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By Jonathan Bales

2013 Cowboys/NFL Draft Coverage, All In One Place

Okay, so I’ve been late updating the site because I’ve been busy as shit. Can I just say ‘shit’ like that? Yes, this is my blog. Anyway, here are some recent articles/blogs I’ve been working on. Check them out.

Live Draft Blog at New York Times

My Photos from Radio City

That slideshow above contains this photo I took at 2:30 am after everyone except the janitors and I had left. We had some good laughs about the Frederick pick.

Cowboys’ Day 2/3 Mock Draft

Travis Frederick Pick Analysis

Travis Frederick’s Fit in Dallas

Thoughts on “The Trade”

There are two ways to look at the Cowboys’ deal. The first is that they received poor compensation for moving down 13 spots in the first round because they could have gotten a better haul. I think that’s true, and in many ways it’s all that matters. But what about the actual value of the selections based on historic value? Below, I charted the historic value of every single pick since 1990 based on the trade chart and players’ approximate value.

If there’s one thing the Cowboy did well, it was get to an area of the draft where the actual value of picks tends to exceed their perceived worth. That’s always a smart move, but only if you receive the right compensation; it would be foolish to move down simply for the sake of moving down.

Based on historic NFL production, the No. 18 overall pick has traditionally compiled 1.5 percent of the total approximate value for the entire draft class. Meanwhile, the No. 31 overall selection has been around 1.1 percent, with the No. 74 pick checking in at 0.6 percent. So based on actual on-field play, the Cowboys did indeed get value. That’s especially true in a draft class that’s weak at the top but deep in the middle.

Having said that, you can’t tell me the Niners wouldn’t have given up another pick, even if late, to move up for their guy. Despite the fact that the Cowboys acquired actual value in their trade-down, it was the wrong move from the standpoint that they could have gotten more.

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Dez Bryant and Tony Romo’s Off-Season Activities

Thanks to my pal at Terez Owens for the photos.

 

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Tony Romo shovels snow with Ludacris (WHAT!?)

Tony Romo recently shoveled snow in Dallas with rapper Ludacris for Starter, who is helping refurbish a playing field for 300 middle and high school students.  Cool for the kids who get to play on the field.  Bad for Tony Romo and Cowboys fans that he’s shoveling snow in early February.

Thanks to TerezOwens.com for the photo.

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Pittsburgh Steelers O-Line Wears Flozell Adams Jerseys Back to Dallas

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Think former Cowboys offensive tackle Flozell Adams isn’t happy to be coming back to Dallas for the Super Bowl a year after the ‘Boys cut him?  Flozell had the entire Steelers offensive line wear his Michigan State jersey on their travel day as they come into Big D.

I will admit I was one of the many people who thought Flozell should have been released.  In hindsight, a move to right tackle probably would have been better for Dallas.  Flozell had a solid season in Pittsburgh, and he couldn’t have been worse than Marc Colombo.

At least the guys weren’t dawning Cowboys jerseys.  Thanks to TerezOwens.com for the photo.

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News and Notes, 11/12/10: Jerry Jones in Vegas, Nick Saban or Perry Fewell to Dallas?

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There have been quite a few Cowboys-related rumors floating around lately so I wanted to address some of them.  I emphasize the word “rumors,” as one or two of these notes are surely nothing more than that.

  • Jerry Jones was spotted in Las Vegas a few days ago, looking good.  Check out the photo evidence below.  Nice catch, JJ.

I personally think Saban is scum, but he does know football.  I’ll be grading him and a bunch of other coaches (as it relates to their fit in Dallas) next week.

  • Add Perry Fewell’s name to the list of Dallas Cowboys head coaching candidates.

Now this is one I’d love.  For those of you who read the comments here on DC Times, you’ve noticed I’ve mentioned Fewell a few times recently as my No. 1 choice to win the job.  He’s young, aggressive, and could change the team’s overall mindset going into games.  I hadn’t heard Fewell’s name mentioned until now, and I sure hope it isn’t simply to satisfy the Rooney Rule.

The answer?  42 percent.  According to Brian Burke, “The effect of sample error helps explain why we see apparently ‘bad’ teams like this season’s Buccaneers have winning records and apparently ‘good’ teams like the Chargers have losing records. It’s also why the NFL is notoriously hard to predict, and why regression to the mean is so strong from year to year. The more random the process, the stronger regression will be.”

So while the Cowboys have been about as awful as possible this season, I promise you that things are not as bad as they seem.

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Top 20 Photos From Cowboys vs. Vikings Game

Photos courtesy of Alexis Galvex Ponce and Getty Images

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Top 25 Photos from Cowboys-Titans Week 5 Game

Courtesy of Alexis Galvez Ponce

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Dallas Cowboys-Houston Texans Top 20 Photos

Photos courtesy of Getty Images and Chron.com

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Top 15 Dallas Cowboys-Chicago Bears Week 2 Photos

Courtesy of Alexis Galvez Ponce

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Top 25 Photos from Cowboys vs. Redskins, Week 1

Photos courtesy of Alexis Galvez Ponce