Dallas Cowboys: Art Briles

A quick study on possible 2015 QBs

May, 21, 2014
May 21
IRVING, Texas – Are you upset the Dallas Cowboys did not draft Johnny Manziel?

If you want to start thinking about quarterbacks who could be available in the 2015 NFL draft, ESPN.com's Jeffri Chadiha has an early look at the class.

Chadiha mentioned Florida State's Jameis Winston, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and UCLA's Brett Hundley as the top three right now, but all would have to forego eligibility before entering the NFL. Mariota and Hundley contemplated a move this year.

Another name to keep an eye on was Baylor's Bryce Petty. He should be on Heisman Trophy lists this season as well. Head coach Art Briles continues to put out quarterbacks with big numbers.

A year ago at this time, however, nobody really new Central Florida's Blake Bortles and he was the third pick in the draft. It is all bound to change over the coming months.

The Cowboys have made it pretty clear that they are not into developing quarterbacks for other teams. Tony Romo is in the first year of the extension he signed in 2013 and is not going anywhere, but Kyle Orton, if he plays this season, will be a free agent in 2015, and Brandon Weeden would be entering the final year of his deal.

What if the Cowboys miss the playoffs again? What if Romo gets hurt? Maybe next year is the year they start the process. ESPN Insider Mel Kiper also offers up his first big board, Insider but you have to be an Insider to read it all.
IRVING, Texas -- Since Art Briles took over Baylor’s football program, the Bears have had some of the most explosive offenses in college football.

The Cowboys hope Terrance Williams continues this recent trend.

While Robert Griffin III receives most of the attention, Baylor has had some pretty good wide receivers the past two years.

Tennessee took Kendall Wright in the first round last year (No. 20 overall), and Cleveland used a second-round pick in the supplemental draft on Josh Gordon.

The Cowboys considered using a pick in the supplemental draft on Gordon last year but did not want to use a second-rounder like the Browns.

Wright caught 64 passes for 626 yards with four touchdowns. Gordon caught 50 passes for 805 yards and five touchdowns.

“When players like Josh and Kendall continue to make plays and plays, that just lets me know that we can fit right in, too,” Williams said. “When they call my number, that’s my chance to make plays.”

Opposing voice: Browns WR Josh Gordon

November, 17, 2012
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys were interested in selecting wide receiver Josh Gordon in the supplemental draft in the offseason, but were not willing to spend a second-round pick on him the way Cleveland did.

On Sunday, Gordon and the Browns visit Cowboys Stadium and the Cowboys will get a chance to see in person somebody who could have been their No. 3 receiver this year.

Gordon has 19 catches for 417 yards with four touchdowns. His 417 yards are the most for a rookie receiver in the league and the touchdowns are tied for the most by a rookie. He became the first rookie since Randy Moss in 1998 to record touchdowns of 30 yards or more in three straight games earlier this season.

“To me, it’s going pretty well,” Gordon said of his rookie season. “Definitely a learning experience. Everything is brand new for me, but it’s going great, to me, so far.”

Gordon had to go the supplemental draft route after he was kicked out of Baylor in the summer of 2011. He transferred to Utah but never played for the Utes before declaring himself for the supplemental draft.

The Cowboys talked extensively about Gordon with Baylor coach Art Briles, whose daughter, Jancy, is the team’s media relations coordinator.

“He talked about Josh a lot and the kind of young man he is and how he’d gone through a couple of things,” Jason Garrett said. “He vouched for him as a person. Then on film, just an outstanding talent. He’s big. He’s long. He’s fast. He can catch. He’s very natural. It was an interesting thing and I think a lot of people were hearing the same things we heard and he became an intriguing guy. We were well in-tuned with what his situation was leading up to the supplemental draft and Cleveland stepped up and was aggressive in picking him. He’s certainly done a lot of good things for them.”