Cowboys Get Elite 2018 Draft Grade From PFF

The 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. Pro Football Focus called the Cowboys finished draft ‘elite’ in terms of grades. Here’s who the Cowboys went with:

1 (19) Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State, 89.8
2 (50) Connor Williams, T/G, Texas, 85.7
3 (81) Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State, 92.1
4 (116) Dorance Armstrong Jr., Edge, Kansas, 78.5
4 (137) Dalton Schultz, TE, Stanford, 82.1
5 (171) Mike White, QB, WKU, 84.2
6 (193) Chris Covington, LB, Indiana, 85.5
6 (208) Cedrick Wilson, WR, Boise State, 89.2
7 (236) Bo Scarbrough, RB, Alabama, 75.6

I’m a little disappointed with the Cowboys; but I am interested to see what these guys do in pads. I especially like the Scarbrough pick late, so he probably doesn’t end up with much of a career based on me liking guys I’ve seen on Saturdays with some name-recognition.

I am regretful that the Cowboys didn’t grab a WR or TE early enough. I don’t think Gallup or Schultz are the answers. Then again, Jason Witten was a really good example of why you can’t just discount a player taken in the middle rounds.

I just think this draft leaves a built-in excuse for the Cowboys struggling in the passing game once again.

The Dallas draft is in the books, literally. The city did a great job of hosting by all reports. The fans were electric when I watched on Thursday night.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be in Dallas

The 2018 NFL Draft is headed to Jerry’s World.

Ian Rapoport with the report:

This is great! It should be a celebration of when the Cowboys did this.

The draft was held in Chicago for two years after always being in New York City. Last year, it went to Philly and the City of Brotherly Love blew the roof off.

I think the draft in Dallas will go down as the biggest and best ever.

Dallas Cowboys bid for 2018 Draft

The Dallas Cowboys have put in a bid to host the 2018 NFL Draft. I think they’re in an excellent spot to get it.

I heard that feedback from when Dallas hosted the Super Bowl in 2011 wasn’t great. Traveling to the stadium was tough. The weather wasn’t cooperative. But Philadelphia got their shot at the draft this past year and came away with rave reviews.

The Boys deserve the chance to host this, and you know Jerry Jones being the showman that he is would roll out the red carpet.

A Must Read on Joel Buchsbaum

We’ve already talked about Joel Buchsbaum here. But has a great tribute post to the man himself too. The draft is over, but it is still a must read if you missed it at the tail end of last week.

Joe got hooked on the NFL draft as a kid from an alien-like voice that floated through the Midwestern night and originated from a city Joe finally visited for the first time in September 2012.

Growing up as a kid, there were two people who turned Joe into the football freak he is today. One was Joe’s high school football coach, a guy who played for a virtual who’s who of football coaches: John Madden, Tom Landry, Gene Stallings and Lou Holtz. It kills Joe how much he has forgotten about football from a man unknown by 99.99999 percent of the populace. Joe remembers covering his first NFL training camp warmly. There, grizzled Stallings was the head coach who vividly remembered Joe’s high school coach playing for him. After learning Joe played for one of his protegés, Stallings treated Joe like one of his family members.

The second source fueling Joe’s unwavering football fetish came from an unlikely location: a Brooklyn apartment.

Joe first heard of Joel Buchsbaum on a blowtorch radio station out of St. Louis, KMOX. There, each Monday night (prior to Monday Night Football), and Sunday night (during the offseason), Buchsbaum, the original draftnik, would talk to strangers throughout the Midwest, giving listeners knowledge on college football players and the NFL that, to this day, Joe finds unmatched — not even by Mike Mayock, not even by Mel Kiper, not even by Pat Kirwan.

People would call the show and ask Buchsbaum about (pick a player), and often before the caller finished his question, Buchsbaum would interrupt and begin rattling off the talents and drawbacks of said player, periodically invoking his favorite saying of lesser players, “Looks like Tarzan; plays like Jane.”

Pleasantries were not a forte of Buchsbaum. He was not rude, not even close, but he was very short and impatient with rambling callers.

Joe remembers some guy asking Buchsbaum about (name of the player long ago forgotten), who the caller claimed was a starting cornerback at Utah. Buchsbaum, in his shrill, nasally, thick Brooklyn accent, corrected the caller almost immediately. No, the player is not from Utah, Buchsbaum said, but from Utah State. And in fact he was a backup cornerback.

