Question: Any shot at all at Richard Sherman or is that just a pipe dream?
Jon Machota: Pipe dream. The Cowboys generally don’t like spending money on players in their late 20s. Plus, corner is this draft’s deepest position. Instead of trading a pick and paying Sherman’s salary, I’d be fine with drafting a couple CBs in the first few rounds. You’re probably not going to find the next Richard Sherman, but you could land two solid players that are much cheaper, younger and still good enough to contribute right away.
Question: Do you expect Jaylon Smith to be full speed for the offseason program or will we not see that until training camp?
Jon Machota: I think he’ll participate, but we’re not going to know a ton about where he’s really at until training camp. I think he’ll contribute this season, but expectations should be tempered. Don’t expect to see the player he was at Notre Dame. That might never happen. Judging by what I see on social media, some believe he’s going to damn-near save this defense on his own. Fans should be more than happy if Smith’s able to get on the field and be a solid starter.
Question: Charlton, McKinley or Harris … which one would fit the Cowboys’ scheme best?
Jon Machota: They all would fit. I personally would take Takk McKinley. He wouldn’t be my pick to be the best of that group next season, but he’d be my pick to have the best career out of that group. I would never draft for next year. Give me the guy who is going to have the best career.
Question: Surprised you had Cowboys winning at Atlanta in November. Does this have more to do with Cowboys or Atlanta suffering from Super Bowl hangover?
Jon Machota: It has more do with trying to predict something seven months in advance before teams have even drafted. It’s nothing that should be taken too seriously. Last year at this time, I thought the Cowboys had very little chance of winning at Green Bay and Pittsburgh. Then Tony Romo went down and judging by how well they did without him in 2015, the chances decreased significantly. The Cowboys won both. It’s a league of parity. There’s a reason no team has repeated as NFC East champs in over a decade. The Cowboys could win 13 games again or they could win seven. Neither scenario would absolutely stun me. Lose a few key players to season-ending injuries and everything changes.