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2018 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round

Happy NFL Draft Eve! This 1st round mock was made with the assumption that all 32 teams stay put and draft accordingly.

***Disclaimer***: There is rumored to be a few trades in the works in just the first round alone. Picks and teams may change and mess up this entire mock. 

CLE   1. Cleveland Browns – Sam Darnold, QB, USC

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It’s no secret Cleveland wants their quarterback of the future. Darnold appears to be the guy they want. Crazier things have happened but the consensus seems to be Darnold will be Cleveland’s guy at number one.

 

NYG   2. New York Giants – Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

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I know “experts” think top 5 is too high for a running back. But that’s what “experts” said about Ezekiel Elliott as well, and he is the best back in the league. Barkley is not only an elite running back but also an elite pass catching back. The Giants very well could go O-Line (Nelson) with this pick but I think it’ll be too hard for NY to pass up on arguably the best player in the draft. With Darnold off the board, Barkley goes to NY at #2. Also still holding out hope the Giants sign Dez Bryant. I not only want to see Dez play Dallas twice a year for entertainment purposes, NY is the only team in the division I can somewhat stand.

 

NYJ   3. New York Jets – Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma 

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The Jets and Baker Mayfield just seem to go together. Jets moved up to get their guy at #3 who they believe to be the QB that will take them over the top in the future. Mayfield will not need to start right away and will likely come in as the #3 QB on the roster. But will learn for at least a year and it’s the Jets hope he will take the reins at some point in the future.

 

CLE   4. Cleveland Browns – Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

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Cleveland gets the best pass rusher in the draft at 4 after getting their QB of the future at 1. Nice haul for a Browns team that for the first time in many, many years, looks like they may be headed in the right direction.

 

DEN.png   5. Denver Broncos – Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame 

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Elway is on record saying he is willing to trade this pick. So this is where I think the draft could get crazy. But if everything were to stand pat, Denver would be smart to take Quenton Nelson. He is the best offensive lineman in the draft, would provide protection for newly acquired QB Case Keenum, and should be a future pro bowler for years to come.

 

IND   6. Indianapolis Colts – Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia 

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To break the heart of many teams following this pick, the Colts take Roquan Smith. Many consider Smith to be the best defensive player in the draft and his athleticism, intelligence, and leadership make him the perfect pick for the Colts who are trying to re-invent their defensive identity.

 

TB   7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derwin James, S, Florida State

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Derwin James is a stud. Tampa Bay will pounce on the chance to take James at 7 if he is still available (barring any trade ups). Don’t pay attention to the rumors of James falling. If these GM’s have done their homework they will see that James is a can’t miss safety and arguably the best DB in the draft.

 

CHI   8. Chicago Bears – Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

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Tremaine Edmunds is a freak athlete. At only 19 years old, he probably has the most potential in the entire draft. The bears snag him here and have the potential cornerstone to their defense for years to come.

 

sf1   9. San Francisco 49ers – Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

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Minkah Fitzpatrick is the most intriguing prospect in the first round. He can line up at any DB position. His versatility is his biggest strength but also weakness ,which dropped him below James, as NFL teams must have a clear idea of where they want to play him. He could be great at any of the defensive back positions it’s just a matter of finding which position works best for the team. But San Francisco will be thrilled to have such a versatile weapon at their disposal at #9 and they’ll figure out where he fits best.

 

OAK   10. Oakland Raiders – Vita Vea, DT, Washington

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Vita Vea is a big, strong, quick 1-tech defensive tackle. Some mocks have him falling but I think Oakland snags him here at 10. His speed and quickness are what jumps out, and to be so big and strong, and be that fast, he’s a one of a kind DT and the best one in the draft.

 

miami_dolphins   11. Miami Dolphins – Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA 

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The Dolphins are beyond thrilled that Hot Tub Rosen fell out of the top 10 and into their laps at 11. Rosen has the potential to be a very good QB. And with the uncertainty of Tannehill’s future in MIA as the QB, Rosen makes a lot of sense here.

