After months of anticipation and buildup, the 2019 NFL Draft is finally upon us! Yes, the Dallas Cowboys are without a first-round draft pick due to the Amari Cooper trade, but in my opinion this just makes this years draft that much more exciting. I don’t know about you, but I’m already on the edge of my seat waiting to find out which prospects will still be on the board for the Cowboys at 58 in the second-round.
If the Dallas Cowboys absolutely had to be without a first-round draft pick, this is probably the best year to not have one. The 2019 draft class is pretty deep at several positions the Cowboys could be targeting. They should be able to come away with some talented players who can come in and improve the roster as rookies. There may not be very many starting jobs up for grabs, but make no mistake, these incoming rookies are the future of the organization.
But enough of beating around the bush, let’s get to my final Dallas Cowboys 7-round mock draft…
R2/26 – DAL: Trysten Hill, DT, UCF
I have a sneaky suspicion the safeties the Dallas Cowboys could be targeting at 58 will be wiped out, which could put them in no man’s land in regards to the positions they could be targeting. Trysten Hill may be a little bit of a reach here, but I doubt he makes it to 90. He is the athletic, disruptive DT Rod Marinelli covets in his defensive front. He has the versatility to play the 1 or 3-technique and should push Maliek Collins for playing time as a rookie.
R3/26 – DAL: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
Mecole Hardman has the potential to be the versatile weapon the Dallas Cowboys are currently missing on the roster. He can be a deep threat, “gadget” player, return specialist, emergency CB, and a key member on special teams. He’s still a little raw as a WR prospect, but has the makings to become something great and would provide a really a good insurance policy if Randall Cobb continues to struggle remaining healthy. I believe he will develop into a Tyreek Hill type of offensive weapon in the NFL in a year or two.
R4/26 – DAL: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
Ideally either Jace Sternberger or Dawson Knox falls to the Cowboys here with the first of their fourth-round picks, but Kahale Warring is the next best thing. He is still a little raw, but has the strength and athletic ability to be a future starting tight end in the NFL after a little seasoning. Playing behind one of the best TEs to ever play the game in Jason Witten could be exactly what Warring needs to put his development on the fast track.
R4/34 – DAL: Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
The Dallas Cowboys have been pretty forthcoming about adding a “starting caliber” RB behind Ezekiel Elliott, and Alexander Mattison fits the criteria. He is a crafty runner who runs with good vision and patience, which allows his blocks to set up. He is a big, physical back with only average straight-line speed, but his tenacious mentality as a runner wears down defenses and reminds me a little bit of Marion “The Barbarian” Barber. He has every-down back potential and would make a really good RB2 behind Zeke.
R5/27 – DAL: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
The Cowboys may have missed out on one of the most athletically gifted safeties in the draft at 58 in Juan Thornhill, but Sheldrick Redwine is a nice consolation prize. He had the second best SPARQ score amongst all safeties this year behind only Thornhill and surprisingly has the same type of skill set and versatility. His background at CB shows up in coverage, but he needs to become a much more reliable tackler and take better angles in the running game before he can be relied upon. He has starting potential though after little a more seasoning.
R7/27 – DAL: Cole Holcomb, LB, UNC
I wanted to give Kris Richard a new tall, lengthy CB here in Chris Westry or Derrick Baity, but I think the Cowboys can get one of the two as an undrafted free agent. Cole Holcomb on the other hand wouldn’t go undrafted in my opinion, hence his selection here. He is an instinctive and athletically gifted linebacker who played all three LB positions in UNC’s 4-3 defensive scheme. He has starting potential, but would be a depth and special teams contributor as a rookie.