We are just a few days from the 2018 NFL Draft, so it is understandable that most of our processing power tends to get locked in on what the Dallas Cowboys are going to do with their ten overall selections. With focus on that, it is easy to overlook something that directly impacts the way Dallas is going to approach the NFL Christmas: The offseason, on balance, has really been atypically good for them.
Of course, as with all things, we cannot really evaluate the effects of everything that happened between the end of the 2017 season and now until we find out how it plays out. But based on reasonable expectations, it looks like the Cowboys took care of a lot of business successfully. Things were not perfect, but when you step back and consider everything, the results are good.
Here is a review of what the team did, and an early evaluation of the various moves.
After two disappointing seasons in a row, the Bengals come into the NFL Draft with several needs to fill. Their biggest move of the offseason involved adding an offensive linemen in Cordy Glenn and they are likely to add at least one more in the early stages of the draft. With the departure of Russell Bodine, the center position is the most obvious need, but they could also afford to upgrade the right side of the line. On offense they may also look to add a wide receiver who can compete or depth at tight end, running back or quarterback. Defensively, they could add depth and developmental players at linebacker and defensive back. On the defensive line they could use both an early down nose tackle and an interior pass rusher. They may also look to add a kicker who can compete with Randy Bullock for the job and an offensive or defensive player who doubles as a return specialist.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Chargers hosted ex-Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson on a visit Tuesday.
Jefferson is an insanely athletic linebacker that was widely known prior to his time in Austin as a top-20 prospect from Mesquite, Texas who ran a ridiculous 4.36 forty-yard dash as a high-school senior. He was also a Parade All-American and the High-School Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker.
As a NFL draft prospect. Jefferson is still an elite athlete at 6-foot-3 and 236 pounds. At the NFL combine, he posted a phenomenal 4.52-second forty-yard dash to go along with 27 reps on the bench press, a 36-inch vertical jump, and a 10’ 5” broad jump.
The New Orleans Saints, as expected, declined to match Willie Snead’s offer sheet, per Adam Schefter. This means that Snead will become a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
Saints are not going to match Willie Snead’s offer sheet with Baltimore, per source. Snead will be a Raven.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 23, 2018
Throughout the entire offseason, general manager Ozzie Newsome talked about his desire to “change the faces in the wide receiver room”. Newsome also said, that he would leave “no stones unturned” in his search to revamp this unit. Clearly, he is working on fulfilling his commitment.
Not only did Baltimore sign Michael Crabtree and John Brown, but they now have acquired Willie Snead. One foreseeable flaw in these moves are that Brown and Snead both signed short-term deals.