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The Dallas Cowboys draft class is complete and Jerry Jones hasn’t stopped talking. Let me preface this by saying, I truly believe Jerry Jones is one of the best owners in all of professional sports. He will do anything to help his team win, but sometimes he strikes out, as most do. But after the NFL Draft ended, Jerry was quoted as saying, “When I look back on my life, I’ve overpaid for my big successes every time. I probably should’ve overpaid [for Paxton Lynch].”

No, you shouldn’t have Jerry. And here’s why…

1.It would have cost too much

The Broncos, who ultimately selected Paxton Lynch, moved up from No.31 to No.26 while giving up picks No.31 and No.94 for that selection. The Cowboys who held the third pick in the second round (No.34) would have likely had to give that up in addition to multiple picks, whether that be a future 2nd round pick, or a few others in the 2016 draft. Say they gave up their 2nd, 3rd and 4th rounders in the 2016 draft…that would have left the Cowboys with Ezekiel Elliott and Paxton Lynch and a bunch of guys who will likely have minimal impact on the Cowboys roster. Dallas entered the draft with weaknesses on defense, something they were able to address in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th round in Jaylon Smith, Maliek Collins and Charles Tapper. Moving up for Lynch would have forfeited those picks, leaving the defensive issues unaddressed. The same issues the Cowboys had on defense in 2015 (rushing the passer, creating turnovers) would have carried over to 2016, while our new QB of the future would be sitting on the bench. Bottom line, the Cowboys need impact players NOW on defense and trading up for Paxton Lynch would have prevented that. This is one deal I’m glad Jerry couldn’t make.

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2. You already drafted one player who won’t play in 2016

The Cowboys selected Notre Dame LB Jaylon Smith 34th overall, who is recovering from a gruesome knee injury and will miss the 2016 season. I love the pick, but it hurts that he will not make an impact this year. If the Cowboys traded up for Paxton Lynch, the former Memphis QB would not have seen the field in 2016, or likely 2017, even 2018. Would that be worth the cost of his selection? Maybe, but not anytime soon. The Cowboys have a roster full of talent and can compete for a playoff berth in 2016, especially in a somewhat weaker NFC East. Lynch who needs seasoning on the bench, is not an NFL-ready player and would struggle if forced into action right away.

3. Dak Prescott 

The Cowboys used a 4th Round selection on Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott, who also needs to sit and learn on the bench, but for a 4th Round pick…value is there. They didn’t need to give up anything for a young backup quarterback who won’t play anytime soon. Yes, Paxton Lynch is more talented, but how much more for the cost?

While I do believe the Cowboys made mistakes in this year’s draft, specifically Ezekiel Elliott, as I outlined in a detailed piece before the draft itself, I’m sure I will enjoy watching him play behind the behemoth’s up front for Big D. They were able to address defense since the they did not trade up for Lynch and will undoubtedly improve on both sides of the ball this upcoming season.

I’m not one for grades directly after the draft, as we have no idea how a prospect will pan out year’s down the road, but for the Cowboys haul in 2016 I would give it a solid B.

 

 

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