Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has a reputation for liking overachievers, but he said the Cowboys’ seven draftees weren’t chosen strictly because of their character. They can all play, too.
“It’s not like they are ‘makeup’ guys, undersized guys who will run through the wall for you but they can’t play in the NFL,” Garrett said Saturday night after the Cowboys finished picking in the three-day draft. “These guys have the physical traits to play. ... They are big enough, long enough, fast enough. They have the traits that are required to play their position.”
In addition, they weren’t taken strictly for special teams, either, Garrett said.
“We feel like they can be position players for us,” he said. “We are fortunate that at least the bottom five guys can be really good special teams players for us, as well.”
Owner Jerry Jones was impressed by that, too.
“Jason grabbed me after the draft, and he said what is so neat about what we’ve done here is we really addressed, we really got core-based players by all legitimacy, yet we got some position done well with this draft.”
Garrett said talent matters, but character will maximize talent.
"If you look at the character of each of them, we believe they have the makeup to be really good players," Garrett said. "Why do we think that is so important? We feel like that allows them, as much as anything else, to achieve their potential. Our experience has been, when you have a lot of these kinds of guys on your football team, you practice better and you play better. It’s infectious."
-- Carlos Mendez