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3 Round 2020 Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Mock Draft

Given all the needs the Dallas Cowboys have heading into the 2020 offseason there are countless directions they could go in the NFL Draft. As I outlined the other day, the Cowboys have a ton of needs to fill this offseason to bounce back to playoff contention. Though free agency will give the front office their first opportunity to retool the Cowboys this offseason the NFL Draft is the place where they have to swing for the fences and hit home runs.

After their rookie class yielded them very little production the Cowboys can’t afford to have two drafts that didn’t add much to the team in year one. Aside from Tony Pollard, the Cowboys got next to nothing from last year’s rookies. With a first-round pick again this year, the Cowboys have to find a guy that can step in right away and help them.

For this first attempt at a mock draft, we’re taking a look at the first three rounds of the draft. Using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine, no trades were made.

Round 1, 17th Overall

Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide

Though defense seems to be the most obvious need to address with the Dallas Cowboys first-round pick at number 17, the idea of adding Wide Receiver Henry Ruggs III from Alabama is too good to pass up. Ruggs’ speed is something that every team is looking for in today’s NFL.

This likely wouldn’t be a very popular pick for the Dallas Cowboys as many in the fan base have already set their sights on safety or cornerback in the first round. However, finding a player with Ruggs’ speed is a dynamic that might be too much to pass on.

With the success of teams like the Kansas City Chiefs and the Baltimore Ravens with Tyreke Hill and Marquise Brown, adding a wide receiver with that type of speed would bring an element to the Cowboys offense that would take them to the next level.

Receiving & Rushing Table
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
*2017 Alabama SEC FR WR 14 12 229 19.1 6 0 0 0 12 229 19.1 6
*2018 Alabama SEC SO WR 14 46 741 16.1 11 0 0 0 46 741 16.1 11
*2019 Alabama SEC JR WR 12 40 746 18.7 7 2 75 37.5 1 42 821 19.5 8
Career Alabama 98 1716 17.5 24 2 75 37.5 1 100 1791 17.9 25
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/15/2020.

In his career at the University of Alabama, Ruggs caught 98 passes over three seasons and averaged more than 17.5 yards per receptions. It’s possible Ruggs could threaten John Ross’ 40-yard dash record of 4.22 seconds at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ruggs isn’t only a speed guy though. He’s able to win at every level of the defense and because of his speed and agility is able to make things happen after the catch as well.

Whether he hits that number won’t really matter to his draft stock coming April. Ruggs is a first-round talent that brings a dimension that everyone in the NFL is looking for. Put him in Kellen Moore’s vertical based offense with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup and opposing defenses will struggle mightily to contain them and opposing offenses won’t be able to keep up.

Round 2, 51st Overall

Antoine Winfield Jr., Safety, Minnesota Golden Gophers

If there’s a player that I’m all-in on for the 2020 NFL Draft and his fit with the Dallas Cowboys, it’s Safety Antoine Winfield from Minnesota. I think it’s unlikely that Winfield makes it to 51st overall

Winfield Jr. plays with a lot of speed in run support and takes excellent angles to the ball carrier. Of the safeties I’ve watched this offseason, he is the most consistent tackler and attempts to wrap up on pretty much every attempt.

Though he stands at only 5-10, he plays much bigger. He has the athleticism to go get the football in the air. That combined with his natural instincts in both man and zone coverage, he’d make an excellent addition to the Cowboys secondary to pair with Xavier Woods.

Check out my draft profile on Antoine Winfield Jr.

Round 3, 82nd Overall

Leki Fotu, DL, Utah Utes

With Maliek Collins and Michael Bennett heading to free agency and Mike Nolan’s desire to use multiple fronts, the Dallas Cowboys need to find a legit 1-technique defensive tackle to play in the middle of their defense.

At 6-5, 337 pounds, Fotu challenges opposing offensive lines and requires double-teams often. He’s a nimble big man, but not nearly as agile as a player like Vita Vea. Fotu doesn’t offer a ton as a pass rusher but has a strong bull rush. He needs to get better at getting off blocks as he can often be initially stymied and taken out of the play. Still, he shows a good motor and ability to work down the line of scrimmage to chase in the run game.

His best fit would be as a two-gap 1-technique defensive tackle and could rotate initially with Antwuan Woods in four down linemen sets and be the primary nose tackle in 3-4 fronts.

