The Cowboy spoke with several Dallas media on Wednesday to help promote the virtual draft he will be hosting on Thursday evening alongside Jamie Foxx, fan of Cowboys on List A. But the interviews also turned to memories of the Ware’s own draft day experience as well as a crystal ball session in terms of what the nine-time pro Bowler thinks Dallas will do with 17th overall.
“They’re looking more for a hybrid defense,” Ware told Bill Jones of CBS DFW. “You’re going to have to exert this pressure in defense 3-4 to be able to create these turnovers. It’s something that was missing last year. “
Nomenclature 3-4 may not be technically correct to hear coach Mike McCarthy say it, but the Dallas defense is certainly undergoing a kind of transformation. And the guy who stood out and accumulated the 117 best franchise bags for the Cowboys from 2005 to 2013 has some prospects in mind for his next iteration.
K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU was Ware’s first name.
“He’s a scary monster,” said Ware. “Or, if they opt for this hybrid type of thing, they can also go for interior defensive linemen. Like an Auburn Derrick Brown, guys who are really versatile, really solid. Put the pressure in front, then put a few guys outside who can be more of a hybrid backer inside. “
As Ware explained on 105.3 The Fan’s K&C Masterpiece show, these things would complement the team’s current superstar rusher, which should also become a little more multidimensional in the new defense.
“And I also know that DeMarcus Lawrence will probably be in transition to play a bit of a hybrid guy,” Ware said on the air. “I know McCarthy, the defenses he had up there in Green Bay, they’re going to want to bring warmth. And not just on the left with DeMarcus Lawrence. “
The eleventh pick in the 2005 draft believes that the current Cowboys actually have more of a quarterback attack arsenal than they have shown or obtained.
“Jaylon Smith,” Ware offered as an example. “I think people are really sleeping on Jaylon Smith. He can play a little linebacker. I know he can. And he can pressure from the inside. They already have guys out there who can do the job; it’s just learning the new nuances of playing a little bit of a new position. Like I did, go from defender to linebacker. “
When Ware watches Chaisson’s tape, he says he sees a skill set that reminds him of someone familiar.
“Lowering. He predicts everything about speed… just being able to have this talent to get out of the ball. And the technique he uses. He’s a long guy like me, right? Wingspan of seven feet almost arm, can still stab and push the pocket, go around the corner. He’s one of those guys who wreaks havoc. I hear them say that he’s a guy on the outside. But he’s a guy. And what I mean by a slip slip: when he is on a tackle, he slides them away, and he will play. And I wonder, okay, how many defeat tackles does he have? And he’s still behind the backfield, he’s still running from behind and he reminds me of myself. It’s one of those types where the engine doesn’t stop on the soccer field. That’s what you want: a crazy banshee out there who’s just trying to get into soccer. That’s why I turn on so much. He’s that type of guy. ”
It might therefore be appropriate for the Cowboys to choose Chaisson Thursday evening, 15 years to the day after having used their first round choice on a banshee named Ware.