It’s official. A former Dallas Cowboys player has signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s just not the one most people are talking about. If Tony Romo does eventually end up signing with the Chiefs he will have a famalier face to throw the rock at. Free agent, tight end Gavin Escobar has signed with the Chiefs completing a recurring Cowboys theme of high-round NFL Draft pick TE’s languishing on the bench for their entire first contract behind future Hall of Fame TE Jason Witten before signing with another team and (as history has proven) excelling.
Escobar was drafted in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft by Dallas. After watching the Patriots Gronkowski and Hernandez take the league by storm the year before Jerry Jones was all about the two-TE attack in 2013 and the San Diego State University product was the target the Cowboys chose to implement their vision. It never came to fruition and after watching future pro-bowler Marcus Bennett leave the team after one contract and (eventually) wining his Super Bowl ring in New England the team is again watching critical draft currency (another second round pick) leave the team with (literally) nothing to show for it.
Which brings us to an interesting observation, Jerry Jones burns through second round picks like they don’t count. Especially, though not exclusively at TE.
Bennett came to the Cowboys in 2008 after blowing it up at the NFL Combine. The ‘Boys tabbed Bennett after trading former 2008 second round draft pick TE Anthony Fasano to the Miami Dolphins. Yes, you are seeing a pattern.
At the time Jones touted Bennett as a “new dimension” for the Dallas offense. He said much the same thing when the team tabbed Anthony Fasano and again recently when they selected Escobar. At this juncture it’s fair to ask if Jones has ever discussed with any of the coaching staff about his two-TE vision. It get’s pimped in the media about every four years. It’s never made the field.
Second round draft picks are supposed to give you game day productivity. Fasano in 2006 was followed by Bennett in 2008. Though Bennett did see the field considerably more than Fasano both were poor values when you consider how many snaps they delivered.
In 2010 Dallas selected and redshirted Penn State linebacker Sean Lee. An incredibly talented player who has spent as much time in the training room as on the field. In 2011 the team did the injury selection technique again going with North Carolina LB Bruce Carter who did start for the team and was productive. The team still chose not to resign him after his first contract. Another poor value.
In 2014 the second round gets on a greased sled running downhill for the Cowboys.
2014 DL Demarcus Lawrence. 2015 DL Randy Gregory. 2016 LB Jaylon Smith. Three very talented players who all share one inescapable reality. They are all very, very poor values as second round selections. No matter how talented a player you are, if you aren’t able to be on the field, you’re a poor draft pick value no matter what round you were selected in. Being a coveted second round pick makes the selection a NFL Draft crime.
LB Jaylon Smith was an incredibly talented LB while at Notre Dame. After missing his entire rookie season Smith is now fitted with a brace which “should” allow him to play. Should. Maybe. Could. Might. Perhaps.
Jerry Jones passed up LB Deion Jones in the second round to select Smith. The team also passed on a handful of talented players at other positions any of whom would have been productive on game day. Rookie LB Jones played, started and excelled in the Super Bowl for the Atlanta Falcons. At the time of Smith’s selection I lamented passing Jones in order to make the move. Yes, Jaylon Smith was an incredible “value” selection as he was a “potential” top-five pick. Was being the key term. However when you chase “value” that sits on the bench while pro bowl players start for other teams you’ve blown it. When you do it over and over again refusing to learn from your errors then you not only blew it, you are the problem.
Jones will try and sell the Smith pick based on his future potential and his collegiate production. Ignore this slick-Willie con job. Smith is another in a long line of horrible second round, value selections that continue to cripple the Cowboys effort on game day. Remember, we aren’t talking about whether the players are talented or not. They are. We are looking at the number of game day snaps the team receives for their second round NFL Draft pick.
Fasano, Bennett, Carter, Escobar, Lawrence, Gregory, Smith. Seven talented second round picks. Just not for the Dallas Cowboys.
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