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Cowboys Likely to Draft 1st Rd Talent in the 2nd Rd

There’s only two certainties in life: death and taxes. Aside from that, life is unpredictable, and so is the . Every year, there are players taken both way too late and, sometimes, way too soon. We hear and read reports for months and think we have an idea of who’s going where, until draft day comes and we’re all proven wrong.

This can also be beneficial. Players fall all the time and it’s an enormous benefit to the team that snags him.

Last year, and had no business falling as far as they did, but in the end, the Falcons and Chargers got great players for a ridiculous bargain for what they’re worth.

The are no different.

The Cowboys have made it a point of picking not just the right player in the , but picking Pro Bowl players as well. Since 2010, only two first round picks have yet to be a Pro Bowl caliber player (yet).

This year, the Cowboys' first round pick was taken super early, in the form of , who has been every bit worth the pick it cost to obtain him. Their first overall pick won’t come until number 58 in the , but that doesn’t mean it won’t still be a first rounder.

Maybe it’s luck, or maybe it’s things working out, but the Dallas Cowboys have for a while been able to find players who were graded as first rounders and starters with their second round picks.

If we look at their recent in their last 5 second-round selections:

All five players were graded as first-round talent who fell for different reasons:

  • Connor Williams played in college but was projected to play guard in a guard-friendly draft.
  • Chidobe Awuzie fell for similar reasons as a corner.
  • Jaylon Smith may very well have been the first round selection had he not tore his ACL and MCL.
  • Randy Gregory had (and unfortunately still has) problems with substance abuse.
  • DeMarcus Lawrence was selected in one of the best drafts in recent memory with , , and Dee Ford being selected before him.

Based off recent history, it’s a safe bet that Dallas will be fine at 58. A quality first-round player will still be there. As far as who, there are many realistic options. The team's three most pressing needs today would likely be , corner and maybe .

As far as who could be there, some realistic options would be:

Whether these players are first-round talents or not is purely subjective but it wouldn’t shock many if any, or all are selected in the first before Dallas can even get to them.

What can be said is that Dallas will probably, once again, have a first-round player fall right in their laps, without needing to use a first rounder at all.

Shane Carter
Shane Carter
Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.

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Ethan Chazin

I would argue that DT is as much as pressing need if not more than any position except Safety. But I also realize this team would NEVER invest its 1st pick in any draft for a tackle and would be surprised if they drafted a safety for the same reason. Any of the 4 safeties you mentioned would be a major upgrade over Heath and when coupled with Woods would be a nice tandem perhaps up there with Harris-Waters?

Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

While I agree, and would really like to see a 3T DT drafted early at some point in my life by the Cowboys, I’ve just accepted it won’t happen. With Covington, who I think will be one of the best FA signings of the off-season, and Hyder signed, I think TE is the most pressing need

Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

If Greedy Williams falls to 58, the Cowboys should charge the podium like a fat man going for the buffet! Other than that, I’d kill to get Irv Smith at 58

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