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Draft Network’s Mock Madness 2.0: Dallas Cowboys Edition

Who did Draft Network’s staff draft for the Cowboys in the first two rounds?

Draft Network’s eight staffers started a March Madness bracket-style challenge earlier this week and appropriately named it Mock Madness. Each staffer predicted the first-round to be voted on with the winners moving on to the next round. Which of the eight has made it to the final four and who have they drafted for the Dallas Cowboys?

TDN staffers Trevor Sikkema, Joe Marino, Jordan Reid, and Kyle Crabbs advanced to the final four and have to predict the second-round of the 2020 NFL Draft to be voted on in the hopes of making it into their Mock Madness Championship. Let’s take a look at who they selected for the Dallas Cowboys in the first two rounds…

Trevor Sikkema

Round 1, Pick 13 – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

TRADE: Cowboys trade Picks 17 and 82 for 49ers Pick 13

Round 2, Pick 51 – Antoine Winfield Jr., S, Minnesota

My take:

The additions of C.J. Henderson and Antoine Winfield would without a doubt upgrade the Dallas Cowboys secondary, but in order to move up for Henderson Trevor Sikkema had to give up the Cowboys third-round draft pick. To me, that’s a big price to pay because I believe another starter could have been added in the third.

Joe Marino

Round 1, Pick 17 – Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

Round 2, Pick 51 – Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin

My take:

I originally wasn’t very happy with Joe Marino for selecting Kristian Fulton for the Dallas Cowboys in the first-round, but that was before he added Zack Baun to the mix in the second. I personally would of flip-flopped these picks, but regardless this would be an outstanding haul for the Cowboys. Fulton would be an upgrade at CB and Baun would help upgrade both DE and LB.

Jordan Reid

Round 1, Pick 17 – K’Lavon Chaisson

Round 2, Pick 51 – Ashtyn Davis, S, California

My take:

Safety and defensive end are definitely positions the Dallas Cowboys need to upgrade, so Chaisson and Davis both makes sense. I personally might’ve gone a different direction, but I think the Cowboys would be happy if this is the way the first two picks in the 2020 NFL Draft turned out. The problem I have with it though, are they Day 1 starters or merely depth as rookies?

Kyle Crabbs

Round 1, Pick 17 – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

Round 1, Pick 51 – Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State

My take:

Cesar Ruiz is little bit of a reach at 17 in my opinion, but he would more than likely be a plug-and-play player for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie. Cameron Dantzler is one of my “pet cats” and someone I believe could challenge for starting role as a rookie. Both make sense, but this is probably my least favorite of the four.

Who do you want the Dallas Cowboys to draft in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft?

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Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

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  1. I dont think they will draft a C in the first round. I think they will draft one of these positions a CB, WR or a S in the first round at #17.

    • Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if they drafted a center in the first-round in a trade down scenario. I know they have Joe Looney and Connor McGovern to compete to be Travis Frederick’s replacement, but they can’t have a whole lot of confidence in either. Looney was serviceable when he replaced Frederick in 2018 and McGovern is an unknown right now. I also would be surprised if they drafted a safety in the first. They just don’t value that position.

      • I’m not sold on Chaisson. I wouldn’t take him. I like Henderson, Lamb or Kinlaw if they fall to 17. Otherwise trade down, gain picks and get WR, DB or edge with extra pick/picks. With 2nd round pick I like Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz.

        • I’m not either and I can say the same for Henderson and Kinlaw as well. I think the Cowboys are going to explore all their options, including trading down. I think Biadasz is a little early in the 2nd, but I’d be on board around or two later.

    • If Kinlaw or Chaisson lands at 17, they are getting one of them. Same thing with Top 3 WRs. If they land by chance, take it. 40 Burgers galore! CB will be choice if the other ones are gone. Defense mostly.

      • I’m not sure about Kinlaw. Without the medical re-checks, his knee tendinitis made be too big of a risk for the Cowboys in the first-round. And I’m all for one of the top 3 WRs at 17.

  2. Terrible. Glad you guys aren’t GMs or real team scouts. You don’t draft for need! BPA, then get CBS. Too much value on Cornerbacks! We just need dependable guys. Get Edge,WRs! When all those guys on Def. Show up, it will be crazy! A.Smith & R.Gregory. Just wait…

    • I’m surprisingly optimistic about Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory have been a pretty big impact for the Cowboys defense. There’s a lot of risk involved, but they very well could be game changers.

  3. If the Cowboys don’t draft a corner at 17, then they will be forced to draft one at 51. I think there will be a run on CBs between 15-50. Henderson, Fulton, Diggs, Terrell, Gladney, J Johnson, Igbinoghene, and Dantzler could all be gone before 51. If they don’t get one of those starting quality corners then you have a huge hole. With no No 1 corners left in free agency that would be a big mistake.

    • I really think there’s going to be a starting caliber CB still on the board at 51 for the Cowboys. But, I wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t prepared to go with Awuzie, Brown, and Lewis as their starters in 2020. Ideally, I think they try to trade back in the 1st and then take a CB.

