Drafts can't be fully judged immediately. But they can be partially judged immediately, and right now, I'm partially judging the hell out of the Dallas Cowboys for what feels like another unfocused, disorganized approach to selecting prospects to improve the team.
One night after reaching for an interior offensive lineman with third- and- fourth-round grades after trading down to the bottom of Round 1, Dallas spent its first two picks Friday night on two more offensive players who have no chance at starting while ignoring a defense in need of support as it transitions to a new scheme.
The 'Boys, who could have had the draft's best tight end, Tyler Eifert, in the first round, took tight end Gavin Escobar in Round 2 who wasn't good enough to maintain a full-time role with San Diego State in the Mountain West Conference.
Could this team have used another tight end? Sure, in Round 7. A dude who can actually block and would complement Jason Witten and James Hanna, rather than becoming Witten 3.0.
They followed that up in Round 3 by taking Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams, making it the third straight year Dallas has drafted a wideout. Williams could compete for the No. 3 wide receiver spot, but Dwayne Harris will be hard to beat out for snaps on the outside opposite Dez Bryant.
It was clear at that point that Dallas was taking the best guys available every time up, which is not ideal for a team missing a starter in the secondary and in need of help in some very specific spots. Fortunately, they finally addressed one of those needs with their second third-rounder, taking Georgia Southern safety J.J. Wilcox.
When they picked Wilcox, it was like watching a blindfolded kid finally hit the donkey's tail, and that wasn't enough to atone for all the damage that had been done.
The Cowboys aren't good enough to have the luxury to ignore needs and focus only on best available players, and we have little reason to trust their draft board in the first place. Few teams have screwed up as many first- and second-day picks as Dallas has this century.
Of course, when the general manager has complete job security, these things are bound to happen.
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