Dallas Cowboys 2014 NFL Draft Review
By John McMullen, NFL Editor
1 (16) - Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame; 2 (34) - Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State; 4 (119) - Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa; 5 (146) - Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh; 7 (231) - Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford; 7 (238) - Will Smith, OLB, Texas Tech; 7 (248) - Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor; 7 (251) - Ken Bishop, DT, Northern Illinois; 7 (254) - Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
Top Picks Analysis: Even the guy who always makes the wrong decision -- Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones -- made the right one this time as team passed on the sizzle (Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel) and took the steak, Notre Dame offensive lineman Zack Martin.
Martin was one of the safest picks in this draft and can play any position on the offensive line. With Tyron Smith at left tackle, Travis Frederick at center and now Martin, probably at left guard, the Dallas offensive line, which was one of the worst in football two years ago, is now an undeniable strength.
Jones and his sycophants were back at it in the second round, though, acting like they won the Super Bowl when they traded up in the second round to get pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence but what are the odds he produces like the other DeMarcus that the Cowboys let walk?
Best Value Pick: Fourth-round linebacker Anthony Hitchens is short but was real productive at Iowa and the Cowboys have virtually nothing at the position outside of Sean Lee.
Questionable Calls: Giving up a third-round pick to get Lawrence was shaky. There are just too many needs of this team to be so cavalier with premium selections.
Summary: The worst-case scenario for Dallas is Johnny Manziel turning into a future superstar but Jones is the house in regards to that bet. It's certainly possible Manziel succeeds but he will have to overcome plenty of road blocks. Meanwhile, the odds say Martin turns into a 10-year starter in north Texas.
FINAL GRADE: B-
Undrafted rookie free agent signings: QB Dustin Vaughan, West Texas A&M; P Cody Mandell, Alabama; TE Evan Wilson, Illinois; G Ronald Patrick, South Carolina; S Ryan Smith, Auburn; DT Chris Whaley, Texas; DL Andre Cureton, Cincinnati; LB Joe Windsor, Northern Illinois; LS Casey Kreiter, Iowa; WR L'Damian Washington, Missouri; RB Ben Malena, Texas A&M; FB J.C. Copeland, LSU; DE Davon Coleman, Arizona State; QB Kolton Browning, Louisiana-Monroe; OT Jarrod Pughsley, Akron; RB Glasco Martin, Baylor; OT Josh Aladenoye, Illinois State; CB Jocquel Skinner, Bethel; S Marvin Robinson, Ferris State; LB Keith Smith, San Jose State; LB Dontavis Sapp, Tennessee; CB Dashaun Phillips, Tarleton State; TE Jordan Najvar, Baylor; G Brian Clarke, Bloomsburg
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