 

19xDQG-d   12. Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming 

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At 12 sits the biggest question mark in the draft. While Josh Allen dropped out of the projected top 5, he still goes earlier than I think he should. The unproven QB from Wyoming, with no big wins or impressive stats, gets picked up at 12 by Buffalo. Sounds like Buffalo right? The arm strength is there. The measurables are there. But there’s so much uncertainty with Allen that this is the biggest gamble in the draft.

 

TTwashingtonracists   13. Washington FC – Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

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Washington FC (Football Club) couldn’t get up to the podium fast enough to announce this pick. Denzel Ward may not make it out of the Top 10 but if he does, this fills a real need for Washington FC.

 

green_bay_packers   14. Green Bay Packers – Harold Landry, DE, Boston College

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Harold Landry is so skilled at rushing the passer he will not make past this pick. Landry fits right in with GB and their scheme and will be hounding QB’s for years to come. There will always be a need for pass rushers and Landry is about as good as it gets.

 

large   15. Arizona Cardinals – Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

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Some mocks have AZ taking a QB with this pick. But with the recent signings of Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon, it appears AZ is comfortable with their QB situation at the moment. They pick up a great value pick here and fill a need at tackle with the best one on the board.

 

large (1)   16. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

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The Baltimore Ravens take who they believe to be the best WR in the draft. They recently signed Willie Snead but I don’t think that takes them out of the running to draft who they believe will be their number one WR of the future. Ridley is the most polished out of the all the WR prospects and this alone is why he will be the number one receiver taken in the 2018 draft.

 

60eca3fb-c0f0-4ab3-99d2-aec0c4958d31_549631_CUSTOM   17. Los Angeles Chargers – Leighton Van Der Esch, LB, Boise State

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Thank the Football Gods that LVE is selected at 17. As a Cowboys fan, if he was there at 19 it’s been widely speculated that this would be the Cowboys pick. He may be good down the line, but LVE is all potential at this point. Not that excited about the player, but hey, I’ve been wrong before. (Not often).

 

seattle_seahawks   18. Seattle Seahawks – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

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With the entire Seattle defense doing a complete overhaul, it’s time to get some new blood on this case. Marcus Davenport is the best remaining pass rusher and can come in and start right away for Seattle next season.

 

C1QObiyZ_400x400   19. Dallas Cowboys – Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU 

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Courtland Sutton was the top rated receiver all year until the combine and pro days. If the Cowboys truly want to replace Dez Bryant, Sutton is the guy. DJ Moore makes a lot of sense here too if Dallas is set on going WR in round one but I think Sutton’s pure skill as a jump ball receiver and his size give him the edge over any other receiver in this draft and make him the perfect fit for the Cowboys. By letting #88 go, the Cowboys made WR one of if not the biggest need on this team. Sutton could step in day one and while he may not duplicate the production of Dez, he could be somewhere close. Just don’t give him the #88. It’s too soon…

 

large (2)   20. Detroit Lions – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

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Taven Bryan has drawn JJ Watt comparisons. Not only because they are big and white but Bryan is actually a dominant force against the pass and the run.

 

large (3)   21. Cincinnati Bengals – James Daniels, C, Iowa 

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James Daniels could be dominant at either Center or Guard. QB could be enticing for Cincinnati here but they end up taking

 

19xDQG-d   22. Buffalo Bills – Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa 

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Bills got their Quarterback earlier in the draft and now they get their Cornerback. Jackson has been ranked as the highest CB coming out and I’ve also seen some have a 2nd or 3rd round grade on him. He may not have elite speed but he is a physical, rangy CB

 

new_england_patriots   23. New England Patriots – Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville 

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And there he goes! The most electrfying football player in college football history goes #23 to the New England Patriots. Lamar Jackson may end up being the best Quarterback in this draft class and he’ll going to the best team of the past two decades. This is the most fun pick of the draft, as the Patriots get their successor to Brady. Jackson couldn’t dream of a better situation. If Brady ends up playing for 4 or 5 more years, he’ll get shipped off to a new team and get that Jimmy G money!

 

large (4)   24. Carolina Panthers – DJ Moore, WR, Maryland

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Carolina gets DJ Moore! The shifty and explosive reciever goes to a team that will perfectly utilize his talent.

