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Dallas City Council approved two new major development projects in southern Dallas through the city’s Office of Economic Development: The first, a new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) center for Georgia-based company Chime Solutions. The second, a substantial rehabilitation of the former Urban League of Greater Dallas building on South Lancaster Road for office and retail use.

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Chime Solutions is a human resources and staffing firm headquartered in Morrow, Georgia. This new 51,000-square-foot BPO center — its first outside Georgia — will be located at Red Bird Mall.

By 2021, Chime anticipates creating over 1,000 full-time jobs at the new center. The range of jobs will include customer service agents, human resource specialists, desktop support specialists, trainers, operations managers, and a site director. Annual wages are expected to range from $29,000 to $80,000+ and all jobs will include a full benefits package.
This business development project is the first office incentive project located in southern Dallas in at least 20 years. Chime Solutions is a privately-owned and certified minority- and woman-owned business. The Dallas City Council approved an economic development grant of $2 million to facilitate this project.

Red Bird Mall, located in southern Dallas at US Highway 67 and Interstate Highway 20, is currently undergoing a $220 million redevelopment which will transform the mall into a mixed-use development, with new options for shopping, dining, entertainment, residential multifamily, office space, medical offices, and a hotel and conference center.

It also features the recently opened Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) at Red Bird, which provides a variety of services for entrepreneurs and startups, as well as a new Starbucks.
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The former Urban League of Greater Dallas building, located at 4315 South Lancaster Road, will undergo a substantial rehabilitation by E Smith Communities, a real estate company owned by former Dallas Cowboys star Emmitt Smith. Upon completion, the building will include workforce readiness, community wellness, and retail tenants.

The 29,686-square-foot building will build upon the success of the adjacent Lancaster Urban Village, a mixed-use redevelopment project completed in 2014, and is located across the street from the VA Medical Center and DART rail station.

The $4.4-million project will provide opportunity for local employment and services to the surrounding challenged residential market area with an anticipated 100 jobs to be created. The Dallas City Council approved an incentive to provide gap financing for the project in the form of a $750,000 grant.

In addition to these two projects, the City Council also approved a $500,000 grant to The Golden S.E.E.D.S. Foundation for neighborhood enhancements in The Bottom, a residential neighborhood south of the central business district, as well as the creation of the Southern Dallas Investment Fund, a $2,500,000 fund to support small businesses in southern Dallas.

“These projects attest to the City’s larger focus on southern Dallas,” says Mayor Mike Rawlings in a statement. “Through today’s actions, we will positively impact local residents by providing employment, retail, and wellness options in the heart of their communities.”

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One of the most entertaining football players in American sports history has to be Deion Sanders. Few have had the success he had on the gridiron, but he also did it in baseball. To nobody’s surprise, he’s succeeded since his retirement as well.

For a man who played two professional sports, is a successful sports analyst, coaches football, and much more, Prime Time has built quite the reputation and bank account with a crazy net worth.
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High School
Born in Fort Myers, Florida, Sanders attended North Fort Myers High School and was All-State selection in football, basketball, and baseball. He was selected to the Florida High School Association All-Century Team, which chose the top-33 players in the 100-year history of Florida high school football.

Sanders was a talented enough baseball player that he was selected in the sixth round of the 1985 MLB Draft as a senior in high school.

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After such a successful college career at Florida State, Sanders was selected with the fifth-overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons in the 1989 NFL Draft. He spent five seasons in Atlanta before playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Washington Redskins. He retired and then returned three years later to play for the Baltimore Ravens at the age of 37.

In his long career, Sanders won two Super Bowls. One came in his lone season with San Francisco and the next came a season later in his first season in Dallas. During the 1994 season with the 49ers, he was also named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year.


In the 1988 MLB June Amateur Draft, Sanders was taken by the New York Yankees in the 30th round. He played two seasons with the Yankees, playing in 71 games and hitting .178 in 199 at-bats. He also played for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and San Francisco Giants in nine seasons from 1989-2001.

In nine seasons, Sanders made a total of about $12.8 million, according to Baseball Almanac. His top salary season was in 1995 with the Reds when he made $3.66 million.

Personal Life
In 1989, Sanders married Carolyn Chambers and had two children with her before divorcing in 1998. His children from that marriage were his son Deion Sanders Jr. and Deiondra Sanders.

