The month of April is finally here! That the 2018 NFL Draft is drawing closer and closer which each passing second. The waiting and speculation is coming to an end, which means we will finally learn what the Dallas Cowboys can do with their 10 picks in this year’s draft.
I have a hard time believing the Cowboys stand pat with the draft picks they currently have at their disposal. There will surely be some trading going on, whether it’s to trade up for that coveted prospect, or to trade down to acquire more equity to move around later in the draft.
Since the NFL Draft is now just weeks away, I wanted to do another Cowboys mock draft to share with all of you. I tried to not only focus on who the Cowboys have shown an interest in, but also target the positions that could still use an upgrade or more depth.
I know not everyone will be pleased with the way this mock draft turned out, but I would personally be happy if this ended up being the Dallas Cowboys 2018 draft class. As always, please feel free to share any of your thoughts and opinions in the comment section located at the end of the article.
R1/19 – DAL: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
The Cowboys are scouting the WR position hard, making it a legitimate first-round option. I believe D.J. Moore is the most “Dak-friendly” receiver in the entire draft class, who can play all three WR positions.. He has a wide catching radius with soft hands, and is a threat to pick up yards after the catch due to his physicality.
R2/18 – DAL: Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada
Austin Corbett would step in and be the starting LG for the Cowboys as a rookie. He has a nastiness about his game that would be a welcomed addition to the OL. He is an upgrade over any LG option the Cowboys currently have on the roster and would allow La’el Collins to remain at right tackle. He could possibly kick outside to OT if needed, although it’s probably not his best position.
R3/17 – DAL: Josey Jewell, LB, Iowa
Josey Jewell isn’t the most physically gifted LB in this draft class, but is probably the best at reading and reacting to what he sees. He has instincts similar to Sean Lee and would provide much-needed depth with starting potential down the road. He would likely fill the hole left by Anthony Hitchens, who was also a LB at Iowa.
R4/16 – DAL: Nyheim Hines, RB, NC State
Nyheim Hines is the change of pace RB the Cowboys have been looking for since the departure of Lance Dunbar. He has track speed and has started at both WR and RB during his time at NC State. He also is a threat as a return man on both kickoffs and punts.
R4/37 – DAL: Nathan Shepherd, DT, Fort Hays State
Nathan Sheperd will provide much-needed depth at the 1-tech for the Cowboys and could become the starter as a rookie. He is still a little bit raw, but he has the tools that Rod Marinelli could help develop.
R5/34 – DAL: Holton Hill, CB, Texas
Holton Hill has maturity and off the field issues, which is why his draft stock has taken a hit, but he is one of the few talented outside CBs in this draft class. He has the talent to become a starter on the outside even as a rookie, but the Cowboys will have to overlook his red flags. He’s worth the gamble at this point in the draft.
R6/18 – DAL: Trey Walker, S, Louisiana-Lafayette
Trey Walker is a versatile DB who could be an interchangeable safety for the Cowboys and could possibly be used as a press corner as well. He’s probably better around the line of scrimmage right now, but he does possess promising coverage skills.
R6/19 – DAL: Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
I’m higher on Christian Sam than a lot of people. I think he could play any LB position in the Cowboys 4-3 defense and has starting potential. There are a few concerns about his on-field consistency and effort down after down, but he’s definitely worth taking a chance on at this point in the draft.
R6/34 – DAL: Timon Parris, OT, Stony Brook
Timon Parris is a developmental offensive tackle with the skill set to play on either the right or left side. He could also kick inside to guard as well. Could compete to be the Cowboy swing tackle as a rookie.
R7/18 – DAL: Ethan Wolf, TE, Tennessee
I’d like to spend a premium pick on a TE to become Jason Witten’s eventual replacement, but I don’t think the Cowboys feel the same. Ethan Wolf is solid in both the running and passing game, but doesn’t really have any special traits. Is likely a TE2 with possible starting potential if he can continue to develop.