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Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Dallas Double Dips At DE

2017 Cowboys Draft: Dallas Gets Much-Needed Defensive Help

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Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Dallas Double Dips At DE

Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Dallas Double Dips At DE

Yesterday I dropped my first 2017 first-round mock draft for all 32 teams. Things didn’t fall exactly the way I would’ve liked in order for the Dallas Cowboys to come away with a “war daddy” defensive end, but they were able to upgrade the defense with their first-round selection. Today, I thought I would continue with of the rest the Cowboys draft picks through all seven rounds.

I personally think the Dallas Cowboys will go heavy on defense, so that’s what I decided to do in this mock draft as well. Continue reading below to see how I think things could shake out for the Cowboys after the completion of the 2017 NFL Draft.

R1/28 – DAL: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Has prototypical size for an NFL CB and would likely step and as a day one starter on the outside for the Cowboys. He is scheme diverse, but needs to become more physical in run support.

R2/28 – DAL: Josh Jones, S, NC State

Jones started two years as a strong safety before moving to free safety his final year at NC State. He has the prototypical size teams look for in their safeties and would be a day one starter next to Byron Jones on the back end of the Cowboys defense.

R3/28 – DAL: Dawuane Smoot, DE, Illinois

Talented DE who already has experience in Rod Marinelli’s 4-3 defensive scheme after playing under Lovie Smith at Illinois. Played better in 2015, but dropped weight in 2016, which seemed to affect his play. Would likely compete with Charles Tapper to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence as a rookie.

R4/26 – DAL: Noah Brown, WR, Ohio State

Big/physical WR that fits the parameters the Cowboys look for in their outside wide receivers. Wasn’t utilized much at Ohio State and is still learning the position, but has the skill set to develop into a #1 WR.

R6/27 – DAL: Joe Mathis, DE, Washington

Talented pass rusher that has some off the field concerns that need to be addressed. Also has struggled with injuries. Injury prone? Cowboys have targeted Chris Peterson coached players in the past: Orlando Scandrick, Tyrone Crawford, and DeMarcus Lawrence.

R7/10 – DAL: T.J. Logan, RB, North Carolina

Shifty 3rd down/change of pace back that will take over Lance Dunbar’s role. Can contribute on special teams as a return specialist as well. Is a natural pass catcher, but needs to work on ball security.

R7/28 – DAL: Blair Brown, LB, Ohio

A little bit undersized, but is a good sideline to sideline LB that shows good instincts to quickly diagnose and attack. Would provide depth to the LB position and contribute on special teams as a rookie. Has potential to become a starter.

The Dallas Cowboys shore their secondary with their first two draft picks by selecting Gareon Conley and Josh Jones. Both defensive backs are immediate upgrades over what the Cowboys lost in free agency and will be fixtures in the secondary for years to come.

Dawuane Smoot and Joe Mathis have both proven that they are capable of getting after the QB in college, but the NFL is a different beast. Expect defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli to get the best out of them. Smoot and Mathis will compete with second-year DE Charles Tapper to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence in 2017.

Noah Brown could make Brice Butler expendable, but he probably still needs a year to develop his skill set more before becoming a consistent contributor. He has the size, speed, and skill set to develop into a #1 WR for the Cowboys and could be used as a red zone target as a rookie.

T.J. Logan and Blair Brown are both valuable depth players that will make their living on special teams as rookies. Both players are talented enough to see snaps at RB and LB as rookies and could carve out a nice role with the Cowboys for years to come.

How do you feel about these draft picks for the Dallas Cowboys?

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.

  • Corey

    This actually doesn’t look to bad if it all falls this way

    • Brian Martin

      I would mind if this was the way things turned out.

  • Assassin

    Havent seen too much on most of these guys except for Smoot. Like him a lot in 3rd.

    Unless we pick up at TE in FA or the Cowboys know more about Rico than the public does, we may need to go TE at some point.

    • Brian Martin

      I agree that TE may need to be addressed at some point in the draft.

  • Assassin

    Also, wouldnt mind taking a flyer on Chip Kelly, the Mississippi QB if he’s around in the 7th. One of those too much talent to ignore, but a head case/medical issue folks.

    • Brian Martin

      I think you meant Chad Kelly, not Chip Kelly. I agree, but you might be able to pick him up as an undrafted free agent. That would be the ideal scenario.

      • Assassin

        I suspect he will be someone’s late round pick. No sooner than the 5th though. Medical issues are a concern. Plus he’s a bit of a headcase. If I were an NFL GM, I would ask his teammates about playing with him, if they would follow him and if they would want to be on another team with him. QB has to be a leader.

        The “good” thing about his headcase stuff is that they are all aggression issues. I would take that over drugs anyday

        All the talent in the world. Decent TD to INT numbers. Jim Kelly’s nephew. Good bloodlines

        • Brian Martin

          The only reason I said that the Cowboys might prefer to take them as an undrafted free agent is because I think they may be starting to move on from taking these so-called “troubled” players. It all depends on where he falls on their draft board. They may have somebody still there in the late part of the draft they like more.

          • Assassin

            I know where you’re going. But I also remember when we moved away from any ‘head cases’ back in the White House days. Doomed us to some really mediocre to bad years. I think there has to be a balance. Just think if we had taken Honey Badger instead of taking him off our boards as a headcase

          • Brian Martin

            I’m not disagreeing with you. I just think it’s going to depend on how their board sets up.

  • Assassin

    Ran a Fanspeak Mock, here are mine;


    • Brian Martin

      I could live with that

    • Terry

      TJ watt won’t last that long

      • Assassin

        Probably not. But you take what’s given to you. This was from the Fanspeak Mock. Pretty cool little free mock tool. I like it as I start to understand who players are that arent the bigger names.

    • Assassin

      I got one right!

  • dallas1966

    I would shout for joy, if this was the way the draft fell for the Cowboys.

    The only exception, I would select Marcus Williams, Safety, Utah, over Jones.

    It’s time to end the 21 years, in the wilderness.

    In McClay, I trust!!

    • Brian Martin

      I wouldn’t mind either of those selections. I’m a little higher on Jones because of his versatility to play SS or FS

  • Harold Keith Wiseman

    In the draft ,I would draft Obi in the1st,DE,,DT in the 2nd,cb,in the 3rd/4th,6th /7th DL

    • Brian Martin

      There are a few safeties I like better, but I could live with that

  • Geezy_Gaming

    Im really against not going DE in the 1st round. But this mock is fantastic and if it went this way I will be very happy.

    • Brian Martin

      I think it’s going to be tough to find a DE in the first round at 28.

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