6th Round: Still No WR, but We’ve Got a Kicker!

Nick FolkThe Cowboys used their first sixth-round pick to take kicker Nick Folk of Arizona. I know that he won’t wear #12 with the Cowboys, but otherwise, I’m not familiar with him.

UPDATE: Michael David Smith from footballoutsiders.com says that he thinks Folk was a quality pick and will take over the kicking duties next year.

The kicking situation in Dallas was a mess last year, as the Cowboys gave Mike Vanderjagt a $2.5 million signing bonus but cut him before the year was out. Arizona kicker Nicholas Folk, chosen by the Cowboys 178th overall, should earn the kicking job in Dallas this year.

Here is a quick blurb from Scout.com:

Handled the full-time kicking and punting duties last season, winning All-Conference honors. Connected on 75% of his field goals last year with a long of 52 yards. Averaged 44 yards on 74 punts, including a long of 78 yards.


Strong-legged kicker with an inconsistent game. Drives punts down field, kicks moon shots that get great hang time, and gives coverage teams an opportunity to make plays downfield. Consistent field goal kicker inside 40 yards.


Struggles when rushed as a punter and does not quickly get the ball off his foot. Has difficulty with directional kicking and is not effective as a pooch punter. Kickoffs do not get great height.

4th Round, Part 2: World B… er… OT Doug Free

Wrong sport. Sorry.

Doug FreeDallas used its second fourth-round pick to take tackle Doug Free of Northern Illinois, which has set up something of a shrine page for him here. This could turn out to be a steal: first- or second-round talent who was injured at the beginning of his senior season. He apparently stood out at the Senior Bowl.

Here are some notes:

* Semifinalist for National Football Foundation’s Draddy Award, honoring combined academic success, football performance, and exemplary community service.

* Listed on the “Halfway All America” team by CBSSportsLine.com at the season’s midpoint.

* Tied for fourth in NCAA with 48 consecutive starts.

* Starter in all 48 games of collegiate career, 46 at left tackle. Made two starts at TE at end of 2004 season.

* Grading out at 91% in 2006 and owns 59 knockdown blocks and 10 flat backs this season.

* Posted grade of 90% or higher in nine games and had eight or more knockdown blocks in four games this season.

* Had 95% grade at Eastern Michigan (11-24) with three knockdown blocks.

* Graded out at season-best 97% against Toledo (11-7) while totaling three knockdown blocks.

* Totaled 10 knockdowns, three flat backs and 95% grade against Ohio (9-9). Had 11 knockdowns, four flat backs, and 94% grade vs. Buffalo (9-16). Graded 94% with eight knockdowns vs. Indiana St. (9-23). Posted 92% grade with nine knockdowns at Ball St. (9-30).

* Elected by teammates as one of four 2006 team captains.

* First-team All-MAC in 2005.

* Graded out to a 91 percent mark for the 2005 campaign and accumulated 13 “flat back” blocks and 49 knockdown blocks.

* Earned nickname “Doug Freak” from teammates for his athletic ability. Runs the 40 in 5.0 seconds and posted a 29-inch vertical jump and 565-pound power squat.

4th Round: QB Isaiah Stanback

After signing Brad Johnson and Brock Berlin during the offseason, the Cowboys went for the athlete at the quarterback spot by taking Isaiah Stanback with their first of two fourth round picks (102nd overall). Here is a highlight clip from the Huskies’ win over Fresno State last season: Here is more about Stanback: WHAT NFL […]

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3rd Round Pick: OT James Marten

The Cowboys used their 3rd round pick from Cleveland to take Boston College tackle James Marten. Here is the overview on him: Like most Boston College offensive linemen in recent years, Marten has the versatility and skills to play a variety of positions on the front wall. He will probably shift to right tackle at […]

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2nd Round Pick: Another Trade with Cleveland

Dallas traded down with its second round pick to make up for the picks that it lost to Philadelphia earlier today. I am not sure the Cowboys will miss anyone here, given that the better receivers are now gone. Here is what the Dallas draft looks like now: 3rd round (67th) (from Cleveland) 4th round […]

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After Trade, 26th Pick: Anthony Spencer (With Video)

The stockpiling of outside linebackers continues! Dallas traded a second-round pick that it received from Cleveland, along with a 3rd and a 5th, to Philadelphia in order to move back into the first round. And with that pick, Dallas selected Purdue linebacker/defensive end Anthony Spencer. Not sure I’m really happy about this, but some are […]

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Dallas Receives Two High Picks for 22nd Position Overall

Dallas had a chance to take Brady Quinn with the 22nd pick, but instead traded with Cleveland to allow the Browns to pick up the Notre Dame quarterback. The Cowboys received Cleveland’s 2nd round pick (#4 in the 2nd, #36 overall) and the Browns’ first round pick next year. Many of those defensive backs that […]

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This Mock Draft Business…and Ignorance

This has been my first offseason not only of blogging about the Cowboys but also of paying more than a bit of attention to the mock drafts. And there was good reason why there was no reason at all to pay attention to the mock drafts– the best I can figure, it is about as […]

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I Agree With Keyshawn?

If you look along the right-hand column, you will see an RSS feed that includes Cowboys headlines from SportsSpyder (that may be how you got here in the first place…). I noticed today this headline: “Johnson says ‘Boys need WR” Well, I thought, Jimmy agrees with me! Except that the Johnson in the article is […]

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Best and Worst Draft Picks

Fox ran an interesting piece about the best and worst picks in team history. The picks about the Cowboys weren’t bad, though I don’t agree 100%. Here is the entry: Best overall pick: RB Emmitt Smith, Round 1, Pick 17, 1990 It’s really all relative as to which member of the Big 3 you think […]

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