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 Draft strategies - Jerry Jones vs Bob Quinn 
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Post Draft strategies - Jerry Jones vs Bob Quinn
Bob Quinn seemed to have a strategy where he made consistent contact hoping to slap singles at positions of need and get some quality depth for his roster. I think he did a good job. His strategy probably keeps the Lions away from having an entire draft bust out like the Fairley/Titus/LeShoure draft of Mayhew that was exciting early on but made us all look like fools later.

On the flip side, did anyone see what the Cowboys did? Seemed like they swung for the fences every chance they had. This may be two drafts that will be fun to follow into the future and a nice representation of which way is better to build a sustainable roster.

Rd 1 - Ezekiel Elliott - RB - Ohio St - big time high end talent but a position where the league seems to value less and less every year. I like him as much as Gurley and it makes sense given that Romo is breaking into pieces and that they have a great line.

Rd 2 - Jaylon Smith - LB - Notre Dame - at one time the highest rated players let alonge LBer in the draft but a multiligament knee dislocation with a stretch injury to the nerve on January 1, 2016. Usually if that nerve is going to come back it shows some signs by 3 months from the injuries. Smith s surgeon is a Cowboys team doc so they may have had inside information on that front. Im guessing his nerve is going to make a full recovery but still multiligament knee injuries are devastating - Dustin Keller and Marcus Lattimore were done after there injuries. High risk pick and they traded up to get him. Also they have now used there top 2 picks on positions that are devalued by the rest of the league.

Rd 3 - Maliek Collins - DT - Nebraska - a value pick and at a position of need but with questions about his conditioning, strength and also history of personal fouls.

Rd 4 - Charles Tapper - DE - Oklahoma - 4.6 speed at 270 pounds but came along late. Another good value for them but betting on the upside he develops as a passrusher.

Rd 4 - Dak Prescott - QB - Mississippi State - Athletic QB with big arm but raw, not from a pro style system and history DUI charge.

Rd 6 - Kavon Frazier - S - Central Michigan - CMU guy who likely fell bc he was in the MAC. Big upside if his strong play wasnt just bc of the competition level but had strong proday also.

Rd 6 - Darius Jackson - TB - Eastern Michigan - EMU guy who was a force despite awful talent around him and nailed the pro day workouts. Lions were high on him but pulled trigger on LS Landes instead.

Rd 6 - Rico Gathers - TE - Baylor - Didnt play college football but is 6'8" and runs 4.7. Hoping for upside like a Gates, Graham or Gonzalez


May 1st, 2016, 12:36 pm
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Post Re: Draft strategies - Jerry Jones vs Bob Quinn
I agree Legend, was thinking the same thing. Although this is definitely untrue, it sure seems like Jerry Jones picks the player that will generate the most media. Elliot, Smith, Rico.. Then again, the Cowboys are gonna get the media regardless of who they took. As far as Zeke, ive been thinking for a long time that him and the Cowboys would be a match made in heaven.

Like you said, itll be interesting seeing how both strategies pan out.


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kdsberman wrote:
I agree Legend, was thinking the same thing. Although this is definitely untrue, it sure seems like Jerry Jones picks the player that will generate the most media. Elliot, Smith, Rico.. Then again, the Cowboys are gonna get the media regardless of who they took. As far as Zeke, ive been thinking for a long time that him and the Cowboys would be a match made in heaven.

Like you said, itll be interesting seeing how both strategies pan out.



Its possible both took extreme approaches with the Cowboys taking on a lot of risk and the Lions maybe sticking too much to needs. I mistakenly left out one of the Cowboys picks 6th rounder Anthony Brown (No 189) out of Purdue, a guy with good workouts and a good tackler but one routinely beaten in coverage and who needs a lot of help with fundamentals.


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Post Re: Draft strategies - Jerry Jones vs Bob Quinn
It's funny, because the Cowboys became legit after a few Quinn-esque drafts to fortify the trenches. Looks like they're back to their swing-for-the-fences style, which might work for a couple years because of the foundation they built a few years back, but isn't a recipe for success (see Mayhew, Martin).

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A first year GM has to be safe in the draft. He needs to start to build a base/depth. After a few years and your starting to prove yourself (with a little more job security), then you start taking chances.

JJ owns the team and has all the job security he needs. He is also getting up there in age and has a small window with an aging QB whose time is nearly up.

The two situations called for two radically different draft strategies.

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