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2019 NFL Draft: My “Pet Cats” by Position for the Dallas Cowboys

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2019 NFL Draft: My "Pet Cats" by Position for the Dallas Cowboys

The clock is ticking and the 2019 NFL Draft is almost upon us. We are merely weeks away of the big event and things are just now starting to heat up. With private workouts, Pro Days, and pre-draft visitors getting announced/leaked from teams around the NFL, we're getting a pretty good idea of the players and positions particular teams are targeting. This includes the Dallas Cowboys.

This time of year is really exciting because everybody has their opinion as to which player their team should draft and where, including myself. We all have our favorite prospects or "pet cats", but unless you're one of the lucky few to be a part of the Dallas Cowboys scouting department, you are probably just throwing spaghetti against the wall to see what sticks. I know I'm guilty.

Today, I'm going to throw a little bit of spaghetti against the wall in the hopes that one of my "pet cats" ends up with the Cowboys come draft day. I decided to choose just one player from each position who I believe would make nice additions to the Dallas Cowboys.

Easton Stick

North Dakota State QB Easton Stick (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Quarterback

The Dallas Cowboys probably aren't in the market for another quarterback behind Dak Prescott, but if they are former North Dakota State QB Easton Stick is an intriguing mid to late round option. He has similar mobility as Prescott, which allows him to make plays both inside and outside the pocket. The Cowboys don't have that kind of mobile QB behind Prescott in Cooper Rush or Mike White, which means the offense would change a little if they had to play. It wouldn't with Stick.

Running Back

There a lot of intriguing running backs in this year's draft class, but Bruce Anderson out of North Dakota State is one of my favorites for the Dallas Cowboys. I think he is a complete three-down back who can be a real weapon in the passing game. He also brings added value on special teams as a kick returner. He could be the lightening to Zeke's thunder.

Wide Receiver

If you have followed any of my previous work then you already know I'm a huge Mecole Hardman fan. He is my favorite WR in the entire 2019 draft class and I love what he would bring to the Dallas Cowboys. He is a deep threat, can play inside or outside WR, kick and punt returner, "gadget" player, gunner on special teams, and could be an emergency cornerback if needed. What's not to like?

My Mecole Hardman scouting report

Tight End

This is a good year to need a tight end and although there are a lot of intriguing options on Day 1 and Day 2, I really like former LSU TE Foster Moreau as a Day 3 target. On paper he measures up and tests similar to Jason Witten, and he has the same kind of blue-collar mentality. Why not draft a player who could be Witten's clone to become his successor?

Center/Guard

The Dallas Cowboys are pretty set along the offensive line, but if they're looking for a versatile interior player who can play guard or center than they should look no further than Elgton Jenkins out of Mississippi State. He played every position on their OL, but projects better as interior player in the NFL. He checks all of the boxes to be an early starter in the NFL as a rookie.


Offensive Tackle

With Tyron Smith's continued health problems and with La'el Collins in the last year of his contract, the Dallas Cowboys could be in the market for another offensive tackle. If they are, Bobby Evans out of Oklahoma is the guy I like. He played on both the right and left side for the Sooners and could do the same in the NFL.

Christian Miller

Alabama DE Christian Miller

Defensive End

If not for some unfortunate injuries and being buried on the depth chart during his time at Alabama, we'd all be to hearing a lot more about Christian Miller. He was one of the Cowboys 30 pre-draft visitors and someone I think could be a future starter on the right side opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. He has the size, length, and athletic ability they look for in their DEs and the skill set to match.

Defensive Tackle

The Dallas Cowboys will definitely add a defensive tackle at some point in the draft, and I'm really hoping that player is Trysten Hill. He is a big bodied DT who has a quick first step that allows him to be disruptive in both the running and passing game. He is another pre-draft visitor and has also worked out for Rod Marinelli. I think he would be a great 3-tech with the Cowboys.

My scouting report on Trysten Hill

Linebacker

With Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Sean Lee, and Joe Thomas the Cowboys have solid group of linebackers, but they'll add a few more bodies to the mix with a draft pick or an undrafted player. If they draft a LB, Drue Tranquill out of Notre Dame is someone I really like. He's somehow still flying under the radar a little, but he is one of the more athletic and productive LBs in the draft class.

