Let's start with the Cowboy's first pick Zach Martin out of Notre Dame. This pick is a B+. They should've started the draft with a defender, whether it was in the secondary or on the line. But, they got a great lineman to protect the worn down Tony Romo. On to the 2nd pick which is Demarcus Lawrence, the outside linebacker out of Boise State. This pick gets an A. Awesome trade up for the Cowboys from the Redskins to get a Demarcus to replace the Demarcus we lost this offseason (Ware). This will be a great addition to bring some young talent to the team. Anthony Hitchens from Iowa got drafted in the 4th round was another outside linebacker. Unfortunately, this gets a C. The Cowboys must know something we don't because nobody knows much about this kid. The next player drafted was Devin Street, wide receiver out of Pittsburgh. This pick gets a B+. Good pick but I think we have enough talent for the wide receiver. With the horrid Miles Austin gone though, this was a understandable pick. Ben Gardner was the first pick of many for the Cowboys in the 7th and final round of the draft. The big boy out of the Stanford D-line was a A in my grade book and will be a good addition to the line with all we lost and we need some young talent down on the line. We move to Will Smith out of Texas Tech and gets a B-. Good pick up for the Cowboys but 3 linebackers in the draft is just a tad too much. We need to focus on secondary at this point. Which leads up to the next pick, Ahmad Dixon out of Baylor get a B +. We could've grabbed a better safety earlier in the draft but not a terrible pick by any means. Ken Bishop the defensive tackle out of Northern Illinois was another B+ pick and for the same reason, we could've found a better tackle earlier but we will have to settle. Finally Terrance Mitchell out of Oregon gets an A. Anyone out of Oregon with the defense they have is an A in my book and was a steal for the Cowboys.
Overall, the Cowboys get a B in this 2014 NFL Draft. Wish we could've done a bit better on the defensive side but we got what we need eventually. Now its time for the boys to go to work!
-Cody Nelson 5th Quarter