm pretty sure I'll be in a state of eternal bliss.
Haha. Thanks. But yeah, Mike Adams and Brandon Carr would instantly improve our secondary and give us flexibility in the draft. In a year where we are hoping to turn things around quickly, I believe you need to have established veterans come in to speed that turnaround. With rookies it's more like a wait and see approach.

D-Unit
03-05-2012, 06:14 PM
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Cowboys and Laurent Robinson still far apart

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In what seems to be a stalemate between parties, the Dallas Cowboys and breakout receiver Laurent Robinson still seem divided on the terms of a new deal. Robinson's breakout season with the Cowboys has re-established his market value and Robinson's agent believes that more money can be made for his client in the open market.

The Cowboys had believed a saturated receiving class in Free Agency would calm those expectations, but the sides still remain far apart in negotiations. With the amount of money already tied up to the WR position and the amount already spent in FA so far this year, the Cowboys can't afford to break the bank for Robinson. Yes, his addition was a pivotal part of the Cowboys success on offense last season, but there is a lot of support in the front office that much of that credit belonged to the attention that was drawn away from Robinson due to the threat of Bryant and Austin. There is also some who think more targets should be thrown to Bryant as his sophomore campaign did not take off as entirely expected.

If the Cowboys cannot come to an agreement with Robinson, you can expect them to take a look at some of these names who could be more affordable: Donnie Avery, Ted Ginn, Harry Douglas, Steve Smith (PHI), Eddie Royal, Mario Manningham, Danny Amendola.

D-Ware Nightmare
03-06-2012, 01:16 AM
How sweet would it be to bring Amendola back?!?!

leroyisgod
03-06-2012, 08:32 AM
How sweet would it be to bring Amendola back?!?!

I wonder how good he would've actually been if he were on a team with solid receivers. I just think he was a little overrated based on the fact that the Rams had nobody else.

D-Unit
03-06-2012, 03:03 PM
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Cowboys restructure contracts to create more cap space

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With each offseason that passes by, Stephen Jones continues to build a reputation as a savvy financial magician. This year, the magic act continued as Jones was able to come to agreements with Doug Free (Tackle) and Orlando Scandrick (Cornerback) to restructure their deals in a way to create more cap space for the Cowboys this offseason.

Signing Brandon Carr and Mike Adams took out a big chunk of the Cowboys cap space and placing the tag on Anthony Spencer will nearly take them to their brink unless a more affordable long term deal can be compromised between now and the signing deadline.

D-Unit
03-06-2012, 05:28 PM
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Rob steals from Rex's back pocket to land Pouha

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When the deadline to declare franchise players came and went without the Jets tagging NT Sione Pouha, he became open season for all... and that all included Rex Ryan's own brother Rob. With no love lost in between this never ending poking match between the two brothers this signing of Pouha probably took it to another level today.

"I am just thrilled with the addition of Pouha!" exclaimed Rob Ryan upon being asked about the signing. "He was the top run stuffing Tackle in the league last season and he just commands so much attention, that he's going to make this defense look 10 times better than last year's squad.... AND he's a tremdous leader in the lockerroom. Hatcher will like that!"

So the Cowboys came to terms with Sione Pouha on a 3 year, $18M dollar deal with help using money that they opened up by restructuring the deals of Doug Free and Orlando Scandrick earlier today. It didn't take long for them to use it.

"We knew we had to act fast in order to land Pouha and that's what we did." said Stephen Jones. "The Jets really tried to beat everyone to the punch by trying to make a deal with him before FA started, but as I heard one analyst say... If the New York Jets were any closer to the salary cap they'd be kissing it on the lips."

Jerry Jones had this to offer, "On the one hand, Pouha's position is one of the most physically demanding in football. He is asked to consistently take on double teams and sometimes even triple teams. Handing a 33-year-old nose tackle a long-term deal worth big bucks is a tough call.

On the other hand, his age may be misleading for the mileage he has on the tires since he entered the league late after serving a 2 year church mission, and has only played 53.5 percent of the team's snaps since 2009, so the past three years have really been more like one-and-a-half for him."

The Cowboys tried to hide their interest by saying Jay Ratliff wasn't going to move away from NT, after early rumors suggested that would be the case. Knowing Rob, he will continue to be versatile in showing offenses different looks, so Ratliff will never completely transition away from playing NT, but this is a great signing for the Dallas Cowboys. In attempting to turn around a disappointing season in 2011, the Cowboys are definitely showing that they are going to rely on veteran talent to surge this turn around.... something which is more sure to work than hoping for rookie help via the draft. ...and Pouha arrives already knowing the terminology of Rob's defense, so the transition should provide immediate dividends.

D-Unit
03-06-2012, 06:08 PM
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Cowboys still have a lot of question marks heading into the NFL Draft

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In what seems to be a stalemate between parties, the Dallas Cowboys and breakout receiver Laurent Robinson still seem divided on the terms of a new deal. Robinson's breakout season with the Cowboys has re-established his market value and Robinson's agent believes that more money can be made for his client in the open market.

The Cowboys had believed a saturated receiving class in Free Agency would calm those expectations, but the sides still remain far apart in negotiations. With the amount of money already tied up to the WR position and the amount already spent in FA so far this year, the Cowboys can't afford to break the bank for Robinson. Yes, his addition was a pivotal part of the Cowboys success on offense last season, but there is a lot of support in the front office that much of that credit belonged to the attention that was drawn away from Robinson due to the threat of Bryant and Austin. There is also some who think more targets should be thrown to Bryant as his sophomore campaign did not take off as entirely expected.

If the Cowboys cannot come to an agreement with Robinson, you can expect them to take a look at some of these names who could be more affordable: Donnie Avery, Ted Ginn, Harry Douglas, Steve Smith (PHI), Eddie Royal, Mario Manningham, Danny Amendola.[/QUOTE]

leroyisgod
03-06-2012, 07:36 PM
Woot Woot!!!!

D-Unit
03-06-2012, 07:38 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - DAY 1

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The draft stage is already set and millions of fans around the world and here in New York have gathered to become part of the excitement that has become the popular NFL Draft. As the countdown nears to the first pick of the draft, teams are actively hustling and bustling around preparing to hear their names on the clock.


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Looks like the commissioner is already at the podium ready to kick start the days events.

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Commission Goddell: Welcome to the 2012 NFL Draft... blah blah blah... The Colts are ON THE CLOCK!

