The 2017 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and the excitement is boiling over. Thirsty for football and any type of draft information, I have put together my second Dallas Cowboys focused mock draft of the Spring.
While my first mock draft was positively received, I’m sure this one will get right back to annoying tons of people.
So, let’s get into it!
As the draft process really winds down, TJ Watt to the Cowboys seems to make more and more sense. Watt has the exact athletic profile which the Cowboys front office has valued in their first round graded EDGE players the last few years, and should be targeted by Dallas without question. Watt would immediately start at RDE for this team in my opinion as well.
The Cowboys need to address their secondary with at least one of their first two draft picks. And, considering the depth of the corner class, it’s possible that at least one of the top defensive backs falls down the boards on day two. Quincy Wilson is a candidate for this, and would bring size, physicality, and cockiness to the Cowboys’ secondary.
Despite re-signing both Brice Butler and Terrance Williams this offseason, I still believe the Cowboys are in the market for another playmaker at receiver during the NFL Draft. Chad Hansen could be that playmaker, and could potentially take over the WR2 role in time.
The Cowboys need to find a single high safety, someone who can play centerfield while Byron Jones roams the field. Xavier Woods is that guy, and he can bring ball skills to a secondary which has lacked turnover production in recent years.
Who doesn’t want to draft a guy nicknamed “The Human Joystick!?!” Tarik Cohen is a fun running back to watch on tape, and would be an excellent late round pick for the Cowboys. Cohen could fill the Lance Dunbar/Lucky Whitehead role on offense, and bring playmaking on special teams.
While I’d rather double dip at corner than safety, I just couldn’t resist with Tedric Thompson on the board. Thompson could prove to be an absolute steal in the late rounds of this year’s draft, and would be a welcomed addition to the Cowboys’ secondary.
The 28th pick of the 7th round is basically a throw away pick anyway, so why not try to see if you can find a QB2 on a rookie deal? Trevor Knight is a Texas kid, and has been interviewed by the Cowboys this Spring, so spending a 7th on him is not a bad idea. He’s also good friends with Dak Prescott, for what it’s worth.
The two biggest needs for the Dallas Cowboys this year are at EDGE rusher, and in their secondary. With four of their seven picks, they address those two needs. In TJ Watt, they bring in the EDGE rusher with possibly the highest ceiling outside of Myles Garrett in this class. With Quincy Wilson, Tedric Thompson, and Xavier Woods, the Cowboys continue to beef up their young secondary.
In the other rounds, the Cowboys bring in low-risk, high-reward offensive players. Chad Hansen and Tarik Cohen have a chance to contribute in their very first year, and Trevor Knight is worth a seventh round pick for a developmental quarterback.
All in all, I think this would be a successful 2017 NFL Draft for the Dallas Cowboys.