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2019 NFL Draft: 3 Likely 2nd Round Options For The Cowboys

We are only a couple of weeks away from the start of the 2019 . It feels like it’s been a long journey to draft day, but for those in the talent evaluation field, it might not feel long enough.

Of course the likely won’t have their pick of the board until the , when they come on the clock 58th overall. Based on their pre-draft visitors list they clearly have certain positions they’d like to target in that second round, but the question really will be about who is available when it’s their turn to pick.

Here are three players that should be available when Dallas is on the clock for the first time in 2019 that they will likely consider heavily.

Juan Thornhill, Safety, Virginia

Cowboys Draft Target: Virginia Safety Juan Thornhill

If it feels like you keep seeing the same names on these types of list, it’s for a good reason. The Cowboys will likely look to add a within their first two selections, and Virginia’s Juan Thornhill fits what they could be looking for.

Thornhill tested out of this world at the Combine, putting him right on the top of many ’ draft targets. He actually tested relatively similar to current Cowboy , indicating he could be even more attractive to Dallas than to other teams. Then again, when someone tests like Thornhill did, they’ll raise eyebrows all across the league.

With his rare athletic attributes and playing at both and , Thornhill could be ’s pet-cat on draft day.

Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

Christian Miller is a personal favorite of mine in this class, and he has a real shot of being there when the Cowboys pick at 58. Sure, Dallas did just sign to a and for , but you can never have enough quality pass rushers.

Drafting Miller would add another talented rusher to the Cowboys’ defensive front rotation, and give them some flexibility on the edge in terms of building moving forward. Outside of Lawrence and Quinn the Cowboys’ situation is still in flux, with and functioning as unknowns at this point.

Of course a would also be an unknown, but Christian Miller would be a damn talented “unknown” with a high ceiling as a pass rusher.

LJ Collier, DL, TCU

TCU’s LJ Collier is a . A high energy and physical defender with a never-say-die attitude, Collier would be a solid chess piece for Marinelli to utilize across the .

Though not really athletic enough to rush on the edge full time in the NFL, and not really big enough to make his living on the interior all game long, Collier would fit nicely as a flexible tweener of sorts in the defensive line rotation. I could see Collier working as a nickel rusher at 3-technique, as well as a run defender at defensive end on early downs for the Cowboys while he develops his skills as a pass rusher.

Collier doesn’t have the upside as a rusher that someone like Christian Miller has, but he would fill a much different role with this .

What do you think?

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Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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