Will McClay and his scouting staff have done it, once again! As a panic had already set in on the majority of loyal Dallas Cowboy fans, Will and his team were hard at work finding the Right Kind of Guys to fill the vacancies opened up during the Free Agency portion of the 2017 season.
Taco Charlton was a player we needed to force other members of the defensive line to fight for the right to receive playing time. Charlton has the length to be effective along with some exceptional athletic talent.
Joining the likes of 6’7″ David Irving, Taco’s 6’6-3/4″ frame should make good bookends for Dallas this season. The Cowboys also will be bringing red-shirted Charles Tapper into the mix. Playing time will be based on performance. Oddly enough, DeMarcus Lawrence may be the man at the defensive end position with the most to prove, with Benson Mayowa following a close second.
As the divisional champs, the Cowboys were expecting to lose a few players to free agency. I am not sure that they expected to lose their entire starting secondary from two years ago. However, that is exactly what happened.
The Cowboys knew that a huge effect of the Collective Bargaining Agreement coupled with the season’s salary cap, was an outright effort to keep teams younger.
Dallas selected cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis to fill the vacancies left by Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne. Not only are Awuzie and Lewis younger, they are upgrades the our past corners.
Dallas moved up in the sixth round to grab Xavier Woods, a talented safety who is both a ball hawk and a good hitter. Woods will compete with Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier to line-up along side of Byron Jones.
The middle of the defense will be helped by last year’s red shirted Mike linebacker, Jaylon Smith. The reports from Dr. Cooper last week were better than even the Jones expected. Joining Sean Lee and (my prediction) Damien Wilson as the three starting linebackers will make this, fast to the ball, group exceptional.
The success didn’t end there. Dallas selected a couple of offensive weapons which will not only force some competition, but will likely put Lucky Whitehead’s future with the team in jeopardy. Ryan Switzer is being compared to Cole Beasley. Switzer was also one of the nation’s top return men.
Marquez White is another cornerback who Dallas drafted. He is a lengthy back but he is going to have to put on a little more weight to be a solid player in this league.
The Cowboys also drafted wide-bodied receiver, Noah Brown. Brown is from Ohio State and he sports a 6’2′ 220 lbs. frame. Brown is a solid, willing blocker.
There is not enough praise I can give to Will McClay and his staff.
The Cowboys have improved while managing to get much younger with McClay’s knowledge and vision on making the right picks on draft day. Will McClay is a hidden figure around the media, but everyone on the Cowboys’ staff, respects the work he has done to make Dallas a better team, now and in the future.