Questions remain after Cowboys' draft picks

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by GEORGE RIBA and TED MADDEN

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Posted on April 27, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 27 at 7:21 PM

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IRVING — The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2013 NFL draft with a lot of holes, most notably on the offensive line, defensive line, and at safety.

Three days later, those holes aren't as well-filled as most had hoped they would be.

The team's first three draft picks — all offensive players — were at the team's Valley Ranch headquarters on Saturday. They are center Travis Frederick, tight end Gavin Escobar, and Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams.

What the Cowboys ended up with is four offensive players and three defensive, but only one big guy — Frederick.

"Obviously, I think they made the right choice," Frederick said with a laugh to reporters at Valley Ranch on Saturday. "I think that everybody that questions it and things like that, I just use that as motiviation to continue to improve myself. I think I'm going to change a lot of your guys' minds."

Williams said "it feels like home" to wind up with the Cowboys. "I'm just ready to come in and do the best I can to help the team win games."

A lot of folks felt that while he was a reach at the end of the first round (and that the team shouldn't have traded away its original pick at 18), the Dallas draft was actually saved when they picked Williams, who led all of college football in receiving yards last year.

It's hard to figure out the philosophy or even the game plan this team had for this draft, because the Cowboys never seem to follow logic.

"The truth is, that we are known for willing to take risk, and milk the draft," said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. "If you look for the last 24 years, we are known for that."

With their three picks on Saturday, the Cowboys went cornerback, running back and outside linebacker. In the fourth round, Dallas picked B.W. Webb, who played corner at William & Mary.

Their fifth round pick was a running back from Oklahoma State, Joseph Randle, who averaged five-and-a-half yards per carry in college.

The Cowboys' final pick came in the sixth round: Devonte Holloman, an outside linebacker from South Carolina. Holloman had been expecting a call much sooner, and tweeted: "I'll never forget this feeling... there will be hell to pay."

As we look at the Dallas draft as a whole, we see no defensive linemen and only one offensive lineman — Travis Frederick.

Escobar, who was selected in the second round, is a pass-catching tight end who can't block.

In the third round, the Cowboys took Williams, who also tweeted that there would be "hell to pay" for so many teams passing on him.

Dallas needed help at safety, and drafted one in the 3rd round — J.J. Wilcox &mash; but he had never played the position until he was a senior at Georgia Southern.

With the end of the draft, teams will be contacting un-drafted players to sign them as free agents.

The Cowboys' first rookie mini-camp is set for Valley Ranch in just 12 days.

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