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Cowboys Draft: 2020 NFL Draft and the History of the 17th Overall Pick

The history of the 17th overall NFL draft pick.

The only thing we really know about the Dallas Cowboys right now is their 2019 season ended a little over a week ago, which landed them the No. 17 pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. However, even that could change before Draft Day in April. So, I guess we really don’t know much of anything after all.

Hopefully, things will start coming together around Cowboys Nation as quickly as possible. After all, they have a lot of work to do between now and the start of the 2020 regular season. They have to fill out their coaching staff, analyze and evaluate for free agency, and prepare for this year’s NFL Draft. All of that should make this offseason all the more interesting.

Since we are officially in draft season, I wanted to take a look at the history of the 17th overall draft pick in order to get a better understanding of the talent that could be there for the Dallas Cowboys this year. Below are the players who have been drafted in that slot over the last decade.

Year Team Player Pos. School
2010 San Francisco 49ers Mike Iupati OG Idaho
2011 New England Patriots Nate Solder OT Colorado
2012 Cincinnati Bengals Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
2013 Pittsburgh Steelers Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
2014 Baltimore Ravens CJ Mosley LB Alabama
2015 San Francisco 49ers Arik Armstead DE Oregon
2016 Atlanta Falcons Keanu Neal S Florida
2017 Washington Redskins Jonathan Allen DE Alabama
2018 San Diego Chargers Derwin James S Florida State
2019 New York Giants Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson
2020 Dallas Cowboys ? ? ?

Overall, this is a pretty solid group of players. There are several Pro Bowlers (Iupati, Neal, Mosley, James), a Super Bowl champion (Solder), and some pretty solid above average starting players. Anyway you look at it this should be considered good news for the Dallas Cowboys.

No matter what, the Dallas Cowboys absolutely have to nail this pick. They need someone who can come in right away and start as a rookie, especially on defense. Oddly enough, the 17th overall pick over the years has leaned heavily towards the defensive side of the ball. The Cowboys could very well keep that tradition alive this year.

Who’s your favorite for the Dallas Cowboys with the 17th overall pick?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by 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.


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  1. I firmly believe you take the player available albeit if there’s a need and it’s close then go with need. Recently they reached for Taco and Hill who clearly were not the best available players even at their positions. The major needs (as they have been for years but were continuously ignored by Jones and his puppets) are NT and S. If there’s a great one at 17 at either position then it’s a no brainer. Excited to have Smiling Dopey Opie and Rush Man Marinelli gone.

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