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Cowboys Draft: 3 Pass Rushers To Expect In Round One

The is now just about three weeks away, and as time winds down, so does the list of expected targets for the in the .

After months of watching film, analyzing talent, and laboring over combine numbers and measurables, I believe I have narrowed down the Cowboys' first round options at to three players.

Now, this doesn't mean that the Cowboys will definitely pick one of these players. They could, of course, select a or in round one, or maybe even shock the world and draft an offensive player if a top one falls.

But if Dallas decides to take an rusher at 28, it will most likely be one of these three players.

TJ Watt, Wisconsin

Cowboys Draft: 3 Pass Rushers To Expect In Round One
MADISON, WI – SEPTEMBER 10: T.J. Watt #42 of the plays in the first quarter against the Akron Zips at Camp Randall Stadium on September 10, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

Though many see as a 3-4 , or maybe even a 4-3 SAM, I do believe that he could be a 4-3 RDE for the Cowboys, especially in pass-rush situations. With his athletic profile and pass rushing traits, I would be willing to bet on his ability to develop under and make his living as a defensive end in Dallas.

At 6'4 252 pounds, Watt is the prototypical speed rusher that the Cowboys lack on their current roster. The closest thing the Cowboys have to this “modern” edge player is , and we all know what the problems with him currently are.

Adding Watt will give the Cowboys an explosive on the opposite side of , who can make his proper living at left defensive end.

Don't be surprised whatsoever if Dallas adds the younger Watt to their d-line rotation in 2017.

Charles Harris, Missouri

One of the most controversial edge prospects in this year's class, , may be just what the doctor ordered for the Cowboys in round one.

Like Watt, Harris looks the part of a modern day pass rusher. With his lean, athletic frame and explosive first step, Harris has a chance to develop into a solid pass rusher at the next level.

On top of his natural athletic traits, Harris also possesses some of the best counter moves of any defensive end in this draft class. Both his spin and inside rip moves are pretty to watch, as he keeps offensive tackles off balance by setting them up with speed rushes to the edge.

I'd like for him to be better around the edge, and for him to refine his hand play, but I wouldn't be against taking Charles Harris 28th overall in this year's draft.

Takkarist McKinley, UCLA

Like Charles Harris, UCLA defensive end is extremely raw as a pass rusher, while having nearly all the athletic traits you could hope for when drafting a defensive end.

What makes me love McKinley, however, is how productive he was while still being so raw. If Takk can improve on his hand play, develop more moves, and learn to better use his length to his advantage, he may end up being damn near un-blockable at the next level.

Takk's flashes are some of the best in this draft, and with his explosiveness and length he has the traits to become a more consistent force off the edge. It's going to take some , and probably some patience, but McKinley is probably my favorite of these three options with the 28th overall pick.

If I were to rank them, it'd go McKinley, Watt, and then Harris. And, to be honest, I think the Cowboys will see it similarly later this month.

Kevin Brady
Kevin Brady
Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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