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Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft: Projecting the Cowboys “Premium” Picks

Welcome to April! Not only does this turning of the calendar get us one month closer to football season, but we now enter an all-important draft month. Come April 27th, the NFL will take stage once again, with the Draft being hosted at .

The hold ten total picks in their home draft, and three inside the top 100. These picks are known as premium picks.

As we prepare for our final weeks of draft coverage, here is my latest projection of how the first three rounds could play out for the Cowboys.

Cowboys Draft Target: UTEP OL Will Hernandez

Round 1, Pick 19 – Will Hernandez G UTEP

The Dallas Cowboys did not necessarily fill their need for a starting LG in . Losing to the 49ers, the team did sign swing Cam Fleming and – while retaining backup G/C .

Inserting another top draft pick into this line could pave the way for to rush the Cowboys back to form in 2018, as well as better protect third-year QB .

Hernandez is a mammoth of an athlete at 6203 (6′ 2 3/8″) and 327 pounds, controlling the line of scrimmage with heavy hands and terrific movement ability given his size. A wall of Hernandez, , and up front in Dallas would change the Cowboys' identity on offense overnight.

Round 2, Pick 18 (50th Overall) – Taven Bryan 3T DT Florida

Earlier this week, Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Rod Marinelli was seen working out Florida's Taven Bryan at the Gators' pro day. It remains to be seen just how much pull Marinelli will have on the team's draft decisions, entering a season that many expect to be his last.

Bryan is not just a patented Marinelli prospect though, with the traits to fill a need at the 3T position for the Cowboys. will be expected to take most of the team's snaps here, but mixing in a prospect with the raw speed and athleticism of Bryan would benefit the entire Cowboys' front seven.

For more on , you can check out my complete scouting report at Slant Sports.

Round 3, Pick 17 (81st Overall) – Anthony Miller WR Memphis

The Cowboys seem determined to add a with one of their first two picks, given the names they've shown interest in. The likes of , , or Courtland Sutton would cost them these picks, but Memphis' cannot be forgotten about.

Dealing with a foot through this draft process, Miller's tape is as impressive as any of the top pass catchers available in this 2018 Draft. For a Cowboys team still in need of another dynamic target, Miller would be an absolute steal at 81st overall.

Miller's polished route running ability and vertical catch radius make him a true “put him on the field” prospect – able to contribute in Dallas as an X, Y, or even Z receiver.

Like Taven Bryan, you can read my full scouting report on Anthony Miller at Slant Sports.

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should be very excited if the first three rounds of their play out like this. Not only does each pick above fill a need, but it does so by also adding players with elite upside.

The Cowboys are in need of depth (holding seven picks in the remaining four rounds), but also power that Hernandez, Bryan, or Miller could someday add. As we continue to get even closer to draft night, I will have more projections and reports right here at .

This was completed using Fanspeak's “On The Clock” simulator, and Matt Miller's .

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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Chuck Wright

Seeing that happen in the 1st 3 rounds wouldn’t surprise me.

Hoping one of 2 things happens, either a) we trade back and likely get Will H at a better price or b) Indy over pays for Irving, gives up their 2nd round pick so we have 4 picks in the 1st 3 rounds, 6 in the 1st 4.

We need 2 LBs a S and a 1 Tech (though some should be available in the 4th) only with the G and WR taken.

Miller would be a nice nab in the 3rd or Donte Pettis or Chalk.

Randy Martin

This is a very viable outcome and I wouldn’t be unhappy with this. It would be nice to know who was on the board when these picks were made. Of course, since this is just make believe it’s hard to know. Hernandez has been a popular pick at 19, he’s spent time with our O-line, and he is a 30 visit but one could argue that with our free agent acquisitions and the HOF’ers we already have on the line it might be a bit of luxury to add another first round lineman. I have slowly been falling in love with Bryan and think he has a very high ceiling. And I love the Miller pick in the 3rd. However, I often see Bryan picked in the first and Miller in the 2nd but it will be another 25 days until we see how it all shakes out! Can’t wait!


I like these picks, especially if we drop back a few spots to pick up Hernandez and get a low 3rd round pick from the Titans or Carolina. Taven has a great 1st step and could be a real disruptor for us. Great pick @ 50. Prefer a LB over a WR, but grabbing Anthony Miller here seems like a good move, because the choices at WR drop off significantly after the 3rd round. Hopefully, if your draft would have continued, then the 2 picks in the 4th round would have been used for LBs. Pool the compensatory picks in the 5th and 6th to move back into the 4th for a Safety.

Chet Horton

I can only hope you are completely off base. I don’t mind picking a G with 19 but the 2nd round pick would have to be a LB and maybe a 1 technique with the 3rd round pick. I would rather the 1 technique come from the 4th or 5th round though.

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