D-Unit
03-06-2012, 07:42 PM
Woot Woot!!!!
Ha ha! I love you man. The real fun is about to start!!! You ready for this???!!! :happy:

I'm excited just to type it out! :party:

leroyisgod
03-06-2012, 08:15 PM
Come at me bro, bring it!!!

D-Unit
03-06-2012, 11:16 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 1 (Part I)

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Commission Goddell: With the 1st pick of the draft the...


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/coltsb_logo.gif 1. Indianapolis Colts select QB Andrew Luck, Stanford.
-- Surprise pick of the draft.

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http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/redskinsb_logo.gif 2. Washington Redskins via trade w/CLE select QB Robert Griffin the 3rd, Baylor.
-- Redskins up the ante in the NFC East... at the cost of many draft picks.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/vikingsb_logo.gif 3. Minnesota Vikings select OT Matt Kalil, USC.
-- Vikings have this pick locked in.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/brownsb_logo.gif 4. Cleveland Browns select RB Trent Richardson, Alabama.
-- Browns can rely on Richardson to provide stable offense in the Ground 'n Pound division that is the AFC North.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/Bucsb_logo.gif 5. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select CB Morris Claiborne, LSU.
-- Rhonde Barber is old, okay?


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/ramsb_logo.gif 6. St. Louis Rams select WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State.
-- Move down and still get thier guy.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/jaguarsb_logo.gif 7. Jacksonville Jaguars select DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina.
-- Jaguars need to find some pass rush. Thier DEs suck.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/dolphinsb_logo.gif 8. Miami Dolphins select OT Riley Reiff, Iowa.
-- I'm going to go out on a limb and say Marc Colombo needs to be replaced.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/panthersb_logo.gif 9. Carolina Panthers select DT Dontari Poe, Memphis.
-- Desperately looking for help stuffing the run. Poe is a gamble, but he's large.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/billsb_logo.gif 10. Buffalo Bills select DE Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State.
-- The Marcell Dareus investment will start to really pay off now.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/chiefsb_logo.gif 11. Kansas City Chiefs select ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College.
-- Pioli is not afraid of taking ILB this high (Jerod Mayo) and the Chiefs need a heart beat on defense.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/seahawksb_logo.gif 12. Seattle Seahawks select QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M.
-- Pete Carroll can't afford to pass on QBs in the draft anymore.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cardinalsb_logo.gif 13. Arizona Cardinals select OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford.
-- Is it ironic that Martin goes from protecting Andrew Luck's blindside to protecting Peyton Manning's?


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif 14. Dallas Cowboys select Cord.....

bigmac076
03-06-2012, 11:30 PM
y Glenn, OL, Georgia?????

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 01:58 AM
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An INTENSE battle rages in the Dallas Cowboys War Room about where to go with their first pick. They cannot afford to fail, and several in the room have different opinions on where to go...


"Mark Barron is the solution to the hole we've had at Safety since Darren Woodson!!!" yells Jerry.

...


"If I had Brockers on this team, I could wreak havoc like never seen before. I could line him up anywhere from the 0 technique to the 9 technique. His combination of size and athleticism is just unmatched!!!" screams Rob.

...


"Cordy Glenn next to Tyron Smith for the next decade is scaaaaary." convinces Garrett.

...


"How can we pass on Kirkpatrick here?" questions Ciskowski.

...


Line 1: *RING RING* *RING RING*


"Hello, this is Jerry"...

"Hi Jerry, this is Bill Belichick. We're prepared to make you an offer to trade up to your 14th pick."

"What do you have in mind there Bill?"

"Our 31st pick in Round 1 and our 31st pick in Round 2 for this pick. What do you say to that Jerry?"

*pauses*

"Well, we're really getting ready to turn our card in Bill. We've got a guy we really like here."

"If it's DeCastro, we'll up our offer."

...

Line 2: *RING RING*

"TIMES RUNNING OUT!!!!" blasts the card runner.

...

"Sorry Bill, our time is running out so we had to send our card in"

"Damn, Jerry." *click*

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 02:44 AM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 1 (Part II)

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Commission Goddell: With the 14th pick of the NFL draft the...

http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif Dallas Cowboys select OG David DeCastro, Stanford.

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David DeCastro started at guard for the Cardinal for three years and was a two-time All-Pac 10 selection. He was a consensus All-America last season and one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy as college football’s best lineman.

The Cowboys needed to upgrade their interior offensive line after allowing 39 sacks last season. Tackle is set with Tyron Smith and Doug Free, but the Cowboys needed some size in between. Center Phil Costa and guard Bill Nagy are both undersized at 6-3 and Kyle Kosier 6-5. DeCastro will provide that size at 6-5, 316 pounds. He did not allow a sack in his final two college seasons at Stanford.


Gosselin: I think David DeCastro of Stanford has natural leadership skills. This is a tough guy. If he’s the 14th pick, I think they get a step up in leadership ability in their offensive huddle.

Trogdor
03-07-2012, 06:50 AM
:lol:

I was about to punt kittens when I saw you were taking Cordy Glenn over DeCastro. Then came to this page xD

So far so good :D

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:32 AM
Great pick, I'm leaning in this direction myself now.

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 10:49 AM
I think we'll go D but would LOVE DeCastro next to Tyron the next 10+ years!

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 12:02 PM
Happy to see the comments. :)

Honestly, I would be fine with DeCastro even though it doesn't make perfect sense for me. I went with him here because I really do value continuity along the OL more than anything and with Smith, DeCastro, Arkin, Free... I feel like that is a group that can stay together for a really long time and be successful. Not worrying about a bust factor with DeCastro helped sway my feelings.

I do conceed that there won't be any DT prospects found in the rest of the draft that can be starters... whereas there will be OG prospects found.... but with the signing of Sione Pouha, I felt the team did enough on the DL to push the need to the future. Pouha would contribute brilliantly from the start and make a big difference for everyone else on defense.

Since the money was invested heavily on Defense in FA, I thought the team would be fine using the 1st rounder on offense, so DeCastro is the direction I thought was best for the Cowboys under the circumstances.

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 01:21 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 1 (Part III)

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Commission Goddell: With the 15th pick of the draft the...


