Earlier today the Dallas Cowboys shared a digital interview conducted with Quarterback Jalen Hurts, the former starter for the Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide. Given Hurts’ high profile from his college career, was this just a marketing move for Dallas or an indication of what they may be doing in the 2020 NFL Draft?
The Cowboys only put up a snippet of their interview with Hurts on their Instagram page this morning. It shows Jerry Jones cracking a joke with the fellow coaches and executives, then a brief portion of Hurts’ comments.
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The Cowboys likely conducted many of these digital draft interviews recently and will have more coming between now and April 23rd. The fact that they chose to share this one with Jalen Hurts publicly isn’t without intrigue.
Last Tuesday I wrote about Dallas’ potential draft moves related to the quarterback position. One could argue that they’re already stocked up with Dak Prescott on the franchise tag, Cooper Rush on a one-year deal, and Clayton Thorson as a developmental project.
But those are only 2020 realities. With neither Prescott or Rush under contract for the future, could the Cowboys look to the draft to add another QB option on fresh four-year rookie deal?
Jalen Hurts does make some sense as a potential backup to Dak, having the same dual-threat ability. He even scouts similarly when it comes to personality and leadership qualities.
While I don’t think Dallas would spend a premium pick at QB this year given other needs, Hurts is a player who could easily fall to Day 3 of the draft. With three picks between Rounds 4-5, could the Cowboys spend one on Jalen or another developmental quarterback?
Again, this shared interview may mean nothing beyond a marketing move by the Cowboys using one of the bigger names in the rookie class. But it could also mean that Dallas will be more aggressive about the QB position in the 2020 NFL Draft than we might currently assume.