Randy Gregory and the Cowboys are a match-made in heaven
The seconds turned into minutes, the minutes to hours, the hours to a day. Finally, he heard his name called by a former alum, “The Dallas Cowboys select, ‘great pick’ Randy Gregory.” Former Dallas great Darren Woodson called the Gregory pick, and relief was felt throughout Gregory. He was finally drafted, the wait, the wonder has ended.
Gregory fell to pick 60, at least 50 sports further than what he, along with many draft experts had thought. Yes, Gregory has his fair-share of off-the-field issues, including multiple drug related run-ins, but his football talent speaks for itself.
At 6’5 235 pounds Gregory brings a much-needed edge presence to the Dallas Cowboys they have lacked since Demarcus Ware left for Denver. While not polished for the NFL yet, Gregory has the potential to be a dominating pass-rusher in this league for years to come.
The way the Nebraska hybrid defensive end can make an impact at the next level right away will be because of one man: Rod Marinelli. The Cowboys defensive coordinator is a defensive-line whisperer, he can make the non-talented into something special, and the talented into dominant beings. Marinelli is beloved by players, coaches and insiders around the league. Evidence of his greatness can be seen by turning around the Cowboys defense last season, that was historically the worst ever in the NFL after the 2013 season.
Pairing Gregory with last year’s second round pick Demarcus Lawrence, gives the Boys’ a young, talented and dangerous pass-rush combination. Add in Greg Hardy when he returns from his suspension, and the Cowboys arguably have the most talented defensive line in the NFC East.
With the Cowboys third round pick (91 overall), they went offense for the first time in the draft, selecting Florida OT Chaz Green. Green is a solid lineman who can move into a guard role with the club. Ultimately, Green provides depth and insurance in case one of the Cowboys star lineman get injured.
I would have liked to seen RB be addressed, with a few big-names still available but Jerry and his staff have shown to have a solid draft-plan and lately it has worked. Watch out for RB David Cobb from Minnesota, he could fit in nicely with Dallas’ other backs on the roster. Cobb is a more ground-and-pound compared to Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle. Stay tuned to see what happens…..
Randy Gregory Draft Grade: A-
Chaz Green Draft Grade: B
Dan Schalk covers the Dallas Cowboys for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @ffsportstalk