NFL Draft writer Chris Trapasso for CBSSports recently dropped his complete 7-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft, and being the curious person I am I decided to take a look to see who he selected for the Dallas Cowboys. To be completely honest, I really liked what I found out.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but Chris Trapasso must be a Dallas Cowboys fan. He hit several homeruns with his selections and I think a lot of Cowboys Nation would agree. But, let’s not dillydally anymore. Below is Trapasso’s picks for the Cowboys and my personal analysis about each selection.
Chris Trapasso’s Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Round 1, Pick 17 – Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama
Analysis: I don’t think anybody can argue with Chris Trapasso selecting Xavier McKinney here for the Dallas Cowboys. McKinney is an excellent player who not only fits a need on the backend of the Cowboy secondary, but upgrades it as well. The only questionable thing I can think of here is the fact he passed up on both EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson and DT Javon Kinlaw. Would the Cowboys do the same?
Round 2, Pick 51 – Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
Analysis: Chris Trapasso once again addresses a need for the Dallas Cowboys with their second-round pick in former Auburn CB Noah Igbinoghene. I’m actually a big fan of this pick because I have Igbinoghene as my Top-5 CB in this year’s draft class. He’s a former WR turned CB and is still learning the position, but his physicality and athleticism are top-notch. Plus he brings the added value as a returner on special teams.
Round 3, Pick 82 – Davon Hamilton, DT, Ohio State
Analysis: Davon Hamilton is another excellent selection for the Dallas Cowboys by Chris Trapasso. He’s not only one of the big bodied, space eating defensive tackles Cowboys fans have been hankering for, but he has surprising pass rushing ability from the interior as well. His addition would help free up DeMarcus Lawrence on the outside and help keep Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch clean to make plays behind him.
Round 4, Pick 123 – Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Analysis: I’m starting to think Chris Trapasso has been reading my Dallas Cowboys mock drafts. Chase Claypool is somebody I’ve mocked to the Cowboys as well. I love the mismatches he creates in the passing game. He can be utilized as a big slot, an outside WR, a red zone weapon, or as a move TE in the passing game. His addition would allow OC Kellen Moore to get really creative with the Cowboys aerial attack.
Round 5, Pick 164 – Dalton Keene, TE, Virginia
Analysis: Dalton Keene is someone I had to go back and study after the performance he put on at the NFL Combine. He’s currently my 10th-ranked TE in this year’s draft class and could challenge Blake Jarwin – if re-signed/tendered – for the starting gig this offseason. He’s an excellent weapon in the passing game, but still needs to grow and develop as an in-line blocker.
Round 5, Pick 179 – James Smith-Williams, EDGE, NC State
Analysis: James Smith-Williams is an interesting selection here by Chris Trapasso. Smith-Williams shows good upper body strength and handles himself well against power and the run, but numerous injuries has hindered his production/development. He tested well at the NFL Combine proving his athleticism, and if he can stay healthy he could be worth developing.
Round 7, Pick 231 – Ke’Shawn Vaughn, RB, Vanderbilt
Analysis: I don’t know if the Dallas Cowboys will use a draft pick on a RB with Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard already in the mix, but Ke’Shawn Vaughn provides good value at this point in the draft. I personally think he’s a mid-round selection, so he may be too good to pass up here. He already has a pro-ready build and he’s tough as nails to bring down when he has the ball in his hands.
Overall, I think Chris Trapasso did an excellent job with his selections for the Dallas Cowboys. I’d personally be happy if this is the way things turned out. I think he hit some homeruns with his first four picks, while also adding some solid depth who should be able to contribute as rookies in the mid-to-late rounds as well. I don’t know about you, but I’d sign off on this.