Articles by Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft 3.0

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last mock for the Cowboys, but not much has changed in terms of the team’s needs. The secondary is the primary concern, while the pass rush, o-line, and tight end spots could all use a boost. (My first mock of the year, done pre-Combine and mostly horribly out of date now, is here.)

I deliberately zagged when I’d previously zigged on a couple of the earlier picks here, just to see how the player pool shook out, but for the most part I think the talent haul ended up being similar to the prior mock. It might take a couple more weeks, and the completion of all the Pro Days, for there to be any significant changes in rankings that might radically alter how these mocks play out.

This one was done using Fanspeak‘s own Big Board, with the user-voted team needs.

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Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft 2.0

With the Combine and the initial wave of free agent signings now done, Dallas’ shopping list heading into the draft has become a little clearer. The return of Terrance Williams removes the need for an early WR, but the secondary still has some glaring holes with Nolan Carroll being little more than a depth option. The offensive line suddenly has a couple of openings, and La’el Collins can only fill one of them. The pass rush is still a concern, and the Cowboys still need to start grooming a replacement for Jason Witten (unless you believe all the optimistic talk starting to bubble up about Rico Gathers).

With all that understood, I went back to Fanspeak for my second mock of the draft season (the first can be found here), using Fanspeak’s big board and the fan-voted team needs to guide the selections for the other 31 clubs. The Cowboys, during Will McClay’s tenure running the show as the team’s draft guru, have focused on SPARQ stars from power conferences, so that’s where I’ll direct my attention.

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NFL Free Agency Buzz – Signing Day

After two days of rumors and trades, Thursday marked the first day that teams can legally get other teams’ players to sign on the dotted line. It also saw some teams do everything they could to clear space for later signings and acquisitions. Here are some of the more intriguing names to head for greener, or at least newer, pastures as the NFL’s free agent period kicks off in earnest:

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Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft 1.0

With mere hours remaining until the Combine gets rolling, it’s time to crank out my first Cowboys mock draft of the year. Of course, coming before the Combine, it’s even more worthless than usual, but I wanted to get a sense of the talent pool heading into the Underwear Olympics.

On paper, Dallas has some clear needs despite their 13-win season. Their pass rush remains an issue. The secondary wasn’t great to begin with, and is set to lose a raft of free agents. Jason Witten won’t last forever at tight end. Depth at wide receiver is also likely to addressed, and they could probably use a developmental QB since Dak Prescott turned out to be anything but.

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Stabbing At The Truth

WARNING: This post may only of interest to folks who are into media criticism (which should be everybody, if you ask me, since we now live in the era of “fake news”) or the Marlins’ farm system, but as I’m dead center on that particular Venn diagram, I’m going to write it anyway.

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Training Camp Notes: We’re Talkin’ ‘Bout Practice

With the beginning of the regular season just three short days away, NFL teams are settling into the normal routine of daily practices, and with daily practices come daily reports regarding who’s on the field and who’s not. For the sake of you late drafters, let’s look at the three key non-QB positions and some of the bigger names at those spots to see who’s likely to see action in Week 1 and who isn’t.

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