After whiffing with the trade down to take Wisconsin center Travis Frederick at No. 31 overall, the Dallas Cowboys swung and missed again in round two with tight end Gavin Escobar out of San Diego State. That’s not to say Escobar isn’t a good player (he’s actually a solid prospect), but if there’s one thing the Cowboys didn’t need in round two, it was a tight end.
Sure, John Phillips left via free agency, so now Dallas doesn’t have a surefire third-string tight end behind Jason Witten and James Hannah, but it’s not necessary for a team like the Cowboys to have three stud tight ends. In fact, it’s a rarity in the NFL, but Dallas just got used to it after all three of them did so well in 2012.
The Cowboys absolutely needed an offensive lineman in the first round, but taking Frederick — a third-round talent — at No. 31 overall was an amateur move if there ever was one. Plus, Dallas only got the 31st and a 74th picks in exchange for the 18th while the New England Patriots got four picks in exchange for No. 29. If that — on top of the fact the Cowboys blew it by taking Frederick — doesn’t prove Jerry Jones is the most incompetent general manager in the NFL, nothing does.
The Cowboys also took Baylor receiver Terrance Williams at No. 74 and Georgia Southern safety JJ Wilcox at No. 80. So after four picks in three rounds in two days, Dallas hasn’t truly addressed anything. Unless Frederick and/or Wilcox sets the woods on fire from day one or Dallas trades Escobar and/or Williams for need, the Cowboys will have wasted at least two picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. If there was any remaining doubt as to why Dallas is destined for mediocrity under Jones, it has now been removed.