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2017 Cowboys Mock Draft: 7-Round Pre-Combine Edition

Brian Martin



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The start to the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine is less than a month away (March 3-6), so I thought it would be a good time to do another 7-round mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

The Scouting Combine generally shouldn't have much of an effect on a player's draft stock. It is just a way for scouts and general manager's to get a close-up look at some of the strengths and weaknesses that they might've seen from different prospects when studying their game film.

Of course, this is still an important event for all of these players participating. All of these drills are designed to expose each players individual strengths and weaknesses. This event also allows coaches the opportunity to meet with some of these prospects in order to get to know them on a more person level.

It is nearly impossible to predict who the Dallas Cowboys will select in the 2017 NFL Draft come April, especially since we really don't know what will happen in free agency.

Over the past several years, the Dallas Cowboys have chosen to try and fill as many holes in the roster as possible through free agency. That way they can approach the draft without any glaring needs and stay as true to their draft board as possible. I fully expect the same approach this year.

Keeping all of that in mind, use the arrow tool to see who I drafted for the Dallas Cowboys with each of their 2017 draft picks.

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  • Edward Wigglesworth

    Love it. Like to see DE Jordan Willis or Tanoh Kpassagnon in the mix for the 3rd and 4th rounds. Looks like Dallas has to resign a few of wide receivers, safeties and corners. The draft can’t cover everything.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for the feedback Edward. I agree with you, the draft can’t cover everything. The Cowboys that we have to address some of the holes in the roster through free agency.

  • Corey

    I doubt Jerry will take a TE in the 1st. rd. The Cowboys did that once when they took a supposed great TE from LSU, I think his name was David LeFluer. I guess he was great at LSU, but he was a real stinker in the NFL. I believe he was out of football 3 or 4 years later.
    I think Jerry will address the defensive side of the ball in the first couple of rounds. They have no pass rush to speak of and most of their secondary are free agents. Carr is thinking about retirement, Claiborne can’t stay healthy, and they don’t think they can afford to keep Church.
    I think Jerry will go DL or DB in the 1st. Rd. and then DL or WR in the 2d. and then maybe TE or RB in the later rounds

  • Bret Lewis

    Sorry to change the subject. And I know this is second only to what happens to Romo. But there have been some “tapping the brakes” articles on Jaylon Smith lately. Do you still think he will be back 100%?

    • Bryson Treece

      I don’t think he’ll be back to 100%, but closer than some of these internet Docs would have us believe. I saw all the talk about him wearing an AFO, but I also see him doing drills at full speed without the AFO, indicating he’s made good progress. But time will tell.

    • Brian Martin

      Brett, I agree with Bryson. I’m not sure he will be back to 100%, but the way he is moving in these videos he has been posting definitely looks like he is pretty close. Unfortunately, we’re just going to have to wait and see what he looks like when he is finally able to get back on the field in pads.

  • Jason Pruett

    Overall, probably not my preference, but you make a good case. I would personally be against drafting a tight end, even as a BPA selection, in the first. Although I certainly get the appeal of Njoku, it still just feels like too much of a luxury pick. However, I am absolutely right there with you in rounds 2 and 3 with Moreau and Rivers, and in context, I would be much more okay with Njoku if they were the picks that followed. Likewise, I would probably be okay with Dupre in round 4. Not a huge fan, but I think that’s appropriate value and he would fill a potential need. I feel like the late rounds come down to personal flavor, but I think your 6 and 7s were solid choices. Good effort and write-up, Brian.

  • Randy Martin

    I would say this is a workable draft with maybe a question mark or two. I have also done some mocks taking Njoku in the 1st just to see how the rest off the draft might shake out. His ceiling is very high though he still has a way to go before he gets there but most recruits do. I guess it might depend on how they approach free agency with their TE’s and what they internal skinny is at headquarters in Witten beyond 2017. This is a deep draft at TE and I think they can get a good one in later rounds. I know Bryan Broaddus is quite high on Moreau and he does seem to be moving up boards. However still a bit green at CB having been a former RB but maybe has a higher ceiling than others. Needs to play more physical. I like Rivers a lot and would be on board in the 3rd. I’m not sure on Joe Williams but it depends on his answers in interviews as to why he quit the team. Also smaller than I like to see there. But Emmett was only 5’9″ and he was very durable. Just depends on the player. For me though, there are several players I like in later rounds that should be there. Kareem Hunt was one but he has punched his ticket through his senior bowl play to probably round 2 and can solidify that at the combine. But I would rather look at the later rounds at guys like De’Veon Smith, Aaron Jones, James Connor, Marlon Mack. But again it depends on our approach to free agency. I just hope they let Dunbar walk! Lastly on AQM, he does come with some red flags and although it was supposedly self defense, he did break a guys face and did get in trouble over his luxury car rental business, both which resulted in suspensions. He got some splainin to do. But hey in the 7th round might be worth the risk. But all in all not a bad draft at all.

