7-Round Cowboys Mock Draft: Pre-Combine Edition

    I thought it would be a good time to do another for the before the kickoff of the . Things sometimes get blown out of proportion with the way some of these prospects perform in the “underwear” Olympics. A good performance can improve a players draft stock, but a poor performance can do the complete opposite. Either way, evaluators can use this event to confirm or deny what they have seen on film.

    In this 7-round mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys I decided to address some of the obvious needs, but also add some much-needed depth and speed to the roster. You may or may not agree with who I've selected for the Cowboys, but that's one of the fun things about .

    All of the selections are based on my own personal and where I believe these prospects will be selected. Of course, they are subject to change after each prospects individual performance and their medicals are revealed at the combine.

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    R1/19 – DAL: , OG, Georgia

    Isaiah Wynn will likely be the top-rated player on the board when the Dallas Cowboys select at 19th overall. He is a plug-and-play player at LG, even though he played LT at Georgia. He immediately upgrades the Cowboys OL and solidifies the unit for years to come.

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    R2/18 – DAL: Justin Reid, S, Stanford

    Justin is the younger brother of former 49ers , a player involved in the 2013 that allowed the Cowboys to acquire and . Justin is a good all-around player who is capable of playing FS or SS. He would be a Day 1 starter and probably be the most talented safety on the Cowboys roster.

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    R3/17 – DAL: Keke Coutee, WR, Texas Tech

    I'm personally hoping that D.J. Chark is still on the board when the Dallas Cowboys select in the third, but he likely goes much earlier because of his rare combination of size and speed. But, Coutee would be a nice consolation prize. He might just be the best deep threat this entire draft class. He's a little undersized at 5'11”, 180, which could cause him to struggle against bigger/stronger in the NFL. But, he provides the much-needed speed the Cowboys is currently missing.

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    R4/16 – DAL: Mark Walton, RB, Miami

    If not for an unfortunate ankle that eventually required surgery last season, Walton would likely be drafted much higher. He's not an every down RB in the NFL due to his size, but he is one of the more explosive players in this draft class. He would make an excellent complementary back in both the passing and for the Cowboys. He's a home run threat every time he touches the ball.

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    R4/37 – DAL: Fred Warner, LB, BYU

    Fred Warner is an instinctive off ball LB who could eventually become 's replacement at WILL. For the time being though, he would be Lee's primary backup and a core special-teams player. Warner can play sideline to sideline and looks comfortable playing in space when asked to drop in coverage.

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    R5/34 – DAL: Durham Smythe, TE, Notre Dame

    I personally don't like the depth at the TE position for the Cowboys. Witten is declining and there's not much behind him to inspire much confidence. Hanna could be a cap casually, Swaim is in the last year of his rookie deal, and both and are projects.

    Smythe would likely step in and be the TE2 as a rookie. He is the classic “Y” TE, who is a better blocker than receiver at this point in his career. I think he is a capable receiver though, he just wasn't asked to do it much in college at Notre Dame.

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    R5/36 – DAL: , CB, Texas

    If not for and off the field concerns, Hill would be a top 50 selection and possible first-round draft pick. I'm willing to take a chance on him though in the fifth-round due to his talent because of the young and up-and-coming CBs the Cowboys currently have on the roster. Hill could be a draft day steal if he can get his act together.

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    R6/19 – DAL: , DE/DT, NC State

    Street was a DE at NC State, but his lack of desired length will likely cause him to kick inside to DT in the NFL. He is one of the more athletically gifted in this draft class and I expect him to put on a show at the combine. I think he could have a role similar to that of and play both DE and kick inside to the 3-tech with the Cowboys.

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    R6/34 – DAL: , LB, Arizona State

    The Cowboys need LB depth in the worst way, so I decided to double dip. Christian Sam is a talented player who could see his draft stock improve if his medicals check out at the combine. He missed all of 2016 due to an injury, but rebounded last season. He would be an excellent special-teams player as a rookie and could be the primary backup at MIKE and SAM.

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    R7/18 – DAL: David Bright, OT, Stanford

    The Dallas Cowboys lack of depth hurt them in 2017, but Bright could help in this area. He played both and at Stanford and also took practice snaps at center. That kind of versatility to play several different positions is invaluable on game day. As a rookie, he could be the primary swing tackle.

    Would you be happy with these draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys?

    Brian Martin
    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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    Chuck Wright

    Sorry, not to be debbie downer but pretty much hate that draft. #1 team need is a 1 Tech., you want Da Boys to spend 4 #1s on OL? You can have too much of a good thing . . .The TT WR won’t be i nthe league in 3 years. As a TEXAS fan hate to say it but Holton Hill is another pot head. We need to stop drafting guys who cannot play for substance abuse violations

    Brian Martin

    Chuck, I don’t disagree that the Cowboys need a 1-tech and it could be the teams biggest need, but they just don’t value that position enough to invest a top draft pick in. Plus, I think Wynn will be the top rated player on the board when they are in the clock at 19. I would love to take Veta, but I think he’s going to be gone. I’m also not very high on Coutee, but the Cowboys have said they wanted more speed on offense. I’m willing to take a chance on Holton Hill in the fifth. It’s a big risk/reward type situation, but at that point in the draft teams are willing to take more chances on prospects with talent.

    Chuck Wright

    Appreciate the response. . . .Since I don’t know what board you are looking at, hard to see who is behind your picks. As for Hill, randy G has GREAT talent, but he’s been worthless. . .who knows, maybe this year. If not DT, I’d go top flight LB earlier. But all this will change 16 times before teh real draft.

    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin
    Brian Martin

    we do need to go defense in round 1, so best available defensive player, DT, DE, LB unless james is there.
    2 – i would go ronnie harrison – Safety
    3 – i would go daeshaun hamilton -WR

    Brian Martin

    I would much rather have the 2nd best OG than the fourth or fifth best defensive player in the first round. I’m not a big fan of Ronnie Harrison and I doubt he’s available the second anyway. I’m also not as high on Hamilton as others either. I think he is best in the slot and the Cowboys don’t need another slot receiver.

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    Rick Converse

    I disagree heartily – the Cowboys #1 need is a LEGIT #1 receiver. We can re-write history all day and say “Dez Caught It” 3 years ago… but it doesn’t change anything. Dez is gettng paid to be #1 WR and playing like a barely #3 WR. As much as I don’t care for Terrence Williams, he’s a better WR than Dez right now, factoring ability to stay healthy and overall cost to the team. Personally I’d play Brice Butler more (after hitting his hands with a stapler every time he drops a ball in practice, he’ll knock it off quick)… but I’m not the coach. Draft a WR1/2, play Butler/Williams on the other side, and turn Beasley and Witten loose in the middle where they thrive and you’ll open up the space Zeke needs to get back to being Zeke.

    Brian Martin