Jerry Jones may be chomping to do something but we are finally getting close to the Cowboys finally making an actual draft pick today. The defensive backs they probably wanted are falling fast, but Utah's Sean Smith is still out there. They like him, but do they want enough to move up a few picks to select him?
The Cowboys enter the 2009 NFL Draft with 11 draft picks, a Jerry Dozen. Is there any way they duplicate the Dirty Dozen 1975 Cowboys draft class, when 12 players picked in the draft made the '75 team as rookies? Dallas had 17 picks that year; Jerry Jones would have to hit 11-of-11 to get close, but the Cowboys need to cut costs, so keeping 11 rookies on a 53-man roster can't be dismissed.
Here is that class (courtesy of NFL.com), headed by the Manster, Randy White, a draft pick received from the New York Giants in exchange for Craig Morton:
In 2007, the first round of the NFL Draft was more than six hours long. In 2008, the NFL changed the time each team had to make a pick in the first round from 15 minutes to 10, and the 2008 first round was completed in a snappy 3 hours, 30 minutes.
The 10-minute rule is in effect today for the first round, which is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. on ESPN and NFL Network. In the second round, teams have seven minutes between picks. The Cowboys draft No. 51 overall, the 19th pick in the second round, another two hours roughly, so maybe the Cowboys will pick around 9 or 9:30 tonight.
At No. 1, the Detroit Lions have already agreed to a contract with Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford, as the Miami Dolphins had last year with Jake Long, speeding up the process.
The NFL Draft Day Party at the Arlington Convention Center, hosted by the Cowboys, will begin at 6 p.m.
The Cowboys need help at safety, and via Profootballtalk.com and their draft guru, former Denver Broncos general manager Ted Sundquist, here are good reasons to pick a safety at No. 51:
"In fact no other position has produced (by percentage of starters) at a higher rate between picks 51 – 80 (as per NFL Draft Scout’s study). Careful consideration could very well add an early starter to the defense and the Cowboys could use the help. Ranked 26th in stopping the run at 10+ yards (Football Outsiders) is a severe indicator of linebacker and secondary deficiencies and with the #1 rated pass rush (59 sacks & 9.8% rate) Dallas should be more effective in shutting down 3rd & medium/long passing situations than they were in ’08.
Possible targets: Safety Darcel McBath (Texas Tech), safety Rashad Johnson (Alabama), safety Patrick Chung (Oregon)."
The NFL Draft is less than a week away and it's kind of boring in Dallas with no first round pick. But of course Jerry Jones is not going to sit back and let everybody else have all the fun. The trade winds will be blowing in Dallas.My pick for the Cowboys in the second round is WR Brian Robiskie or FS Louis Delmas.
The NFL didn't do the Cowboys any favors with a brutal season ending stretch that includes three of the final five on the road.
But the Cowboys got a break early in the season with four of their first seven games against teams breaking in new coaches in Tampa Bay, Denver, Kansas City and Seattle.
Never mind that the first three are on the road, those should be four wins. Add in a win or two in their first three homes games at the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington against the Giants, Panthers and the Falcons and the Cowboys should start fast.
If so, another late season collapse will be devastating.
From Super Bowl or bust to no more excuses, the Cowboys now know the road they must travel in 2009.
The highlights include back to back primetime games to open the new Cowboys stadium in Arlington, starting with the New York Giants Sept. 20 on NBC in week two followed by an ESPN Monday night affair against the Carolina Panthers. The ever popular Cowboys play a league-high tying five games in primetime.
The season will likely come down to a very tough December and January stretch that includes three of the final five games on the road against the Giants, Saints and Redskins and two tough home games against the San Diego Chargers and the Philadephia Eagles to end the season Jan. 3.
The Cowboys have not had a winning record in December and January since 1996. Not surprisingly they have not won a playoff game since then either.
But Terrell Owens is gone. There is a new attitude. And there are no more excuses.
The Cowboys have their marching orders. T.O. is gone. The season of no excuses has been set. Hate to break the bad news but their will be no joy in Mudville again. The Cowboys will collapse as usual in December and January and finish 9-7. They will go 1-4 down the stretch, solidifying another year without a playoff win.