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/eaglesb_logo.gif 15. Philadelphia Eagles select DT Michael Brockers, LSU.
-- Rob Ryan's forehead hits the desk.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/jetsb_logo.gif 16. New York Jets select OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama.
-- From Vernon Gholston to Aaron Maybin... this is a team still looking for OLB help.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bengalsb_logo.gif 17. Cincinnati Bengals select OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia.
-- In the AFC North there is some hammering that goes on in the trenches... The Bengals are going to be a load.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/chargersb_logo.gif 18. San Diego Chargers select OLB Mark Ingram, South Carolina.
-- Only 1 player had more than 4 sacks on their defense last season.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bearsb_logo.gif 19. Chicago Bears select WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech.
-- Bears attempt to land their own version of Calvin Johnson and give Cutler a much needed weapon.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/ramsb_logo.gif 20. Tennessee Titans select DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois.
-- Karl Klug was their best pass rushing threat last season. NUFCED.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bengalsb_logo.gif 21. Cincinnati Bengals select CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama.
-- Cornerback is a pressing need and Jenkins is the best pure corner.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/brownsb_logo.gif 22. Cleveland Browns select OLB Nick Perry, USC.
-- Jayme Mitchell has been a disappointment at OLB for the Browns.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/lionsb_logo.gif 23. Detroit Lions select CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama.
-- It's no secret the Lions are trying to upgrade their secondary.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif 24. Pittsburgh Steelers select OT Mike Adams, Ohio State.
-- Pittsburgh has some issues up front that they need to address.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/broncosb_logo.gif 25. Denver Broncos select DT Devon Still, Penn St.
-- The secret to the Broncos success is their defense, not Tebow.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/texansb_logo.gif 26. Houston Texans select DE Andre Branch, Clemson.
-- With the loss of Mario Williams, the Texans are forced to find a replacement.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/patriotsb_logo.gif 27. New England Patriots select WR Kendall Wright, Baylor.
-- Match made in football heaven. Wright is the prototype Patriot WR and Deion Branch is a FA.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/packersb_logo.gif 28. Green Bay Packers select DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse.
-- The search for a dynamic OLB opposite of Clay Matthews continues.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/ravensb_logo.gif 29. Baltimore Ravens select C Peter Konz, Wisconsin.
-- Ravens prioritize OL prospects and Konz fills a huge hole.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/49ersb_logo.gif 30. San Francisco 49ers select OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin.
-- Harbaugh's offense is founded upon the strength of the OL and he did his homework on Zeitler.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/patriotsb_logo.gif 31. New England Patriots....



*RING RING* .... *RING RING*....




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"Hello, this is Jerry Jones."

Macarthur
03-07-2012, 02:07 PM
Happy to see the comments. :)

Honestly, I would be fine with DeCastro even though it doesn't make perfect sense for me. I went with him here because I really do value continuity along the OL more than anything and with Smith, DeCastro, Arkin, Free... I feel like that is a group that can stay together for a really long time and be successful. Not worrying about a bust factor with DeCastro helped sway my feelings.

I do conceed that there won't be any DT prospects found in the rest of the draft that can be starters... whereas there will be OG prospects found.... but with the signing of Sione Pouha, I felt the team did enough on the DL to push the need to the future. Pouha would contribute brilliantly from the start and make a big difference for everyone else on defense.

Since the money was invested heavily on Defense in FA, I thought the team would be fine using the 1st rounder on offense, so DeCastro is the direction I thought was best for the Cowboys under the circumstances.

I'm not in favor of DeCastro, but I would not be too upset because he's a very good player.

My thinking is that this is a very deep draft for interior OL. I think you can get good guys well into the 3rd round and maybe deeper than that.

Given your scenario, with Cox gone, I'm a fan of the trade down here. I still Upshaw, Kirk & Ingram, but I think this is a bit too high. I'd like to get in that low 20s range, grab Konz and then go heavy on defense the rest of the way.

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 02:14 PM
I'm not in favor of DeCastro, but I would not be too upset because he's a very good player.

My thinking is that this is a very deep draft for interior OL. I think you can get good guys well into the 3rd round and maybe deeper than that.

Given your scenario, with Cox gone, I'm a fan of the trade down here. I still Upshaw, Kirk & Ingram, but I think this is a bit too high. I'd like to get in that low 20s range, grab Konz and then go heavy on defense the rest of the way.
So you think New England is on the phone with Jerry to rediscuss trade talks surrounding DeCastro?

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 02:16 PM
DeCastro is the most safe pick we could make in the entire first round. He's a pro-bowler for the next 8-10 years. And he looks damn mean too!!!

CDCB14
03-07-2012, 02:39 PM
DeCastro is the most safe pick we could make in the entire first round. He's a pro-bowler for the next 8-10 years. And he looks damn mean too!!!

This is a good point that hasn't really been talked about. I like the way our OL is going in the tough and nasty department. Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis were big teddy bears for their size. The only mean guy we had on our line was Colombo.

Now we have Tyron Smith is quiet but has that "i'll eat you if you piss me off" look to him which I love, Arkin who just wants to rip your head off, and if we landed DeCastro he seems hostile as well. I love that. We need that along the offensive line.

Bring the guys who start bar fights on down!

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 03:02 PM
This is a good point that hasn't really been talked about. I like the way our OL is going in the tough and nasty department. Andre Gurode and Leonard Davis were big teddy bears for their size. The only mean guy we had on our line was Colombo.

Now we have Tyron Smith is quiet but has that "i'll eat you if you piss me off" look to him which I love, Arkin who just wants to rip your head off, and if we landed DeCastro he seems hostile as well. I love that. We need that along the offensive line.

Bring the guys who start bar fights on down!

I wanted Harvey Dahl last year. He's just plain nasty and mean.

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 03:10 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 1 (Part IV)

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http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/patriotsb_logo.gif 31. New England Patriots....



*RING RING* .... *RING RING*....




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"Hello, this is Jerry Jones."


"Hi Jerry, this is Belichick once again. Congratulations on the DeCastro selection."


"Thank you Bill. We were dead set on taking him, so it wasn't really an option for us to trade out of that spot at the time."


"Well we figured as much, that's why we called... but that's not the reason for this call. We're on the clock and there's not a lot of time, so let's get to it."


"What's on your mind Bill?"


"We are interested in making a trade for Anthony Spencer."


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*Jason Garrett composes himself while Jerry tells him to "shhhhh"....*


"Well he's a guy we placed our Franchise Tag on because we value him highly."


"We were hoping to land an OLB here in the first, but it looks like the run on them has decreased our options. So we're prepared to offer you, this pick along with our 3rd round pick (31st in the round) for Spencer and your 4th round pick."


"Give me a second to discuss this, while I put you on mute."


