If you think like me, that immediately tells you that Jerry Jones is considering drafting one of two players. Either Quentin Jammer or Roy Williams.
After all, these two athletic defensive backs are the best at their respective positions, right?
Of course they are, there is no denying that fact. Turn the stats around, trade off vital statistics, and flip each of one them inside out and you still come back to the fact the Jammer and Williams are head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. (no offense Phillip Buchanon)
So then, who is the number one player on the Cowboys draft board? Well, that's really an easy question to answer. Simply ask yourself what position this team needs the most help at right now?
I got news for you, its not safety. As good as Roy Williams is, and he very well could be a great on in the NFL, he isn't the Cowboys' top draft choice.
Nope, the Cowboys need the most help at cornerback, and that brings CB Quentin Jammer out of Texas into the pre-draft spotlight.
The Cowboys are in need of playmakers on defense, guys that can create turnovers and force their will upon the oppostion. Jammer fits the bill better than any other player available.
|CB Quentin Jammer lays out a Texas A&M wide receiver a couple of years ago at Kyle Field. Think this kid doesn't like to hit?|
During Jammer's last two regular seasons at Texas, he was scored upon one time through the air. That's it- one touchdown. And he brought a nasty sort of intensity that you don't find in alot of cornerbacks. "We tried to hurt people out there," noted Jammer to one NFL scout in early January.
I don't have to tell you that's almost unheard of on the collegiate level. One touchdown given up in two seasons? Get real.
And while Williams was as dominant as any defensive back to ever come out of college, he'll have more of an adjustment to make in the NFL.
At free safety, he'll be required to make more reads, he'll have less time to make decisions, and he'll encounter tight ends and running backs that are faster than he is.
Jammer on the other hand, who is a little faster and more adaptable to the NFL game, will basically be able to come in and just cover people. Sure, there's more to being an NFL cornerback than that, but you get the idea. Jammer's role will be to shutdown the opposing team's top receiver. Put him out there on an island and let him go to work. He's been doing it for the past 4 years at Texas, and he'll do it in the NFL next year.
Enough of the comparisons, thats not what this article is really about. Let's examine why Jammer could really become a Dallas Cowboy on Saturday.
First, you have to understand that there are two teams standing in the way of the Jerry Jones drafting Jammer, and they are the Detroit Lions and the San Diego Chargers.
Carolina could possibly make some noise, but that's mostly just pre-draft junk that gets thrown out there to make everyone second guess themselves. The Panthers want Peppers, and they'll get him.
The Lions, who have the third pick in the draft, have seemingly ignored Jammer this offseason- and that might be with good reason.
Detroit drafted another "can't miss" Texas cornerback 5 years ago with less than desireable results. You might know him, his name is Bryant Westbrook.
"Jammer's draft profile replicates that of Westbrook's: excellent physical tools. Aggresive off-the-ball. Likes to bump receivers off the line. Fluid hips. It's almost scary," notes Detroit Lions' columnist Nate Caminata.
Think the Lions may be second guessing themselves by drafting Jammer? You bet they are.
Detroit has also had extensive talks with the Oakland Raiders about trading down, which would essentially eliminate any consideration of Jammer at the number three position. (Surely you realize the Raiders don't need any help in the secondary!)
Lets move onto San Diego, where the Chargers actually need more help at safety than corner.
The Chargers surrendered a league-high 33 touchdown passes in 2000, but last year they cut that figure down to 24 in 2001. They have one pro-bowl cornerback in Ryan McNeil, and opposite him they have CB Alex Molden.
Molden, who received a $2.1 million signing bonus as part of a $17.1 million free-agent contract last year, missed 10 games and was limited to three starts because of knee and ankle injuries.
His off season recovery could very well likely determine whether or not the Chargers are ready to invest big bucks in another corner.
And you know what, I don't think they are. They've got insurance at cornerback in reserve Tay Cody- who really has unlimited possiblities in his second year out of Florida State. Molden, who sustained another minor injury this week, has reportedly been progressing rahter nicely, and the Chargers are hopeful that he can become a dependable force for them next season.
And thats good news, because that means that San Diego may not need to draft Quentin Jammer. Finally, that brings us back to the Cowboys at number six pick. If Jammer escapes Detroit and San Diego, he'll fall right into Jerry Jones' lap, and believe me when I say that nothing would make the Cowboys' organization happier than that senario.
He's the perfect fit for America's team, and as draft day draws ever closer, the chances of him being available to Dallas seem to be on the rise. So don't go putting Roy Williams in there just yet in the first round, there's still some more decisions to be made.