Saturday, April 27, 2013
Cowboys wrap draft with LB Holloman
By Dan Graziano
With their final pick in the 2013 draft (18th of the 6th round, No. 185 overall), the Dallas Cowboys selected South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman. He's likely a special-teamer in 2013, if anything, and if he makes the team he can play behind Bruce Carter and Justin Durant, who are slated to start at the outside linebacker spots in the Cowboys' new 4-3 defensive alignment. Known as a powerful tackler and a good run defender, Holloman was a reliable starter in the SEC and could factor down the road.
Here's a list of all of the Cowboys' picks in this year's draft:
31: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin
47. Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
74. (from S.F.) Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
80. J.J. Wilcox, S, Georgia Southern
114. B.W. Webb, CB, William & Mary
151. Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
185. DeVonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina
All in all, I think the Cowboys did well. They still could use more help on the offensive line, but they committed their first-round pick to it and it's hard to ask for much more than that. Some would have liked to see them draft a three-technique defensive tackle for their 4-3, and if they have injuries at defensive tackle again they could feel the lack of depth there. But the Escobar and Williams picks will help diversify the offense and offer more options for Tony Romo and Jason Garrett. Wilcox could compete for a starting safety spot, and Webb might be able to help soon as a nickel corner. Randle is a durable backup running back for DeMarco Murray. Dallas got players they needed at positions of need, and in general they got good value for their picks. The exception is the first-rounder, who may have been a reach. But the Cowboys' needed offensive line help so badly that there was nothing wrong with reaching for it at the tail end of the first round.