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Press Conference: Cowboys

Monday, June 19, 2017


How does a draft writer spend the first weeks after the big event? I’m not sure, but I have decided to watch ever press conference for every team after each day of the draft, so you don’t have to. The goal is to pick up tendencies, tells and specific reasoning for selections. Sometimes the coaches and general managers have a role in mind, and as I’ve learned, too often they do not.

 

As you can see, the notes are very rough. This is not transcribing, more so noting the important points involved in an entire thought.

 

I apologize for the hiatus on this series. The last month has turned my routine upside down due to a family circumstance. I truly appreciate my Rotoworld family for understanding.

 

NFC South Press Conference Notes

NFC West Press Conference Notes

NFC North Press Conference Notes

 

Dallas Cowboys

 

Round 1 (28). EDGE Taco Charlton, Michigan - Real athleticism. Arm length we are trying to get at right defensive end. Targeted players who could play on the right side, can also play left or inside if needed. Size is one of his greatest attributes, along with level of competition… Began the day with exercise of who could be on the board. Taco was one of the names… Had opportunities to trade, but comfortable with a group of players. Not a lot of thought to moving up or down… “How the draft is set up” factored into pressure player round one, corner in round two. “We can get a really solid corner at the end of round two.”... Productive player against top competition. Good technical rusher, but room for improvement. Can do things others can’t because of his length… Stays on balance as a rusher, uses counter moves… A corner on the board was still in the mix… Tyrone Crawford moving inside “not necessarily”... Will consistently face off against Tyron Smith… Taco as healthy as any DL the Cowboys evaluated… Right end was a major focus… One prospect still on the board with a first round grade. Just 18 graded in that area… “Had a really good feeling” about this pick… On not trading up or down: There’s an old famous cartoon of two buzzards sitting on a limb, one looks at the other and says “patience my ass, I’m going to go kill something.” Staying put can be just as big of a gamble, don’t trade just for the thrill…

 

Round 2 (60). CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado - Two drafted corners are similar in that they can play inside and outside. Football character and off field is outstanding. Well respected inside their programs. Leaders. You see it when they play… Great interactions during the draft process… Can be an outside corner, slot or safety. Very versatile… Always want to start players as outside corners, see how they do, then move inside from there… The top player on the board at the time… Visited. Recommendations from administrators, coaches and teammates was very important. Great juice and spirit… Mike Macintyre, Colorado head coach, was Cowboys DB coach from 2003-2006…

 

Round 3 (92). CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan - Thoroughly looked into his legal situation. Did so early in the process. One of his best attributes is off the field character. Made sure to note the charge is a misdemeanor. Outstanding player with great strength of character… Moving Orlando Scandrick rumor is “completely erroneous”... Secondary coach Greg Jackson was on Michigan’s staff, knows Lewis and Taco well. Rare to have that kind of pre-draft knowledge… The top player on the board at the time… Depth at the position factored into letting free agents walk… Top three picks were top two round grades…

 

Round 4 (133). WR Ryan Switzer, UNC - Reset the board during the morning of the third day. Hinted at wanting a receiver with return skills at the end of day two… Started off the day with a “special” special teamer… Add offense to special teams and kicking game. Real opportunity… If Beasley happened to go down, what would it do to the whole offense? Switzer would fill that role… Very good inside receiver in the slot, similar to Beasley. Very quarterback friendly. Both could be on the field at the same time… Plays with the right kind of spirit… Interested in Donnel Pumphrey because he can create plays away from the football, were debating between the two but Pumphrey went off right before…

 

Received:

2017 sixth-round pick (No. 191)

Traded:

2018 fifth-round pick

 

Round 6 (191). S Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech - Was in the debate at the Switzer pick in round four. Clearly the top player at the board at the time, had to move up for him… Believe he can come in and compete, at the very least will add depth… Ball skills, instinctive, will play special teams, can play slot… Brought him in on a visit… Expected compensatory selections in 2018 factored into trading one for a pick in 2017… Drafted five picks in the top 70 players graded…

 

Received:

2017 sixth-round pick (No. 216)

2017 seventh-round pick (No. 239)

Traded to Patriots:

2017 sixth-round pick (No. 211): Conor McDermott, T, UCLA

 

Round 6 (216). CB Marquez White, FSU

 

Round 7 (228). DL Joey Ivie, Florida - Now is the time to take nose tackle/3-technique hybrids

 

Round 7 (239). WR Noah Brown, Ohio State - Zeke was the No. 1 proponent for drafting Brown… Floor might be lower, but the ceiling is high. Gained some weight which hurt him…

 

Round 7 (246). DL Jordan Carrell, Colorado



Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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