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Is the 2016 Draft Class the Best in Team History?


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#1 5 Lombardis

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 02:50 PM

Jaylon Smith and Tapper both had successful NFL debuts Sunday night.  Smith looks like he could develop into an All Pro talent.  Tapper had a sack and looks like at a minimum he will be a solid pass rusher to bring in on pass rushing situations.  Also, Rico Gathers looks like he will develop into an offensive weapon we can use on goal line and other short yardage situations. That means we hit on 8 of 9 picks in the 2016 draft which is incredible and in that 8 we have a franchise qb, a potential HOF rb, potential all pros at DT, LB, and CB, as well as solid contributors in Tapper, Frazer, and Gathers.

 

The question is whether this could be the best Cowboy draft class of all time?  The 1975 "Dirty Dozen" class produced guys like Randy White, Thomas Henderson, Bob Breunig, Pat Donovan, Herb Scott, and Mike Hegman.  The 1964 class had 3 HOF players in Roger, Mel Renfro, and Bob Hayes.  I think it's possible that 2016 could top those classes and go down as our best class ever.  It certainly looks like it will be the best ever from a talent identification standpoint because there were only 9 draft picks in 2016 compared with 19 in 1975 and 20 in 1964.

 

 



#2 ShutUp&Play

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:19 PM

When its all said and done....the 2016 draft class will be looked upon as the GREATEST DRAFT CLASS in Dallas Cowboys history!!

Especially if we bring home a few 'chips!!

 

Zeke, Jaylon, Collins, Dak, Tap, Frazier, Rico will all be major contributors in the no too distant future.

We may have 4 perennial pro bowlers out of this draft?? That's crazy. And Rico is the wild card...if he

develops into the heir apparent and he certainly looks the part...this class will indeed be considered SPECIAL!



#3 ryanaustinh

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 05:57 PM

Gotta win something or see the careers they have., 1989 had Troy, Stepnoski, Moose, Tolbert and we even drafted Steve Wisnewski to trade to the Raiders.  But he four I mentioned all had nearly 10 year careers with us.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:50 AM

And 64 had Jake Kupp who was traded to the saints and became an all pro guard and is in their ring of honor.

I think this debate is about 10 years too soon to include 2016. But it sure looks like a great one.
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Posted 13 September 2017 - 12:57 AM

I'd say it is:

 

http://www.nfl.com/d...-team-input:dal



#6 DanAn

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 05:23 AM

As of week 1 season 2:

Two pro-bowlers: Zeke, Dak

Five starters: A.Brown, M.Collins, J.Smith, Z.Elliott, D.Prescott

Two rotation: K.Frazer, C.Tapper

Developing: R.Gathers

 

No other draft would come close to that after year 1. But you'd probably trade all of that for two HOF careers.



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Posted 13 September 2017 - 10:41 AM

As of week 1 season 2:

Two pro-bowlers: Zeke, Dak

Five starters: A.Brown, M.Collins, J.Smith, Z.Elliott, D.Prescott

Two rotation: K.Frazer, C.Tapper

Developing: R.Gathers

 

No other draft would come close to that after year 1. But you'd probably trade all of that for two HOF careers.

 

Crazy thing is I think you could see that pro bowl list grow...

 

If Brown can play a season like he did the last several games of last year he'll get a pro bowl or 2.

If Collins can continue to develop and get a little more consistent count him in.

If Smith can regain his movement skills and athleticism he's going to get a few.

 

If we have 5 dudes that win pro bowls throughout their career that's just nuts.


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Posted 13 September 2017 - 09:37 PM

Jaylon Smith and Tapper both had successful NFL debuts Sunday night.  Smith looks like he could develop into an All Pro talent.  Tapper had a sack and looks like at a minimum he will be a solid pass rusher to bring in on pass rushing situations.  Also, Rico Gathers looks like he will develop into an offensive weapon we can use on goal line and other short yardage situations. That means we hit on 8 of 9 picks in the 2016 draft which is incredible and in that 8 we have a franchise qb, a potential HOF rb, potential all pros at DT, LB, and CB, as well as solid contributors in Tapper, Frazer, and Gathers.

 

The question is whether this could be the best Cowboy draft class of all time?  The 1975 "Dirty Dozen" class produced guys like Randy White, Thomas Henderson, Bob Breunig, Pat Donovan, Herb Scott, and Mike Hegman.  The 1964 class had 3 HOF players in Roger, Mel Renfro, and Bob Hayes.  I think it's possible that 2016 could top those classes and go down as our best class ever.  It certainly looks like it will be the best ever from a talent identification standpoint because there were only 9 draft picks in 2016 compared with 19 in 1975 and 20 in 1964.

 

The team has to win a super bowl or 2 or 3 to even be considered.   The 2005 class was looking outstanding too.  But, the ultimate judgement on any draft class comes down to one question:  what did they win?

 

These guys have won nothing and achieved nothing.  So,  i'd say it far to early and way premature to start comparing them to 75'.  Its absurd conjecture at this point.  

 

Sound like a bunch of dam 20 somethings in here that have never witnessed true cowboy greatness.






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