201o Dallas Cowboys Draft Review
Part four of Matthew Postins’ series reviewing the Dallas Cowboys last four draft classes
By Matthew Postins
After four years we have a clear picture of how good, how bad or how incomplete the Dallas Cowboys’ 2010 Draft really was. This is the fourth in a series of articles in which we’ll review the last four Cowboys’ drafts, as NFL personnel executives will tell you that a NFL Draft cannot be truly judged for three seasons. But this one, for certain, can be judged on its merits, as many of the players listed below should be on their second NFL contracts.
First round: WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
In 2013: Bryant put up great numbers, finishing with 1,233 yards receiving, 93 receptions and 13 touchdowns. The numbers were nearly identical to his breakout 2012 campaign.
Looking ahead: Bryant has one year remaining on his rookie contract. Whether it’s in Dallas or somewhere else, he’s going to get paid. Look for Dallas to get a long-term extension done sometime in 2014.
Second round: LB Sean Lee, Penn State
In 2013: Lee failed to make it through the entire season, but his value in the 11 games he played cannot be diminished by injury. Lee led the team in interceptions with four, managed 99 tackles and took to the new 4-3 scheme like he had played in it his entire NFL career.
Looking ahead: Lee is a Cowboy for the long haul, having signed a six-year contract extension last year that keeps him in Dallas through 2019. The Cowboys have locked up one of the league’s best linebackers for the prime of his career. They just need him healthy.
Fourth round: DB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Indiana (PA)
In 2013: Owusu-Ansah played one game for the Detroit Lions. He was last with the Cowboys in 2011.
Sixth round: OT Sam Young, Notre Dame
In 2013: Young played 15 games last season, four for Buffalo and 11 for Jacksonville, with no starts. He lasted just his rookie season with Dallas.
Sixth round: DB Jamar Wall, Texas Tech
In 2013: Wall didn’t make the Cowboys’ roster in 2010. He spent time with Houston and Philadelphia that season. He has been out of the league since the end the 2010 season.
Seventh round: DT Sean Lissemore, William & Mary
In 2013: At one time the Cowboys looked at Lissemore as a long-term part of the team, signing him to a five-year extension in 2012. The Cowboys traded Lissemore in 2013 to the San Diego Chargers for a late-round pick. He played all 16 games for San Diego, making two starts, and finishing with 24 tackles.
Looking ahead: Lissemore appears to be a part of the Chargers’ plans for 2014. The Cowboys could have used Lissemore in 2013, given the fact that they used 20 defensive linemen in 2013.
Overall: There’s a huge gap in this class. Jerry Jones and company hit a home run with their first two picks – Bryant and Lee. There’s no question they’ll be a part of the Cowboys for the rest of this decade. They’re two great players in the primes of their careers. The rest of this draft, frankly, stinks. Owusu-Ansah wasn’t worth the flier, Young lasted just a year despite a solid pedigree coming into town and Wall was a complete waste of a pick. Only Lissemore panned out beyond the first two rounds, but the Cowboys dealt him away. Given that the Cowboys had so few picks in this draft, you have to mark them down a bit for not getting more out of their final four picks. But Bryant and Lee? Primo selections.