The 2013 NFL Draft is a thing of the past.
The Dallas Cowboys have added a bunch of new names at different positions, and all are expected to at least compete for a spot on the final roster. Let's take a quick look at who was added and how they potentially fit into the continually-evolving image of the 2013 Dallas Cowboys.
1. Travis Frederick, Center, 31st Overall Pick – Dallas traded back from the 18th pick to the 31st and all of the top-tier talent at the offensive line positions was gobbled up early. We said time and time again that Dallas must address the O-Line, and they did so with this pick. Frederick is a bit slow, but is a hard worker and has a nasty streak, something we love to hear. Look for Frederick to be a game 1 starter at Center, pushing either Phil Costa or Ryan Cook possibly off of the roster.
2. Gavin Escobar, Tight End, 47th Overall Pick- We're willing to bet most of you didn't see this one coming. Word from the war room is that Dallas had each of its day two picks ranked in the 2nd-3rd round range, and it was simply a matter of who would get drafted first. The team clearly believed that Escobar would be off the board by the time they picked again at #74. He jumps last years 6th rounder James Hanna immediately and will be used heavily in passing sets. at 6'6" 250lbs, the Cowboys now have their own version of the Gronk-proto-type. Red Zone opportunities should be abundant for this freakish athlete.
3. Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, 74th Overall Pick- When all is said and done, this may be the best pick of the draft for the Dallas Cowboys. Williams is a Dallas native and will have an opportunity to make a real impact on his hometown team. He will challenge Dwayne Harris for the #3 receiver role, and many project him eventually pushing Miles Austin for the #2 spot on the WR depth chart. He's a production machine that simply made plays when it was time to make them. Surely Tony Romo can't help but smile when he thinks about the first 3 picks of this seasons NFL Draft.
4. J.J. Wilcox, Safety, 80th Overall Pick- The joy on Monte Kiffin's face when the Cowboys drafted Wilcox should tell you all you need to know about him. The youth movement at Safety is in full effect, and Wilcox will push 2nd year man Matt Johnson for the starting job. The edge will go to Johnson to start, but if Wilcox can make plays on the ball in preseason it will surely make an impression on a coaching staff that is searching for players to do just that.
5. B.W. Webb, Cornerback, 114th Overall Pick- Webb was the 2nd straight small-school DB to join the Dallas Cowboys. It may take a few games for him to get his footing with such a large jump in competition, but Webb will likely challenge Orlando Scandrick for the slot position. Scandrick's salary after 2013 makes quite a jump, and the team has well-noted salary cap issues going into the future. If Webb can show enough if may put Scandrick's roster spot for 2014 in jeopardy.
6. Joseph Randle, Running Back, 151st Overall Pick- Even as a 5th rounder, Randle projects to be the #2 RB on the Dallas Cowboys. He reminds many people of a poor mans Demarco Murray, a nice piece to have considering Murray's injury troubles. After passing on the top RB Eddie Lacy in the 2nd round, Randle is a nice get in the 5th round. As long as he can protect the ball he will be another weapon for this team to trot out of the stables.
7. DeVonte Holloman, Linebacker, 185th Overall Pick- Holloman will play LB in the NFL, but played a great deal of Safety back at South Carolina. He should be an outstanding cover LB. His stock dropped after a DUI back in 2011, a touchy subject in Dallas these days. If he can keep his head on straight and work hard, he may be able to stick on Special Teams while learning his trade from the likes of Demarcus Ware and Bruce Carter.
And that's that. An interesting class this year to say the least. While many argue that Dallas reached at many spots, it seems like they've got a bunch of guys that will compete for a starting spot on this years squad. Rookie Camp should be very interesting this year. It will take place May 10-12.Tags: Dallas, Dallas Cowboys, Football, NFL