On a late Thursday night, April 30th to be exact, Chicago's Auditorium Theatre was filled to capacity as the 2015 NFL draft was set. Now, the Dallas Cowboys had 26 picks to wait & assess their plan for the 1st round. Once it was their turn, they turned straight to defense by drafting the explosive cornerback out of Connecticut, Byron Jones. Jones was given a 5.6 grade by NFL.com. This was a good move for the Cowboys as it gave them very good talent in their backfield.
Next, they had the 28th pick in the second round & once again went to defense, drafting OLB out of Nebraska, Randy Gregory. Gregory, a for sure defensive threat for whomever the Dallas Cowboys play this season, as he comes out to a 6.4 draft grade. This grade signifies him as an instant starter, but he might have some work to do against Sean Lee, Rolando McClain & Anthony Hitchens.
The last draft pick I'm going to talk about is the one who went undrafted. That's right, I'm talking about the 6'4" 305 lb. offensive guard out of LSU, La'el Collins. Collins went undrafted due to his ties in a murder investigation. Collins was ranked to go somewhere in the top 10, but teams failed to draft him because he was a risk. Dallas had no problem taking that risk when they signed him, even when the police in the case said they don't think of Collins as a suspect.
Some of you might wonder, "So, when do you get to the part where Dallas drafts a RB?" The answer to that is never. While some of you might think that, Dallas doesn't need one. They have Darren McFadden, who is protected by what some might say is "The best Offensive Line in NFL History". McFadden, a 7-year veteran who was signed by Dallas this offseason after being released by Oakland. If he doesn't pan out, no worries, they have Joseph Randle. Randle, who of course is no Demarco Murray, but he runs well & once again, he's got a killer offensive line to protect him.
So, for everyone who is a Cowboys hater or is not happy that Dallas is going to be this good, get used to it, because it won't be pretty for anybody squaring up against Dallas this season. Myself, am not a Cowboys fan, but I am a fan of good football & what the Cowboys have planned & drafted so far, this is going to be some good football.
By James Trietley