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2017 Mock Draft: CBS Sports Predicts Cowboys Land Stud Cornerback

Brian Martin

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The 2016 regular season in the NFL is coming to an end, but despite the fact there are still a few games and the playoffs left to play, we are already starting to see 2017 mock drafts.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the recently released Pro Football Focus mock draft and who they selected for the Dallas Cowboys to take. They believed that the Cowboys would draft a defensive end with the 32nd overall pick in the first round.

This week Dane Brugler's mock draft was published by CBSSports.com and he went an entirely different direction for the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft.

For those of you that are not familiar with Dane Brugler, he is a draft analyst for CBS, and someone whose work I highly respect.

I not only like who he thought the Dallas Cowboys would draft, but where he has them slotted to pick in the first round.

32. Dallas Cowboys: Desmond King, CB, Iowa

Cowboys Draft - 2017 Mock Draft: CBS Sports Predicts Cowboys Land Stud Cornerback

"Rookie Anthony Brown looks like a future starter, but Mo Claiborne is a free agent after the season, Brandon Carr hasn't lived up to his contract and Orlando Scandrick has struggled to stay healthy. King isn't the biggest or fastest, but his cover savvy and physical demeanor will be in high demand."

First off, it may have slipped your attention, but Brugler has the Dallas Cowboys selecting 32nd overall in the first round, which means he has them winning the Super Bowl.

I don't know about you, but I would be over the moon if that is indeed the way the Cowboys 2016 season plays out.

Secondly, Brugler thinks that the Dallas Cowboys can land a fantastic cornerback with the last pick in the first round, Desmond King.

Desmond King isn't going to blow anybody away with his speed or athleticism, but he is a football player in every sense of the word.

King would have likely been an early round draft pick in the 2016 draft if he would have  entered, but he decided to return to Iowa for his senior season instead.

As a four-year starter at Iowa, King has registered 258 tackles, 8 1/2 tackles for a loss, 33 passes defensed, 13 interceptions, and one forced fumble.

Personally, Desmond King is one of my favorite cornerbacks that will be available in the 2017 NFL Draft, and I would love to see him with the Dallas Cowboys next season.

There is just something about his game that reminds me of Darrelle Revis.

King is rarely out of position and seems to know the exact route the wide receiver is running before they do. He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time and knows how to make a play on the ball when it is in the air. He also isn't afraid to come up and help in run support.

Desmond King Highlights || "Nation's Best DB" || Iowa

The best DB in the country. Led the nation in interceptions, 1st team all-american, and Jim Thorpe award winner. Desmond King is INSANE ____________________________________________________________________ 2015 stats: Tackles: 72 PBUs: 13 INTs: 8 ____________________________________________________________________ (All rights go to the Iowa Hawkeyes, the NCAA & its broadcasters, ESPN, and Fox Sports.

With Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in the last year of their contracts with the Cowboys, it certainly makes sense that drafting a cornerback should be a top priority for the organization.

Desmond King would be a tremendous addition to the secondary if he is indeed available once the Cowboys are on the clock. But, that's just my opinion.

What do you think?

Take advantage of the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions about the likelihood of the Cowboys drafting Desmond King.



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  • Jeff Cook

    I would love for us to take King. I remember watching alot of his play last draft time hoping he would decide to come out last year. Now I haven’t really seen how he has done this season but I will definitely be updating my watch list with his new highlights

    • Brian Martin

      Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment Jeff. I kind of doubt King will still be around when the Cowboys are finally on the clock, but I really think he would be a good addition to the secondary.

  • Randy Martin

    I guess it depends on how Dallas treats free agency at the position and whether they re-sign Mo Claiborne. He finally showed us this season that he can be who we thought we drafted only to succumb again to injury. We can’t expect to strike lightning in the bottle again with a late round Anthony Brown selection so looking at a CB in the first round could be avprudent choice. Personally I think King will be gone before they pick at #32 and most mocks I’ve looked at have him going before #20. So if they truly cover that pick they would likely have to move up to snag him. I think there is a greater need at DE. Gregory has been a liability and while Lawrence is showing signs of coming around the sacks are yet to show up. There are some great prospects at the position with many off the board by the time they pick but 3 guys I think they have a realistic shot at are Solomon Thomas, DeMarcus Walker, and Takkarist McKinley. Depending on how all of them look in bowl games, all-star opportunities, and the combine, they, and the other 7 guys on my list could move up or down. Thomas plays at Stanford and has a pristine character and with past misses we could use a guy like that. He also grew up in Texas and graduated from Coppell HS which makes him a free invite. McKinley ran a 10.58 100 yard dash in high school but he was 30 pounds lighter at the time. He has been clicked at 4.56 in the 40 so definitely a burner for a big guy. We have a season of football to go but early draft talk is always fun and welcome!

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I agree that DE is probably the more pressing need, but like you said it all depends on who is still on the board when the Cowboys are on the clock. I’m kind of torn as to whether or not the Cowboys should re-sign Morris Claiborne. He was really good this season when he was on the field, but you simply can’t rely on him to stay healthy. I personally enjoy the entire draft process, but I don’t want to rush things along with the way the Cowboys are playing now. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

  • Randy Terhorst

    Lots can happen between now and then.

    • Brian Martin

      Randy, I completely agree. It’s just fun to see who all of these draft analysts are already linking to the Cowboys.

  • eusdart

    He looks like an awesome CB (better than what we have now) and would really be great with a “healthy” Mo Claiborne. I doubt that he will be around when Dallas gets to pick – too many other teams will likely take him out of play long before the Cowboys are on the clock – but he is EXACTLY what we need at the CB position!

    • Brian Martin

      eusdart, it’s nearly impossible to predict if he will still be available when the Cowboys are on the clock. That’s what makes looking at these mock draft so much fun.

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

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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.

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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?

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2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. NFL.com 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

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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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