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7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: 10 Picks, 10 Selections

Brian Martin

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7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: 10 Picks, 10 Selections

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.

How would you feel if this is the Dallas Cowboys 2018 draft class?



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34 Comments
  • Saul Molina

    Doesn’t sound all that great this sounds better vita vea rd one will hernandez second pick josey jewell rd 3 auden tate rd 4 DeShaun Elliott rd5 and so forth

  • Saul Molina

    Unfortunately your right Brian but wow if we could land vea and hernandez

  • NC

    I DON’T SEE THEM GOING OFFENSE IN THE 1ST ROUND

  • Pete186

    There is way to much depth at wide out to Draft a WR in the first round. We should Draft a game changing Linebacker or Top Guard with our first pick, then work the Draft for our other needs.

    • Brian Martin

      I don’t really like the idea of taking a linebacker in the first round. They would likely be a backup this season unless someone gets injured. This is a deep LB class and can be addressed later. I do like the idea of taking one of the top guards at 19.

    • Saul Molina

      The only linebackers that we draft in the first rd are roqaun smith or trumaine Edmunds period

      • Chet Horton

        That is just ignorant. Evans and Vander Esch at LB or Wynn at G should be our pick. In no way shape or form should we draft a DT or WR in the first round PERIOD.

        • Saul Molina

          Ok first off watch who your talking to opinions are one thing but watch what you say and who you sa it to imot the one

          • Chet

            Whatever dude. You’re nobody to me and there is not a single thing you could do to stop me in person. Keyboard warriors are pathetic. I would take whatever “imot the one” apart in 5 seconds whether that includes arguing, fighting, slicing, or shooting. I’ve been there done with better men than you.

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  • Chet Horton

    Horrible absolutely horrible mock draft. This would wreck us. We don’t need to draft a CB at all, we can sign a FA for depth. The only player I like for the Cowboys is Hines and he is in the right round.

  • Saul Molina

    Oh yea real easy to talk shit online bet you wouldn’t talk all that shit in my face bitch

  • EverybodyTalks

    I’d be very happy if we pulled this off. DJ is younger and stronger than Calvin and almost as quick. Corbett, in the 2nd, makes for a solid O-line with plenty of good back-ups. He keeps Collins at Tackle. Josey fills in the LB Corp nicely. I would like to see DeShon Elliott in the 4th, but I can see how Hines, with his speed, is tempting. Good draft.

  • Chuck Wright

    That board screams of a trade down with someone like Minn/NO/Pitts or NE. Add their 2nd rounder (the value of said trade), take Will H then you need S, 2 LBs 1 Tech WR and TE in no real order. Well frankly OG (not because I don’t think Martin can do it, but I think the Boys think they need a day one starter) S, LB, TE should be the order then WR, then 2nd LB.

    1st Will H (assuming a trade back)
    2nd Derrick NNadi, beast of a 1 Tech
    2nd 2nd Darious Leonard LB
    3rd Hurst/Dissley or Ian Thomas TE of the future
    1st 4th Jessie Bates S Wake Forest
    2nd 4th Darice Fountain WR (burner and big) N Iowa. or Chark or St Brown . .WR who can catch & take top off
    5th Nick DeLuca (MLB) NDSt if he’s gone Shaquiem Griffin, OLB with ridiculous athletics.
    1st 6th Brett Toth (likely already gone) basically a lay away player for the future, 2 year Army tour 1st
    2nd 6th Tavarious Moore, S Miss, super athletic with good size
    3rd 6th Ito Smith RB S Miss, similar skill set to Hines but bigger change of pace back.
    7th Chase Litton QB Marshall. 3rd QB/developmental type.

    Not sure DeLuca or Moore there where I picked them.

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

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Have the Dallas Cowboys Overcome Their 2nd-Round Curse?

You may not be aware or maybe you've simply forgotten, but the Dallas Cowboys have struggled drafting players in the 2nd-round who can come in and contribute. Typically players drafted this highly are not only immediate contributors as a rookie, but are cornerstone players for years to come. That hasn't been the case for the Cowboys.

