Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Story #5: The Draft

Very nice 1st round for the Cowboys, with Felix Jones and Mike Jenkins replacing the dearly departed Julius Jones and the worst cornerback of all time Jacques Reeves.

The night before the draft we made an interesting trade with the Dolphins, giving Parcells his boys Akin Ayodele and Anthony Fasano for a 4th round pick. I'm curious as to Remi Ayodele's future, since I think the only reason we even gave him a spot on the practice squad in the first place was because he was Akin's brother, although he did some decent things in limited action last year.

To replace Fasano we picked Martellus Jenkins in the 2nd round. He's supposed to be one of those Antonio Gates-type tight ends. Not sure why we need him considering we already have the best TE in the league, I think WR was a bigger need and would rather have tried to trade up and take Limas Sweed, or take Early Doucet or Mario Manningham (yes, the same Mario Manningham who pulled off a 6 on the Wonderlic).

Round 4 brought us another running back, Tashard Choice. While Grizz from the fantastic Cowboys blog bloggingtheboys.com is a big fan of his since he's a Ga. Tech fan, I've never seen him play. Sounds good though, similar story to Chris Canty where he was viewed as a first or second round talent coming into his senior year, then struggled with injuries and crap so we get him in the 4th round.

Orlando Scaldrick and Eric Walden were the last 2 picks, plus we already signed some rookie free agents, I'd be surprised if they make too much of an impact this year, but maybe they'll help out on special teams, which needs improvement from last year. Undoubtedly Felix Jones can help our return game (along with another Jones who'll be getting his own post), but coveragewise, especially after losing Keith Davis, we need to be much better.

Overall, seems like a solid draft, although our receiving corps can use some younger help. Maybe we'll trade a #1 or #2 from next year's draft for Roy Williams.

Up next, story #4.

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