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for commenting Randy. I kind of liked the way this draft turned out. I kinda doubt the Cowboys would take a TE in the first round, but I wouldn’t be surprised either.

  • Alfredo Martinez

    i want one of those CB in the 2nd round:

    Jordan Lewis, 5-10, 188, CB, Michigan unofficial 4.47 in 40s
    Cameron Sutton, 5-11, 182, CB , Tennessee, unofficial 4.40 in 40s
    Corn Elder, 5-10, 179, CB, Miami, unofficial 4.41 in 40s

    • Brian Martin

      Alfredo, I like all of those CBs as well. The only problem is I think all of those players best position in the NFL is in the slot. The Cowboys really need a bigger CB that can match up with the taller more physical WRs. They don’t currently have that on the roster.

      • James Alipo

        Kevin King has been rising up boards with a great showing at the Combine. In the Cowboys defense that always has safety cover over the top I think King could become a pro bowler. Your take on his fit with the Cowboys? Same thing could be said for Obi… Looks like a stud out there yesterday

        • Brian Martin

          I’ve been a fan of Kevin King for a while. I think it would be a good fit with the Cowboys. Of course, he is going to have to learn to play a little bit more physical for Rod Marinelli.

          • James Alipo

            I agree. It looks like he has the right traits that the Cowboys want in an outside CB, and I think he has the strength to jam the way rob needs his CB too. He could be a really good fit in the 2nd if cowboys go Edge or SS in the 1st. Should still be there at 60 with the deep class of CB. Any other year he’s got a 1st Round grade for sure

          • James Alipo

            He might even be a better pro then Sidney Jones if he lands in the right system. Right now my mock for the Cowboys is
            Round 1 – DE – Derek Barnett
            Round 2 – CB – Kevin King
            Round 3 – TE – Evan Engram
            Round 4 – WR – Fred Ross
            Round 6 – SS – Eddie Jackson

          • Brian Martin

            I like your first two selections, but I’m not high on the rest of the players you drafted. I think taking Fred Ross in the fourth round is too high and to me Evan Engram is a big WR. Eddie Jackson’s lack of physicality and unwillingness to tackle is concerning for me.

  • James Alipo

    I would be ok with it. Replace Njoku with Hassan Riddick or Jabrill Peppers and i would be praying to God for that Draft… ; ) lol

    • Brian Martin

      like Riddick and Peppers, but I don’t know how either player fits in the
      Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme.

      • James Alipo

        Reddick would fit perfect at SAM OLB that can extend the Edge and Blitz on 3rd Down. The Cowboys defense was designed as a hybrid of the Old Tampa Bay Teams and the Seattle Seahawks 4-3. Reddick would fill that Bruce Irvin Roll and Peppers would fill in the Cam Chancelor Roll. That would open up the defense to maximize Byron Jones abilitys. Splitting outside to cover the X receiver man to man on 3rd Down while Peppers commands CF

  • Corey

    TE never do very well when taken in the 1st. Rd. Dallas tried that back a few years ago on David LaFluer out of LSU. He was pretty good in college, but was a real dud at the pro level, and I think he was out of football within 4 or 5 years. There are too many other needs to fill instead of taking a TE in the 1st. They should look at DL or secondary with the first couple of picks. They should look at RB again since Dunbar is visiting the Rams, and with Elliot doing the stupid crap he is pulling, like pulling a woman’s shirt down in public, what is up with that? He is going to get into a real mess if he doesn’t cool it, and end up suspended. He really needs to grow up and act like a professional football player. There was enough of that kind of crap when Johnny Manziel had his melt down last year, we don’t need it again.

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

Brian Martin



Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

Sean Lee

Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?

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Cowboys Draft Class: How Many Will Be Starters In 2018?

Kevin Brady



2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. graded the Cowboys as having the 2nd best class in the league, and most other analysts have agreed that the team had a strong showing.

But now, of course, it's time to see what these new players will actually do on the field. Some are hoping the team found 3-5 new starters for the 2018 roster, but history would suggest that is pretty rare.

