The Dallas Cowboys went out with a bang in the final few rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft this Saturday. They had a total of five picks in the seventh round, in which the Cowboys addressed heavily their defensive needs. They drafted a strong safety, an outside linebacker, a cornerback, defensive tackle, and a defensive end all of whom are not very high draft grades, but still impressive nonetheless.
With the 231st pick, they selected defensive end Ben Gardner from Stanford. The 238th pick went to outside linebacker Will Smith from Texas Tech, and 10 picks later, strong safety Ahmad Dixon from Baylor. Drafting Ahmad Dixon adds another strong safety to the Dallas Cowboys’ lineup to go along with Barry Church. Just a few picks later, Dallas selected defensive tackle Ken Bishop from Northern Illinois with the 251st pick. Finally, with the 254th pick overall, the Dallas Cowboys selected cornerback Terrance Mitchell from Oregon, a much needed position for the Cowboys.
In the post-draft press conference with Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett, both the general manager and head coach explained their reasoning behind the picks.
Jerry Jones said that they have had a really impactful draft: “For me, I feel better tonight…we’re a better team than we were last year at this time.”
Here is what head Coach Jason Garrett had to say: “Today, I felt like we made some strides with our defensive line.” He said that each of the players they drafted today have certain traits that they believe can get them to become great players down the road. “With the bottom picks, we wanted to take guys that possibly could have a defined role or traits that could develop into these roles…”
Drafting defensive end Demarcus Lawrence in the second round was one of these big strides in the NFL Draft, especially with the loss of DeMarcus Ware in free agency. Jerry Jones said this about Lawrence: “He had the power, did a good job of dropping back in passing routes…he did do a real good job of getting back and getting in lanes.” Lawrence also grew up as a Dallas fan, and is excited to get the chance to play for the Cowboys.
Overall, this last day of the draft helped the Dallas Cowboys to fill in holes in their defense. Jerry Jones expressed: “Relative to where we played last year, we have made a very impactful; we’ve had a very impactful draft.”
For the sake of the Dallas Cowboys’ future, we at Cowboys 101 hope so Jerry.
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