Connect with us

NFL Draft

Cowboys Had Dominant Day 2 in the 2018 NFL Draft

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

Michael Gallup

The Dallas Cowboys first pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, LB Leighton Vander Esch didn't draw the best reaction ever from Cowboys Nation, for many don't feel like he was the right pick and it looks like it'll become a debate for the entire offseason. But it's the second day draft picks that should have fans very  excited!

After picking Taco Charlton last year, the front office managed to get two great prospects in Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis during the second and third round. Once again, they pulled off two very good selections, both with tremendous value.

At #50, the Cowboys drafted offensive lineman Connor Williams, from Texas. Williams was considered a first rounder in most Mock Drafts and surprisingly made it all the way to the Cowboys' pick. Truly a wise decision by the Joneses & Co. to stay put even though players like Hernandez, Corbett and Daniels were quickly off the board.

NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys Select

Ideally, Williams will take the LG spot at Dallas, although he should be able to play tackle if needed. However, discussions may be had down the road considering switching things up in order to get La'el Collins back to the interior side of things.

Having said that, it could be a foolish thing to do. It's never good for player progression moving players from position every season. Let Collins thrive as a right tackle.

With the 81st pick, Dallas got a new wide receiver for Dak Prescott. Colorado State's WR Michael Gallup will be an important piece for the much-anticipated "Dak-friendly" offense in 2018. A very good route-runner with the right size for the NFL will continue to be a productive guy in the NFL.

Cowboys Draft Target: Colorado State WR Michael Gallup

The Cowboys didn't panic, they didn't find themselves trading up to get a guy who wasn't worth it or anything like that. The front office deserves a round of applause for staying put and let players who will start for them in 2018 fall to them.

The offensive line will get back to its golden days with Connor Williams and the receiving corps just got another threat in the passing game. The three first picks have gone to help the three huge needs in Dallas.

The job's not finished, though.

Heading into the third and final day of the big event, the front office needs to fill the hole left at the tight end position, after reports emerged telling Cowboys Nation that one of their most beloved Cowboys in history, is retiring. Maybe Jason Witten wasn't the great TE he once was, but his shoes will be hard to fill regardless and it's hard to think Rico Gathers is the answer.

Safety and defensive tackle are the two defensive positions Dallas should be looking at as well, and maybe we see them address the back-up RB position. It'll be hard to find instant starters on Day 3, but hopefully the Cowboys get in a steal or two.

For now, here at Inside The Star, we're glad to have Leighton Vander Esch, Connor Williams and Michael Gallup join the team! Let's get to work.

Tell me what you think about "Cowboys Had Dominant Day 2 in the 2018 NFL Draft" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

Advertisement
3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Chuck Wright

    April 28, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Good stuff, watched Conner play for 3 years at TEXAS. . . STUD. . . our OL set for the next 5 years when Martin is signed. Hook’em Horns

  2. Russ_Te

    April 29, 2018 at 12:52 am

    Gallup highlight film below. Watch the 1-handed catch at :30 in. Great skills for a 3rd rounder IMO. If Dallas has another good receiver, Gallup will get open. Best two chances for that are Hurns and Gathers.

    They will have to get one more TE to bring to camp, then I expect Gathers will smoke all of them as a receiver, and win the starting job. He has been working 2 years with no game time, this is his chance, and he needs to come to camp with an “I’m taking over the job” mentality.

    Connor Williams is a reach IMO, and not happy with no more OL prospects taken.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQuYoT7sB6Q

  3. Russ_Te

    April 29, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Anybody unsure on LVE, go read his scouting write-up that I posted the link for in the comments on the LVE post from Thursday. Tons of upside, not much negative. Should be an impact player and fills a dire need.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

NFL Draft

Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

Kevin Brady

Published

on

Cowboys Draft Target: South Carolina WR Deebo Samuel

Our search for a new pass catcher for the Cowboys in this years' draft class continues, this time with a wide receiver.

South Carolina's Deebo Samuel put himself on the map with a strong Sophomore season, but fell off a bit due to a severe leg injury early in 2017. After a strong 2018 campaign, and an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl, Samuel has played himself back into early Day Two draft discussions.