"Just a few seconds Jerry, our time is ticking."


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Jerry: Guys if we take a look at our board, there are things we can really do with this 1st and 3rd they are offering.

Jason: I'll leave this call up to Rob. Spencer is his guy, and he really was the supporting factor for us using the tag on him.

Rob: Well, hot diggy dog!!! I get a say here, huh? Hmmm....

Stephen: We need to consider the cap savings here. If we trade Spencer, then we don't have to pay him the amount of the Franchise tag.

Rob: Say no more, I see a guy on the board that I want BADLY!

Jerry: OK, then it's a go. Let's see what Bill will say to this counter proposal I have.

*unmute*


"Bill, we really hate to lose a player of Anthony Spencer's caliber. Would you accept our 4th round compensatory pick instead of our 4th round pick?"


*Hesitantly*

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"Alright Jerry, you have a deal. Our 1st and 3rd for Spencer and your 4th round comp."


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"It's always nice doing business with you Bill. Thank you for Dez Bryant."


*Click....dial tone...*

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 03:13 PM
LOVE IT, peace out Spencer!!!!

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 05:54 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 1 (Part V)

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Commission Goddell: With the 31st pick of the NFL draft the New England Patriots have made a trade with the Dallas Cowboys... the Cowboys have a couple minutes left on the clock.



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Irvin: "Woooooooa! Ma man Jerry! Doin' it again. This is a nice surprise for Cowboys fans!"



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Mayock: "You gotta love how aggressive Jerry is in the draft. If there's a guy he really wants, he usually tends to find a way to get it done. He did it with Anthony Spencer by trading back into Round 1, and he did it with Dez Bryant by making a trade with New England to land him. I really thought they were gonna trade up for Patrick Peterson last year, but they did well by drafting Tyron Smith."



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Schefter has tweeted the details of the trade.... "NE 1st & 3rd for Anthony Spencer & 4th rnd comp pick"



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Kiper: "Wow, that is a real interesting trade for both sides. The Patriots must have gone to Plan B once guys like Ingram, Perry, Mercilus, Branch and Jones were taken off the board in front of them. Spencer has kind of underwhelmed in Dallas but he's sneaky good. Belichick loves to take on veteran projects like these. He's done it over and over again... squeezing more out of players than previous regimes had failed to do.

For the Cowboys, losing Spencer leaves a huge hole opposite of Ware, so it will be interesting to see if they can find a replacement that the Patriots didn't feel like they could do. I'll withhold judgement for now."


http://sportsfans.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/NFL-Draft-Goodell.jpg

http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif With the 31st pick of the draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, Alabama.

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Big body and strong build, is a very physical player with the frame to disrupt plays at the line of scrimmage, 4.68-40 at the combine was impressive for a thumping, 265 pound middle linebacker... Is not afraid of contact and is very intense on the field and at practice, can make explosive hits... Does not get out of position often, is rarely fooled by misdirection plays... Good at taking on blockers and not getting pushed away from plays, maintains hand control when being blocked, which allows him to get a hand on the ball carrier with a blocker in his face... Has experience blitzing off the edge, adequate at bull-rushing blockers into the backfield... Is good at using big frame to plug running lanes and take on blockers in the hole... Good leadership qualities, has the respect of his teammates for attitude both on and off the field... Diligent in the film room, knows where he is supposed to be and generally maintains responsibilities...

Read more: http://www.sidelinescouting.com/rankings/2012/ilb/donta-hightower/#ixzz1oTiM7qwY


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Berman: "I really like this pick up for the Cowboys. Their leadership was questioned on defense by their own players this offseason and Hightower, a team captain was the heart and soul of that stiffling Bama championship defense. Cowboys just got a lot meaner and tougher with this pick up."


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McShay: "I can't say that I'm a big fan of this selection. The Cowboys just drafted Bruce Carter in the 2nd round last year and he hasn't been given the time to show what he can do. I've heard reports that Carter has bulked up and is more ready to contribute next season."


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Kiper: "That's funny, Todd. You have to look at the whole picture here. Hightower will be moved all around in Rob Ryan's exotic defense. There are less than a handful of players in this draft who are as versatile as Hightower. He's known for being a major run stuffing inside linebacker who can shed blocks with ease, but just like Saban utilized him in their 3-4 defense as an OLB on passing downs, I can see Rob Ryan upping it up a notch moving Hightower all over the field from ILB to OLB, heck, I wouldn't put it out of the question to play him as a 5 tech in Rob's defense."


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McShay: "Yeah, but this doesn't solve the hole they have for letting Anthony Spencer go."


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Kiper: "Of course not, but we're still in Round 1 Todd. The stability the Cowboys have at ILB alone is worth this pick and that's why I like it. Sean Lee has had his share of battles with injury and Bruce Carter hasn't proven to be fully recovered in his own right. This is a rock solid pick up for the Cowboys."


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/giantsb_logo.gif 32. New York Giants select TE Colby Fleener, Stanford.
-- Giants are happy to hit on Fleener who has been on their radar for quite a while.


* END OF ROUND 1*

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 07:27 PM
I love how you think D. Hightower is a pick that most people upfront would frown upon because we gave up Spencer leaving a hole at OLB. But like you commented, Rob moves his LB's all around and Hightower can blitz. Damn, I'm excited. Why can't this be real???

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 07:31 PM
I love how you think D. Hightower is a pick that most people upfront would frown upon because we gave up Spencer leaving a hole at OLB. But like you commented, Rob moves his LB's all around and Hightower can blitz. Damn, I'm excited. Why can't this be real???
:love: If you think there is anything too extraordinary let me know. I've been trying to keep it real, while still putting my own spin on things.

ie. Of course I would've tried to give us Mario Williams if I thought the Cowboys would be really serious about him.

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:04 PM
I think that trade is fair for both parties. As much as I'd love it to happen, I'm not sure if we'd pull the trigger on it. I would, but I'm just a fan.

Go Cowboys
03-07-2012, 08:11 PM
Excuse me if I am wrong.... I was under the belief that a compensatory pick was not able to be traded from team to team. I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that I haven't seen it ever happen before.

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:15 PM
Excuse me if I am wrong.... I was under the belief that a compensatory pick was not able to be traded from team to team. I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that I haven't seen it ever happen before.

Wikipedia says you're right

************.answers.com/Q/Can_a_NFL_team_trade_a_compensatory_draft_pick

And Wiki is NEVER wrong...LOL

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 08:15 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 2 (Part I)

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Commission Goddell: With the 33rd pick of the draft the...


