The pre-draft hype is at its peak, and there are still almost three weeks to go. We'll take a look at Dallas' top wide receiver, and see what happens with the rest of the draft to pick him at No. 26. We also talk about running backs and whether or not that would even be a good idea in the first round. A rushing prospect can generate too much hype, and a tight end outside of the Big Three finds its way to the Cowboys in one of many lineups. And if the Cowboys really want to play defense, they have to do it early.
In the meantime, we get a progress report on Jabrill Cox, see how the Cowboys' offseason looks even better after OBJ signed with Baltimore, and begin the NFL talent hunt around the world. . All that, plus the Cowboys' return specialist throwing MLB's first pitch and Troy Aikman playing behind the scenes on Monday Night Football . It's all in the news and messages.
NFL draft 2023. First round. Why is Bijan Robinson risky? ESPN:
Bill Barnwell discusses the merits of the first pick (even the best in recent years) and uses Dallas and its 26th pick as an example. His numbers suggest that a team must be more than five times more likely to turn a rookie into an above-average starter than a quarterback in order to be eligible for a first-round pick. And yet the salary is minimal. even if you think Robinson is going to be the best quarterback in football, the league sees the same value in him as running back Charvarius Ward or Allen Robinson, acquired as a free agent a year ago.
BackCAST 2023: Is Zach Charbonnet Overrated? :: Football outsiders
BackCAST predicts a running back's success based on statistics related to past success, such as a good combination of height and speed, high yards per carry and participation in a college team's running offense. The BackCAST score compares each quarterback to an "average" draft rank. Texas' Robinson is the clear leader this year, with UAB's Dewayne McBride and Alabama's Jammer Gibbs close behind. UCLA's Charbonnet may be overrated. is a very good runner, but maybe not as special as some teams expect based on how long they carry him.
Report: Ohio State WR Jackson Smith-Njigba favors Cowboys :: Cowboys Wire
Among many NFL teams, the Dallas native is the only wide receiver in this year's class worthy of a first-round pick. The Cowboys were caught off guard when CD Lamb lost to them in the first round of 2020 without even interviewing the Oklahoma product. They don't make the same mistake with Smith-Njigba, exercising due diligence in taking him on a pre-draft visit.
Seven, a test of 7 rounds. What if the Cowboys went WR first? :: Cowboy yarn
In order to get the best wide receiver in their class, the Cowboys had to trade this lineup. They force Smith-Njigba to create a "two-lamb offense," but it costs them a second-round pick. However, they still get a "killer" offensive lineman, as well as offensive tackle, running back Bell and a Johnathan Hankins clone. Another linebacker, an evil quarterback, one of the Big Ten's best tight ends and another freak returner round out the course.
Cowboys offseason looks better after Ravens sign OBJ :: Cowboys Wire
Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks will always be linked in the minds of Cowboys fans, but a closer look at their careers shows that Dallas got the better deal. Their stats in the 2014 draft are very similar. OBJ has a Pro Bowl and a big name, but is expected to be a full-body WR in Baltimore on a one-year lease. If Cooks can just come in and do exactly what he's done for nine seasons, he'll improve the game for everyone around him … and maybe help build something that lasts.
Progress report. Jabrilla Cox's representative key in 2023.
The Cowboys have been patient with the former LSU quarterback as he works his way back from a torn ACL as a rookie, but he'll have to be on the field all the time to show the coaches he's there. He could take Luke Gifford's special teams spot in 2023 and compete with Mickey Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch and Damon Clarke.
The Cowboys could target a defensive receiver early, an impressive but rare option. Athletics
The drop from the highest DT group to the rest is significant. And an offer with just one top-57 pick wouldn't satisfy the Cowboys' demand. If they want something really good, they should do it early and pick one of these five: Jalen Carter, Pitt, Kalia Kahns, Clemson's Brian Brees, Michigan's Maisie Smith or Wisconsin's Keanu Benton.
2023 NFL Draft Pattern Quarterbacks go 1-2-3, multiple trades for new two-round picks ::. Touch Wire:
Our very own KD Drummond selected Kangxi Pitt #26, calling him "too good to pass up" in the first round, putting him on par with Aaron Donald. At 58, he's back on defense with Miami cornerback Tyreek Stevenson, looking forward to the day when Trevon Diggs is in the spotlight, Jordan Lewis is gone and Stephon Gilmore's offense can't handle it.
The Cowboys pick a TE in the latest CBS sports spoof, but not the TE you think. Cowboy yarn
Iowa has the ability to roll at the NFL level. Their latest pick is listed by CBS Sports as fourth this year, but the publication says he was Dallas' first pick in the draft.
Cowboys ready to attack in 2023 draft Cowboys Wire
Much of Dallas' work in the offseason has been on defense, so this year's draft gives them an opportunity to move on from some offensive playmakers. The running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive lineman and even the backup quarterback would be wise to have their phones ready when the Cowboys are on the clock.
The Cowboys come back to make an impressive first strike against the Rangers. Sean McFarland (Twitter)
The NFL is heading to Kenya as NFL.com's Africa program expands
A talent search and flag football event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya this week, bringing together 29 promising players aged 16-21 from African countries including Cameroon, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria and Senegal. After demonstrating their skills, they can earn an invitation to the NFL International Tournament, the NFL International Player Development Program or the NFL UK Academy.
Sources detail Troy Aikman's rocky relationship with the MNF team following the personnel change. terrible statement
ESPN will hire a new director and producer for Monday Night Football , and the ripple effect is sweeping across American football coverage teams. And reports say it's the former Cowboys quarterback who has been open to his bosses about his desire for a change. Aikman expressed frustration with equipment issues several times during the season; The teams say Aikman came to town at the last minute, didn't show up for meetings, rarely tried to contact the broadcast team and "yelled at everyone in the truck when he didn't. Didn't get what he wanted."
Story originally appeared on Cowboys Wire.