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Draft Series Part 1 of 9: Quarterbacks

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It is the middle of April and the NFL draft is rapidly approaching.  With that in mind, we here at Cowboysgab.com would like to do a draft preview series.  This nine-part series will lead us up to the draft.  Over the next couple of weeks we will look at each position on the Cowboys and whether there would be any prospects that would fit nicely with the club.

Part 1:  Quarterbacks

The quarterback position, like many others on the Cowboys, seems to be locked down with not much chance of a change between last season and the one upcoming.  But here we go:

Starter: Tony Romo

Romo is coming off, arguably, his best season as a Cowboy.  Romo passed for 4,483 yards a career-high for Romo.  He had 26 touchdowns and a career-low 9 interceptions.  It is hard to criticize Romo for anything that happened last season.  Romo displayed the leadership that the staff had hoped he would in this “Romo-friendly” locker room.  He was fantastic on the field, when he had the time.  The one negative statistic that stands out is the 34 sacks, by far the most in Romo’s professional career.  Part of reason for the increase would be the coaching staff’s emphasis on not turning the ball over.  Romo sacrificed some of his “gunslinger” mentality for ball protection.  With Romo trying to decrease turnovers he naturally held onto the ball and suffered some sacks.  Another reason for the increase is the injuries and shuffling on the offensive line.  While tackle Doug Free did a good job filling in for Marc Colombo at right tackle, it did upset the chemistry a little and communication lines were mixed up during some plays.  All in all, Tony Romo proved he is a borderline “elite” quarterback in the NFL and the Cowboys are happy to have him in the starting position again for the 2010 season.

Jon Kitna

One of the issues that plagued the 2008/09 season was the backup quarterback position.  When Tony Romo went down for 3-games that year, Brad Johnson stepped in and proved that he was no longer a NFL level quarterback.  During that offseason Johnson was released and the Cowboys brought in Jon Kitna.  While Kitna didn’t get to play this year, he is arguably the best backup quarterback in the league.  The Cowboys seem to have no desire to change him out this season.  Like always, the Cowboys will hope that he doesn’t need to play.

Stephen McGee

McGee is going into his second year as a pro and doesn’t have a lot expected of him.  He came out of Texas A&M a little raw according to the coaching staff.  The plan is to groom him for many years.  The Cowboys love his athleticism but his arm needs some more work.  With no one around expected to push McGee he should return as the third string quarterback.  The Cowboys did invest a 4th round pick in McGee at last year’s draft.  I would expect them to hang onto McGee until they get a good feel for him.

Draft Needs:

I don’t see the Cowboys drafting a quarterback in the draft.  There is a chance that they drop a 7th round pick on one so they have 4 going into camp.  It is more likely that they will sign a guy off the street to help lighten the load this summer.  With that in mind, there are some decent quarterbacks on the board this year with the likes of Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford, Texas’ Colt McCoy, Florida’s Tim Tebow and Notre Dame’s Jimmy Claussen.  I don’t expect that the Cowboys will make a move of any kind at a position that they have settled for at least this next season and possibly more down the road.

Next up: Running Backs


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