Defense & Fumbles Table
Tackles Def Int Fumbles
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int Yds Avg TD PD FR Yds TD FF
*2016 Utah Pac-12 FR DT 1 1 0 1 0.0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*2017 Utah Pac-12 SO DT 10 14 8 22 3.5 0.0 0 0 0 1 0 1
*2018 Utah Pac-12 JR DT 10 18 16 34 7.0 3.5 0 0 0 0 0 1
*2019 Utah Pac-12 SR DT 9 8 17 25 6.5 0.5 0 0 0 2 0 1
Career Utah 41 41 82 17.0 4.0 0 0 0 3 0 3
Provided by CFB at Sports Reference: View Original Table
Generated 2/15/2020.

 

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The difficulty that most people will have with this draft is not addressing the defense in the first round. That’s a reasonable concern. Most people view Xavier McKinney and Grant Delpit as the top safety prospects and I can see why. Both were playmakers for their respective defenses. However, I don’t think the drop off from McKinney and Delpit to Winfield Jr, Ashtyn Davis, and Kyle Dugger is as stark as it is at some other positions. Yes, the wide receiver depth is also really good in this draft class, but a talent like Ruggs was too hard to pass on.

The positions that I generally look to most in the first in any of these exercises are cornerback and edge rusher. Several really good players were available at the spot I selected Ruggs, but I wanted to see how this would play out. Obviously, not addressing cornerback in the first three rounds is kind of a big deal if Byron Jones isn’t re-signed, so potentially, that’s a flaw in the draft.

But again, finding a player with the talent of Ruggs to add to the already prolific offense the Dallas Cowboys feature makes them even more dangerous. It’s certainly risky to allocate number 17 overall to a wide receiver given the needs on defense, but if the Cowboys’ front office does its job, they’ll be entering the draft with very few, if any needs.

What do you think?

John Williams

Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. LOVE this mock!!! unbelieveable young recvr, great tough safety, and a huge fire hydrant in the middle of defense, would pray to get these three!!!!!

  2. I do agree and here are my two cents:

    17: R1P17 DL JAVON KINLAW SOUTH CAROLINA
    51: R2P19 S ANTOINE WINFIELD MINNESOTA
    82: R3P18 CB LAMAR JACKSON NEBRASKA
    120: R4P17 QB ANTHONY GORDON WASHINGTON STATE
    164: R5P18 EDGE JONATHAN GARVIN MIAMI
    179: R5P33 LB JOE BACHIE MICHIGAN STATE
    231: R7P17 WR KENDRICK RODGERS TEXAS A&M

  3. I really like Hector’s mock draft. The only ? Is rnd 4. Maybe we can do a trade with the browns for Odell. He has grown up a lot and he’s a true #1 and cheaper than Cooper. We could use the money we were going to give Cooper to pay a edge rusher.

  4. There is NO CHANCE that Winfield Jr. will still be on the board at 51. I mean dont get me wrong, I would absolutley rub one out if that were to happen come time for us to make the selection, but my guess is that he will be taken late 1st-early 2nd. I dont know why, but it seems like ALL these “MOCK DRAFT EXPERTS” have Grant Delpit falling out of the 1st round and some that I have seen have him going LATE in the 2nd!!! If he were to Fall like that(which i DO NOT see him getting past the mid-20’s) that would be a DREAM scenerio for the Boys. Everyone seems to forget that Delpit was a Top-5-10 pick at the start of the CF season this year. And he played a majority of the season with a pretty significant ankle injury and was STILL a 1st Team All-American for the 2nd stratight season.-(Sporting News) So as much as I like AWJr, the PERFECT Scenerio for the Cowboys would someway somehow have Javon Kinlaw falling to them at #17 in the 1st round. and then taking Grant Delpit in the 2nd round with pick #51.
    Round 1-#17- Javon Kinlaw- DT
    Round 2-#51- Grant Delpit- S
    Round 3-#82- Bryce Hall- CB
    Round 4-#123- Jonathan Garvin- DE
    Round 5-#167- Jon Runyan- OG
    Round 5-#179-Lynn Bowden- WR
    Round 7-#231- Carter Coughlin -OR- Kenny Willekes- DL

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