He was married again in 1999 to Pilar Sanders, having three children with her before a messy divorce in 2011. The children he had with her are sons Shilo and Shedeur, along with a daughter Shelomi Sanders.

He currently lives in Texas with his girlfriend, Tracey Edmonds, who he has been with since 2012.

Television Career
Deion Sanders has been an entertainer, even when he was on the field. So transitioning to television was natural for the superstar. He is a sports analyst for NFL Network and has appeared on other sports networks like ESPN and CBS Sports since the early 2000’s. His annual salary is $65,000 a year.

Speaking Engagements
Sanders has taken his ability to speak and turned it into a really solid career as a public speaker. He is available to hire as a speaker for events like product announcements, keynote speeches, and autograph signings. Hiring Sanders for an event costs $50,000 to $100,000.

Deion Sanders Net Worth
As one of the top defensive players in the NFL, and a solid Major League Baseball player, Sanders was making a lot of money during his playing days. Additionally, he was part of ads for Nike, Pizza Hut, and American Express.

During 14 seasons in the NFL, Sanders made a total of $33.6 million. That is made up of a combination of salary, signing bonuses, and roster bonuses. His salary accounts for $17.5 million while $12.7 million was made for signing bonuses and $3.325 million were roster bonuses.

Sanders made a seven-figure salary in five of his 14 seasons, his highest salary of his first five seasons being $825,000. In his first nine seasons, he had a salary over one million dollars just once. That came in his one year for the 49ers at $1.13 million. For comparison, the 97th cornerback in salary in 2019 is Isaiah Oliver and has a salary of $1.159 million.

So a giant estimated net worth of $40 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, really shouldn’t’ surprise too many since not many have ever done as much as Neon Deion has.

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As a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman knows the scrutiny of being a high-profile athlete.
It was intense in the 1990s when the Cowboys were the toast of Dallas and the focus of the nation for their on-field success and off-the-field exploits.

And that was before the advent of social media.
He said the scrutiny the players have to deal with today is on another level, especially when it comes to quarterbacks and the money they are being paid.

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During an exclusive interview on 1310 AM The Ticket, Aikman said a lot of factors have to be considered when choosing a franchise quarterback in terms of how they carry themselves and handle things off the field.

To that end, Aikman gave approval to a big-money contract extension for Dak Prescott, whom he called the perfect quarterback for the Cowboys.


“I think that when you’re evaluating quarterbacks coming to a team and essentially being the CEO and the face of your franchise, how do they handle a lot of different situations?” Aikman asked rhetorically during an interview that also included Hall of Fame Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach. “But now, that’s another layer that they have to concern themselves with — how do they deal with social media?

“When we were playing, the criticisms were from the media, and sometimes that was a little bit intense. But now, everyone has a platform, everybody can fire off whatever it is they’re thinking, and I think it does take a really mature person, someone who’s wired the right way in order to be able to handle all that.

“And when you’re talking about — I thought I got paid a lot when I played — but the money is a lot. You’re making a real commitment to these players when you commit those kinds of dollars, and I think everything has to be looked at, and that’s why I think Dak, for a lot of reasons, I think Dak is perfect for this franchise, for this city in the way he’s able to handle himself.”

Aikman made $55.5 million in salary during 12 years with the Cowboys, according to His best deal included a $20 million signing bonus, though he only received $13 million as the Cowboys cut him before the final $7 million was due because of injuries.

The Cowboys are in active negotiations with Prescott on a new deal that could pay him at least $30 million annually, making him the highest paid player in franchise history. The former 2016 fourth-round pick is in the last year of a rookie contract that he has clearly outperformed, starting every game over the last three seasons and leading the Cowboys to two NFC East titles.

Vice president Stephen Jones has said he wants to sign Prescott to a new deal before the 2019 season and owner Jerry Jones said they are ready to invest in the former Mississippi State star for the long-haul because of his leadership and work ethic as well as his play.

Aikman seems to be on board as well.

The only question is when will Prescott get paid?

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Dallas Cowboys legends Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach recently sat down with Corby Davidson of Sportsradio 96.7 FM/1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM] to talk all things football, past and present. Here are some highlights:

On how much more media attention player’s get today versus the past few decades…

Aikman: “I thought the media got great exposure into our lives when I was playing, and that’s nothing compared to what happens to these players now. And I think, you know, a lot of these players obviously have embraced it. I think they’ve been able to utilize it to their benefit. And I think that whether it’s the Michael Irvin or the Deion Sanders or some of those type guys, I think they really would have enjoyed it. They would have maximized it, as well. But, for me, I just wanted to go play. I just wanted to go play the game, and the rest of it would not have been of interest to me.

