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

2017 Cowboys Mock Draft: 7-Round Pre-Combine Edition 2Round 3 (92nd overall): Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State

The have shied away from drafting small school prospects the last few years, but I think could be as good as just about any in this draft class.

My fellow Staff Writer, Kevin Brady, is a big fan of the former Youngstown State DE and recently wrote an article expressing why he believes Rivers is a good fit with the Cowboys. Kevin has a grade on Rivers, but I currently have him ranked in the because of the lack of elite competition he faced in college.

At 6'5″, 255, Derek Rivers has the size to play a 4-3 defensive end in the . He checks nearly all the boxes you look for in a 4-3 DE and the only real concern that I have about him is how he will handle the transition from a small school to the NFL.

Rivers might not be a day one starter, but I have zero doubt that he will still be able to make an impact as a rookie. will likely use him as a specialist until he is able to adjust to the speed of the NFL, but I wouldn't be surprised if Rivers ends his first year in the NFL with five or six .

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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