Dallas' 2016 draft class has been lauded as one of the best in the last decade, especially considering they look to have found their franchise quarterback in round four. That strong class only features four full-time starters heading into 2018, but we have to wonder if that's the outlier and not the norm.

Still, as we look back and examine this 2018 draft class it really appears they have found three day one starters in the first three rounds.

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this season, with former second round selection Jaylon Smith moving to SAM. Vander Esch wasn't my favorite option at 19, but he is certainly starter-worthy in this Cowboys LB corps.

On day two the Cowboys added OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup, two of my personal favorite picks of their entire class. Williams should be the starting LG week 1 of the season, and Michael Gallup may overtake Allen Hurns as the most productive WR on the roster by year's end.

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1: DUPLICATE***Colorado State Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup (4) picks up a few yards after catch as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) comes in for the tackle during the first quarter on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

What about the rest of the class?

Dorance Armstrong will probably have too much competition to start at defensive end this season, but he should be an interesting rotational pass rusher. TE Dalton Schultz has the chance to surprise some people, but overtaking Geoff Swaim as the "starter" would be unexpected.

After that, the player with the best chance to make the team and contribute early on might be Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson. Wilson was a late day-two, early day-three pick to me so snagging him in the sixth round should provide incredible value to this roster. That wide out room is getting very crowded, though, so Wilson has his work cut out for him heading into camp.

How many of the Cowboys' 2018 draft picks will be starters in 2018? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Mauricio Rodriguez



Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the many winners of the 2018 NFL Draft were, without a doubt, the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they addressed some of the team's most pressing needs, but they managed to draft very talented, capable players beyond the first round.

Cowboys Nation had to feel better about the rookie class the front office walked away with, specially after the second day of the Draft. Just like last year, they managed to find steals in the second and third rounds. In 2017, they did so with Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Now, they stayed put at their original picks and walked away with OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup.

But first things first. In the eyes of many, Leighton Vander Esch wasn't worth the 19th overall pick. While I do agree that Vander Esch was a questionable selection, the Cowboys fixed arguably their most concerning position of all. As much as it pains to admit it, Sean Lee has yet to play an entire NFL season and Jaylon Smith was pretty much the only other capable starter on the roster.

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Although Vander Esch needs to develop a ton before reaching his full potential. he's a week 1 starter and an early contributor for this defense. Whether it felt like a "reach" or not, the Cowboys took a starter in the Boise State linebacker.

Later, the Cowboys managed to add an arguably first-round talent with pick #50 to plug-and-play along the offensive line. Texas OL Connor Williams was also seen as a tackle prospect, but he'll likely start at guard for Dallas as a rookie.

Since Ron Leary left for Denver, the left guard spot hasn't been as stable. Jonathan Cooper did a decent job filling that spot, but with Williams taking his place, the Cowboys dominance in the trenches will finally return. Playing next to All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, Connor Williams might become the best rookie in this class for the Cowboys.

One can't simply say the team found a "replacement" for Dez Bryant since he's a special player and with a very specific skill set, but Michael Gallup from Colorado State has the potential to become the team's WR1 pretty soon.

In the team's effort to build a Dak-friendly offense, Gallup is a crafty and smooth route-runner who has what it takes to play in any spot of the offense. His skill-set will allow him to play anywhere on the field and become Dak's favorite target in a year in which Jason Witten and Dez Bryant will no longer be lining up on his squad.

Taken in the first three rounds, Vander Esch, Williams and Gallup will be unquestionable starters. The question, however, is who else could become a starter for the Cowboys? Who could line up and start in week 1?

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Even though it definitely isn't as certain as the other three rookies, I'm betting on Dalton Schultz to be a more important starter than we imagine. Listen, maybe it's not an ideal scenario to have the TE from Stanford start in week 1, but it could be necessary.

The Rico Gathers Adventure might just be over before it starts and Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin may not be anything special. In college, Schultz was pretty good at run blocking. In the Cowboys' offense, led by one of the best running backs in the league, Ezekiel Elliott, Schultz may be able to find success earlier than expected.

Besides, he has what it takes to catch passes in the NFL and although he certainly won't be the flashiest, he could be enough to give Dak Prescott a reliable tight end.

Dalton Schultz could be the surprise of this Draft for Dallas. He'll probably become a starter at some point in the season and for a fourth-round pick, that's a very good thing to say.

For a front office that's constantly bashed by Cowboys Nation, their job at this year's NFL Draft was a pretty good one. Now it's just a matter of time to find out which picks were as good as we originally thought.

Tell me what you think about "Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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