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Draft Network’s Mock Madness: Dallas Cowboys Edition

Who did Draft Network’s staff selected for the Dallas Cowboys?

The Draft Network’s eight staffers must’ve missed not being able to fill out their March Madness brackets, because they currently have a Mock Madness challenge going on. Each staffer released a first-round mock draft as part of a bracket-style matchup. Then the mock drafts will be voted on and the winner moves on.

Now, I don’t really care anything about TDN’s Mock Madness bracket-style challenge, but I do find it interesting who each one of their staffers selected for the Dallas Cowboys. There were of course some obvious selections, but there were a few surprises as well. Let’s take a look at which prospects they believe the Dallas Cowboys could draft in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Jordan Reid – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

“The Cowboys still have a need off the edge. Adding an explosive option in Chaisson helps ease those concerns.”

My take:

I’m personally not the biggest K’Lavon Chaisson fan, but he does make sense for the Dallas Cowboys at 17. They currently don’t have anyone to start opposite DeMarcus Lawrence who played an entire season in 2019 – Tyrone Crawford (hip injury/surgery), Randy Gregory (suspended), Aldon Smith (suspended) – which makes Chaisson a viable insurance policy.

Kyle Crabbs – Cesar Ruiz, C, Michigan

“The Dallas Cowboys were hit hard by the retirement of Travis Frederick. Cesar Ruiz is head and shoulders the best center prospect in 2020.”

My take:

Cesar Ruiz definitely makes a lot of sense after Travis Frederick’s unexpected retirement, but taking him at 17 is a bit of a reach in my opinion. I have no problem with the pick, but I’d prefer it in a trade down scenario, much like they did when they drafted Frederick in 2013.

Drae Harris – Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

“The Dallas Cowboys pick up a dominant presence in the middle of their defense.”

My take:

If I’m being completely honest, I’d be really disappointed if the Dallas Cowboys drafted Javon Kinlaw at 17. His lack of production and knee tendinitis are pretty big concerns for me, which is why I’d prefer them to go a different direction here.

Joe Marino -Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU

“A savvy cornerback like Kristian Fulton will make life tough on the young quarterbacks in the NFC East.”

My take:

The Dallas Cowboys may disagree, but I don’t think Kristian Fulton is a Top 5 CB in this year’s draft class. As such, I think it’s too early to take him at 17.

Rob Judin – Jeff Gladney, CB, TCU

“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” – Michael Scott

My take:

Pound for pound, Jeff Gladney is one of the best CBs in the 2020 draft class. He is a little undersized and may be a slight reach at 17, but I’d have no problem with him being the Dallas Cowboys pick at 17.

Carter Donnick – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

“C.J. Henderson and his fluid coverage ability can help mask the loss of top cornerback Byron Jones.”

My take:

C.J. Henderson is probably a no-brainer for the Dallas Cowboys if he makes it to 17. The only question is…does he slide that far?

Benjamin Solak – K’Lavon Chaisson, EDGE, LSU

“The Dallas Cowboys don’t have much pass-rush juice besides DeMarcus Lawrence, who had a quieter season than they had hoped for a big-money rusher. K’Lavon Chaisson is a high-upside and should be a great fit in a 3-4 defense.”

My take:

Solak mentions Chaisson “should be a great fit in a 3-4 defense”, but unless I missed something I think the Cowboys plan on sticking to the 4-3 for the most part. Mike Nolan’s scheme is expected to be a hybrid 3-4/4-3, which means Chaisson should still be a good fit regardless.

Trevor Sikkema – C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Trade: Dallas Cowboys trade 17-overall and third-round picks for San Francisco 49ers’ 13th overall selection

My take:

I really like C.J. Henderson and think he would be an excellent fit with the Dallas Cowboys, but I don’t think I’d be willing to sacrifice a third-round pick to move up and get him.

Who do you want the Dallas Cowboys to draft in the first-round?

What do you think?

Brian Martin

Written by Brian Martin

Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.


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    • I pretty much agree. I have pretty BIG concerns about Kinlaw’s knee tendinitis, so I think that’s a unnecessary risk to take it 17. I’d also prefer to trade down and pick up Fulton and Gladney. But that’s just my opinion for for whatever it’s worth.

  1. C.J. Henderson for me, or trade back. Chaisson may have potential, but I’d rather take someone like Okwara in the 2nd or Alton Robinson in the 4th. Plenty of defensive tackles with a 2nd-4th round grade on them, so I don’t see us going with Kinlaw in the first, even if he did make it to our pick.

    • Zach, I’m right there with you about Chaisson. I think Okwara is very similar to Chaisson and should be there at 51 for the Cowboys. I also don’t think the Cowboys will go DT in the first unless Derrick Brown somehow slides to 17.

  2. The Cowboys HAVE TO DRAFT “C.J. Henderson” if He’s Available at #17…even TRADE UP for Him; He can SOLIDIFY the Cowboys’ Cornerback Position AND the Secondary.

    • I’m all for drafting CJ Henderson, but I don’t think I’d trade up for him. That would mean giving up at least Pick 82, which means the Cowboys would probably be forfeiting another starter.

  3. Assuming Lamb (WR OU) is gone, then focus on best available on defense (regardless of position….S,CB,LB,DT,DE) as depth and competition are much needed.

    • Personally, I take any of the Top 3 WRs if I were the Cowboys. But you’re right, I think just about any position is in play.

  4. Henderson is a good CB but also has his flaws. No way I’d trade up for him. I’d actually prefer a CB in the 2nd, slot in 3rd (Duvernay, Hamler) and Robinson in 4th. If we were able to trade back, we could get a choice of many highly rated CBs and then take Okwara in the 2nd and possibly Claypool as a hybrid TE in the late 2nd/3rd. Too many good players and too many holes to be giving away picks for anyone in this draft not named Simmons, Tua or Burrow

    • I believe we are both on the same page. You’ll have to keep an eye out later this week for my mock draft. I personally think it’s as near to perfect for the Dallas Cowboys as possible. I’m sure there will be plenty of people who disagree though.

    • He could very well be the Cowboys pick at 17… If he’s still on the board. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s drafted earlier though.

  5. There’s not one option on this list that I would take at pick 17!!the closest one would be Cj Henderson, but he was projected to go in the 2nd and 3rd round before the combine for a reason!! The combine made him look better than what he really is…. I know the combine is supposed to raise the players draft stock, but like I said, he was projected for the 2nd and 3rd round before the combine for a reason!! If it were my choice I’d pick Xavier Mckinney in the 1st round at 17, or trade back a few spots to gain an extra pick and still take Xavier Mckinney!! Obviously Xavier Mckinney is the only player I really want us to take in the 1st round!!

    • I don’t really see the Cowboys drafting a safety in the first-round. They just don’t seem to value the safety position very much.

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