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2020 NFL Draft: Final “Pet Cats” for the Dallas Cowboys

My final “pet cats” for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 NFL Draft.

You may have forgotten with all of the coronavirus stuff going on right now, but the 2020 NFL Draft is now just a few weeks away. Before you know it Draft Day will be here and the Dallas Cowboys will be on the clock. But, who will they draft?

Unfortunately, we don’t have the answer to that. With Pro days, pre-draft visits, and private workouts all but being shut down because of the coronavirus we don’t have the normal information about potential Dallas Cowboys targets like we usually do. We can of course speculate, but I thought I’d share with you my personal “pet cats” instead.

Back in January I shared with you my way-too-early “pet cats” for the Dallas Cowboys and I thought I’d share with you my final version today. Below I’ve identified one player from each position who I’d like to see end up with the Cowboys.

Let’s take a look…

Bryce Perkins, QB, Virginia

Previous pick: Cole McDonald, Hawaii

Bryce Perkins
Former Virginia Cavaliers QB Bryce Perkins

Bryce Perkins is probably late round prospect or a priority free agent, but he’s someone I’d really like the Dallas Cowboys to bring in as a developmental QB. There’s a lot of talk around Cowboys Nation about drafting Jalen Hurts for that purpose, but Perkins provides the same kind of dual threat ability and skill set much later in the draft. He needs to improve his accuracy and learn to get through his progressions quicker, but he could be the future QB2 in a year or two.

Antonio Gibson, RB, Memphis

Previous pick: Same

Antonio Gibson
Former Memphis Tigers RB/WR Antonio Gibson

Antonio Gibson is the only player who I’ve carried over from back in January till now. If you’ve followed me at all throughout the draft process, you know I’m a big Gibson fan. I love the versatility he would bring to the Dallas Cowboys offense. I think he’s a bigger, faster version of Tony Pollard. He would add much-needed depth at not only running back, but also at wide receiver. He’d also be a factor on special teams as well as a return specialist.

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame

Previous pick: Quartney Davis, Texas A&M

Chase Claypool
Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish WR Chase Claypool

The 2020 WR draft class is without a doubt a deep one, but one of my favorite prospects for the Dallas Cowboys this year is Chase Claypool. His rare combination of size (6’4″, 238) and speed (4.42 40 yd dash) is something I think OC Kellen Moore and QB Dak Prescott would salivate over in the passing game. He could be Randall Cobb’s replacement in the slot, play outside, or be utilized as a move tight end when/if needed.

Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia Tech

Previous pick: Cheyenne O’Grady, Arkansas

Dalton Keene
Former Virginia Tech Hokie TE Dalton Keene

Dalton Keene has quickly become one of my favorite tight end prospects in the 2020 draft class. He was vastly underutilized during his time at Virginia Tech, despite playing a variety of roles on offense. He performed as an in-line blocker, a wingback, a slot receiver, a running back, a fullback, and even as a personal pass protector. His versatility is what I find really intriguing and I think he could carve himself out an offensive role with the Cowboys as a rookie.

Saahdiq Charles, OT, LSU

Previous pick: Mekhi Becton, Louisville

Saahdiq Charles
Former LSU Tigers OT Saahdiq Charles

The Dallas Cowboys have their starting tackles in Tyron Smith and La’el Collins, but Saahdiq Charles is someone I like as the swing tackle and potential replacement for Smith down the road. At times he looks like a top OT prospect on film, but others he looks like in an undraftable player. He also has some off the field issues that need to be addressed as well. As a mid-round developmental prospect though the risk/reward is worth the gamble.

Keith Ismael, IOL, San Diego State

Previous pick: Robert Hunt, Louisiana

Keith Ismael
Former San Diego State Aztecs C Keith Ismael

Keith Ismael is probably not a name many of you have heard of, but it’s time to rectify that. He’ll probably end up being a late-round draft pick or undrafted free agent, however I think he could end up being a steal. He has guard/center flexibility, although his best position is probably the latter. He is at best as a move blocker in a zone blocking scheme because he struggles a bit anchoring down against power. He provides much-needed depth on the interior with starting potential.

Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre Dame

Previous pick: Darrell Taylor, Tennessee

Julian Okwara
Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish EDGE Julian Okwara

For all of you who are wanting the Dallas Cowboys to draft K’Lavon Chaisson in the first-round at 17, let me introduce you to Julian Okwara. Okwara is nearly identical to Chaisson as far as size and skill set is concerned, but unfortunately he’s being criminally underrated in this year’s EDGE draft class. With the risk the Cowboys are taking at RDE – Tyrone Crawford (2019 hip injury/surgery), Randy Gregory (suspended), Aldon Smith (suspended) – Okwara provides valuable insurance and much-needed depth.

Jordan Elliott, IDL, Missouri

Previous pick: Davon Hamilton, Ohio State

Jordan Elliott
Former Missouri Tigers DT Jordan Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys have been able to upgrade the defensive line with the free agent additions of Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, but in no way should they stop there. If it was up to me, I’d do my best to draft Jordan Elliott to help add depth and upgrade the interior defensive line. He can play the one or three-technique, which could be invaluable down the road when injuries start to become a concern. I think he’s going to have a long career and be a future star in the league.

Logan Wilson, LB, Wyoming

Previous pick: Patrick Queen, LSU

Logan Wilson
Former Wyoming Cowboys LB Logan Wilson

The Dallas Cowboys currently have the same group of linebackers under contract as he did in 2019, but that doesn’t mean they won’t target a LB at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft. If they do, Logan Wilson is a player to keep an eye on. They had a formal visit with him at the Combine and for good reason. Wilson is an up-and-coming LB prospect who reminds me a lot of 49ers LB Fred Warner. He has Day 1 starting potential, but would provide valuable depth as a rookie for the Cowboys.

Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

Previous pick: Jeff Gladney, TCU

Cameron Dantzler
Former Mississippi State Bulldogs CB Cameron Dantzler

There are a lot of cornerbacks I like in this year’s draft class, but Cameron Dantzler is somebody I think a lot of people are sleeping on. When you watch his film he looks like a top prospect, but unfortunately his draft stock took a little bit of a hit after running a 4.64 40 yard dash at the Combine. At 6’2″, 188, he reminds me a lot of Al Harris, who just so happens to be one of the new coaching hires for the Dallas Cowboys this year. If anybody can tap into his potential, Harris can.

Kenny Robinson, S, XFL/West Virginia

Previous pick: Lamar Jackson, Nebraska (hybrid CB/S)

Kenny Robinson
Former XFL/West Virginia S Kenny Robinson

Kenny Robinson is a Top 5 safety prospect in this year’s draft class in my opinion. He may have taken the unconventional route to get to this point – kicked out of West Virginia due to academic issues to up-and-coming XFL star to draftable NFL hopeful – despite the hurdles he’s had to overcome. He is a playmaker capable of playing FS or SS and has a nose for the ball as evidenced by his nine total interceptions (7 in 2 years at West Virginia, 2 in 5 games in the XFL).

Who are your “pet cats” for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 NFL Draft?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by 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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  1. QB James Morgan UDFA
    RB Darius Anderson 7th-UDFA
    WR Tyler Johnson 4th-5th
    TE Devin Asiasi 5th-6th
    OT/G Colton McKivitz
    C Tyler Biadasz 3rd
    DT Leki Fotu/Davon Hamilton 4th-5th
    Edge Curtis Weaver 2nd-3rd
    LB Logan Wison 4th-5th
    CB AJ Terrell trade back 1st
    S Kyle Dugger 2nd

    • I like all of those players except Tyler Johnson. I’m hearing he has some maturity/character concerns, so I’ve pretty much taken him off my board.

  2. My Pet Cats 2020- 1.0
    RB/WR Antonio Gibson 6-0 228 Memphis
    WR Van Jefferson 6-1 200 Florida
    WR Lynn Bowden 5-11 204 Kentucky
    TE Harrison Bryant 6-5 242 FAU
    TE>FB Parker Houston 6-2 251 SDSU
    DE D.J Wonnum 6-5 258 South Carolina
    CB Michael Ojemudia 6-1 200 Iowa
    CB Reggie Robinson II 6-0 197 Tulsa
    S Kyle Dugger 6-2 220 Lenoir-Rhyne
    S Jared Mayden 6-0 205 Alabama

    Most of the players on this list have extremely varying positions on the many draft boards I have seen, but IMO are usually underrated. However, Kyle Dugger has now moved up to the 2nd round on most boards. Also, Parker Houston is low on all the boards, and appears likely to be undrafted, but I still like him.

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