  4. I think they’ll go with best player at these positions
    CB, S, DE or They’ll go WR if one of the first three ruggs, lamb, jeudy are still there at 17. CeeDee deadly in space, jeudy has routes, Ruggs fast and didn’t drop a pass.

  5. I know historically this team hasn’t valued the safety position, but look at the depth chart. XWoods hasn’t lived up to the hype that the team has unfairly given him (he slipped to the 6th rd for a reason). HaHa is an old fave of mine but he’s never been a difference maker and has 1 pro bowl to his name which was many years ago. One injury and your looking at Thompson or Wilson as a starter… that’s a scary scenario. I’d draft Xavier McKinney at 17 and go EDGE/CB at 51. Hopefully Arnette/Dantzler are still there.

    • I think they should take Henderson, Kinlaw or Lamb at 17, if they are there. If not trade back and pick up the BPA. I think their biggest needs are for S, CB, WR, C, D-line and if they can get 4 picks in the first 3 rounds, they should be able to get good value for their needs.

      • It’s a no for me on the Cowboys drafting Kinlaw at 17. His lack of production and knee tendinitis is an unnecessary risk to take in my opinion, especially with no medical rechecks and private workouts.

    • I think you’re really undervaluing Xavier Woods. I think he’s playing a lot better than your giving him credit for. But you’re right, the depth isn’t that great. That doesn’t mean the Cowboys need to draft a safety in the first-round though. McKinney could very well be in play at 17, but they really haven’t shown interest in him (that we know of) as of yet.

      • You do know that Xavier Woods is getting ready to play in the last year of his contract don’t you!? That’s why a lot of people including me think safety is the biggest need for us!! And your mistaken the old coaching staff with the new one!! The old coaching staff didn’t value the safety position, the new coaching staff is totally different!! And another thing is that these first two rounds in these mock drafts are terrible…. I don’t like any of them!! I really hope we don’t pick any of these guys in the draft…. I’ll be really disappointed if we do!!

        • Yes, Woods is entering the last year of his contract but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Cowboys try to extend him before the season is over. I’m not saying safety isn’t a “need”. I just don’t think they try to upgrade the position in the first-round.

  6. You can forget wr with the 1st or 2nd pick. We got 2 starters. The slot is usually the 3rd or 4th option in offense. A lot of those picks in 2nd round won’t be there and not realistic especially when they have 1st round grades and we’re picking at 50. First 2 picks should be a combination of de, cb, c, dt or safety. And if a good offer to drop down in 1st we can still pick some great talent to fill needs.

    • You may want to rule out WR in the first couple of rounds for the Dallas Cowboys, but I doubt they are doing the same. I think the only two positions we can scratch off the list in the first two rounds is QB and RB. Other than that, I think everything is in play.

    • Only disagreement is if I remember right our slot receiver caught 55 passes , if a rookie caught that many it would be pretty good to me

      • I completely agree. I think that’s justifies drafting one of the Top 3 WRs in the first-round if they’re still available.

  7. If you really look at what the team has already addressed so far you can see things from a better view. I think picking the BPA might be the best option in the first round you really can’t lose aside from players with bad injury history. Pick the best available option or trade back and pick up an extra pick. Last year our best pick so far came from the fourth round.

    • I agree. The Cowboys have done a pretty good job addressing their “needs” in free agency already. That should give them the freedom to draft as they please. And, I’m right there with you when it comes to drafting players with any kind of injury concerns. This is not the year to take chances on those types of prospects.

    • No, I wouldn’t. I think there will be better players there, plus the Dallas Cowboys extended Blake Jarwin to be the starting TE.

  8. I prefer to trade back instead of trading up. In my mock. I traded with Minnesota for there 25th pick and get there 3rd 25th pick in exchange.

    1:25 CB Travon Diggs
    2:19 DT Justin Madubuike
    3:18 WR Devin Duvernay
    3:25 (acquired from Minnesota) S Ashtyn Davis

    If CJ Henderson, Kinlaw, Jeudy or Lam make it to 17 then I take one of them. If none are there then I’m looking to trade back 5-8 picks back and packing up additional 3rd.

    • I’m not the biggest fan of Diggs and would probably go a different direction there. Maybe Jeff Gladney or AJ Terrell? I love the Madubuike pick and I think taking Duvernay in the third is a little early. I’d probably go Bryan Edwards or Van Jefferson there. I think Ashtyn Davis gets drafted much earlier, but give me Kenny Robinson there instead. Huge fan of his.

  9. There is no way we are taking a center in the 1st. Fulton and Braun is more like it. We need to come away with 2 starters from this draft and a couple of rotation players. I’m nt a fan of giving up my 82nd pick but if the want Henderson that bad than go get him.

    • I wouldn’t completely rule out the Cowboys drafting another first-round offensive lineman. They do need someone to take over for Travis Frederick and a new swing tackle who can hopefully take over for Tyron Smith in a year or two. Depending on how the first-round goes, the best player on the board could very well be one of those top OL.

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