“Especially, for the quarterbacks – really all the players, but for the quarterbacks in particular because there is so much scrutiny – I think that when you’re evaluating quarterbacks coming to a team and essentially being the CEO and the face of your franchise, how do they handle a lot of different situations? But now, that’s another layer that they have to concern themselves with – how do they deal with social media?

“When we were playing, the criticisms were from the media, and sometimes that was a little bit intense. But now, everyone has a platform, everybody can fire off whatever it is they’re thinking, and I think it does take a really mature person, someone who’s wired the right way in order to be able to handle all that.

“And when you’re talking about – I thought I got paid a lot when I played – but the money is a lot. You’re making a real commitment to these players when you commit those kinds of dollars, and I think everything has to be looked at, and that’s why I think Dak [Prescott], for a lot of reasons, I think Dak is perfect for this franchise, for this city in the way he’s able to handle himself.”

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The Dallas Cowboys are known for pounding the rock and controlling the tempo of the game. From DeMarco Murray to Ezekiel Elliott, the philosophy has not changed. With an athletic quarterback at the helm, the emphasis on running the football has only increased.

When Zeke was suspended for six weeks during the middle of the 2017 regular season, it was apparent that Dallas may have been too reliant on the fourth overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft. The combo of Alfred Morris and Rod Smith were up and down, without the consistency of Zeke.

This time around, Dallas appeared to made an effort to prevent something like that occurring again. No, the Cowboys did not spend a premium pick on the position — nor should they; after all, Zeke is among the elite players in the game — but the franchise did select two backs on the last day of the draft, each of them bringing something different to the table.

Ezekiel Elliott
What is there to right that we don’t already know? Zeke is a game-changing talent with the ability to take over a game with his running style. He can pick up clutch first downs, break a run to the house, and be a contributor as a pass catcher out of the backfield. He is even very good at picking up blitzes for Dak Prescott.

There is no doubt that Zeke is an elite talent, and the Dallas Cowboys are fortunate to have him in the backfield — even if there is no timetable on an extension. The former Ohio State Buckeye rushed for over 1,400 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in addition to a trio of receiving scores last season. Even though his touchdown numbers were not as high as we are accustomed to, Zeke’s ability to force defenses to stack the box proved to be valuable when Amari Cooper arrived in town.

Zeke has led the league in rushing in two of his three seasons — and in the one in which he did not win the rushing title, Elliott missed six games and led the NFL in rushing yards per game. Expect Zeke to be right back in the hunt this season.

Darius Jackson
The historic 2016 class featured the likes of Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Jaylon Smith, but fans were also once excited about the prospects of Darius Jackson. The former Eastern Michigan back was taken in the sixth-round of that draft, but was later cut and picked up by the Cleveland Browns.
Now back in Dallas, Jackson has an opportunity to emerge as the primary backup to Elliott for the Cowboys, but that battle may be too much for the fan favorite to overcome thanks to the next two mentioned…

Tony Pollard
The Cowboys have wanted a change-of-pace back for a while now. They had their eyes on Donnel Pumphrey, but the Eagles traded up for him. They were intrigued by Nyheim Hines, but the Colts snatched him up a round earlier than the Cowboys were perhaps comfortable with. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Cowboys came away with a similar style of player in this year’s draft.

Tony Pollard is a gadget player that can impact the game in a variety of ways — be it running the football, being a receiver out of the backfield, or in the return game. Darrell Henderson was the lead back for Memphis, but Pollard was still able to account for over 1,000 yards of offense and nine touchdowns in 2018, in addition to his 600+ kick return yards.

Pollard’s big season came in 2017, in which the Memphis native accounted for 766 yards of total offense and six touchdowns, but also returned 22 kicks for 881 yards (average of 40.0) and four scores. Pollard cemented himself as one of college football’s most dangerous return men, and teams became aware of him in the open field.

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Tavon Austin is entering a contract season, so Pollard has a golden opportunity to showcase his skill set and overtake Austin’s role in the offense. Kellen Moore reportedly had a big say in adding Pollard to the team, perhaps foreshadowing what the offense will look like this year and beyond.