 

large (5)   25. Tennesse Titans – Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

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Rashaan Evans is a very interesting prospect. He’s got the speed to compete at the next level and plays extremely hard. He’s a steal here for Tennessee.

 

large (6)   26. Atlanta Falcons – Da’ron Payne, DT, Alabama 

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Da’ron Payne is a perfect fit here for Atlanta. Rumblings around the league are that Atlanta highly covets the big man in the middle.

 

large (7)   27. New Orleans Saints – Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina 

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Really believe New Orleans wants to go TE here with all the first round QB’s taken off the board. It was a toss-up between Hayden Hurst and Dallas Goedert. Hurst is a slightly better blocker while Goedert is a slightly better receiver. New Orleans has changed its offensive philosophy and wants to run more in future years. So Hurst edges out Goedert ever so slightly.

 

NFL_Pittsburgh_Steelers_200x200_trans   28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Reid, S, Stanford 

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Little brother of Eric Reid, Justin Reid has the makeup to be as great if not greater than his brother. Justin Reid is the playmaking safety that Pittsburgh hasn’t had in quite a while.

 

NFL_Jacksonville_Jaguars_200x200_trans   29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Conor Williams, T, Texas 

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Connor Williams is a little small for Tackle and there’s a lot of question marks about him transitioning to the speed of the NFL. But he’s worth taking a gamble on this late in the first round.

 

large (8)   30. Minnesota Vikings – Isaiah Wynn, G, Georgia 

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Wynn could end up being the best offensive lineman in this draft. The biggest question mark is what position will he play in the NFL. Can play either tackle or guard.

 

new_england_patriots   31. New England Patriots – Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA 

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New England lost their starting left tackle (Nate Solder) in free agency. They need a tackle. Kolton Miller plays tackle. Boom.

 

large (9)   32. Philadelphia Eagles – Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

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This is scary. The Eagles don’t really have any glaring needs. Jay Ajayi only has one year left on his deal. The Eagles pick up the next best RB in the draft and

 

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Dallas Cowboys 2016 Mock Draft

Thanks to the wonderful people at FanSpeak I was able to do a complete draft for the Dallas Cowboys. This site allows you to make selections for your favorite team through a generated full seven round mock NFL draft through their wonderful draft simulator. The best part is, the picks and rankings are based off of whatever site you feel most comfortable trusting. I did mine based off of CBS Sports (because NFL.com hasn’t updated their rankings for 2 weeks).

I also took into account who the Cowboys had in for visits and my personal preferences of course.

So here it is: My Dallas Cowboys 2016 Mock Draft.

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Jalen Ramsey of course is my pick at four.

In the second round wide receiver Will Fuller fell to the Cowboys at 34 and he’d be a great pick. I was torn because defensive end Kevin Dodd was also available and he would fill a need but I had to go Fuller here. His speed and quickness to go alongside Dez Bryant would give Dallas that second playmaker at wide receiver that they desperately need. This is also a need since Terrance Williams will be a free agent at the end of next season.

In the third round I was surprised Derrick Henry fell to 67. I’ve seen some reports that Henry could fall to the third round but I didn’t really think it would happen. But according to CBS Sports this is a real possibility. So Henry was the obvious choice in round three.

In the fourth round I took some chances. With the 101st pick I took Jaylon Smith. The outside linebacker was projected in the top five before is horrible injury that will sideline him for all of next season. He is worth taking a chance on in the fourth round if you look at the big picture. If he comes back as half of what he was then he could still be a contributor for a winning team. If he comes back as the dominant player he once was then you got a steal in the fourth round.

I also took Dak Prescott in the fourth round. It’s no secret the Cowboys are in love with Prescott. The Cowboys had him in for the maximum amount of workouts possible and have hinted towards drafting him. He would be an excellent backup for Romo and i believe he will be the best quarterback in this draft.

