I think I write a little something about this every year, but it's still true: The Ticket's draft coverage is just terrific.
It's not so much that it goes wire-to-wire, which is pretty amazing in and of itself. It's the quality and entertainment value of the commentary.
Norm, who remains very knowledgeable, has more or less settled into the role of an amiable master of ceremonies. Oh, he offers substantive commentary and seems to know the draft class extremely well, but as the years have gone by, Bob Sturm, David Moore, and David Newbury have taken over more of the heavy lifting as to What It All Means. At least that's the impression I have from the slices of the coverage I'm able to grab over the multi-day extravaganza.
I really enjoy listening to Bob and it's great to see his profile in Cool Metro continuing to grow with his Dallas News writing and other coverage. The best moment I heard from the weekend, though, was from The Boomtown. I think it was Saturday afternoon. Norm had thrown the show to David & David, who were giving their thoughts on the state of the Cowboys' draft. They spoke carefully and very persuasively without being bombastic. I loved Newbury's point that all the best drafting teams "know who they are," and that the Cowboys don't seem to.
I swung by Ben & Skin's coverage and just had to shake my head. There's an argument to be made that Ezekiel Elliot was the best pick, but B&S's over-the-top jubilation and insistence that it was the most amazing best-ever pick just sounded ridiculous after almost every Texas-based analyst was at best confused, and at worst appalled, by what the Cowboys had wrought. (Although SI gave Dallas's draft an A-.) Like their year-end Cowboys coverage last year consisting of how tremendously excited they were about 2016 after 4-12, the homerism seemed pretty apparent. I don't like to ascribe motives to people I don't know, but man.
Having said that, I do ask myself this question and invite the Confessor to set me straight: If Elliot really is a can't-miss offensive force that can replicate what DeMarco Murray accomplished a couple years back and more, is it possible to argue that in addition to more reliable scoring, his presence will extend drives both through his own skills and occupying defenders who would otherwise by smothering Dez, and in that way keep our shaky defense off the field? And thus, with this single pick, the Cowboys have not only increased their offensive potency, they may have reduced the other team's offensive possessions, elevating (if only constructively) the entire Cowboys defense. Whereas Jaylen Ramsey would only have improved one facet of the defense.
I think it's a dubious theory -- addition to the defense by subtracting defensive draft picks. But thought I'd toss it out there in fairness to Ben & Skin.
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