Cornerback

Let me introduce you to the Washington cornerback not named Byron Murphy…Jordan Miller. He has the size/length Kris Richard looks for in his CBs and excels at playing press man in bump and run coverage. He needs to get in the weight room and had some muscle to his frame before he's ready to contribute, but he wouldn't play right away with the Cowboys anyway. He is a late round developmental project with starting potential in Year 2.

Safety

If I had to choose one safety I'd love to see drafted by the Dallas Cowboys, it would be Darnell Savage Jr. out of Maryland. He is a converted cornerback who has found his home at safety. He is capable of playing around with the line of scrimmage as a box safety or being that single high free safety in the NFL. He would pair nicely with Xavier Woods and give the Cowboys two interchangeable safeties.

John Williams' scouting report on Darnell Savage Jr.

Who are your "pet cats" for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft?


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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Midseason Grades: Dallas Cowboys Need More From Their 2019 Rookies

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Dallas Cowboys Getting Little out of Their 2019 Draft Class

The Dallas Cowboys are officially halfway through their 2019 season after the win over the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. With that in mind, I thought I'd take the opportunity to take a closer look at the Cowboys rookie class and hand out some midseason grades.

After each and every NFL draft teams are hopeful their rookie class can come in and contribute on a regular basis, but that's not always the case. For the Dallas Cowboys this year's rookies are a mixed bag of results through the first eight games of their season.

Let's take a look at the Dallas Cowboys 2019 rookie class and how they've performed up until this point…

Cowboys Midseason Rookie Report

Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard

Round 2 - Pick 26 (58) DT Trysten Hill

Despite having several quality safety prospects still available at 58th overall, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Trysten Hill instead. He's been inactive for several games this year and has only played 18.25% of the defensive snaps so far. Immaturity and work ethic seemed to be the main culprits in his lack of production, but he does have the talent to turn things around.

GRADE: F

Round 3 - Pick 27 (90) G Connor McGovern

The Connor McGovern pick in the third round was an odd one for the Dallas Cowboys. Despite investing quite a bbit in the OL already, the Cowboys believed McGovern was far superior to any of the other players left on the board. Only time will tell, but landing on injured reserve doesn't help the team in 2019.

GRADE: F

Round 4 - Pick 26 (128) RB Tony Pollard

Tony Pollard has been one of the lone bright spots from the Cowboys 2019 draft class. He's averaging 4.6 yards per carry and has a 100 yard game under his belt this season, but his underutilization is concerning. To date, he's only played 19.22% of the offensive snaps. Hopefully that changes in the second half of the season because he's proven to be a dynamic weapon.

GRADE: B

Round 5 - Pick 20 (158) CB Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson spent the first half of the 2019 season on the Cowboys practice squad before being poached/signed to the Detroit Lions active roster in Week 8. There was hope he could compete for a starting job next season after a year of development, but that's no longer the case.

GRADE: F

Round 5 - Pick 27 (165) DE Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson started the season on the 46-man roster, but has failed to make much of an impact halfway through the season. He has the versatility to play DE or DT, but may need more time to develop his craft before he can be relied upon. He has shown enough promise though and could develop into a solid rotational player in time.

GRADE: C


Round 6 - Pick 41 (213) S Donovan Wilson

Despite showing promise in preseason, Donovan Wilson has yet to play a single defensive snap or record a single statistic for the Cowboys this season. It's hard to judge him based on his lack of playing time, but the promise he showed in preseason is enough to make you believe he's capable of doing more if given the opportunity.

GRADE: C

Round 7 - Pick 4 (218) RB Mike Weber

Mike Weber is currently on the Cowboys practice squad. Maturity and work ethic needs to improve if he wants to become anything more than a PS player.

GRADE: F

Round 7 - Pick 27 (241) DE Jalen Jelks

Jalen Jelks has spent the entire season on injured reserve. He gave himself a chance to make the Cowboys 53-man roster out of training camp and it's those flashes that could earn him a defensive role in time.

