Round 1. Most Cowboys’ fans were hoping for a big pick here. It would have been nice to pick up Warmack, Flucker, or Sheldon Richardson but they weren’t there at 18 so Dallas traded the pick to San Francisco for their 31st pick and an extra third rounder. With the 31st pick overall, Dallas picked Travis Frederick, a center out of Wisconsin. For all the debate about this pick, the bottom line is that Frederick will be starting at either guard or center in 2013. He’ll be an upgrade at either position.
Round 2. At 47 overall, the Cowboys selected Gavin Escobar, a tight end out of San Diego State. This pick left us all scratching out heads. Escobar is a good player and Dallas is hoping that he turns out to be an Aaron Gonzales type tight end playing across from Witten. The problem is that Dallas should have drafted a defensive lineman or safety with this pick.
Round 3. With the 74th pick overall (the pick they got from the Niners), Dallas picked Terrance Williams. William is a dynamic wide receiver out of Baylor. He put up big numbers with RGIII throwing him the ball in 2011 and led the nation in receiving in 2012. He will be competing for the third wide receiver spot behind Dez and the oft injured Miles Austin.
Dallas used the 80th pick to select J.J. Wilcox, a strong safety from Georgia Southern. Wilcox is ultra athletic but he only has one year experience at safety. He will probably make strong contributions on special teams and has a chance to get on the field at safety.
Round 4. Dallas drafted B.W. Webb, a cornerback out of William & Mary with the 114th pick overall. Webb is really athletic and showed top agility at the NFL Combine. He should be on the field in dime packages. If Orland Scandrick doesn’t perform next year, look for Webb to be an option to take his place.
Round 5. At 151 overall, Dallas picked up Joseph Randle, a running back out of Oklahoma St. He’s got good speed and enough wiggle in the hips to make some guys miss in the secondary. Randle is really good in pass protection and will probably be Dallas’ third down back. He’s an acceptable replacement should Murray go down again.
Round 6. The Cowboys picked DeVonte Holloman with the 185th pick of the draft. This was their last pick in the draft. Holloman played a hybrid safety/linebacker position at South Carolina. The Cowboys are hoping this guy could be a Jay Ratliff type of late round find.
So how did the Cowboys do? After their second pick, we were all worried that Jerry was throwing darts at a board with random names on it. By the time they made their third pick, the picture was coming together and it was clear that the Cowboys had a plan. Jerry made this draft about getting Romo weapons and improving the running game. The Cowboys did that with their first three picks. A center with a mean streak, and a tight end and wide receiver that will keep defenses in the nickel makes for a better running attack. They picked up two solid weapons for Tony Romo and a for sure starter in Frederick. It looks like all of their draft picks should make the team and the top six will all make contributions in 2013. If Holloman turns out to be a late round sleeper, this draft could go down as the one that turned things around in a big way.