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Cowboys stay home in third round, select Longhorns’ DeMarvion Overshown

Many held out hope that the would select from the . That dream died early in the . But the Cowboys did find a potential star from Austin in Friday's , drafting .

Overshown had arrived in Austin as a and a top high school prospect. But a change to linebacker, and a revolving door of defensive coaches at Texas, slowed his growth.

Cowboys stay home in third round, select Longhorns' Overshown
AUSTIN, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 07: DeMarvion Overshown #0 of the Texas Longhorns reacts after sacking Jarret Doege #2 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the third quarter at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 07, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

That showed in his pre-draft prospect grade of 5.96 and an expectation that he would be at best a backup or player. But anyone who watched the Longhorns in the Big 12 over the last two years knows better.

A Solid Senior Campaign

Overshown came off an in 2021 and managed to stay healthy for all of 2022. He earned first-team All-Conference honors. His stat line was a solid 96 tackles – 10 for a loss – and four .

The consensus is that he made great strides in his final year in Austin, which propelled him up to a 3rd-or-4th round pick. So once again on Friday, the Cowboys did not reach to land a solid player to fill a need.

A Terror For NFL Quarterbacks

Its hard not to look at this pick and think that Overshown wasn't brought in to help keep a running – hello there, – from running wild. Look for him to blitz early and often. But he can also drop back into coverage.

Can anyone say II? He does remind me of Parsons a little. If he turns into another Parsons, I'd almost start to feel sorry for the rest of the 's Quarterback fraternity. Almost.

Some Negatives To Overcome

Overshown will need to put in a lot of work over the summer. Fortunately he has a great waiting to welcome him to . knows how to utilize players like Overshown and how to improve them too.

His biggest areas of concern will be how he gets off of blocks, something he was not that good at down in Austin. He'll also need to work on his open-field tackling. He allowed too many ball carriers to work their way out of tackles. He can't be doing that at the NFL level.

Grading The Pick

Could Dallas have looked at the here? Probably. The Chiefs just two picks later selected offensive Wanya Morris out of Oklahoma. So there was value at the position to be had.

They could have addressed a couple of other positions here. But at the end of the day, Overshown's upside is such that its very hard to argue them picking him here.

The happiest man in Frisco tonight has got to be Quinn. His has been greatly strengthened in this draft. Between the Cowboys moves in , and drafting a that seems poised to upgrade the , Quinn's defense may not have to go out and win games by shutout.

We'll give this pick a nice “B” and on to tomorrow night.

Richard Paolinelli
Richard Paolinelli
Richard has covered sports at all levels - from local, prep, college, and professional - since 1984. He has been a fan of the Dallas Cowboys since 1969. Since retiring as a full-time sports writer in 2013, he has written and published several novels, two dozen short stories and two sports non-fiction books.

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