GRADE: D

Undrafted Free Agent G/T Brandon Knight

Brandon Knight has started at right tackle for an injured La'el Collins and recently served has the swing tackle in place of Cameron Fleming when he was out with a calf injury. Excluding special teams, the UFA has received the most playing time out of any of the Dallas Cowboys rookies.

GRADE: B

Biggest Rookie Letdown

Trysten Hill

Dallas Cowboys DT Trysten Hill

I don't think anyone would argue, but the biggest letdown from the Dallas Cowboys 2019 rookie class has to be the play of Defensive Tackle Trysten Hill. He will forever be compared to the safety prospects (Taylor Rapp, Juan Thornhill, Nasir Adderley), whether fair or not. Despite the need to upgrade the safety position, the Cowboys drafted Hill as a hopeful upgrade at DT. So far, he's been far from an upgrade.

I'm not ashamed to admit, but I liked the selection of Trysten Hill at the time. Now though I'm not so sure. I really liked Hill's talent/upside and believed he'd be contributing more than he has at this point in the season. That simply hasn't been the case and his lack of production more than likely resulted in the Cowboys trading for Michael Bennett. I'm still hopeful he can turn things around in the second half of the season, but for right now I think he's the biggest letdown from this year's rookie class.

Biggest Rookie Surprise

Alvin Kamara, Tony Pollard

Dallas Cowboys RB Tony Pollard

I couldn't make up my mind whether or not Tony Pollard or Brandon Knight has been the biggest rookie surprise halfway through the season, so I'm going to call it a tie. I think each deserve to land in this category, but for different reasons than you may think.

Take Brandon Knight for instance. To go from undrafted free agent (UFA) to emergency fill-in for La'el Collins at right tackle and swing tackle in place for an injured Cameron Fleming is a huge accomplishment. UFA's have a hard enough time just making a team out of training camp, but to be valued enough to not only make the game the roster but also earn a backup role is huge.

Now let's get to why I added Tony Pollard as one of the biggest rookie surprises. Yes, he's shown flashes of being a dynamic weapon, but I think we can all agree he's been underutilized through the first eight weeks of the season. As someone who is touted as being an Alvin Kamara like weapon it's somewhat surprising he hasn't been more involved in the game plan. Hopefully that changes from here on out.

What do you think of the Dallas Cowboys 2019 rookie class?


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Red River Rivalry Brings WR Devin Duvernay to Dallas, Hopefully to Stay

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If you happen to be a fan of college football and the Dallas Cowboys, then the 2019 Red River Rivalry between the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns might just be a game you want to tune in for this weekend. Both teams will showcase quite a few players who could enter the 2020 NFL Draft and one of the more talented, although still underrated, players could be of interest to the Cowboys.

Enter Texas Longhorns Wide Receiver Devin Duvernay.

When it comes to positions the Dallas Cowboy would be most interested in next year's NFL Draft, wide receiver might not be at the top the list… or so it would seem from the outside looking in. But if you look a little deeper only Amari Cooper, who the Cowboys will extend eventually, and Michael Gallup are locks to stick around beyond this season. That's where Devin Duvernay comes in.

With Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin under one-year contracts, the Dallas Cowboys could be looking for their next slot receiver. Devin Duvernay may be new to the position with the Longhorns this year, but he's already proving to be a dynamic weapon out of the slot and could be exactly what the Cowboys are looking for.

The slot WR position is an important one for the Dallas Cowboys, especially for Quarterback Dak Prescott. It has become a security blanket of sorts over the years for Prescott and finding a sure-handed receiver he's comfortable with is easier said than done. Luckily though, they don't come much more reliable than Devin Duvernay.


Devin Duvernay

Texas Longhorns WR Devin Duvernay (Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

According to the folks over at Pro Football Focus, Duvernay was one of the rare collegiate WRs who didn't drop a pass in 2018. That's pretty impressive considering he played the Z-receiver role with the Longhorns last year before moving into the slot in 2019. I'd say that's pretty sure-handed. Down the field targets are much more difficult to haul in than the ones thrown near or around the line of scrimmage.