The Cowboys have four sixth round picks and will likely move them for others, to possibly move up in the draft. But if they stay where they are, I chose a couple of defensive ends for depth and two former TCU standouts that the Cowboys have had in for workouts. Green could be a good back and possible practice squad player that could make the team if Dunbar isn’t what he used to be, and Kindred is a dark horse to make the team if drafted because of his versatility. He could be a good special teams player for Dallas and backup safety.

Well, there it is. My Cowboys mock draft.

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Cowboys Draft Day Wish List

The draft is only a few days away! 

With Rams’ and Eagles’ trades, picks one and two are locked. Goff and Wentz will be those picks. 

As I wrote in a previous article, the draft really begins at pick number three. Who will San Diego select? 

Laremy Tunsil? Jalen Ramsey? Deforest Buckner? 

San Diego has done a great job of keeping their pick under wraps and has everyone speculating who they will select. 

So with that being unknown, here is my Cowboys’ wish list for the number four pick in the draft. 

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1. Jalen Ramsey 

2. Ezekiel Elliot 

3. Laremy Tunsil 

4. Shaq Lawson 

5. Lequan Treadwell 

I support any of these guys being picked with that number four pick or trading down to select one of these five players. 

The more I hear Zeke To Dallas the more I’m leaning towards him being the pick. But only if Jalen Ramsey is a San Diego Charger by pick four. 

Would love Laremy Tunsil also but this draft is pretty deep at offensive line. That’s not the biggest need of the Cowboys but he could be the best player in this draft. So any of these three at number four would be excellent. 

I would trade down for Lawson or Treadwell but they would be excellent picks as well. Both filling needs for this football team. 

It’s going to be really hard to mess up this pick. With so much talent at the top of the draft, one of the top two talents other than quarterback will be there. 

Stay tuned for my next post: A Full Draft Cowboys Mock. 
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Titans, Rams Trade Puts Cowboys in Great Position On Draft Day

The Los Angeles Rams wasted no time making a big splash in their new city. In the biggest draft trade since they were on the receiving end of multiple picks in 2012, the Rams acquired the number one pick in this years’ NFL Draft from the Tennessee Titans.

Trade Breakdown: 

Tennessee trades its first (No. 1) along with its fourth- (No. 113) and sixth-round (No. 177) picks this year to the Rams in exchange for Los Angeles’ first-round pick (No. 15), two second-round selections (Nos. 43 and 45) and a third-round pick (No. 76) in 2016. The Titans also will get the Rams’ first- and third-round picks in 2017.

Apparently this trade was already in place to be made last night but the Rams waited to announce it because of #MambaDay. Yes. Kobe not only broke twitter last night, but he halted news of the biggest NFL trade of the year.

Let’s take a moment to recognize what we all witnessed last night.

Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in the final game of his career. Kobe Bryant took 50 shots to do so. Kobe Bryant scored 15 points in the final three minutes to spark a 17-2 run and a come from behind victory. Kobe Bryant’s 60 points was the most by any player this season.

And oh yeah, the Warriors won 73 games and broke the single season wins record…

Kobe’s performance was the best thing I’ve ever seen in the most meaningless game of all-time. That was the greatest exit in sports history.

Ok Back to The Trade: 

The great Adam Scheffer of ESPN has said that the Rams are leaning towards drafting former California quarterback Jared Goff with the number one pick.

This would make the draft very interesting.

It’s been widely speculated that the Cleveland Browns wanted to take a quarterback with their number two pick even though they signed Robert Griffin III this offseason. The quarterback that the Browns are believed to have liked the most is former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.

If this were to happen and Goff and Wentz go one and two then that would be the best possible scenario for the Dallas Cowboys. Because then the best two available players in this year’s draft would fall right into your lap.

Left Tackle Laremy Tunsil formerly of Ole Miss and defensive back Jalen Ramsey of Florida State are the best two players in this draft. Both of these guys were considered to be in play at number one had Tennessee kept the pick. Now they may fall to the Cowboys.

Jalen Ramsey has been on many ESPN shows today stating he would love to come to the Cowboys. He considers himself a cornerback (although he’s willing to play safety), he says the Cowboys could play him at cornerback immediately.

Also Ramsey has said that he hasn’t had much contact with Cleveland. They called him once but that’s about it. It seems they have their heart set on drafting a quarterback.

