Of course, we don’t know exactly how the draft will fall before pick 58, but we can certainly dream about the realistic (but appealing) opportunities the Cowboys could have when they come on the clock for the first time this year.
Let’s take a look at 3 dream scenarios for the Cowboys in this year’s second round.
1. Taylor Rapp Falls To 58
It’s no secret the Cowboys are looking to add a safety during this year’s draft, and Washington’s Taylor Rapp would be the answer to all of their dreams. Rapp is a very versatile player, able to play in coverage on the back-end and offer run support in the front seven as well.
Before his Pro Day, it seemed like most considered Taylor Rapp a top two or three safety in this entire class. But after testing in a somewhat disappointing way, especially on the 40 yard dash, Rapp’s stock has taken a minor hit.
If this causes Rapp to fall to 58, where the Cowboys can draft him, they shouldn’t think twice about it. Taylor Rapp is going to be a good pro in the NFL for a long time, and would help the Cowboys’ defense immediately in multiple ways.
2. Cowboys “Settle” For Juan Thornhill
Let’s say Taylor Rapp is gone, but the Cowboys still want to help their defensive back group out. Why not take the athletic freak who has experience at both safety and cornerback during his college career?
Not a bad idea at all.
Virginia’s Juan Thornhill is a Byron Jones clone in certain ways, and having two athletic monsters in the back-end of your defense is never a bad thing. Thornhill is largely considered a free safety, but could be used as a cornerback as well. And under the tutelage of Kris Richard, it’s very possible Thornhill can develop into a Pro Bowl player for the Cowboys going forward.
3. Cowboys Say Forget “Need” And Take Deebo
So, the Cowboys don’t need to draft a receiver. And they definitely don’t need to do it early.
But what if they said forget immediate need, and took South Carolina’s Deebo Samuel? Well, a receiver group of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and Deebo Samuel would be one of the younger and more dangerous groups in all of football.
Samuel offers a variety of skills, able to play both on the outside and in the slot as well as on special teams, making him extremely valuable at the end of round two. Samuel may take Randall Cobb’s roster spot if drafted, but cutting either Cobb or Tavon Austin (who are both on one year deals) would be far from the end of the world.