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Dallas Cowboys sign first round draft picks

Diane Xavier | 8/5/2013, 1:55 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, #94, works against tight end Gavin Escobar as they run plays during NFL football training camp, July 24, in Oxnard, Calif. Gus RuelasZ

The Dallas Examiner

When you think of the Dallas Cowboys, the main words that come to mind are: Super Bowl. Every year, the fans, players and coaches dream of that opportunity to become Super Bowl Champions again. This year is no different.

With the 2013 NFL Football season right around the corner, the Cowboys hope to make a run at the Super Bowl, a feat the team hasn’t achieved for 17 years.

The team, which finished 8-8 last season and failed to make the playoffs, hopes this year’s draft picks will help make a difference.

The team has signed six of their seven draft picks this summer to contracts.

In June, Cowboys first round draft pick, center Travis Frederick of Wisconsin, was the last to sign a deal.

Training camp began this month in Oxnard, Calif., for the players. The Cowboys coaching staff and team personnel hope to get the best out of all the players this season, especially the new draft picks.

They drafted four offensive players to help their struggling offense and also drafted three defensive players to improve the team’s defense.

Veteran quarterback Tony Romo signed a huge deal with the team this past off-season, to continue to lead them in the future. Cowboys President and General Manager Jerry Jones extended Romo’s contract for six more years worth $108 million, with $55 million guaranteed.

Jones knows that Romo cannot win all by himself; so adding some key young players to the Cowboys offense should help Romo win games.

On offense, the team drafted center Frederick in the first round, tight end Gavin Escobar of San Diego State University in the second round, local wide receiver Terrance Williams of Baylor in the third round, and running back Joseph Randle of Oklahoma State in the fifth round.

On defense, the Cowboys drafted safety J.J. Wilcox of Georgia Southern in the third round, cornerback B.W. Webb from William and Mary in the fourth round, and linebacker DeVonte Holloman from South Carolina in the sixth round of the 2013 draft.

The team hopes Cowboys rookie tight end Gavin Escobar can add dimension to the receiving core. They hope Escobar can help tight end Jason Witten spread out the offense more.

Escobar was selected in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft with the 47th pick. The Cowboys said adding Escobar to the offense should give the team more options to run a two-set tight end formation that can keep the defense guessing on what plays the Cowboys are running. Escobar was a star player for the San Diego State Aztecs. He led the team in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. He left the team after three seasons to enter the NFL draft. Escobar is a public administration major at SDSU.

Baylor product Terrance Williams is a Dallas-local who played receiver at W.T White High School. He graduated from Baylor in December 2012 with a degree in general studies.

Williams set a career offensive record at Baylor with 4,693 all-purpose yards and also led the nation averaging around 141 receiving yards per game in college football.