Cowboys News and Notes: 6/2/10 (Best Cowboys’ All-Time Draft Classes)
- ESPN Dallas ranks the best of Cowboys’ draft bunches.
A few months ago, we also ranked the Cowboys’ all-time best draft classes (top 10). We both agree that the 1964 class (which ESPN accidentally labeled as “1970”) is one of the best ever, for any team. We also (surprise, surprise) agree on the next two classes–the 1989 group led by Troy Aikman, and Randy White’s ’75 class. Their other two classes–1992, and 2005–we have as unranked and 5th, respectively. Four of five identical–did ESPN perhaps check out our list? Hmmmmm.
- Despite being the current starting free safety, Alan Ball is still the team’s fourth cornerback.
With Orlando Scandrick out with a broken finger, Ball has been forced to cover slot receivers. While this could be a wake-up call to the Cowboys concerning their cornerback depth, it may also give Michael Hamlin some much-needed extra reps at free safety. Ball can’t be happy about that.
We love the Cowboys’ three-back approach. You should see as much of an even split this season as ever. While we advocate Felix Jones receiving the most touches, there is a solid chance you could see a 40/35/25 split this season.
Marion Barber’s Workload
- The Cowboys loved to run out of “heavy” offensive sets in 2009.
We actually have a formational breakdown coming soon. It is obvious that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett loves to run out of specific types of formations–generally with a fullback or two tight ends on the field. The offense could undoubtedly benefit from running out of more spread looks in 2010, particularly with Jones figuring to see more touches.
He also correctly labels guard Kyle Kosier as underrated, so one out of two isn’t bad. Still, we don’t see how Gurode could be called overrated. According to our film study, Gurode yielded just three sacks, four hits, and 16 pressures all season. He did commit too many penalties (nine), but we still provided him with a 91.0 (A-) overall grade.
- RB Marion Barber has shed 10 pounds from last season’s playing weight.
Running backs coach Skip Peete said Barber looks quicker than ever. We like the move, as long as Barber maintains (or regains) his power.