Cowboys Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft


By Abe Munch

1st- Tyron Smith, OT, USC
2nd- Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
3rd- DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma
4th- David Arkin, OG, Missouri State
5th- Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo
6th- Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina
7th- Shaun Chapas, RB, Georgia
7th- Bill Nagy, C, Wisconsin

Synopsis: New head coach Jason Garrett finished the season with a winning record going 5-3 after the Cowboys started 1-7 under former head coach Wade Phillips. The plan for this draft was to beef up the offensive line while staying true to their draft board and adding players that Garrett deemed “Cowboy players”. Six of the eight prospects selected were on the offensive side of the ball.

Best Selection:
Tyron Smith. Smith is an athletic freak with rare tools for a tackle prospect. He may have to start at the right tackle position to begin his career, but I would be very surprised if it took him much time to pick up the speed of the game. He should finish the season at left tackle and remain there for the next 10-12 years.

Best Selection: Tyron Smith. Smith is an athletic freak with rare tools for a tackle prospect. He may have to start at the right tackle position to begin his career, but I would be very surprised if it took him much time to pick up the speed of the game. He should finish the season at left tackle and remain there for the next 10-12 years.

Biggest Risk: None. The Cowboys took no chances and did a great job measuring their team needs with their overall draft board. By my account, not one player was a reach, and every one of them has the ability to make the final roster or the scout team for development.

Sleeper: Shaun Chapas. Many teams are no longer utilizing the traditional fullback but fortunately for Chapas the Cowboys are not one of those teams. Chapas brings the size and strength you want in a lead fullback, but also shows good hands to be effective on outlet passes when neccessary. A three year starter at the University of Georgia.

Grade: A
The Cowboys are generally not shy about taking chances on draft day or moving around the board to select players they like. This year they stayed quiet and true to their board. They filled areas of need and added good, young talent to develop, without sacrificing future picks.


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2 Responses to “Cowboys Gab Grades the Teams Picks in the 2011 Draft”

  1. pimpinkin21 says:

    lets go cowboys

  2. Finesse Murphy says:

    I think the DeMarco Murray pick turns out to be a great one. Check out how the kid is getting ready his first season with the ‘Boys in the league with some MMA training… http://tinyurl.com/3cpfpxa …Jay Glazer makes a cameo (from a show called Barfly).

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