Dallas Cowboy owner, Jerry Jones told his former Hall of Fame wide receiver Dallas Cowboy, Michael Irvin once upon a time, “We will never let a talent the likes of Randy Moss pass by in the draft again.” With that perceived mistake still hanging over Jones head and talented Oklahoma State wide receiver, Dez Bryant dropping on the NFL Draft board, Jones made the decision to trade up and makeBryant a Cobwoy.
Dez Bryant the Dallas Cowboys first round NFL Draft pick 24th overall.
Dez Bryant, a Cowboy fan since birth, is an outstanding wide receiver from Oklahoma State and will be playing opposite another talented but under performing Big 12 wide receiver, Roy Williams. Bryant may not play every down right away but he will will make an impact for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2010 NFL season.
Bryant’s issues off the field are the main reason he fell out of the projected top 10 of the NFL Draft. One knock on Dez Bryant is that he is not very studious off the playing field. Another issue for Bryant was that he did not take his NFL pro day seriously, forgetting his favorite cleats, then saying that was the reason he ran a slow 40. Jones was so enamored with his first round pick he awarded Bryant with the coveted number 88, see here.
The Cowboys will have to corral all their horses at wide receiver now. The personality clashes may start at the first practice, although Tony Romo’s go to receiver, Miles Austin doesn’t need to feel threatened according to Jerry Jones, see his NFL Network interview here.
Cowboys take linebacker Sean Lee with their second pick in NFL Draft.
Sean Lee the linebacker out of Penn State, comes from a long line of solid Penn State linebackers. Once known as Linebacker U, Penn State has not produced as many NFL standout linebackers lately but Sean Lee renews the tradition.
Sean Lee is another linebacker that knows how to find the ball and the ball carrier. Lee has some pop when he does find the ball and he is also a good cover man in the middle. Lee’s biggest down side, is his injury history. Lee has had major knee surgery and that may have contributed to the Cowboys finding him late in round two. The pick of Sean Lee will add pressure to Bobby Carpenter to earn his way on the Cowboy’s starting roster.
Cowboys third pick in the NFL Draft is in fourth round Akwasi Owusu-Ansah.
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah is a solid cover cornerback from a small school, Indiana (PA). Not the Big Ten Indiana, but the Indiana school that plays in the Pennsylvania State League. Akwasi Owusu-Ansah gives the Cowboys a possible shut down corner and possible return man on special teams.
The fact is, with this pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft it was a bit of a gamble. The Cowboys could have possibly taken another player in this spot and still be able to land Akwasi Owusu-Ansah in the sixth round. Without a fifth round pick Dallas almost had to take Akwasi Owusu-Ansah in the spot. Obviously the Dallas Cowboys brass had their minds set on him and they took him off the board early.
Cowboys fourth pick in the NFL Draft in the sixth round Sam Young.
Sam Young an offensive tackle out of Notre Dame could be a replacement for the recently departed Flozell Adams and could have the opportunity to make the starting roster opening week. Young has had mixed reviews in most scouting reports most of which have focused on his inability to play to his coaches expectations. Sounds like the perfect replacement for Cowboy veteran, Flozell Adams.
Cowboys fifth pick in the NFL Draft also in sixth round Jamar Wall.
Picking Jamar Wall in this spot may be a back up plan just in case Akwasi Owusu-Ansah doesn’t work out. Jamar Wall, a cornerback out of Texas Tech has had plenty of experience in the pass happy Big 12. Wall brings experience on the special teams also but lacks speed to cover some of the most dynamic receivers in the NFL.
Wall will most likely be a back up corner and a special teams player.
Cowboys sixth and final pick in the NFL Draft in seventh round Sean Lissemore.
Sean Lissemore a defensive tackle out of William and Mary does not have huge expectations as he arrives for the Dallas Cowboys voluntary camp in a few weeks. Dallas is looking for Lissemore to make the team as a back up defensive lineman. Sean Lissemore has great speed for a big man and although he is under sized he may also find a place on the special teams.
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