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/ramsb_logo.gif 33. St. Louis Rams select DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan St..
-- Jeff Fisher values beef in the middle of his DL.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/coltsb_logo.gif 34. Indianapolis Colts select WR Ruben Randle, LSU.
-- Luck is to Manning and Randle is to Wayne.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/vikingsb_logo.gif 35. Minnesota Vikings select S Mark Barron, Alabama.
-- Vikings scoop up the fallen safety prospect.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/Bucsb_logo.gif 36. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select WR Mohammed Sanu, Rutgers.
-- Sanu joins his college coach in Tampa Bay.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/brownsb_logo.gif 37. Cleveland Browns select WR Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina.
-- Cleveland has yet to find a stud WR. Here's another shot in the dark.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/jaguarsb_logo.gif 38. Jacksonville Jaguars select RB Lamar Miller, Miami.
-- Jaguars cannot be solely reliable on MJD.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/redskinsb_logo.gif 39. Cleveland Browns (via WAS) select QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State.
-- The QB hunt continues...


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/panthersb_logo.gif 40. Carolina Panthers select CB Josh Robinson, UCF.
-- The blazing fast cornerback attracts the Panthers attention.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/billsb_logo.gif 41. Buffalo Bills select OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina.
-- Dave Wandsted has taken over and will use Brown in his transition back to the 4-3.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/dolphinsb_logo.gif 42. Miami Dolphins select QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St..
-- The result of losing out on the Peyton Manning Sweepstakes.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/seahawksb_logo.gif 43. Seattle Seahawks select DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson.
-- Replacement for Red Bryant who exits in FA.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/chiefsb_logo.gif 44. Kansas City Chiefs select RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech.
-- Didn't get to select Trent Richardson, but Wilson is a hog too.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif 45. Dallas Cowboys select Alfo.....

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 08:16 PM
Excuse me if I am wrong.... I was under the belief that a compensatory pick was not able to be traded from team to team. I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that I haven't seen it ever happen before.

I think your right...:oops:

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 08:17 PM
Excuse me if I am wrong.... I was under the belief that a compensatory pick was not able to be traded from team to team. I could be wrong but I am pretty sure that I haven't seen it ever happen before.
Great pick up! Thanks. OK, just consider it a done deal for our 4th rounder instead.

Late 1st and Late 3rd for Spencer and a mid 4th. I think is within realm of reason.

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 08:20 PM
Predictions on this pick?

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:23 PM
Brandon Boykin please

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 08:29 PM
Irvin or Curry

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:31 PM
No thanks to Irvin in the 2nd, but I'd take Curry. I'd take Ronnell Lewis before Curry.

TheBoyWonder22
03-07-2012, 08:33 PM
Take Curry, after all, you did pick up Brandon Carr.

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 08:40 PM
No thanks to Irvin in the 2nd, but I'd take Curry. I'd take Ronnell Lewis before Curry.

Cowboys Nation: Let's move to rush linebackers and talk about two guys who helped themselves in Indy. Let's begin with Bruce Irvin. He's been somewhat of an enigma, because he missed the All-Star games. He did this week what you predicted he would weeks ago. He blew up his workouts. Where does he stand now?

Wes Bunting: I'm going to keep the same grade on him which is a 2nd-3rd round grade. I saw some mocks today, where he was in the late 1st. He's a good player and he worked out well. Would I use a 1st round pick on him at this stage? Probably not, but if I could get him in the 2nd, I'd be happy.

He's a legit 6'3''. He was 245 and ran 4.43. He's got natural pass rushing skills. The question still is can he make the jump? I saw some Von Miller in his movements when he did the drills.

At the end of the day I wouldn't be surprised if he got into the 1st, but I'd take him in the 2nd round range.

2nd round isnt a bad spot for him IMO

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:44 PM
Cowboys Nation: Let's move to rush linebackers and talk about two guys who helped themselves in Indy. Let's begin with Bruce Irvin. He's been somewhat of an enigma, because he missed the All-Star games. He did this week what you predicted he would weeks ago. He blew up his workouts. Where does he stand now?

Wes Bunting: I'm going to keep the same grade on him which is a 2nd-3rd round grade. I saw some mocks today, where he was in the late 1st. He's a good player and he worked out well. Would I use a 1st round pick on him at this stage? Probably not, but if I could get him in the 2nd, I'd be happy.

He's a legit 6'3''. He was 245 and ran 4.43. He's got natural pass rushing skills. The question still is can he make the jump? I saw some Von Miller in his movements when he did the drills.

At the end of the day I wouldn't be surprised if he got into the 1st, but I'd take him in the 2nd round range.

2nd round isnt a bad spot for him IMO

Workout Warrior= NO THANKS!!!

When will people stop moving a player up 2 rounds based on their 40 time?

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 08:49 PM
Workout Warrior= NO THANKS!!!

When will people stop moving a player up 2 rounds based on their 40 time?

Thats cool. different strokes for differnt folks. I wouldnt mind Boykin here either but I think we can get a good corner in the 3rd. Gotta replace Spencer too though.

Why so high on Ronnell?

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:52 PM
Thats cool. different strokes for differnt folks. I wouldnt mind Boykin here either but I think we can get a good corner in the 3rd. Gotta replace Spencer too though.

Why so high on Ronnell?

OK, I know this is special teams, but he's a violent hitter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS5****-qCg

Here's a quote by Lewis. "I hit hard, but I want to hit harder"

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 08:58 PM
OK, I know this is special teams, but he's a violent hitter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS5****-qCg

Im a season ticket holder so I know all about him, he will thump you but not sure Id use a 2nd on him. Your video doesnt come up BTW...

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 08:59 PM
Im a season ticket holder so I know all about him, he will thump you but not sure Id use a 2nd on him. Your video doesnt come up BTW...

Damn it, why is it cutting it off when I cut and paste?

TheBoyWonder22
03-07-2012, 09:01 PM
OK, I know this is special teams, but he's a violent hitter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS5****-qCg

Here's a quote by Lewis. "I hit hard, but I want to hit harder"
He just drafted Hightower, that would make no sense. I know for fact you could grab a corner, don't miss out on an all-purpose pass rusher.

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 09:01 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DS5****-qCg

okay replace the **** with co then C then K

obviously don't use the word then

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 09:04 PM
He just drafted Hightower, that would make no sense. I know for fact you could grab a corner, don't miss out on an all-purpose pass rusher.

