Linky, March 2, 2012: Cowboys going DE with their first pick in the draft?

All NFCE

David Molk: I’m the best center in the draft, it’s stupid to say I’m not – Michael David Smith, PFT

Can somebody in the NFCE please draft this meathead so I can cover him, please?

Thanks in advance,

Jimmy

DeSean Jackson excited by franchise tag, plans to sign soon according to report – Jason Brewer, BGN (via Tim McManus)

The fact is, this is a pretty good day for DeSean and it’s refreshing to see a player realize that. Usually these guys act like getting the tag is this major insult. Jackson was just guaranteed in one year more than triple what he’s made over his entire career so far. No doubt that long term security is what any player wants, but the franchise tag is still a pretty good deal. It’s nice to see the DeSean apparently agrees.

The DeSean Jackson scenarios – Sheil Kapadia, Moving the Chains

We already know the 3 basic scenarios for DeSean at this point: He either plays under the tag this season, he gets traded, or he works out a long term deal in Philly.  Sheil elaborates on all three.

Cowboys, Redskins and Giants after the jump…

If the sharp rise of Dontari Poe causes players like Michael Brockers or Fletcher Cox to fall to the Cowboys at 14, they could be very happy.

Source: Cowboys could begin the draft with an end – Rafael Vela, Cowboys Nation

I spoke to a source today who told me the Cowboys have serious interest in two of the top defensive ends in the 2012 draft class.

Mississippi State end Fletcher Cox produced some impressive workout numbers at Indy and made himself some money.  He was identified as a player the Cowboys would strongly consider at pick 14.

I was also told that some teams just outside the top 10, one being the Cowboys, were pleased by LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers’ less-than-spectacular Combine numbers.  The thinking is that Dontari Poe’s upward momentum could knock Brockers out of the top 10 and into their reach.

Everyone seems to be all over interior OL, CB, and OLB, but DE would make sense too.  There are no shortage of gaping holes on this Cowboys team.

Cowboys to meet with Spencer’s representatives again – Evan Silva, PFT

Just slap the tag on him already, Jerry.  I already have a 2000 word “Tagging Anthony Spencer is dumb” post written in my head, and I don’t want it to go to waste.

Should the Redskins do the deal now? – Rich Tandler, Real Redskins

I’ve seen this debate go back and forth a bit, and Rich sums up both sides here.  Personally, I don’t see much of a reason for the Rams to be in any hurry.  Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn are going to knock a couple teams off the market, but there will still be no shortage of suitors for RG3.  And once Manning and Flynn are off the market, it’s only going to increase the need and limit the options for the remaining teams that haven’t fixed the QB position yet.

Multiple teams ask about #2 pick – ESPN.com

“I won’t give a number, Colin, but I will say this: We’ve been approached by multiple teams, and some of them are obvious and some of them are not so obvious, until you sit down and analyze their situation and understand where they’re coming from,” Snead said, when asked how many teams have inquired about acquiring the draft choice.

Terrell Thomas: Talks with Giants “going very well” – Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN

“When you do the study on people coming off injury, the best possibility is always to return to the same team that you were previously with,” Thomas said while appearing on SiriusXM NFL radio. “They know you best. Obviously this industry is a business so I’m definitely open to free agency”

Not sure if Thomas’ agent is doing a good job advising Thomas of the whole “coming back to your current team after an injury” thing, or if he’s doing that research on his own, but consider me impressed.

Hixon hopes to re-sign with Giants on Friday – Ohm Youngmisuk, ESPN

“After my physical I am expecting to meet with Jerry Reese and the powers that be. I am hoping to sign tomorrow.”

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    Redskins fan blogs are doing my head in at the moment. Apparently RGIII has more powers than Superman. There people, who given the choice between world peace and RGIII would throw in an extra first rounder to sweaten the deal and then take RGIII.

    Apparently our o-line is fine. Obviously, I must have been watching a different team every week. Giving away all our draft picks wont be necessary because apparently no one else fancies having an elite QB prospect. Moveover, even if we do give away all our draft prospects it wont matter because we can just fill the roster with free agents. Because, one, after just two seasons there are people who have forgotten the Vinnie Cerrato era and, two, apparently we are the only franchise who will offer free agents a contract.

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      “Apparently RGIII has more powers than Superman.”

      Don’t you remember in the early days? Superman couldn’t even fly! I bet RG3 could take old-school Superman in a fight, too.

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      I think it was here on this blog, but somone listed the starting QB’s for the skins over the last 20 years… OMG it was bad, I’m sure the skins have needs but my god man a franchise QB has to be at the very tip top of the list. Plus the Skins play in a division that every other team in it has a franchise QB; If RGII is what he is advertised to be, the Skins don’t have a choice they have to take him.

  57. One.cool.customer says:

    I would not be surprised at all if the Cowboys try to improve their pass rush with their first pick, regardless of whether they re-sign Spencer or not. You can find good corners and good guards later in the draft.

    But the chances of finding elite defensive linemen and pass rushers outside of the top 50 are pretty slim.

    The Cowboys passed up J.J. Watt last year only because they saw even more upside in Tyron Smith. They’ll be looking really hard at the likes of Quinton Coples, Nick Perry and Melvin Ingram, perhaps even Andre Branch.

    1. Yeah, can’t fault them for taking Tyron. Obviously, we also have to see how free agency plays out.

    2. NightSpook says:

      Your logic supports itself. You can (obviously) get TOP talent early, however in my minds eye there are many more CB’s and OL you can get late that end up being TOP talents versus pass rushers. There are a few notable exceptions, however the NFL does a good job of identifying top pass rushing talent and it indeed does disapear early (your top 50 number sounds about right). Would be a good subject for a write up with just a little research to verify.

      1. Off the top of my head, I can only think of a few stud pass rushers that went lafter the 2nd round:

        Trent Cole – 5
        Cameron Wake – Undrafted
        Jared Allen – 4, I think.
        Robert Mathis – Not sure, but it was late.
        James Harrison – Undrafted?
        Elvis Dumervil – 4

        That’s all I got. You’re right… could be a good post idea. DIBS!

        1. One.cool.customer says:

          Robert Mathis, 83.5 Career sacks – 5th round
          La’roi Glover, 83.5 – 5th
          Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila – 74.5, 5th
          Aaron Kampman – 58, 5th
          Raheem Brock – 40.5, 7th
          Jay Ratliff – 27, 7th

          and of course, the incomparable Victor Butler – 8 sacks, 4th round.

        2. BBI says:

          Kind of weird that JimmyK and OCC would neglect to mention Justin Tuck in this list. 🙂

          1. One.cool.customer says:

            It’s a conspiracy!

            (I did kind of consider the cut-off point to be 4th round or lower – but I’ll leave it to Jimmy to work that out in the future post he called dibs on)

            1. Hmmm, a 3. Thought he was a 2. Bad NFCE writer!

              1. Free Plax says:

                Osi was a No. 2 too

  58. Immynimmy says:

    LOL! Konz and Brewster are WAY better than Molk. I mean, he’s a good center, but he certainly is not the best. Actually, this center class is actually pretty good now that I think about it (Konz, Brewster, Vlachos, Molk).

    Too bad it seems like the Skins don’t want Flynn…best case scenerio fo Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants fans. Cause if he is tagged, they will have to give the Packers a high draft pick, sign him to a multi year contract, and they don’t get RGIII (and maybe we do ;). Also, Flynn even if Flynn is good (which I really really don’t see it), he won’t be on a team that has no WRs and no lineman,

    If Cox or Brockers falls to the Cowboys and they take one of them, I am going to be devasted.

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