The Dallas Cowboys were a team in chaos last season. Tony Romo went down early on and Jon Kitna stepped in but struggled to start before getting much better as the season went on. The amazing thing about the season is how Coach Jason Garrett watched the offense do absolute nothing while Wade Phillips was still around and suddenly things changed when he became head coach. Coach Garrett somehow escaped the criticism as he was just as responsible for the early season struggles. Dez Bryant appears to be initially worth the risk as when healthy he was a game changer while Felix Jones was given some chances to show what he could do but was not able to come through. The biggest concern however for Dallas is that offensive line was putrid at times. I will breakdown their 2011 NFL Draft in this fantasy recap.
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Round 1 (9th Overall) - Tyron Smith - OL
Smith is a much needed addition to this team. He is a powerful run blocker who has the skills to become an All-Pro. Smith still needs to learn the game more as he relies purely on his physical skills. The only danger is that he never improves his game knowledge and settles on pure skill.
Round 3 (71st Overall) - Demarco Murray - RB
Murray is a versatile back who should see plenty of action in passing situations. With Marion Barber likely gone, Murray has great hands and runs some nice routes which could lead to some early action. He does not run between the tackles welll and does have some injury issues. He will have some impact in his rookies season but with so many choices he is not likely to be a top producer.
Round 4 (110th Overall) - David Arkin - OL
Arkin was a dominant small college player who will likely be moved inside to the guard position where the Cowboys also struggled. The small school teachings has led to a lack of technique but he has the intangibles to be effective at the NFL level. At worst, he added some much needed depth to the line.
Round 6 (176th Overall) - Dwayne Harris - WR
Harris is hard working play maker who could make a solid slot receiver. With Miles Austin and Bryant on the outside, Harris needs to make is mark running the underneath routes which he does not mind doing. He could make an impact in the return game as well but only chance of any value is down the road.
Round 7 (252th Overall) - Bill Nagy - OL
Nagy is going not going to play his natural position if he makes the Cowboys as Andre Gurode is an All-Pro with some years left in him at Center. Nagy will likely have to make the team at the guard position. He does come from a solid program in Wisconsin so hard work and solid technique are going to be a given.
The Dallas Cowboys did a nice job filling in some holes on the offensive line to give time to their play makers. The Cowboys have the talent at the skill positions to be a great fantasy offense. The improved line and more focused coaching will help them improve this season. I think they should be a pass first team with the weapons of Austin, Bryant and Jason Witten. This would help open up the running game. With Romo back healthy, Miles will see his stock improve as he was not the focal point in the second half with Kitna runnings the offense. Dallas also added to the crowded backfield with one of the more NFL ready running backs in Murray.
Grade = B+
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