Ronnell plays OLB, not inside. And did you not see me earlier say I wanted Brandon Boykin. I was responding to someone else that said they wanted Bruce Irvin. I would rather take Lewis over Irvin in that spot. BUT I WANT BOYKIN!!!!

D-Unit
03-07-2012, 09:07 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 2 (Part II)

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Commission Goddell: With the 45th pick of the NFL draft the...

http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif Dallas Cowboys select OLB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia.

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Bruce Irvin is a physical freak of nature at 6 foot 3 245 pounds, he displays outstanding play recognition skills for a linebacker prospect. He is a very smart instinctive player. Versatility is his calling card. He can adjust to a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme as a pass rusher, but his 4.43 speed will allow Rob Ryan to put him in multitude of positions... ILB, OLB, CB, S... yes, I did say that. I honestly believe Rob would do that with him. Ratliff said he was lined up as a Safety in practice, so we know Rob can get nuts. He's a crazy brain that will confuse offenses in a myriad of ways using his complicated personnel packages and Irvin's versatility is amazing.

Irvin is also a great team leader who knews how to motivate West Virginia’s defense on Saturday’s. When he makes plays the whole team gets energized. Irvin was 2nd in sacks behind DeQuan Bowers in sacks in 2010. He has elite block shedding ability that enables him to inflict pressure on opposing signal callers. Good burst off the edge. Irvin showcases a relentless motor and a quality sound fundamental technique when playing football.

While very inconsistent in run support, that's an area he needs to improve in. He will also tend to struggle sometimes when dropping back into zone coverage, but he has the raw skills to adapt to good coaching.

Prediction: Bruce Irvin can be as good as he wants to be. I hate to say this because it has already been said, but the thought did come to my mind before hearing it... the guy reminds me of Von Miller as a prospect.


http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2010/images/04/23/chris-berman.jpg

Berman: "Let's take this down to the Draft Couch where Hannah Storm is sitting down with the newly selected Dallas Cowboy, Bruce Irvin."


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Storm: "So Bruce, how does it feel to be a Dallas Cowboy?"


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Irvin: "I'm so happy to a Dallas Cowboy. This is a dream come true. I hope I can come in and make them happy. I'm a hard worker, and am willing to do whatever they want me to do."


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Kiper: "A great pick for the Cowboys here. Between Bruce Irvin and Dont'a Hightower, Rob Ryan can confuse offenses on where the blitz will come from since the two of them can both rush the passer and stay home and play linebacker. Who will be on the inside, who will be on the outside... who will rush, who won't? It's gonna be a scary day for offenses who have to account for that and Ware on the other side with Ratliff, Pouha and Hatcher up front. Oh myyyy."

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 09:09 PM
Im getting all warm and tingly:love: :love:

pocketaces
03-07-2012, 09:17 PM
3RD round Jamell Fleming?

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 09:18 PM
UGH, that has bust written all over it. I want to be wrong, but feel like I'm gonna be right.

leroyisgod
03-07-2012, 09:25 PM
OKAY, I'm trying to get up for this pick.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRVKUHBBQ2U

This helps out a lot

CDCB14
03-07-2012, 09:34 PM
Love the Hightower selection, and i'm glad you meant it at ILB. He is not a 3-4 OLB, he isn't a pass rusher. Mayock likes his pass rushing ability, but he's not a true pass rusher. I don't know if you could justify taking a #3 ILB in the 1st round, but you know I love building on strengths... so **** it!

Like Bruce Irvin. My only question is, even if he bulks up a bit can he be a 3-4 SOLB? The thing I like about him is he could be our DeMarcus Ware replacement on the weakside in 4 years as well. Don't forget that D-Ware is turning 30. Still dominant, but won't be forever.

D-Ware Nightmare
03-08-2012, 01:50 AM
Total overkill, but Brandon Brooks with one of our 3's might just give us the best OL in the NFL for a while. Any one of Trumaine Johnson, Jamell Fleming, or Casey Hayward with the other 3rd. Either of those CB's profile well to replace Jenkins if we dont retain him. I would give Kendall Reyes a look too if he drops.

Macarthur
03-08-2012, 10:36 AM
I would be very happy with Hightower and Irvin.

I think HIghtower is a bit underrated. I disagree with CDCB in that I think his pass rushing abilities are better than most think.

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 01:01 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 2 (Part III)

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http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/eaglesb_logo.gif 46. Philadelphia Eagles select LB Lavonte David, Nebraska.
-- Michael Brockers & Lavonte David - Need LB help badly.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/jetsb_logo.gif 47. New York Jets select OT/OG Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State.
-- Courtney Upshaw & Kelechi Osemele - Wayne Hunter is a scrub.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/patriotsb_logo.gif 48. New England Patriots (via OAK) select CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska.
-- Kendall Wright, Anthony Spencer & Alfonzo Dennard - Dennard strengthens that secondary.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/chargersb_logo.gif 49. San Diego Chargers select DT Kendall Reyes, UConn.
-- Melvin Ingram & Kendall Reyes - Need a body to replace Luis Castillo.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bearsb_logo.gif 50. Chicago Bears select OT/OG James Brown, Troy.
-- Stephen Hill & James Brown - Getting protection for Cutler is imperative.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/eaglesb_logo.gif 51. Philadelphia Eagles (via ARZ) select TE Orson Charles, Georgia.
-- Michael Brockers, Lavonte David & Orson Charles - Adding another weapon for Vick.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/titansb_logo.gif 52. Tennessee Titans select OL Zebrie Sanders.
-- Whitney Mercilus & Zebrie Sanders - Lot of blame went to the OL for Chris Johnson's struggles.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bengalsb_logo.gif 53. Cincinnati Bengals select RB Doug Martin, Boise St..
-- Cordy Glenn, Janoris Jenkins, Doug Martin - Best RB this year, imo.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/lionsb_logo.gif 54. Detroit Lions select LB Mychal Kendricks, California.
-- Dre Kirkpatrick & Mychal Kendricks - Stephen Tulloch may not return.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/falconsb_logo.gif 55. Atlanta Falcons select DE Vinny Curry, Marshall.
-- John Abraham's replacement.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/steelersb_logo.gif 56. Pittsburgh Steelers select DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington.
-- Mike Adams & Alameda Ta'amu - In search of a NT.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/broncosb_logo.gif 57. Denver Broncos select CB Stephen Gillmore, South Carolina.
-- Devon Still & Stephen Gillmore - Perrish Cox is in trouble with the law.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/texansb_logo.gif 58. Houston Texans select DE Jared Crick, Nebraska.
-- Andre Branch & Jared Crick - Must continue to bolster that defense.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/saintsb_logo.gif 59. New Orleans Sainst forfeit draft pick due to Bountygate..
-- Idiots.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/packersb_logo.gif 60. Green Bay Packers select S Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State.
-- Chandler Jones & Markelle Martin - Looking for an upgrade over Charlie Peprah.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/ravensb_logo.gif 61. Baltimore Ravens select OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern St..
-- Peter Konz & Amini Silatolu - Ben Grubbs replacement.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/49ersb_logo.gif 62. San Francisco 49ers select CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia.
-- Kevin Zeitler & Chase Minnifield - Smooth corner, knows how to redirect.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/patriotsb_logo.gif 63. New England Patriots select C Ben Jones, Georgia.
-- Kendall Wright, Anthony Spencer, Alfonzo Dennard & Ben Jones - Koppen is gone.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/giantsb_logo.gif 64. New York Giants select OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida St.
-- Colby Fleener & Zebrie Sanders - Thier OL was putrid last year.