So what will San Diego do at number three?

Either way if the Cowboys are smart, they can’t lose.

Draft Ramsey and add him with Scandrick, Jones, and Claiborne to form a pretty good secondary. Or Draft Tunsil and move him to right tackle and turn the best offensive line in football to the greatest offensive line of all-time.

There’s no telling what’ll happen April 28th but one thing is for sure.. This whole thing just got a whole lot more interesting.

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Cowboys Backup Quarterback Wishlist: RGIII vs Johnny Football

We’re not even a week removed from the Dallas Cowboys horrible 4-12 season and yet the speculations and rumors about next season have already begun.

Today Yahoo Sports reported that Robert (RGIII) Griffin would like to become a member of the Dallas Cowboys next season if released from Washington.

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The former 2nd overall pick in the 2012 draft was once considered to have the potential as being one of the next elite quarterbacks in the NFL.


Here’s how Griffin’s career has gone so far:
  •  After being a superstar three-sport athlete in high school, Griffin took his talents to Baylor.
  • Griffin won many awards while at Baylor including the Heisman Trophy in 2011.
  • In 2012 Griffin was drafted by the Washington Footballers with the 2nd overall pick.
  • Griffin won Offensive Rookie Of The Year in 2012.
  • Griffin suffered a horrific injury to his knee late in the season tearing his LCL and ACL.
  • In 2013 Griffin didn’t have the same success as his rookie year and caught a lot of criticism from the media
  • In 2014 Jay Gruden was hired as the new head coach of the Washington team and there was a QB controversy in Washington between Griffin and Colt McCoy. But after McCoy was injured Griffin became the starter again and the team finished with a 4-12 record.
  • In 2015 Gruden seemed to make an example out of Griffin for undisclosed reasons and benched him for Kurt Cousins. Griffin went on to sit out the rest of the season.

Here we are now in 2016 and the Cowboys have a possibility of bringing in the once great RGIII.

But wait…

There’s another guy that the Cowboys are supposedly interested in. A guy with the same college achievements and similar hype.

Johnny Freaking Football! The legendary party machine Johnny Manziel has been linked to the Cowboys since draft day 2014 when Jerry Jones and co. decided to pass on him and select Zach Martin in the first round. It has seemed like the right move, as Martin has been a pro-bowl selection in his first two seasons but with the lack of depth at the quarterback position, some have criticized the Cowboys for not selecting Manziel.

Well now Jerry Jones may get a do-over and be able to sign Johnny Manziel if Cleveland releases him.

The biggest difference in Manziel and Griffin is that Griffin has proven that he can be productive at the next level, while Manziel has struggled more often than not. But could Manziel be better in another system?

Below I will lay out the arguments for both quarterbacks: 

Argument for RGIII: 
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Measurements: 6 ft. 2 in. – 222 lbs.

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Experience: Griffin is clearly the more experienced of the two quarterbacks. As mentioned previously he was named Offensive Rookie of The Year in 2012 and was a starter for almost three seasons in the NFL. The only question mark on Griffin is if he can return to his 2012 form in which he had a 20 to 5 touchdown to interception ratio and a 102.4 passer rating.

Quick Scouting Report: Just using the eye-test and not breaking down any film on Griffin I can see the potential for greatness. He has all the tools needed to be a great NFL quarterback: strong arm, pocket presence, quick feet, quick release, and good awareness. There is a few easily fixable problems in his game though. He sometimes waits too long in the pocket before making a decision, leading him to get hit a lot more than he should. He also scrambles too often. I think this was him being a product of the system he was in, in Washington but Griffin is not a spread option quarterback and is capable of being a pro-style quarterback in the NFL. He has world-class speed but he doesn’t have the agility to make people miss. He would be better served in a normal offense and The Dallas system makes a lot of sense for his talent. As previously mentioned the only question mark on Griffin is; can he return to his previous form? He sat out all of 2015 so he should be refreshed but how rusty will he be?

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Argument for Manziel: 
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Measurements: 6 ft. 0 in. – 214 lbs.

