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Old 08-26-2018, 08:50 PM   #750
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Here's an update on my rookies as we head into Preseason Week 4. My top two picks are underperforming, my mid-round picks are thriving, and my low-round picks are a M*A*S*H unit.

Round 1, Pick 22 Rashaad Penny

I'm a little worried. He hasn't been able to claim the starting job over some schmo named Chris Carson, and then broke his finger and has missed most of the preseason. It's believed that he'll be the change-of-pace back when the season starts. That's not what I was hoping for.

Yes - Round 2, pick 54 James Washington

Well, he's kind of the third receiver right now, but apparently The Rapist isn't very happy with his route adjustments so he's in the rape doghouse. I hope that's just a learning curve.

Yes - Round 3, pick 86 Traded down for 4.116, 4-137, and 7-236

Yes - Round 4, pick 116 Dorance Armstrong

Right now he's listed as the third-string LDE behind Demarcus Lawrence and Kony Ealy, but he's drawing rave reviews as the most impressive Cowboys rookie, and there are rumors that Ealy may be cut to move him up the depth chart. He's looking good right now.

Yes - Round 4, pick 122 Maurice Hurst

He's officially listed as the second-strong DT, but the reports are that he's clearly the best DT in Oakland should be starting in Week 1. Early returns are very positive.

Yes - Round 4, pick 137 Tyrell Crosby

He's officially listed as the third-string LT, but early reports are that he's playing very well and may move up. The LT position is a pleasant surprise for me. It's unlikely that he'll unseat Taylor Decker for the starting spot, though.

Yes - Round 5, Pick 159 Wyatt Teller

He's currently listed as the second-string LG and is getting good reviews. I'm hopeful since the guy ahead of him isn't a world-beater (Vladimir Ducasse).

Yes - Round 6, pick 196 Jack Cichy

He's currently listed as the third-sting LOLB, but is playing second-string now due to another player's injury, and the rumors are that he'll hold that spot. He's got a bad injury history but has been healthy and playing well. He's looking good.

Yes - Round 6, pick 209 Ade Aruna

He was the third-string LDE behind Danielle Hunter and Brian Robison in a talented field, and then blew out an ACL this week. He's on IR now.

Yes - Round 7, pick 236 Justin Jackson

He's listed as the third-string HB, but has apparently been nicked up all preseason and is in danger of not making the team. Maybe he's a practice squad candidate.

Yes - Round 7, pick 240 Hercules Mata'afa

Blown ACL in minicamp and he's out for the year.
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