Posting will be light this weekend. Friends have come into town and I have various activities to attend to, not the least of which is watching the first couple rounds of the NFL draft. It’ll be interesting to see what the Cowboys do with the 5th overall pick. More coverage of the draft and the Cowboys can be seen through my co-blog with Steven Taylor, Dallas Cowboys Football.

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  1. Bryan says:

    I’ll bet you get a really nice reception up there in D.C. with your Cowboy allegiance. 🙂

    I’m curious to see what the cowboys do as well. They’re “due” for another Emmitt or Troy.

  2. Bryan says:

    Okay, so what’s up with drafting a cornerback at No. 5?!?!?

  3. James Joyner says:

    Strangely, I see a surprising number of people with Cowboys paraphenalia around here.

    Newman was the right call, I think. The team needs a shutdown corner, a starting running back, and a pash-rushing defensive lineman. There wasn’t a surefire running back in this draft with McGahee injured and the best d-lineman went to the Bears with the 4 pick. Newman was rated the #1 player in the draft by at least 10 different clubs. This is a passing league; you have to have several high caliber CBs to win. The Cowboys, arguably, had one: Ross.

  4. Bryan says:

    So you mean to tell me that they actually picked the “best available player” this year? Here’s hoping that he holds to expectations. I wish they’d have gotten this caliber CB when Neon was there to help train him.

    Maybe Bill Parcells will do face-lift Jerry some good after all.

    BTW, I can’t help it. Every time I see OTB, I think it’s “Off Track Betting.” Perhaps you missed the true name of this blog. 😉

  5. James Joyner says:


    It looks like both 2002 and 2003 Jerry resisted his natural urge to “wildcat” and just trusted the board put together by his scouting department. The disasters have come in drafts like 2001 where he reached to get Quincy Carter, who almost everyone thought was a 4th round pick, with a 2nd rounder because he “HAD to have” him. That draft was awful because the Cowboys reached several times for high risk/high reward types. I think Mario Edwards is all that remains of his class.

    The Dallas Morning News team had Newman as the top overall player this year and Roy Williams last year. They’re apparently cut out of similar cloth.