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Grades for the Dallas Cowboys 2018 Draft Picks

NFL Draft: Cowboys Nail Day 2, Add Day 1 Starters on OffenseThe came into the with a number of needs, and they left with possible answers to most of them. Whether these needs were truly met or not won't really be answered until these rookies hit the field.

Until then, everyone will have their own opinions of the picks and how the Cowboys did overall in the draft.

Maybe you cheered when the Commissioner called out the pick, or maybe you screamed at the TV because the team passed on the player you wanted. Don't be embarrassed, you were not alone.

If we dive into all the selections, then you can gain a proper perspective of each pick, why they were chosen and if the selection was worth it.

Round 1 (19): LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

A good fit for the Cowboys, and it fills a major need on , but the timing of the selection is a question mark.

Leighton Vander Esch looks like he'll be a good player, and a natural fit at MIKE. However, I and some other analysts had him locked in as a second round player, bringing in the value of the pick as well as considering the other available players Dallas could have taken instead, such as receiver .

This move was necessary with the health problems of Sean Lee and the growth of but I can't help but feel that he would have still been available in the next round. It's a good player, but a questionable pick.

Grade: B+

Round 2 (50): OL Connor Williams, Texas

Undeniably the Cowboys best value pick, and possibly biggest steal. Fans of both the Longhorns and Cowboys know they go themselves a stud.

has been ranked among the top prospects in the draft for months now, with some even thinking he wouldn't be available to the Cowboys at pick 19. But such is the nature of the draft; you never know what will happen.

The only hole remaining on the offensive line was the left and it has been filled by a 6'5″, 300 lb,  Two-time All-American. Dak Prescott will stay upright, Zeke will eat and the rest of the league will soon take notice.

Grade: A+

Round 3 (81): WR Michael Gallup, Colorado State

Wide receiver became an even bigger need after the of . What Dallas needed was a player who has sticky hands, runs good routes, and is tough after the catch.

Enter, Michael Gallup.

Gallup has been a personal favorite since I first saw him play against Alabama, and then I watched his tape against Boise State and Nevada, specifically. Gallup has been a shining star on an otherwise average Colorado State team.

In just two seasons Gallup caught 176 passes, 2,690 yards and 21 touchdowns while earning 2nd-Team All-American honors. Don't be surprised if he finds a rapport with Prescott early and becomes the Cowboys new number 1 receiver.

Grade: A

Round 4 (116): DE Dorance Armstrong Jr, Kansas

At the start of 2017, some thought he would be a potential first round prospect, but his production dipped in his junior season. With that, you should take Jr.'s 2017 decline, as opposed to his successful , with a grain of salt.

In 2016, he posted 10 and 20 tackles for loss. While in 2017, he only posted 2 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. However, this is probably due to the team's change. In 2016, he was a 4-3 , but was switched to a 3-4 outside , having to stand up as opposed to having his hand in the dirt.

As a Cowboy, his hand will stay in the dirt. It's possible we'll see the player that some had expected to see last season.

Grade: B

Round 4 (137): TE Dalton Schultz, Stanford

Stanford seems to have a knack for producing quality NFL tight ends such as Coby Fleener and . became a serious need after the retirement of and Cowboy legend and future Hall of Famer, .

With , we get a very raw receiver, but with good hands. His best attribute is his blocking. Watching him, it sometimes looks like he's really an offensive tackle who can run.

Schultz is going to come in to a depleted tight end group, but could potentially become a starter early in the season. Despite Schultz not being the receiving threat that most fans wanted the Cowboys to get, he's a good fit to a team in need of his services.

Grade: A-

Round 5 (171): QB Mike White, Western Kentucky

A bit of a surprise pick, the Cowboys seemed to have found their backup in Cooper Rush last season. However, the Cowboys went with who they thought was the best player available.

The quality of the player is not in question, Mike White had a good college career with the Hilltoppers. However, with so many other holes to fill, it's hard to understand creating competition for the spot instead of filling one of the other team needs.

Hopefully the team decides to keep Mike White on the roster or on the . As a fifth round pick, he's not guaranteed a spot and I would hate to see a wasted pick. Especially if it wasn't necessary.

Grade: C+

Round 6 (193): LB Chris Covington, Indiana

After Leighton Vander Esch was drafted, there were only four linebackers locked in for a roster spot: LVE, Sean Lee, Jaylon Smith and . Depth at the position became a bigger need.

While I don't expect Covington to start, he will provide solid depth and will likely have a large role on , as many late round picks tend to do.

In a year or two, Covington could compete for a starting job but until then, expect to see him mostly in sub situations on defense and on special teams, exclusively.

Grade: B-

Round 6 (208): WR Cedrick Wilson, Boise State

After second round pick Connor Williams, was the team's next best value pick. Many expected Wilson to be gone by the , but was found three rounds later.

He had a similar career to Michael Gallup with 139 catches, 2,640 yards and 18 touchdowns in just 2 seasons. Ironically, Wilson also plays similar to Wilson in his toughness, sticky hands and solid route running.

Possibly not this year, but by next year we could be seeing Cedrick Wilson on the opposite side of the field of Michael Gallup, improving the receiving group to a level expected of the Cowboys.

Grade: A-

Round 7 (236): RB Bo Scarborough, Alabama

With the for , and his reported switch to , the Cowboys had their 3rd down back. One who could catch passes out of the backfield and add speed to the team. With the final pick, the Cowboys picked another running back anyway; A big one.

Alabama seems to be a pipeline for NFL running backs, and most of them are big, strong, bruising players who punish defenses. In Dallas, he's a luxury pick who joins a very talented backfield, led by Ezekiel Elliott.

He may only get about 5-10 carries a game, but that might be all the team needs him to do. Imagine if you're an NFL defender and you realize you'll need to try to take down Elliott for 20-25 times a game, and then have deal with his 6'2″ 235 lbs backup for 10 more.

Grade: B+

Shane Carter
Shane Carter
Lifelong Cowboys fan, who doesn’t mind telling the harsh truth. I’ve got a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Media and Communications from Texas Tech University. I welcome all opinions but I will shut down any troll.

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Saul Molina

Leighton vander esch-F. Connor williams-B+ gallup-B+ cedric wilson-C. Bo scarbrough-B. Everyone else-SMH???

Hector Espindola

White easily would have been taken at sixth or instead of a QB a S named DeShon Elliott at fifth.


LVE / easy A. His write up is loaded with positives and few negatives, almost a can’t miss impact LB. Would not have waited for him to fall.

Williams: Reach at 2nd round. Coming off a knee injury. Would have fallen, not a certainty he will win a starting job IMO. Happy to be wrong. We still need 1 more OL prospect IMO.

Gallup – would have been justified in the 2nd with his overall write up and skills. 20-yard burst and RAC. Give me Dak to Gathers for 6 catches inside, and Gallup will roll in this offense. As likely will Hurns.

Without a dominant WR on this team, the emergence of Gathers this year will be gigantic if it happens. I think he will go to camp and win the starting TE job, and then Dak will go right to him and establish him as a weapon. Think about how nobody can cover Gronkowski – that’s the model for Gathers.

Chuck Wright

Damn, we have some angry folks. LVE is a great pick.
I predict Covington the 1st drafted player cut, hated the pick, I’d have taken a 1 tech and drafted his teammate.
I’m not a huge White fan but very good value where they took him and they were dead set on 3 QBs this year.
Conner Williams a “reach”??? I can only laugh at that comment, he fell further than most realized and will be a great LG.

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