The Cowboys finished their draft without adding any defensive backs, which left room for them to bring in four of them as undrafted free agents.
Three of the four are listed as cornerbacks, including Charvarius Ward. Ward had two interceptions and 13 pass breakups for Middle Tennessee State over the last two seasons and joins Kam Kelly from San Diego State and Portland State’s Donovan Olumba as new pieces at the position. The Cowboys also signed former Oregon safety Tyree Robinson.
Dallas also signed two wide receivers after drafting two of them over the weekend. Missouri State’s Malik Earl and Iowa State’s Marchie Murdock join third-round pick Michael Gallup and sixth-round pick Cedrick Wilson as rookie targets.
So where each of those teams could look at Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen and Josh Allen at this time last year, and say to themselves, We’ll be okay, they couldn’t do the same this time around.
Not right now, there isn’t one (that would go first round as it stands), said one AFC college scouting director.
The Texans made such a G.M. change this year when Brian Gaine was hired after Rick Smith went on leave and now they’ve made a slew of other changes. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the team has dismissed assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III, director of college scouting Jon Carr, assistant director of college scouting Mike Martin, college scouting coordinator Matt Jansen and college scout Seth Turner.
Raye was hired when Gaine left the Texans for a job with the Bills last year and he interviewed for the top job in Houston before Gaine returned. He also interviewed with the Panthers before they bumped Marty Hurney from interim G.M. to a permanent position.
Gaine presided over eight selections this year, although the Texans didn’t pick until the third round thanks to trades that sent this year’s first- and second-round picks to the Browns. One of those trades landed Deshaun Watson, which likely made it easier for Gaine to swallow sitting out until the 68th pick.
But what’s clear, to me, is that this wasn’t a fly-by-night decision by the Cleveland brass.