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Cowboys Conduct Draft Interview w/ Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts

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.

Take a behind the scenes look at the first Cowboys draft interview with OU Quarterback Jalen Hurts as the coaching and scouting teams conduct their first ever digital interview. Follow along for more behind the scenes content this week. #StayHomeStayStrong

4,119 Likes, 91 Comments – Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) on Instagram: “Take a behind the scenes look at the first Cowboys draft interview with OU Quarterback Jalen Hurts…”

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.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. I done a few mock drafts and in one of them I took Jalen Hurts in the 3rd round!! I wonder if the Cowboys will do the same thing!! I think Hurts is a QB that is just like Dak…. I remember everybody used to talk about how Dak wouldn’t be nothing more than a backup in the NFL and how he had so many things wrong with his game, and now I’m hearing the same thing about Jalen Hurts!! I think Jalen Hurts is one QB in this draft that is gonna surprise a lot of people in the NFL just like Dak did!! I think he’s gonna be just as good as Dak, if not better!! So in my opinion I hope we draft Hurts in the 3rd or maybe even the 4th round and put him behind Dak for this season to learn from Dak and let him take over next season!! Or it could at least push Dak into not being so greedy and signing a team friendly deal!! Either way drafting Hurts could be a good thing for us!!

  2. I’m in favor because we a injury or hit from nothing..I’m not worried abt opening day QB.. I’m a life longer get the man his check Boss he all we have nw…let’s mk this run Celebrate Jimmy along the way…Get Dez in Ol 88..draft Isaiah Coulter low risk future late..SB simple ..

  3. I think taking QB Jalen Hurts would be great. With all the B.S. with Prescott, I think it would be a good idea to get a good QB now, and let him sit and learn. Cooper Rush is definitely not the answer if Prescott isn’t available.
    I like Prescott, but with this contract crap, I’m sure he has lost a lot of respect from his teammates and fans alike.

  4. Dak is not an elite super bowl QB that lifted his team to victory late in games in 2019. 6 of the Cowboy’s losses in 2019 were on the offense and Dak went 0-5 late in games with the ball and a chance to win. Paying Dak $35+ million would end Jerry’s hopes of winning another Super Bowl.

    How can the Cowboys make the Super Bowl in 2020 or beyond by overpaying Dak $35+ million a year when they could not make the playoffs with Dak making $2 million in 2019???

    Hurts will not last beyond the second round but the Cowboys should take him at 51 and let him push Dak in 2020 with Dak on the tag. If Dak does not sign the tag, he will lose $30+ million plus endorsements that he will never recover. Hurts could step in as Dak did when Romo went down. Hurts would just need to be a good game manager because an extra $28 million in cap space from not paying Dak would allow the Cowboys to surround Hurts with a better team.

    If Dak signs the tag, the Cowboys could trade him and improve the team or let him play on the tag in 2020 while Hurts develops.

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