I don't know where you stand, but I was beginning to think the Dallas Cowboys were cursed with their 2nd-round draft picks. I know this was an area where they would gamble on players for some reason or another, but unfortunately it never really paid off. Hopefully, things are changing for the better.

Let's take a look back at past drafts to see what I'm talking about.

Past 2nd-Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 2006:

2018 Connor Williams
2017 Chidobe Awuzie
2016 Jaylon Smith
2015 Randy Gregory
2014 DeMarcus Lawrence
2013 Gavin Escobar
2012 (no selection) used to trade for Morris Claiborne
2011 Bruce Carter
2010 Sean Lee
2009 (no selection) traded out of 2nd-round
2008 Martellus Bennett
2007 (no selection) used to trade back into 1st for Anthony Spencer
2006 Anthony Fasano

You may be wondering why I decided to start all the way back in 2006. Well, I believe that's when the 2nd-round draft picks curse started for the Dallas Cowboys.

Anthony Fasano ended up having a solid career in the NFL, but he never lived up to his draft status as a former 2nd-round draft pick. The same can be said for Martellus Bennett, Gavin Escobar, and Bruce Carter. Shed a tear for them if you want, but I'd put them in the "bust" category.

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Dallas Cowboys LB Sean Lee

The sad truth is, Sean Lee is the only 2nd-round draft pick on this list to ever see a second contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Although, I guess you can include DeMarcus Lawrence since he will be playing under the franchise tag in 2018. But, that's still not a very good hit percentage in the 2nd-round for more than a decade. Luckily, it looks as if things are changing.

DeMarcus Lawrence might end up being another "hit" for the Cowboys. It may have taken him four years to reach his potential, but there's no denying how dominant he was last season. If he can maintain that dominance this season, he could be looking at a big payday from the Cowboys.

The Dallas Cowboys took a risk on the next two players they drafted after D-Law. They knew Randy Gregory had his off the field issues, but were willing to take a chance on his talent in the 2nd-round. That has yet to pay off, but Gregory has a chance to rebound now that it looks as if he has his life back in order.

Jaylon Smith

Dallas Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys took another risk in the following draft when they drafted Jaylon Smith. No one knew if he would ever be able to play again after the devastating knee injury he sustained in his final collegiate game, but it's looking as if he could make a full recovery and return to his pre-injury form. Year 3 will be big for him, but he could end up being an absolute steal.

Fortunately, the Cowboys 2017 and 2018 2nd-round draft picks (Chidobe Awuzie and Connor Williams) look to be cornerstone players for years to come. That's what you're looking for in players drafted this highly.

I say all of this because it's really looking like the Dallas Cowboys have finally broken their 2nd-round curse. Maybe it's a change in draft philosophy or maybe it's because Will McClay's voice carries more weight in the draft room, but it's definitely good news for the future of the franchise. Hopefully it continues.

Do you think the Dallas Cowboys 2nd-round curse has ended?



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Cowboys Draft Class: How Many Will Be Starters In 2018?

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2018 NFL Combine: 3 LBs Who Impressed
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The Dallas Cowboys have been showered with praise by most national NFL media outlets for their 2018 NFL Draft class. NFL.com graded the Cowboys as having the 2nd best class in the league, and most other analysts have agreed that the team had a strong showing.

But now, of course, it's time to see what these new players will actually do on the field. Some are hoping the team found 3-5 new starters for the 2018 roster, but history would suggest that is pretty rare.

Dallas' 2016 draft class has been lauded as one of the best in the last decade, especially considering they look to have found their franchise quarterback in round four. That strong class only features four full-time starters heading into 2018, but we have to wonder if that's the outlier and not the norm.

Still, as we look back and examine this 2018 draft class it really appears they have found three day one starters in the first three rounds.

First round pick Leighton Vander Esch is expected to be the starting MIKE linebacker this season, with former second round selection Jaylon Smith moving to SAM. Vander Esch wasn't my favorite option at 19, but he is certainly starter-worthy in this Cowboys LB corps.

On day two the Cowboys added OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup, two of my personal favorite picks of their entire class. Williams should be the starting LG week 1 of the season, and Michael Gallup may overtake Allen Hurns as the most productive WR on the roster by year's end.