* END OF ROUND 2*

pocketaces
03-08-2012, 02:24 PM
FYI Finley just signed with GB for 2 more years

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 04:56 PM
FYI Finley just signed with GB for 2 more years
OK. Thanks. Changed.

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 05:37 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 3 (Part I)

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http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/coltsb_logo.gif 65. Indianapolis Colts select C David Molk, Michigan.
-- FA Jeff Saturday is part of the old regime.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/ramsb_logo.gif 66. St. Louis Rams select TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson.
-- Another weapon for Bradford.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/vikingsb_logo.gif 67. Minnesota Vikings select LB Ronnell Lewis, OLB.
-- Erin Henderson is on the outs.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/brownsb_logo.gif 68. Cleveland Browns select WR Nick Toon, Wisconsin.
-- Throwin' bodies at the WR position.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/Bucsb_logo.gif 69. Tampa Bay Buccanneers select LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma.
-- Lewis is a swarming LB, reflective of the Bucs style of D.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/redskinsb_logo.gif 70. Washington Redskins select OG Brandon Washington, Miami.
-- Redskins OL is shaping up.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/jaguarsb_logo.gif 71. Jacksonville Jaguars select CB Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette .
-- Jaguars add this speedster to their secondary.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/billsb_logo.gif 72. Buffalo Bills select CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt.
-- Hayward is better than people realize.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/dolphinsb_logo.gif 73. Miami Dolphins select OLB Shea McClellin, Boise St.
-- Good fit for Joe Philbin's hybrid defense.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bearsb_logo.gif 74. Chicago Bears select LB Bobby Wagner, Utah State.
-- Adding youth to the LB corps.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/chiefsb_logo.gif 75. Kansas City Chiefs select CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia.
-- Sucks but sometimes teams ahead of you take the guys you want. :(


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/seahawksb_logo.gif 76. Seattle Seahawks select LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona St.
-- Pete Carroll probably thinks he has the moxie to handle Burfict.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/eaglesb_logo.gif 77. Philadelphia Eagles select WR Juron Criner, Arizona.
-- Eagles lack a big WR and Criner is a exactly that.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/jetsb_logo.gif 78. New York Jets select S Antonio Allen, South Carolina.
-- Versatile safety has a knack for making big plays.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/chargersb_logo.gif 79. San Diego Chargers select WR Marvin Jones, California.
-- Vincent Jackson's return is uncertain.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/bearsb_logo.gif 80. Chicago Bears select QB Nick Foles, Arizona.
-- Backup QB worth the selection.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cardinalsb_logo.gif 81. Arizona Cardinals select DE Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy.
-- Flying under the radar, but could produce from Day 1.


http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif 82. Dallas Cowboys select ....

leroyisgod
03-08-2012, 06:27 PM
Brandon Boykin

CDCB14
03-08-2012, 06:38 PM
Boykin was already picked.. Hmm...

Jayron Hosley? Phillip Blake? Markell Martin? George Iloka? Audie Cole? Sean Spence?

leroyisgod
03-08-2012, 06:39 PM
Boykin was already picked.. Hmm...

Jayron Hosley? Phillip Blake? Markell Martin? George Iloka? Audie Cole? Sean Spence?

Iloka or Blake

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 06:43 PM
Brandon Boykin
I wanted to go with Boykin. I was thinking that with his Senior Bowl injury that it would even push him down to us, but in my gut, I still don't think he reaches us in the 3rd. Would be nice though.

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 06:53 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 3 (Part II)

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Commission Goddell: With the 82nd pick of the NFL draft the...

http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif Dallas Cowboys select CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech.

http://www2.pictures.zimbio.com/gi/Bruce+Taylor+Jayron+Hosley+Virginia+Tech+v+kT4FTt2 lTLEl.jpg

A ball hawk with the ability to find the ball in traffic, has big play ability and led the nation as an All-American corner with nine interceptions in 2010... Excellent hands and athleticism, which enables him to overcome his small stature... Opted against it at the combine, but has a reported 37-38"
vertical jump which allows Hosley to play like a taller corner... Good back pedal and fluid hips give him great change of direction speed... Excellent body control and catches the ball at its highest point, enabling him to beat taller but less sound receivers; aggressive and unafraid to take on big receivers... Intelligent player with excellent ball vision, makes few if any mental mistakes... Has the ability and experience to be a special teams return man... Exceptional in off and zone coverage, has proven to be one of the best in the nation... Willing to play close to the line and make tackles inside the box.


Read more: http://www.sidelinescouting.com/rankings/2012/cb/jayron-hosley/#ixzz1oZmttsvN


I like Hosley, because I feel that this roster still needs help in the secondary, especially at the nickel corner spot where we need a quick cover corner who can stick like glue against shifty receivers coming out of their breaks or could stick with their guy running a go route. Hosley has that kind of ability and I think he's a good playmaker who plays better than his size suggests.


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CDCB14
03-08-2012, 07:06 PM
2012 NFL DRAFT - ROUND 3 (Part II)

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Commission Goddell: With the 82nd pick of the NFL draft the...

http://walterfootball.com/images/fball/cowboysb_logo.gif Dallas Cowboys select CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech.