Mike Weber
Mike Weber arrived to Ohio State as one of the 100 best players in the 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports. The Michigan native chose the Buckeyes over the Wolverines and went on to have a productive career for Urban Meyer in scarlet and gray.

Weber began his career as the lead back for Ohio State, rushing for more than 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016. The 5-foot-10, 211-pound back eventually split carries with young stud J.K. Dobbins in the backfield but Weber was still able to carve out a nice role in the offense, finishing with 1,580 yards and 15 touchdowns over his final two seasons in Columbus.

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If Pollard brings the speed, Weber brings the ground and pound. Weber runs with a downhill, between-the-tackles style that caused fits for Big Ten defenses week-in and week-out. However, Weber has enough speed to make an impact on the next level as well, clocking in a 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine in Indy.

The Cowboys saw the OSU product fall into their laps in the seventh-round and Bryan Broaddus expalined why the Cowboys are fortunate that happened:

“The pick of Mike Weber at the end is just too good to happen. You’re talking about third or fourth round grades on a guy and you’re sitting there at the seventh round and you’re looking for traits. You are just praying that somebody is up there that’s got a shot. And if you have a third or fourth round grade on a guys, that’s just a no-brainer right there.”

The Cowboys have created a backfield that should allow them to not only pound the rock and control the tempo of the game, but also have some game-breaking opportunities. Ezekiel Elliott is among the league’s best, Tony Pollard offers playmaking ability as a runner, receiver, and returner, and Mike Weber has potential to be a late-round gem.

Running the football is the identity of America’s Team and that does not appear to be changing anytime soon.

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The Cowboys acknowledged safety was their shallowest roster position entering the 2019 draft.

Then the team passed on the top safeties available in Round 2, waiting until the sixth round to select Texas A&M’s Donovan Wilson 213th overall.

Teams took notice.

“We’ve been getting a few calls,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters Wednesday at an annual golf outing for team sponsors. “People needing things and knowing that we might need, thinking that we might need a safety, would we be willing to trade this player for that player.

“I think this is going to pay for us. We’re not in any hurry.”

The Cowboys’ patient approach stems in part from belief that their scheme can work without a top-tier safety. Bolster the defensive line, front-office members say, and the rush will make coverage easier for defensive backs. The Cowboys went to work on their front four this offseason with an extension for Pro Bowler DeMarcus Lawrence, a trade for Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn and the second-round selection of Central Florida defensive tackle Trysten Hill, Dallas’ highest pick after the team’s midseason deal to acquire Amari Cooper for a first-rounder.
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In contrast, the safety depth chart features undrafted free agent Jeff Heath; sixth-round selections Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier; and George Iloka, whom Dallas signed in free agency for one year, $1 million.

The Cowboys hired former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard in 2018.

Jones said an upgrade for Richard’s unit may be difficult to find.
“Not just anybody fits with what we are trying as an organization to get accomplished at that position,” he said. “It has to be a safety that works for us.”

In the interim, the Cowboys drafted two running backs, two defensive ends and third-round guard Connor McGovern. The Cowboys hadn’t lost an offensive-line starter – in fact, they expect all-pro center Travis Frederick to return after an autoimmune disorder sidelined him in 2018 – but said they’d continue fortifying their strengths. Consider the offensive line a roster asset rather than imbalance, Jones said.

“We have [received calls about] different positions, which I think says a lot,” Jones said. “I love Jerry’s famous line, you keep strong at a position by drafting into a position of strength. That’s what we did with McGovern. I think we’ve got some depth there in the offensive line, not to mention many other positions.

“So I think that’ll pay off for us.”

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Whenever the Dallas Cowboys make a pick in the NFL draft, they typically do so with a plan for that player in mind. The front office and coaching staff must identify the player’s short-term role while developing a long-term plan to evolve the player’s talent.

Every player is unique and because of that, each player’s initial role and long-term development plan changes based on their skill set, personality and draft slot.

In the first four rounds, teams typically select players under the auspices that they can become immediate contributors, even if it’s not in a starting role. Players selected in Round 5-7 are typically projects whose first-year contributions are usually limited to special teams, though there are rare exceptions.

