When it comes to the 2020 NFL Draft, we as fans, are even more in the dark this year than we have been in years past. Due to the coronavirus Pro days, private workouts, and pre-draft visits were canceled, meaning the tools we typically use to gauge which prospects the Dallas Cowboys have shown an interest in are basically nonexistent.
We aren’t completely without resources though. We still have one thing to go one…the current Dallas Cowboys roster. Based on the players currently under contract and the depth at each position, we can guesstimate as to which positions they could potentially target come draft day.
I know it doesn’t help much as to which prospects the Dallas Cowboys could be targeting per se, but it does help narrow down the positions that need the most help. Unfortunately, that’s really the only tool we have at our disposal. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the defensive side of the ball to see where the Cowboy stand.
DeMarcus Lawrence, Tyrone Crawford, Dorance Armstrong, Joe Jackson, Aldon Smith, Randy Gregory, Jalen Jelks
If the season were to start today DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford would be the starting defensive ends for the Dallas Cowboys.
Dorance Armstrong will likely backup D-Law once again this year at LDE and if/when reinstated, Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory should backup Tyrone Crawford at RDE.
Joe Jackson and Jalen Jelks provide depth at DE, but their status with the team under a new coaching staff is up in the air.
The Cowboys are playing a risky game at RDE with Tyrone Crawford (2019 hip surgery), Aldon Smith (suspended) and Randy Gregory (suspended). Because of that I believe they will try to come away with an EDGE rusher at some point in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft.
My pick: Julian Okwara, Notre Dame (2nd round)
Gerald McCoy, Trysten Hill, Dontari Poe, Antwaun Woods
Gerald McCoy (3-tech) and Dontari Poe (1-tech) should be the starting defensive tackles for the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. As things stand right now, it looks as if Trysten Hill will backup McCoy and Antwaun Woods will be backing up Poe.
Tyrone Crawford’s DE/DT position flex should also factor into the mix here.
Defensive tackle is definitely a position I see the Dallas Cowboys addressing at some point in the 2020 NFL Draft.
My pick: Jordan Elliott, Missouri (3rd round)
Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch, Sean Lee, Joe Thomas, Luke Gifford, Chris Covington, Justin March-Lillard
The Dallas Cowboys got the entire 2019 LB band back together. Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch should once again reprise their role as starters, although Vander Esch’s health is a bit of a concern.
Sean Lee and Joe Thomas provide valuable and much-needed depth. Both are also capable of stepping in as potential starters if needed.
Luke Gifford, Chris Covington, and Justin March-Lillard are probably nothing more than depth pieces and core special teams players right now.
The Cowboys have enough depth at LB right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they targeted the position in the mid-to-late rounds in the 2020 NFL Draft.
My pick: Logan Wilson, Wyoming (4th round)
Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown, Maurice Canaday, C.J. Goodwin
Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown could very well be the Dallas Cowboys starting cornerbacks in 2020. All three have starting experience and all three have performed well at times.
Maurice Canaday is probably an underrated free agent signing. He could factor into the mix as a starter at CB as well.
C.J. Goodwin was re-signed because of his special teams value in my opinion.
The Dallas Cowboys will probably try to upgrade the CB position early in the 2020 NFL Draft. Depending on how the draft falls, it could very well be with their first-round pick.
My pick: C.J. Henderson, Florida (1st round)
Xavier Woods, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Donovan Wilson, Darian Thompson
As things stand right now Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix would be the Dallas Cowboys starting safeties. Both are probably better utilized as free safeties, so it’ll be interesting to see how this new coaching staff deploy them.
Donovan Wilson could factor into the mix as a starter in his second-year with the Cowboys. He showed flashes of starting potential in preseason last year, but didn’t see the field much in the regular season.
Darian Thompson was an odd re-signing by the Cowboys in my opinion. He didn’t play well when he was thrust into the lineup last year, but maybe it was for his special teams value.
My pick: Kenny Robinson, XFL/West Virginia (3rd round)
L.P. Ladouceur, Chris Jones, Kai Forbath, Greg Zuerlein
No one should have to question where L.P. Ladouceur stands with the Dallas Cowboys. He will continue to be the long snapper until he finally decides to call it quits.
Chris Jones didn’t have the best year in 2019 and could be looking over his shoulder to see who the Cowboys might bring in to try and replace him.
A kicking competition? The Cowboys re-signed Kai Forbath and signed Greg Zuerlein in free agency, which means one way or another the kicking situation is probably settled.
My pick: Braden Mann, P, Texas A&M