So its that time of the year again. Lets take a look at some of the Dallas Cowboys rookies, and see how they have done midway through the season.
Morgan Houghton – This was the Cowboys first round pick. This is the pass rushing stud out of Central Michigan. He dropped in the draft due to an unimpressive combine, matched with lower competition playing in the MAC. But 10 weeks into the season and he has 16 tackles, 9 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. He has stepped in for an injured David Irving and hasnt missed a beat. With him and Lawrence, the Cowboys are in the top 5 in sacks. He has been as advertised, and Silver seems to have a steal with him looking to start for years to come. He gets an impressive A- midway through the season
Wisler Lloyd – Wisler was drafted early in the second round, with the Cowboys using one of the picks they got from the Jets trade for Zach Martin. Wisler would have likely went earlier in the draft if it wasnt for a dismal combine and a mediocre bowl game performance. Wisler has really taken flight in this Cowboys 3-4 attacking defense. They like to press the receivers, and blitz. Wisler has played mostly in the slot position but has played very well. He also has 16 tackles, paired with 3 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. He looks to be one of the cornerbacks of the future for this Cowboys defense. He receives a B+ trade for this midseason grade.
Eric Higgins – Higgins, also played against weaker competition as he thrived against the AAC. In his final season with Connecticut, he grabbed 79 receptions and an astounding, 1856 yards. His big flaw coming out was speed, and his route running. By far, Higgins is my favorite player the Cowboys drafted. They got this stud at the end of the 5th round. Teams were scared of his speed and acceleration. But at 6’6 and 236 pounds, this guy is an absolute beast. He has become a favorite in the redzone for Big Ben. He has very impressive numbers thus far. He has hauled in 45 balls, for 780 yards, and 10 TDs. Yes, 10 TDs. He looks to move to the 2nd WR spot next season if the Cowboys let Hurns walk. I give this pick an A+++.
Matt Armstrong – Another player on this list from a small town school. Armstrong was a monster for Charleston South, but yet again, he played against nobodies his career. He is currently on the injury report and hasnt been that great thus far. He does have star development, so he has the ceiling to become a star. Only time will tell. If he can stay healthy, he looks to have a big role in this offense. Because of his limited play and injury concern, we cannot give him anything above a C.
AJ Maxwell – When you create a QB, this guy is the prototypical QB DNA you would want. He stands at a staggering 6’7, 239 pounds, and is only 21. Obviously the Cowboys didnt use their late third round pick to watch Maxwell take the reigns this early. They drafted him to take over the team once Big Ben retires. Which could be this year or next. Maxwell hasnt seen much of the field, only in garbage time, and he has handed the ball off mostly. I cant give him a grade yet, as he is a developmental player. N/A
Overall, i think Duke Silver did a pretty solid job with most of his picks. He also has 4 picks in the first two rounds of the upcoming draft. They have 3 players who are currently starting and playing solid roles on this team, and have contributed to their midseason success. I am giving them an overall grade of a B.