This did not stop Buchsbaum from launching into why the player was not starting and why coaches didn’t start him despite the promise he showed. Mind you, this was long before the days of laptops, so Buchsbaum couldn’t have Googled the player’s name in five seconds to pull up his information (partially because neither Google nor the Internet existed).

It was unreal what this guy knew. And in Joe’s circle of fellow football friends, guys who rarely if ever listened to an AM station, Buchsbaum had their attention. He was like the Rain Man.

You have to click through and read the whole post. I couldn’t have summed it up better. It was a perfect remembrance for the original draftnik on the holiest of holidays in this year round football carnival we now live in. Like Joe says, we live in a football world now.

Hell, I’m listening to Sirius XM NFL wrap up show while I bang out this post. While all my other friends are out watching Mayweather vs. Pacquiao.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Pick – Round Seven, Pick 14 (231) Joey Iosefa, FB Hawaii


The end of a long couple of days is winding down. The Buccaneers ended up taking a Hawaiian player after all, he just didn’t play Quarterback. I like the move.

The Buccaneers have done as much as they can do to beef up an offensive unit that already had some pieces. Adding a nice little fullback fills out a draft nicely.

From his draft profile:


No-nonsense runner who prefers to rush between the tackles. Will coil his hips and deliver a blow into second-level linebackers attempting to tackle him and pass rushers in pass protection. Often leans shoulder into contact, absorbing blow while resetting feet to continue his run. Functional ability to cut and take it downhill. Can catch the ball out of the backfield and is adequate in pass protection.


Bulky, but unathletic build. Shows below-average foot quickness, which limits ability to run to perimeter and to make defenders miss in space. Has marginal burst through line of scrimmage, forcing him to deal with consistent traffic around him. Doesn’t possess ground-floor acceleration or wiggle to make consistent yardage in screen game.


One-speed running back with some weight behind his pads, but not enough explosive power to offset his lack of burst and overall athleticism. Could struggle to find a home as an NFL running back and might need to take a look at playing fullback.

Once again, no comp. But we will learn more about Joey Iosefa as time goes on. In honor of the final Bucs pick in the 2015 NFL draft, here is an Iosefa highlight tape:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Draft Pick – Round Six, pick 8 (184) WR Kaelin Clay, Utah



The Buccaneers are making a conscious effort to upgrade their offense. First it was two lineman (I wouldn’t have minded them picking a third, just for depth’s sake). Then a defensive player. Since that, it’s been two wide receivers.

Charles Davis says he has quickness in open space and they can run some running back-type plays to this guy.

Here’s his draft profile so we can get to know him a bit more. We have heard nothing of him so far, but we haven’t heard much of any of these guys being picked right now.


Very good straight-line speed. Decorated sprinter in high school. Stepped up and showed improvement in his lone season at Utah after teammate Dres Anderson’s season-ending knee injury. Able to make first defender miss in space. When given a shot to play vertically, took advantage by winning over the top twice against Oregon. One of the more dangerous return men in college football as both punt returner and kickoff returner. Posted three punt-return touchdowns and a 100-yard kickoff return in 2014. Has great feel for keeping kick returns on their designed track and slashing at the right time. Had disastrous “fumble” against Oregon when he released ball before crossing into the end zone — Oregon picked it up and went other way for a touchdown. Bounced back from that and showed mental toughness.


Smaller receiver with very limited catch radius. Had four drops in 2014, including focus drops when trying to make catch near the sideline. Hips don’t open much, causing short, tight strides and flatness with some of his routes. Lacks sudden feet to gain expected separation on outs. Game film filled with hitches, bubble screens and short outs. Lacking in route sophistication. Upright into his breaks and out of them.


Round 6 or 7


Slot receiver lacking suddenness to get open against man coverage underneath, but with a second gear to find separation on deep throws. Clay’s size and playmaking ability as a receiver aren’t going to do much for most teams, but his return ability gives him a shot at making a team.

Probably not a great sign he doesn’t have a career comp at the next level. Maybe he becomes a gem in the rough and we use his post tag more than just this one time.