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Dallas Cowboys Rookie Class Can Make a Big Impact in 2020

It's a rare thing to have a draft class that is universally loved by both local and national analysts. Generally, people are quick to criticize a Dallas with as the central figure, but I've yet to see anyone have any issues with the way the went through the weekend.

Round by round, Jerry Jones, with Will McClay taking the lead, navigated them to incredible value picks throughout. Much like the 2016 draft class did that season, this year's crop of rookies has an opportunity to make a significant impact for the Dallas Cowboys in their first season.

In 2016, the Dallas Cowboys got incredible contributions from fourth-round pick and Rookie of the Year winner . led the NFL in rushing while accumulating 2000 total yards. Third-round pick had five . and helped the as rotational players.

Aside from the impact of your franchise quarterback, the 2020 class has a shot at doing more for the team in its rookie season than the 2016 group did.

may not be the lead wide receiver for this this season, but his ability to play in the slot and on the outside will help take this offense to another level in 2020. They were outstanding last year. If everything goes right this season, they have a chance to be the league's best.

Also, on the offensive side of the ball, Tyler Biadsz could make a run at the starting position. Though Joe Looney, the 2018 starter, figures to be at the head of the center competition, Biadsz, the Rimington Award winner and First-Team All-American, has the talent and the pedigree to take that job in training camp.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Dallas Cowboys selected two cornerbacks in and Reggie Robinson II that figure to compete for starting spots in year one. The Dallas Cowboys were intent on finding a or two that had size, length, could play press-man coverage and affect the football.

While Chidobe Awuzie, Anthony Brown, and each started games under the previous regime, and won't feel beholden to starting those guys if they think Diggs and Robinson make them better on the defensive side of the ball.

In addition to their two cornerbacks, third-round pick figures to compete for rotational snaps behind and Gerald McCoy at defensive . Gallimore is an explosive player and figures to help out in pass-rushing situations during his rookie year. If the Cowboys focus his snaps to passing situations, they'll be able to get more out of him than relying on him as a three-down in year one.

The last rookie that can make a significant impact in 2020 is fifth-round pick out of Utah. Though he didn't test well at the NFL's earlier this Spring, the Dallas Cowboys don't feel like that's reflective of who he is an athlete.

Anae was an incredibly productive player as an edge rusher for the Utes. Over his final 36 games his last three years at Utah, Anae had 27.5 sacks and 38 tackles for loss. That's elite production, and I don't care how bad your testing is. At the Combine this year, several players had questionable testing numbers, perhaps Anae succumbed to the same issues that plagued many at the Combine.

With questions surrounding the reinstatements of and , there remains a hole on the right side of the Dallas Cowboys defensive line. Even if Gregory and Smith are reinstated, I'd imagine Anae figures into the rotation on rushing downs.

The one draft pick that doesn't figure to get involved in the is seventh-round pick Ben DiNucci. A lot would have to go wrong for the rookie quarterback from James Madison University to find his way onto the field in any meaningful way. However, even if he doesn't start, he could earn a role as the third and perhaps even the second quarterback on the .

These guys have to get on the practice field to see what they've got against NFL talent before we can truly know what kind of impact they'll have in 2020 and beyond. However, on paper, this looks to be a draft class that could make a significant impact for the Dallas Cowboys. Will that impact finally help America's Team get over the hump and into the ? Only time will tell.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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I would love to know why Goodell and the nfl have not rendered a decision on Gregory and Smith’s re-instatement? Seems like a intended stall/delay tactic. what’s the hold up?

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It’s cause they play for the cowboys!! If they played for any other team they would’ve been reinstated by now!!

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