The buzz surrounding the Dallas Cowboys has been running wild since the 2020 NFL Draft. With each passing round, it seemed as if all the stars just kept aligning for the Cowboys as they selected steal after steal. Now, these talented young men can officially begin their NFL journeys.
According to Todd Archer of ESPN, the Cowboys have signed their entire 2020 draft class to their rookie deals.
Contract details per Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated
- CeeDee Lamb. WR – 4 years, $14.01M, $7.7M bonus (5th-year option)
- Trevon Diggs. CB – 4 years, $6.32M, $2.157M bonus.
- Neville Gallimore. DT – 4 years, $4.7M, just under $1M signing bonus.
- Reggie Robinson II. CB – 4 years, $4.02M, $729K bonus
- Tyler Biadasz. C – 4 years, $3.789M, $494K signing bonus
- Bradlee Anae. DE – 4 years, $3.532M, $238K signing bonus
- Ben DiNucci. QB – 4 years, $3.39M, $95K signing bonus
Lamb and Diggs are the two standout signings of the class. Lamb’s ability to play multiple spots plus his dynamic skills with the ball in his hands in the open field will open things up for Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup and give the Cowboys one of the league’s most dangerous receiving trio’s. Diggs is a long and physical corner at around 6’2 205. He’s extremely physical at the line of scrimmage and has excellent ball skills thanks to his days playing wide receiver. He’ll likely be the Cowboys CB1 after losing Byron Jones in free agency.
Gallimore will play behind free-agent additions Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe at defensive tackle. His rare speed at 6’2 304 pounds (ran 4.79 in the 40), relentless motor, and ability to play to 1-tech and 3-tech will have him contributing early.
Robinson, much like Diggs, is a ball-hawking corner (34 pass breakups in college) who also has the ability to play safety as well. What gives him even more value is his skills on special teams, having blocked four kicks during his days at Tulsa. He’s another rookie that could see a lot of action in 2020.
Biadasz was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection, a Unanimous All-American, and won the Remington Award (given to the best center in college) during his days at Wisconsin. He’ll battle veteran Joe Looney for starting duties (Connor Williams and Connor McGovern are expected to take snaps at center as well) this season and gives the Cowboys excellent depth at the center position after losing Travis Frederick to retirement.
Anae is one of the most technically sound edge rushers coming out of the collegiate ranks. Also, he has the skills to stand up and play outside linebacker. Defensive Coordinator Mike Nolan’s hybrid scheme will feature three and four-man fronts as well as a “designated pass rusher” position, which is ideal for Anae’s skill set. He’ll get to learn and develop behind DeMarcus Lawrence, Aldon Smith, and Tyrone Crawford.
DiNucci is a dual-threat quarterback with a quick release and is very good at improvising and making plays. This kind of moxy will make if it tough for the Cowboys to not carry three quarterbacks on the roster and could see DiNucci challenge veteran Andy Dalton for the backup role to Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys also signed 15 undrafted free agents as well as OT Isaac Alarcon from Mexico.
Unfortunately, these rookies won’t get any actual game reps before the season starts thanks to the current COVID-19 pandemic eliminating the preseason. Nonetheless, they’ve all put the ink on their rookie deals and can now focus on the actual football side of things as their NFL careers kick-off.