Cowboys view Leighton Vander Esch as ‘Brian Urlacher 2.0’
The Dallas Cowboys are just like every other team in the NFL. They have needs which they must address in the NFL Draft. The question every fan can’t wait to find out the answer to is which need the team will address first.
Will they look for a wide receiver to replace the now departed Dez Bryant? Maybe they go after some help on defense in the form of a linebacker. If they do, it sounds like they may like Boise State linebacker, Leighton Vander Esch.
According to the NFL.com, the Cowboys view him as a ‘Brian Urlacher 2.0’ type of guy. That’s a pretty lofty comparison. But if he were able to live up to it, no one would call linebacker a position of weakness for the Cowboys.
While he would certainly come in handy, most of the chatter recently has the Cowboys looking to take a wide receiver with their first-round pick (No. 19). Rumors have had them interested in Alabama’s Calvin Ridley, SMU’s Courtland Sutton, or Maryland’s D.J. Moore.
But what if, say, Vander Esch and Ridley were still available when it’s time for Dallas to pick?
Dane Brugler, a senior NFL draft analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, thinks the team will go with a linebacker in the first round and then wide receiver in the second (SportsDay):
“…I think WR/LB or LB/WR are the Cowboys’ preferred targets in the first two rounds. My guess is Vander Esch would get the edge and one of the main reasons being Dallas liking the depth better at the wide receiver position on Day 2 rather than linebacker. Vander Esch offers the versatility that the Cowboys covet on defense.”
No matter who they pick, a percentage of the fans will the team picked the right guy, and some will think they picked the wrong one. But as long as whoever the take performs on Sunday, no one will care.