Quarterback Options for the Dallas Cowboys

  1. Tony Romo got hurt today in the 2nd week of the 2015 NFL season. It’s the same shoulder that he broke before and he won’t probably be back in 8-10 weeks. The question is who should the Cowboys bring in?
  2. Brandon Weeden, the only other QB on the roster right now is average at best. He shows flashes of brilliance on occasion, but he cannot carry the team. Add to the fact that Dez Bryant, their number one receiver is also going to be out for 8-10 weeks.
  3. Kellen Moore (former Boise State) and Jameill showers are the QBs in practice squad. Following QB names are being mentioned too: Matt Flynn, Jason Campbell, RGIII, and Josh Freeman.
  4. Kellen Moore has good accuracy, but has serious issues with deep balls. However, his ability to pick up the Dallas offense is a question. Jameill Showers never really got into the limelight. He was thought to be big prospect with golden arm before he  backed up Tannehill and Manziel at Texas A&M. He later transferred to UTEP and played a few good games (at least 2 games with 4+ TDs). However, it is difficult to evaluate him on how NFL ready he is.
  5. Out of the available QB on the market, Campbell is already (early) retired and it is uncertain how good of a football shape he is in right now.
  6. Redskins will not let RGIII go to the division rival. So he’s out of the question too.
  7. Josh Freeman proved that he has difficulty picking up new offenses. Several teams kicked the tire on him before cutting him in  a short period of time. So he is not a going to be a wise option either.
  8. I like Matt Flynn the most. I think he can hold it up for a few wins before Romo comes back to the field. He saved Packers season couple of years ago when Rodgers got hurt.
  9. Flynn also showed he can adopt new offense pretty quickly and is already used to being a journeyman. Flynn should be signed immediately and put as Weeden’s backup for now. Let him learn the offense next couple of weeks, and if Weeden is struggling still struggling by that time, put Flynn in.

Akhter’s Laws of NFL Draft

Introduction:

History repeats itself. Every year, during NFL draft time, teams make the same mistakes. Therefore, I put together 9 laws of drafting that will help teams avoid disastrous drafts. First 4 laws provide guideline to be followed on draft day while the others focus on pre-draft evaluation of players.

Akhter’s Laws of NFL Draft:

Here are the Akhter’s Laws of NFL Draft

1.    Always draft the best player available at your position and work on depth.

2.    Avoid trades. If you have to, never sell the farm.

3.    Don’t be shortsighted in your draft strategy.

4.    Don’t draft out of desperation.

5.    Avoid kids from good football programs.

6.    If a player is injury-prone, he’s probably going to be injury-prone.

7.    Pro day performance or lack of it may not mean a lot.

8.    Don’t put too much importance on size and physical tools.

9.    Avoid players with drug or ego issues

Akhter’s 1st Law of NFL Draft: Always Draft the Best Player Available at Your Position and Work on Depth

This law provides guideline to be followed on draft day. This law is very religiously followed by Green Bay Packers. They always draft the best players available and it automatically builds depth in different position. Drafting Eddie Lacy is a classic example of the Packers staying put and taking the best player available at that time. Raiders’ discovery of Derek Carr is the best example successful application of this law.

Akhter’s 2nd Law of NFL Draft: Avoid Trades. If You Have to, Never Sell the Farm

This law provides guideline to be followed on draft day. Classic example of selling the farm is the RGIII trade by the Washington Redskins. There are many other examples, especially by the Buffalo Bills in recent times. Drafting of both EJ Manuel and Sammy Watkins required trading up and those picks were not as expected. Cleveland Browns violated this law when they drafted Trent Richardson and Johnny Manziel in recent drafts.

Akhter’s 3rd Law of NFL Draft: Don’t be Shortsighted in Your Draft Strategy

This law provides guideline to be followed on draft day. Don’t think just because last year’s draft strategy worked, it will be the same this year. A lot of times if there was a good WR class in last year (i.e. 2014 draft, people tend to pick more WRs in next year (i.e. 2015 class).

Akhter’s 4th Law of NFL Draft: Don’t Draft out of Desperation

This law provides guideline to be followed on draft day.  Especially QBs and RBs. Classic examples: Jake Locker, RG3, Trent Richardson. NFL may be overwhelming for them. May be too much pressure on the kid. Never draft a RB high either.

Akhter’s 5th Law of NFL Draft: Avoid Kids from Good Football Programs

This law provides guideline for pre-draft player evaluation. Chances are the players from good programs probably have reached their peaks. Plus they probably looked good because of their good teammates and good coaching.

Akhter’s 6th Law of NFL Draft: If a Player is Injury-Prone, He’s Probably Going to be Injury-Prone

This law provides guideline for pre-draft player evaluation. Jake Locker, Sam Bradford, RGIII – all were injury-prone in college and so are they now.

Akhter’s 7th Law of NFL Draft: Pro Day Performance or Lack of it may not Mean a Lot

This law provides guideline for pre-draft player evaluation. Tom Brady was horrible during pro day while Jamarcus Russell tore it up.

Akhter’s 8th Law of NFL Draft: Don’t Put too much Importance on Size and Physical Tools

This law provides guideline for pre-draft player evaluation. Russell Wilson and Drew Brees both lacked height. Brent Grime is too small to play the CB position. Blaine Gabbert had all the physical tools, but no success in NFL. Teams should put more emphasis on skills, body language, drive, etc.

Akhter’s 9th Law of NFL Draft: Avoid Players with Drug or Ego Issues

This law provides guideline for pre-draft player evaluation. Josh Gordon is a classic example. So is Johnny Manziel (well, it’s too early to say though).