After Tony Romo missed 8 weeks with a broken left clavicle, it started to surface that the Dallas Cowboys would, and should, look to draft their quarterback of the future in this year’s NFL Draft. When he re-injured his collarbone again this past week, it now looks like a no-brainer.
When you consider Romo’s recent injury history, along with his age (35), there’s no doubt that Dallas should look to draft their QB of the future come April; especially after watching Brandon Weeden and Matt Cassel fail miserably as the short-term replacements.
Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones weighed in on the issue. While he has 100% confidence and faith in Romo going forward, here is what he had to say:
“We should be building for the future as well as have an operable quarterback behind our starter, Romo. And that’s what we’re going to get to.”
Some have hinted at Johnny Manziel as the possible QB of the future in Dallas based on the Cowboys near drafting of the troubled Cleveland QB back in 2014. If they don’t bite on Manziel, they will have to address the QB need via the draft. Take a look at some possible options in the 2016 NFL Draft:
Trevone Boykin, TCU
Without a doubt, Boykin is the biggest wildcard of any QB in the draft. However, if the Cowboys neglect to address QB on day one or even day two of the draft, I could see them going with a project like Boykin – he’s a guy with tremendous upside, if he pans out.
Boykin doesn’t have the ideal NFL arm, but he makes up for it with his athleticism and ability to extend plays. He’s an absolute joy to watch, some plays he just “wows” you and makes you wonder how he pulls it off – I like to call him a magician under center.
The Cowboys could take the in-state QB and stash him on the bench for a year or two under Romo. Boykin is a project for sure, but sitting behind Romo while letting him learn the NFL game will go leaps and bounds.
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Of the QBs projected to go in the first round, Connor Cook is my favorite. Cook is a scrapper under center and the type of guy who can win football games at any cost – he is the all-time wins leader at Michigan State, over guys like Kirk Cousins, Brian Hoyer and Drew Stanton.
Cook plays the game with so much passion. He has an NFL ready arm with good accuracy and solid arm strength. I think a guy like Goff would be a much better fit in Dallas, but if he’s gone when the Cowboys are up, I very well could see them pulling the trigger on Cook based on their need.
The senior has prototypical NFL size who stands tall in the pocket. He is extremely durable, have only missing one start in his career. He excels at reading defenses and is a smart player. A smart, tough player that the Cowboys could certainly use under center.
Jared Goff, California
The stock of Paxton Lynch out of Memphis has soared in the past few weeks, but Jared Goff is right there with him as the top QB in this year’s class. While I’m not high on either quarterback, NFL scouts are.
It certainly would benefit Goff to return to school, but he doesn’t have much to gain by doing so – financially speaking at least. Goff will be a high draft pick and a guy the Cowboys could target in the top 10. Goff has displayed inconsistencies this year, but that has come with a lot of good.
Of any QB in the draft, Goff very well could be the most accurate, although he doesn’t possess ideal arm strength. He can make NFL throws, nonetheless and fit the ball into tight coverage. Goff has sound mechanics which won’t require any tweaking. The major concern that I’ve observed is his struggles dealing with pressure. When he gets blitzed, he is quick to get overwhelmed and run for his life. Otherwise, he is usually good at scanning the field and going through his progressions. He also doesn’t show up in big games – his 5 INT performance against Utah indicates that.
At the end of the day, I really could see Goff being drafted by Dallas. I do see a little Tony Romo in his game and he would benefit tremendously by sitting behind him for a year or two. He would enter a great situation in Dallas.
Cody Kessler, USC
Of all the QBs on the list, Cody Kessler doesn’t jump out at you on film. He’s a solid talent at QB who doesn’t possess the potential of a Wentz or Boykin, but you know what you’re going to get from him. Kessler has been a three year starter at USC and has done a great job despite the decline of the program. He is a good mechanical thrower who has very good accuracy, but lacks arm strength.
If the Cowboys decide to wait until the third or fourth round to address the QB position, Kessler is a guy they could go for. He doesn’t have the upside you’re looking for, but he could be a solid QB in the NFL. His game is reminiscent of Stephen McGee, former Cowboys draft pick.
Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
Wentz is a guy who’s stock will skyrocket leading up to the NFL Draft. He’s a physical specimen at 6’6” and can even run the ball effectively as well. He has a tremendous arm, both strength wise and with accuracy. He’s a great leader who has won a lot of football at the FCS level. I see a lot of Ben Roethlisberger in his game. He should be a first round pick, but teams will be hesitant to invest that much on an FCS level QB.
When it’s all said and done, Wentz can very well be the best QB of the 2016 draft class when we look back in a few years. He has the arm, the size, the mobility and all the intangibles – there’s no reason why he wouldn’t succeed in the NFL. If the Cowboys neglect to address QB in the top 10, I could see them going for the sexy QB prospect in the early 2nd round or even trading up into the tail end of the 1st.