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A ball hawk with the ability to find the ball in traffic, has big play ability and led the nation as an All-American corner with nine interceptions in 2010... Excellent hands and athleticism, which enables him to overcome his small stature... Opted against it at the combine, but has a reported 37-38"
vertical jump which allows Hosley to play like a taller corner... Good back pedal and fluid hips give him great change of direction speed... Excellent body control and catches the ball at its highest point, enabling him to beat taller but less sound receivers; aggressive and unafraid to take on big receivers... Intelligent player with excellent ball vision, makes few if any mental mistakes... Has the ability and experience to be a special teams return man... Exceptional in off and zone coverage, has proven to be one of the best in the nation... Willing to play close to the line and make tackles inside the box.


Read more: http://www.sidelinescouting.com/rankings/2012/cb/jayron-hosley/#ixzz1oZmttsvN


I like Hosley, because I feel that this roster still needs help in the secondary, especially at the nickel corner spot where we need a quick cover corner who can stick like glue against shifty receivers coming out of their breaks or could stick with their guy running a go route. Hosley has that kind of ability and I think he's a good playmaker who plays better than his size suggests.


c4yWAOqviFY

Called it. Not bad, I like his playmaking ability. We need someone in secondary who actually gets interceptions. Perfect #4 CB who could develop into more later on with added bulk and he should be able to to just that with Woicik. My only fear is that if we land Carr, Jerry won't think we need to add another CB until the late rounds if at all because of course we don't build on strengths. He did pick Scandrick the same year we picked Jenkins though, so it is possibly. Hopefully this time earlier than the 5th round.

I'm with you on this one.

leroyisgod
03-08-2012, 07:32 PM
I like it...if this were the way the draft would go, I'd say it's an A- so far.

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 08:22 PM
I like it...if this were the way the draft would go, I'd say it's an A- so far.
That's cool. It's a little hard to project who will be available at our picks, but I'm trying to be realistic.

I know you didn't like Bruce Irvin, but I personally think very highly of him. We would probably have to mask some of his weaknesses but I think Hightower does that. Irvin attacks or plays man coverage (Hightower weakness) on passing downs. Hightower is in on running downs (Irvin's weakness - run stuffing). I can see Hightower lining up at OLB with Lee and Carter at ILB. When Irvin is at OLB, Lee and Carter are again at ILB. Irvin at OLB, Hightower at ILB or vice versa or Hightower at DE when you want to cause confusion. Just so many different looks you could create or play to your strengths. Throw Victor Butler into that rotation and you have some fresh legs and constant pressure.

CDCB14
03-08-2012, 08:36 PM
That's cool. It's a little hard to project who will be available at our picks, but I'm trying to be realistic.

I know you didn't like Bruce Irvin, but I personally think very highly of him. We would probably have to mask some of his weaknesses but I think Hightower does that. Irvin attacks or plays man coverage (Hightower weakness) on passing downs. Hightower is in on running downs (Irvin's weakness - run stuffing). I can see Hightower lining up at OLB with Lee and Carter at ILB. When Irvin is at OLB, Lee and Carter are again at ILB. Irvin at OLB, Hightower at ILB or vice versa or Hightower at DE when you want to cause confusion. Just so many different looks you could create or play to your strengths. Throw Victor Butler into that rotation and you have some fresh legs and constant pressure.

I think the thing that people aren't letting go of is the concept of "passing" and "running" downs. Those don't exist anymore. Teams pass on 1st and 2nd down now as often as they pass on 3rd down. If a team sees that you have big run stuffers in their who aren't that great in pass coverage or pass rush, they will call a passing play. You don't think Eli Manning will call an audible in a heart beat to a passing play if he sees Keith Brooking and Hightower on the field? Same goes for the other way. You don't think they will run a power right at Irvin/Butler?

There is less of an emphasis on "specialty" players and more on players who are athletic enough to play all 3 downs. Don't get me wrong, there is a place more things like a nickel linebacker and I have been an advocate for a guy like Sean Spence or Lavonte David, but having multiple goes who are only good at one thing and not the other is not a good situation to be in as a defense. One injury could blow that whole thing up, or just getting caught with the wrong guys on the field.

I bet that would happen a lot with Rob Ryan, who would try to get fancy with packages and just get flat out beat by the opposing team who is playing smart football and taking advantage of mismatches because his overrated *** would think he is smarter than he is.

Witten4HOF
03-08-2012, 08:58 PM
Called it. Not bad, I like his playmaking ability. We need someone in secondary who actually gets interceptions. Perfect #4 CB who could develop into more later on with added bulk and he should be able to to just that with Woicik. My only fear is that if we land Carr, Jerry won't think we need to add another CB until the late rounds if at all because of course we don't build on strengths. He did pick Scandrick the same year we picked Jenkins though, so it is possibly. Hopefully this time earlier than the 5th round.

I'm with you on this one.

Yes, this team is in desperate need for someone who capitalize on a tip drill. Speaking of guys who are perfect in the slot I am really starting to like Asa Jackson. Perfect size at a shade under 5'10 and 193 lbs, quick twitched and has the ability to shadow in man....runs mid a mid 4.4 forty and has a 37 in vert.... the thing I like most is he pursuits the ballcarrier and will tackle. Reminds me of Aaron Glenn.

D-Unit
03-08-2012, 09:39 PM
I think the thing that people aren't letting go of is the concept of "passing" and "running" downs. Those don't exist anymore. Teams pass on 1st and 2nd down now as often as they pass on 3rd down. If a team sees that you have big run stuffers in their who aren't that great in pass coverage or pass rush, they will call a passing play. You don't think Eli Manning will call an audible in a heart beat to a passing play if he sees Keith Brooking and Hightower on the field? Same goes for the other way. You don't think they will run a power right at Irvin/Butler?

There is less of an emphasis on "specialty" players and more on players who are athletic enough to play all 3 downs. Don't get me wrong, there is a place more things like a nickel linebacker and I have been an advocate for a guy like Sean Spence or Lavonte David, but having multiple goes who are only good at one thing and not the other is not a good situation to be in as a defense. One injury could blow that whole thing up, or just getting caught with the wrong guys on the field.

I bet that would happen a lot with Rob Ryan, who would try to get fancy with packages and just get flat out beat by the opposing team who is playing smart football and taking advantage of mismatches because his overrated *** would think he is smarter than he is.
Yeah, I think you over read my message. I don't think things would be cookie cutter like that, I'm more just talking versatility that allows the DC to put together different looks and packages to combat the offense different ways. What works once doesn't always work and vice versa.