Sure handedness isn't Devin Duvernay's only impressive trait though. His physicality and infectious attitude on the field is something that would pair nicely with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, both of whom are a little low-key/reserved as far as their on-field persona is concerned. Duvernay is a WR who likes to punish would be tackler and he has the build to do just that.

At 5'11", 210 pounds, Duvernay's thick, well muscled frame is much more RB-esque than that of a traditional receiver. His build is comparable to Carolina's D.J. Moore and San Francisco's Deebo Samuel, both of whom were taken relatively high in their respective drafts the past couple of years. His play to both of these WRs is similar as well.

The soon to be former Longhorns WR has all the intangibles to take it to the house anytime he touches the ball. His physicality alone makes him difficult for any defensive back to tackle, but he also possesses elite speed as well. He claims he can run a 4.3 40-yard dash and his film certainly suggests he's capable of doing just that.

Overall, Devin Duvernay is absolutely someone the Dallas Cowboys should keep an eye on when the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns meet up this weekend in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry. I'd be more than happy if he ended up being one of their Day 2 selections, which is where I have him being drafted right now.

Do you like the idea of WR Devin Duvernay in a Dallas Cowboys uniform?


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Cowboys Land CB in Matt Miller’s way-too-early 2020 NFL Mock Draft

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Matt Miller's 2020 Mock Draft Predicts Cowboys Strengthen Their Secondary

What better way to kick off the 2019 NFL regular-season and the start of college football then a way-too-early 2020 mock draft? Well, you're in luck. Matt Miller, one of my favorite draft analysts, just released his latest 2020 NFL Mock Draft for Bleacherreport.com and you may be surprised as to who he selected for the Dallas Cowboys.

One of the reasons I enjoy Matt Miller's work above many other so-called "draft analysts" is because he has his ear to the ground and has a pretty good connection with scouts around the league. That kind of information is pretty invaluable, but he also has a solid understanding of team "needs". Add all of that up and you get a really solid guesstimate of who could be on a certain teams radar, in this case the Dallas Cowboys.

Let's take a look at who Matt Miller predicted the Dallas Cowboys could draft in the 2020 NFL Draft with their first-round selection. Miller set this particular mock draft according to current Super Bowl odds from Caesar's Palace.

25. Dallas Cowboys

Bryce Hall

Virginia Cavaliers CB Bryce Hall

The Pick: CB Bryce Hall, Virginia

Matt Miller predicting the Dallas Cowboys select Cornerback Bryce Hall with there first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft definitely seems like a plausible possibility. He knows the Cowboys can't afford to pay everyone and he even said as much. With Byron Jones and Anthony Brown entering a contract year in 2019 and with Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis having expiring contracts after 2020, Dallas' secondary could definitely need addressing.


The Cowboys know this as well which is why they probably attempted to add some developmental depth to the CB position through the 2019 NFL Draft when they took Mike Jackson in the fifth-round. Jackson has the attributes they look for in their corners, but in no way has he looked like he'd be ready for a starting role next season. That makes Miller's Bryce Hall selection a definite possibility.

According to Miller's 2020 mock draft Bryce Hall is the fourth secondary player to come off the board. There were three cornerbacks selected ahead of him and one safety. He does fit the mold Kris Richard prefers in his CBs (6'1", 200) and also has the physical playing style in press coverage Richard likes as well. All in all, this is a very solid prediction for the Dallas Cowboys.

Whether or not the Dallas Cowboys would choose to select a CB this early is unknown at this point. But, it certainly seems like a high possibility considering all the corners with expiring contracts in a year or two. I think the Cowboys could look into taking a tight end or a safety with their first-round pick as well, but again it's way too early to have any kind of clue as to how their draft board will look like when the 2020 NFL Draft rolls around.

I don't know about you, but I'll be keeping a closer eye on Bryce Hall this season just in case Matt Miller is correct. I'd like to get a head start to see just how well he would fit, or not, with the Dallas Cowboys.

Do you like the Bryce Hall selection for the Dallas Cowboys?


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