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 1: DUPLICATE***Colorado State Rams wide receiver Michael Gallup (4) picks up a few yards after catch as Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Isaiah Oliver (26) comes in for the tackle during the first quarter on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado at Sports Authority Field. (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

What about the rest of the class?

Dorance Armstrong will probably have too much competition to start at defensive end this season, but he should be an interesting rotational pass rusher. TE Dalton Schultz has the chance to surprise some people, but overtaking Geoff Swaim as the "starter" would be unexpected.

After that, the player with the best chance to make the team and contribute early on might be Boise State WR Cedrick Wilson. Wilson was a late day-two, early day-three pick to me so snagging him in the sixth round should provide incredible value to this roster. That wide out room is getting very crowded, though, so Wilson has his work cut out for him heading into camp.

How many of the Cowboys' 2018 draft picks will be starters in 2018? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.



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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?

One of the many winners of the 2018 NFL Draft were, without a doubt, the Dallas Cowboys. Not only did they addressed some of the team's most pressing needs, but they managed to draft very talented, capable players beyond the first round.

Cowboys Nation had to feel better about the rookie class the front office walked away with, specially after the second day of the Draft. Just like last year, they managed to find steals in the second and third rounds. In 2017, they did so with Cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. Now, they stayed put at their original picks and walked away with OL Connor Williams and WR Michael Gallup.

But first things first. In the eyes of many, Leighton Vander Esch wasn't worth the 19th overall pick. While I do agree that Vander Esch was a questionable selection, the Cowboys fixed arguably their most concerning position of all. As much as it pains to admit it, Sean Lee has yet to play an entire NFL season and Jaylon Smith was pretty much the only other capable starter on the roster.

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Although Vander Esch needs to develop a ton before reaching his full potential. he's a week 1 starter and an early contributor for this defense. Whether it felt like a "reach" or not, the Cowboys took a starter in the Boise State linebacker.

Later, the Cowboys managed to add an arguably first-round talent with pick #50 to plug-and-play along the offensive line. Texas OL Connor Williams was also seen as a tackle prospect, but he'll likely start at guard for Dallas as a rookie.

Since Ron Leary left for Denver, the left guard spot hasn't been as stable. Jonathan Cooper did a decent job filling that spot, but with Williams taking his place, the Cowboys dominance in the trenches will finally return. Playing next to All-Pros Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick, Connor Williams might become the best rookie in this class for the Cowboys.

One can't simply say the team found a "replacement" for Dez Bryant since he's a special player and with a very specific skill set, but Michael Gallup from Colorado State has the potential to become the team's WR1 pretty soon.

In the team's effort to build a Dak-friendly offense, Gallup is a crafty and smooth route-runner who has what it takes to play in any spot of the offense. His skill-set will allow him to play anywhere on the field and become Dak's favorite target in a year in which Jason Witten and Dez Bryant will no longer be lining up on his squad.

Taken in the first three rounds, Vander Esch, Williams and Gallup will be unquestionable starters. The question, however, is who else could become a starter for the Cowboys? Who could line up and start in week 1?

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Even though it definitely isn't as certain as the other three rookies, I'm betting on Dalton Schultz to be a more important starter than we imagine. Listen, maybe it's not an ideal scenario to have the TE from Stanford start in week 1, but it could be necessary.

The Rico Gathers Adventure might just be over before it starts and Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin may not be anything special. In college, Schultz was pretty good at run blocking. In the Cowboys' offense, led by one of the best running backs in the league, Ezekiel Elliott, Schultz may be able to find success earlier than expected.

Besides, he has what it takes to catch passes in the NFL and although he certainly won't be the flashiest, he could be enough to give Dak Prescott a reliable tight end.

Dalton Schultz could be the surprise of this Draft for Dallas. He'll probably become a starter at some point in the season and for a fourth-round pick, that's a very good thing to say.

For a front office that's constantly bashed by Cowboys Nation, their job at this year's NFL Draft was a pretty good one. Now it's just a matter of time to find out which picks were as good as we originally thought.

Tell me what you think about "Did the Dallas Cowboys Find 4 Starters in the 2018 NFL Draft?" in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



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