The Player

I don't know that anyone "won" Senior Bowl week more than Deebo Samuel did this January. Samuel, who had to deal with some poor quarterback play throughout his college career, didn't get much of a break in that department either at the Senior Bowl. But, he did show out every day at practice, and seemed to go viral on Twitter at least once a day.

During his actual collegiate season, Samuel finished with 882 yards and 11 touchdowns on 62 catches, solid production especially coming off an injury and playing in a limited offense. Initially in the NFL, Samuel is going to make his money in the slot. He's a shifty yet explosive receiver type than can quickly beat defenders with his speed. He's not the speedster than someone like Marquise Brown is, but he is explosive enough in his own right, especially in terms of short-area quickness.

Samuel isn't someone who will go up and grab the ball consistently, or even make up for inaccurate throws as often as some others might be able to. But he does have reliable hands, and his ability to get open quickly and create separation should give someone like Dak Prescott easy windows to find him in for completions.

What makes Deebo Samuel so fun for me to watch, though, is his ability after the catch. Despite his lack of size, Samuel is tough as nails, and rarely defers out of bounds or avoids contact. He's built well enough to withstand that contact as well, and when he gets free, he's hard to catch and bring down.

The Fit

Drafting Deebo Samuel 58th overall would be a heck of a haul for the Dallas Cowboys. In need of another playmaker in the passing game, the Cowboys could make immediate use of Samuel's talents in 2019, specifically as a slot receiver.

As has been mentioned ad nauseam, it seems unlikely that Cole Beasley will be returning to the team this season, which makes the need for a slot wide-out that much greater. Samuel has big play ability from the slot already, and has traits which project him to potentially work outside as well. If he tests well enough at the combine, reps on the outside could very well be in his future.

Samuel should be on every Cowboys fans' shortlist of draft targets in the second round this year.



Continue Reading

NFL Draft

3 Potential Day 2 Tight End Prospects for the Dallas Cowboys

Brian Martin

Published

on

3 Potential Day 2 Tight End Prospects for the Dallas Cowboys

By now it's no secret the Dallas Cowboys don't have a first-round draft pick in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft. The Amari Cooper trade took care of that, meaning sitting through the entire Day 1 could be a little tiresome for us fans. But, Day 2 of the draft could get really interesting for the Cowboys, especially as it pertains to the players/positions they could target.

Today, I wanted to take a look at a few of the Day 2 tight end prospects the Dallas Cowboys could be interested in. This would be the second tier of TEs behind the likes of T.J. Hockenson, Noah Fant, and Irv Smith, all of which should be gone by the time the Cowboys are on the clock at 58th overall in the second round.

I really believe that if the Dallas Cowboys plan on drafting a starting caliber tight end in this year's draft class they are going to have to do it with either their second or third round selection. The TEs available beyond that point probably aren't much of an upgrade over Blake Jarwin or Dalton Schultz, which is praise in itself about the upside of the young TEs they currently have on the roster.

With all of that in mind, I put together a list of three tight ends I would personally target on Day 2 if I were the Cowboys. I tried to identify what they typically look for in a starting TE (size, speed, athleticism), while also taking into account the ones that are are versatile enough to contribute on all three downs in both the running and passing game.

Isaac Nauta, Georgia

Isaac Nauta

Georgia TE Isaac Nauta

Isaac Nauta is a former five-star recruit who never really lived up to his billing during his time with the Georgia Bulldogs. He is a top-notch blocker both in line and when split out wide, but due to the Bulldogs run heavy offense he never really developed into the pass catcher many envisioned him becoming. He possesses good speed and terrific hands to be a threat in the passing game though, even if he doesn't show a lot of separation ability on film.

Nauta looks and plays like a prototypical Dallas Cowboys tight end. He has the desired size (6'4", 246), athleticism, and skill set to step in and be the Cowboys TE1 as a rookie. His blocking ability alone will get him on the field early, but he also shows enough pass catching ability to be a threat in the passing game as well. Overall, Nauta is a pro-ready three down TE who is a high floor prospect with very little downside.

Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

Jace Sternberger

Texas A&M TE Jace Sternberger

Jace Sternberger is a former three-star recruit and the definition of a one-year wonder. He was basically a complete unknown before the 2018 season and had just one catch for 5 yards during his two years at Kansas before deciding to transfer to JUCO. He didn't fare much better at Northern Oklahoma A&M, but Jimbo Fisher thought enough of him to bring him aboard a Texas A&M, essentially turning him into an All-American and first team All-SEC.

Sternberger is almost the exact opposite of Isaac Nauta, but still has the desired traits the Dallas Cowboys look for in their tight ends. Unlike Nauta, Sternberger is much more accomplished as a passing threat. He runs and moves like a big wide receiver and possesses good separation ability. Due to his size (6'4", 250) and athletic ability he is difficult to bring down after the catch as well. He's not as accomplished as a blocker as Nauta, but he shows good technique and will improve in time with added strength. He has the ability to be the Cowboys TE1 as a rookie.

Dawson Knox, Ole Miss

Dawson Knox

Ole Miss TE Dawson Knox

Dawson Knox is a former walk-on quarterback at Ole Miss, but spent the last two years playing tight end for the Rebels. He is one of the more difficult tight ends to evaluate in this draft class due to the unorthodox offense he played in and his usage in the system, but may actually be more pro-ready than many of us believe. He does have the size (6'4", 250), speed, and natural hands to be a complete three-down TE in the NFL and reminds me a little bit of George Kittle when he was entering the league.

Knox is still pretty raw as a player, but moldable and he has the upside to be one of the best tight ends in this entire draft class. He could probably compete to be the Dallas Cowboys TE1 as a rookie, but it might be better for him to be in a timeshare of sorts while he develops his God-given talent. Nevertheless, I have a hard time seeing him making it out of Day 2 of the draft, especially after he puts on a show at the NFL Scouting Combine. His talent might be too much for the Cowboys to pass up.



Continue Reading

NFL Draft

Could Cowboys Take Another 2nd Round Risk On DT Jeffery Simmons?

Mauricio Rodriguez

Published

on

Could Cowboys Take Another 2nd Round Risk On DT Jeffery Simmons?

The Dallas Cowboys have taken a few risks when on the clock in the second round of the NFL Draft in recent years. Randy Gregory and Jaylon Smith, both important starters on defense, were drafted to the Cowboys after they went down on many teams' draft boards. In 2019, they'll have the opportunity to take yet another risk. Recently, one of the best defensive tackles in this year's class, Jeffery Simmons, suffered a torn ACL while going through a drill during his workout in Florida.

Simmons took to Twitter to share the unfortunate news that will drastically affect his draft stock only a couple of months before the Draft.

Jeffery Simmons on Twitter

Jeffery Simmons on Twitter

https://t.co/0NAzPv0bvY

Before the injury, Jeffery Simmons was seen as a top draft prospect. Some even envisioned him being drafted in the top 10. As a 21-year old defensive tackle from Mississippi State, Simmons had an impressive career during his time in college football. In three seasons he managed to rack up 157 tackles and seven sacks.

If one thing is clear it's that the Mississippi State product will be an impact player when he gets on the field on Sundays. His quick reaction on the get-off will still interest a lot of teams despite his injury. A sound defender on the running and passing game, he'll pay big dividends for whichever team decides to pull the trigger on him come April.

Due to their recent second round draft history, I can't help but wonder if the Dallas Cowboys will consider him when they're on the clock in the second round. This year though, there will be a big difference. Pick #58 will be the first time the Cowboys will be on the clock in this year's draft after trading away their first rounder for Amari Cooper last year.

It will be tough for them to wait until the third round to pick a player they could actually put on the field for the 2019 season. Specially considering the fact that they're a football team with title aspirations this year. Despite their history and the fact that Simmons will be one hell of a pro, I believe the team will not want to make such a pick in the second without a first round selection.

The team has a big need at DT, although Antwaun Woods and Maliek Collins were very serviceable in 2018. We'll see how tempted they are if Jeffery Simmons is still on the board when they're on the clock.

Tell me what you think about "Could Cowboys Take Another 2nd Round Risk On DT Jeffery Simmons?" in the comments below, or tweet me @MauNFL and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!



Continue Reading



Enjoy 40% commissions on officially licensed products as a FanPrint affiliate. You can even make your own, fully licensed Cowboys and player designs! Get started here

Trending