|Dallas Cowboys 2011 NFL Draft Review|
|By Scott Garbarini, NFL Editor|
1 - Tyron Smith, OT, USC (6-5, 307);
2 - Bruce Carter, ILB, North Carolina (6-1, 241);
3 - DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma (6-0, 213);
4 - David Arkin, OG, Missouri State (6-5, 300);
5 - Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo (5-10, 191);
6 - Dwayne Harris, WR, East Carolina;
7- Shaun Chapas, FB, Georgia (6-2, 247);
7 - Bill Nagy, C, Wisconsin (6-3, 302)
Top Picks Analysis: An offensive line that was getting a bit long in the tooth received a necessary shot of youth and athleticism with the selection of Smith, who may have the highest ceiling of any offensive lineman in this draft. Just 20 years old, he's got the length and quick feet to develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber left tackle, though he's clearly still a work in progress. Carter has plenty of ability as well, as the ex-Tar Heel entered his senior season as a likely top 20 pick before sustaining a torn ACL in November. He figures to be brought along slowly as a rookie before eventually taking over a starting role at inside linebacker. Murray is a big back with above-average receiving skills who will likely make the high-priced Marion Barber expendable.
Best Value Pick: Carter, as long as he can retain the speed and explosive qualities that made him such a coveted prospect before his injury. Thomas is fast and tough and could have a chance for immediate playing time in a shaky Dallas secondary.
We Question Why: A secondary that still has some holes wasn't addressed until the fifth round and the Cowboys didn't take a defensive lineman with three of their top four ends scheduled for free agency. Murray was kind of a luxury pick at a position where Dallas was already deep.
Summary: Dallas stuck to its board and ended up with three pretty good players in the first two days, so commend Jerry Jones for showing some restraint instead of gambling for the big prize. The Cowboys still weren't able to fill some glaring needs, but that may come in free agency.
FINAL GRADE: B-