This all holds true with Dallas’ 2019 draft class. While the first three picks — Trysten Hill, Connor McGovern and Tony Pollard — project to have important roles next season, the team’s five selections in Rounds 5-7 — Michael Jackson Jr., Joe Jackson, Donovan Wilson, Mike Weber and Jalen Jelks — will likely make the biggest impact on special teams in Year 1 unless injury forces the team’s hand.

Because of that, we are going to focus on the first three picks and attempt to project their roles as rookies on the Cowboys.

Trysten Hill, DT
Year 1 role: Rotational under tackle who also spends time at nose tackle

Second-round pick Trysten Hill’s skill set boasts a considerable amount of upside, but unless he develops significantly by the time the regular season rolls around, he will likely begin his career as a backup.
This shouldn’t surprise Cowboys fans because the coaching staff has proven to value experience in the starters, eschewing draft picks from being full-time starters as rookies.

Last year, it took an injury to Sean Lee and outstanding play by Leighton Vander Esch in his absence to finally move the rookie linebacker into a starting role. In fact, when Lee initially returned from his hamstring injury in Week 7, Vander Esch was forced to return to a backup role. It took Lee injuring his hamstring again to move Vander Esch permanently into the starting lineup despite him playing like a top-five off-ball linebacker for much of the season.

Though he missed a lot of time due to injury during the first half of his rookie season, it took an injury to Orlando Scandrick to thrust Chidobe Awuzie into a starting role in 2017. Taco Charlton didn’t start a single game as a rookie, and neither did DeMarcus Lawrence — though he missed much of training camp and the first half of the season due to injury.

While Dallas’ insistence on playing veterans over rookies can be frustrating at times, in Hill’s case, it’s the best short-term plan for his development. Hill is a perfect fit in Rod Marinelli’s defense, but the areas where he needs refinement could cause him to struggle in a full-time starting role. Here’s an example:

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Trysten Hill’s footwork against the run needs a lot of work. Base narrows too consistently. He’s often off balanced when engaged. Gets his feet underneath himself too much. Lead to him getting blown off the ball more than someone with his size/power should.

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When Hill plays with the proper pad level and a strong base, he’s an outstanding asset against the run and pass. Unfortunately, he’s very inconsistent in both areas, allowing his pad level to swell and base to narrow all too often, which leads to him getting displaced out of his gap too frequently.

On top of that, Hill lacks the library of hand techniques to fully maximize his athleticism and physical traits as a pass rusher. His lightning-quick first step, upfield burst and insane power when engaged gives him a phenomenal foundation to build on, but he’s currently missing a little bit of the secret sauce (refined hand technique) to really produce as a pass rusher early on.


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When he plays with good pad level, Hill possesses impressive power at the POA to put OL on their heels, which allows Hill to reset the line of scrimmage against the run.

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Hill’s quick first step jumps off the screen. Tough for a center to handle that kind of quickness/explosiveness off the snap. Hill can certainly penetrate and play in the backfield.

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Hill’s biggest impact initially will come from his ability to penetrate and disrupt against the run while creating pressure opportunities for his teammates on stunts and twists.

If Hill was pushed into a starting role immediately, his inconsistent base and pad level would be exposed, likely leading to a considerable amount of variance in his play from snap to snap. However, in a backup role with fewer snaps, Hill can focus on keeping his pad level low with a proper base without fatigue causing him to revert to bad habits.

Hill’s future with the Cowboys is bright, and the starting under tackle (3-technique defensive tackle) gig is certainly in his future, but it’s important to not put too much on the rookie defensive tackle’s plate.

Unless an injury forces their hand, the Cowboys would be wise to put Hill in a reserve role in Marinelli’s defensive line rotation in Year 1 before moving him into a starting role in Year 2.

Connor McGovern, OL
Year 1 role: Primary backup at both guard spots and center

One of the more difficult Year 1 roles to predict within the Cowboys draft class is third-round pick Connor McGovern. This is mostly because the Cowboys could conceivably go in many directions and without any practices to guide us, it’s difficult to ascertain exactly what Dallas’ short-term plan is for McGovern.

With the Cowboys having told Connor Williams that he will eventually be moved out to tackle, which will likely happen in 2020 after La’el Collins’ contract is up, the team could opt to move Williams to right tackle now to give the former Longhorn a jump on the transition, which would allow McGovern to slide into the starting left guard spot immediately.