Numbers Don’t Lie:
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Experience: Manziel doesn’t have much value in this department. He has been the backup quarterback for both of his years in Cleveland. It’s all about potential with Manziel. Can he live up to the hype?


Scouting Report: Manziel is an interesting prospect at quarterback. He isn’t a very tall guy and he seems even smaller than his measurable when watching him play. But, what he lacks in height he makes up for it in arm strength and mobility. Manziel is fast and uses his speed well within the pocket. He doesn’t really get hit much and when he does he’s usually moving away from pressure. The biggest improvement for Manziel’s game needs to be his decision making. Just because you have the arm to make all the throws, doesn’t mean you need to attempt it in all situations. I think he can be a good backup and a lot of people are calling him Romo 2.0. The comparisons on the field are undeniable but his off the field life is anything but Romo. But this isn’t an article condemning his actions, heck, I wish Johnny could just be Johnny. I used to like Manziel when he was Johnny Football and throwing up the money sign. It seems he has to put on a fake persona for the media now and I wish he’d go back to who he is. If he can do that, just be himself, and win football games, he’d make a good addition to the Cowboys roster.

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Consensus: 
GET EM BOTH!!! Anything is better than the backups we had this past season. Get em both and have a backup QB dual for the ages. That’d be fun to watch. It’d make preseason almost watchable and would sell a lot of merchandise and tickets. I can see Jerry licking his chops at the idea right now.

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One Game Back

The delusional Cowboy fan is back and he doesn’t seem so delusional anymore. Thanks to a Monday Night win versus the Washington Footballers, the Dallas Cowboys are one game back of the division lead with four games left to play.

The division as of today look as so:

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Wow.

The Cowboys go on a seven-game losing streak and still have a chance to win this thing.

No Romo? No problem.

The bus-driver Matt Cassel finally won a game as the Dallas Cowboys quarterback. He threw for 222 yards, 0 touchdowns but more importantly 0 interceptions.

Cassel did what is needed of him. Nothing more and nothing less. He took care of the ball and made key plays when needed. While it would’ve been nice to get more touchdowns, when the defense plays like they did Monday night, the offense can afford to settle for field goals. Especially when you have the best kicker in all of football on your team.

The lack of touchdowns was not on Cassel at all though. I place all the blame on the non-scoring on the play-calling. Scott Linehan and Jason Garrett may have the most predictable offense in the National Football League.

If there is a third and one, the defense just has to stack the line because the play is going to be a run up the middle. The Cowboys offense also does another thing that irks me. If they are going to run it, they not only take Dez out, they line up with no wideouts and everyone and their mama knows a run is coming.

So predictable.

But even with horrible play-calling and execution the Cowboys find themselves in striking distance. With only four games remaining, the division is up for the taking.

The rest of the Cowboys schedule looks like this:

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If the Boys’ can somehow pull off an upset at Lambeau Field… Oh, what a Christmas miracle that would be they can possibly take the lead this week.

If not, then there’s still a chance the Cowboys could make the playoffs. 7-9 wouldn’t be ideal but there’s still a possibility they could make it with that record.

So the winner of this division could very well have a losing record. Let’s take a look at the rest of the division teams upcoming games:

Washington Footballers @ Chicago Bears. Sun. 12:00 pm. 

Buffalo Bills @ Philadelphia Eagles. Sun. 12:00 pm. 

New York Giants @ Miami Dolphins. Mon. 7:30 pm. 

So when the Cowboys play on Sunday at 3:25, we’ll know at least two outcomes of divisional opponents.

If somehow the Cowboys win and all of the other teams lose, the Cowboys could be leading the division after this week.

How? 

Well out of all of the NFC East teams, the Cowboys have the best divisional record at 3-2 vs. divisional opponents.

Here’s the division records for the NFC East:

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*Divisional record is in the last column*

That means if there’s a four-way tie, the tie-breaker is best divisional record. Which gives Dallas the upper-hand for now.

So lets go Bears, Bills, and Dolphins this week. And hopefully a Christmas miracle can happen at Lambeau.

DO YOU BELIEVE?

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