The Cowboys could also opt to keep Williams at left guard for this season while allowing him to moonlight as a tackle with the second and third strong offensive lines — similar to how Zack Martin has moonlighted as an emergency center at times during his career — relegating McGovern to a reserve role in his rookie season.

Even as a backup, McGovern’s role isn’t clearly defined, as Joe Looney’s presence creates competition for the primary swing interior offensive line position. Though he had his struggles, Looney performed admirably in Travis Frederick’s absence last season, which will likely weigh heavily on the minds of a coaching staff that, as stated above, values experience.

As things stand now, a reserve role would be best for McGovern in Year 1, as his footwork in pass protection needs considerable refinement and could cause him to be a bit of a liability until fixed. Here’s an example:

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When he is assertive with his hands and lands with his initial strike, it’s usually over. McGovern shows good grip strength to sustain blocks. #Cowboys

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McGovern’s needs to clean up his footwork in pass protection. Doesn’t cover enough ground with his first step, lets his outside knee get outside his foot, heel clicks then establishes a good base. Want him to play properly balanced throughout his steps/set.

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McGovern’s footwork in pass protection was a real issue for him in college, which is why he ranked 79th among interior offensive linemen in the 2019 draft in pass blocking efficiency, which “weighs sacks a bit heavier than hits and hurries and produces a rating that reflects the most efficient pass blockers on a per-pass-blocking snap basis,” per Pro Football Focus.

The Cowboys would be wise to give McGovern a year to refine his footwork so that he can be as effective as possible the moment he slides into a starting role. Having said that, McGovern is more talented than Joe Looney and will likely outplay him during training camp and the preseason, even with his warts in pass protection. Thus, McGovern’s best Year 1 role would be as the primary backup to the three interior offensive line positions (left guard, center and right guard).

Tony Pollard, RB
Year 1 role: Change-of-pace back who plays on every special teams unit and moves all over the formation on offense

If you believe the post-draft statements of Dallas’ front office and coaching staff, fourth-round pick Tony Pollard’s Year 1 role with the team is easy to predict, as the team has essentially laid it out for everyone in the media.

When asked about Pollard, Jason Garrett said:

“Obviously, we took Pollard first, someone we think is a really good space player. He’s an excellent receiver. He’s very good running the football, particularly out on the perimeter. We also feel he can run the ball inside, and he’s an outstanding special teams player, not only a great returner, a lot of great returns for touchdowns, but we also believe he can be a four-phase player on special teams. What we like most about him is what he can do on offense with the ball in his hands and we feel he can really help us in that area making some plays in space.”

The question remains as to whether the Cowboys will follow through on these statements and actually utilize Pollard as a chess piece on offense to create favorable mismatches against the defense. The Cowboys have teased this kind of role before, however, injuries and changing circumstances prevented the team from really following through in prior years.

As long as Pollard remains healthy, he should have no problem fulfilling that role for the team, and new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore could have the creativity to maximize that role in Dallas’ offense.
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Get Tony Pollard the ball in space and good things happen. 3 defenders and only two blockers, Pollard has to make someone miss for the play to be successful. Does exactly that by breaking the CBs tackle near the sideline to pick up an extra 6 yards.

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Like I was saying, get Tony Pollard the ball in space and #prosper. I hope DAL explores the full spectrum of Pollard’s skill set and finds different ways to get him the ball in space.

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Pollard possesses likable traits as a ball carrier and as a receiver, which is why he can be a movable chess piece for the Cowboys offense. He’s a playmaker with the ball in his hands, and the Cowboys would be wise to get him the ball in space as much as they can, adding another explosive element to the Cowboys offense.
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Pollard shows off a nice stiff arm to break the EDGE’s tackle.

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When he’s not on offense, expect Pollard to also be a core special teamer and the primary kick returner, as he was one of the best kick returners in the nation during his time at Memphis.

Unlike the players above, Pollard’s Year 1 role will likely mirror his role for the rest of his Cowboys career.

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Now that you’ve had time to digest what the Cowboys did and didn’t do in the draft, now that grades have been assigned and roster spots projected, what’s left to be said?


Players report for rookie minicamp later this week. Until then, until coaches get a better feel for the class of 2019 and the promise it holds, a few observations from the last 10 days warrant discussion.

In the interest of brevity, let’s restrict this to the draft and push the players’ latest side trip to Durham, N.C. to soak in the wisdom of Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and others to another day.

A tepid acceptance of the Cowboys’ decision to select Trysten Hill in the second round rests on two factors: He’s not a safety, and friction with the coaching staff at UCF led to him starting only one game in his final season.

Let’s table the safety debate. You may disagree, but Dallas officials are not only clear but unified in their positional preference for a three-technique defensive tackle over a strong safety. The attitude issue is more interesting.

A player talented enough to be taken in the second round of the NFL draft shouldn’t start the game on the sidelines for UCF. The Cowboys acknowledged the red flag, did their due diligence and said they’re comfortable. Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli went as far as to say that he and Hill have clicked.
The Cowboys didn’t ignore the input they got from Josh Heupel’s staff. But it’s fair to say the organization put more weight in what Scott Frost had to say.

Frost, now the head coach at Nebraska, was UCF’s head coach for Hill’s first two seasons. Hill started all 26 games he played under Frost, who had good things to say about the defensive tackle.

Was this a case of the Cowboys only wanting to hear the good about a player at a position they value? No.
Frost spent six years in the NFL as a safety before becoming a coach. His last stop was Tampa Bay in 2003. The assistant head coach on that team who oversaw the defense was Marinelli.

Frost knows how Marinelli operates and what he demands from players. He knows what makes Hill tick. If Frost was unsure that the two could co-exist, do you think the Cowboys would have used a second-round pick on Hill?

Hill is one of three defensive linemen the Cowboys selected in the draft. Hill weighs 315 pounds. Daniel Wise, a defensive tackle from Kansas, is one of seven undrafted rookie free agents signed who had a spot on the Dallas draft board.
Why so many linemen? No one talks about it much, but the Cowboys’ defensive line was worn down and exposed late last season. The exclamation point was the playoff loss to Los Angeles, when the Rams rushed for 273 yards.

A Dallas defense that allowed only one 100-yard rusher in the first 13 games allowed four in its last five games. Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson both went over 100 yards for the Rams in that playoff loss.

A defense that had 33 sacks in the first 12 games finished the regular season with only six in the final four games. The Cowboys scraped together only one sack in two postseason games. That came from Maliek Collins.

That’s why the Cowboys continue to address the defensive line.

Third-round pick Connor McGovern was rated higher on the Cowboys draft board than Hill. The club didn’t target him — which explains why only scouts spent any time with him leading up to the selection — but he was too good to pass up at No. 90.

“You keep drafting into strengths and you know what your strength is on a football team,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “You don’t want a strength to become something that’s average quickly.”

Makes sense. Still, the Cowboys went with McGovern because the safety or cornerback they hoped to land was gone.

Boston College safety Will Harris went to Detroit at No. 81. Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne went to Pittsburgh two picks later. The loss of those two is why McGovern was a blinking light, in the words of Cowboys officials, when Dallas was on the clock.

The Cowboys traded back near the end of the fourth round and again early in the fifth because the player they wanted went off the board immediately in front of them.

Atlanta jumped ahead of Dallas at No. 135 to take defensive end Johnathan Cominsky. The Cowboys were primed to take Arkansas linebacker Dre Greenlaw 13 picks later in the fifth but San Francisco beat them to the punch.

There was speculation the Cowboys would come out of this draft with a tight end, but the possibility of that evaporated with Jason Witten’s return.

Dallas isn’t short-sighted. If the Cowboys could have gotten one of the top tight ends in this draft, one to take over for Witten going forward, they would have done it. But the board didn’t break that way.

Witten won’t consume as many snaps as he did during his first tour of duty, but he’ll likely get the majority. Blake Jarwin came on strong at the end of last season, and the club doesn’t want to impede his progress. Dalton Schultz showed enough late to lead the Cowboys to believe he could be part of a rotation going forward.

Throwing a rookie into this mix wouldn’t have provided much return on investment and may have forced a decision on Schultz earlier than the club desired. Look for a tight end to be taken next year, even if Witten decides to return.

It’s fair to say the Cowboys are intrigued with unrestricted free agent Mitch Hyatt. Dallas lured the Clemson offensive tackle to The Star with a $20,000 signing bonus and by guaranteeing $130,000 of his base salary.

There are players around the NFL taken in the final two rounds of this draft who won’t receive that level of financial commitment.