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Matt Miller’s Latest 2020 7-round Mock Draft a Puzzling one for Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys go heavy on defense and Matt Miller’s latest mock draft.

The Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory over the San Francisco 49ers not only capped off the 2019-2020 NFL season, but it also set the draft order for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. With the draft order now set Draft Analyst Matt Miller released a full seven-round mock draft with all 255 picks, including projected compensatory ones. As far as the Dallas Cowboys are concerned, it’s a puzzling one.

Matt Miller’s 7-round Picks for the Dallas Cowboys

Round 1, Pick 17 – C. J. Henderson, CB, Florida

Round 2, Pick 51 – James Lynch, DL, Baylor

Round 3, Pick 82 – Van Jefferson, WR, Florida

Round 4, Pick 120 – Jason Strowbridge, EDGE, North Carolina

Round 5, Pick 165 – Geno Stone, S, Iowa

*Round 5, Pick 180 – Debione Renfro, S, Texas A&M

Round 7, Pick 232 – Reggie Robinson II, S, Tulsa

* denotes potential compensatory pick

Analysis

I can personally get on board with Matt Miller’s first four picks for the Dallas Cowboys. C. J. Henderson fills a need at CB with Byron Jones and Anthony Brown both potentially leaving via free agency. James Lynch is an underrated pass rusher who has the versatility to play up and down the defensive line in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. Van Jefferson is one of the best route runners in this year’s draft class and can immediately help replace Randall Cobb’s production if not retained. And, Jason Strowbridge is one of the more technically sound EDGE rushers and has the ability to kick inside as well. All of those selections make sense, but the last three are head scratchers.

Geno Stone, Debione Renfro, and Reggie Robinson are all safety prospects I’m honestly not all that too familiar with. Regardless, it seems a bit excessive to invest the Dallas Cowboys last three draft picks on the safety position. Renfro at least makes a little sense considering his connection to Maurice Linquist, the Cowboys new secondary coach. Butstill, why three? The only thing I can think of is he’s throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks. It’s either that or he simply wasn’t paying attention to what he was doing. I think it’s the latter because Reggie Robinson was a CB at Tulsa.

I think I’d have to give Matt Miller’s selections for the Dallas Cowboys in this particular seven-round mock draft an incomplete grade. Like I said, I can get on the board with his first four picks, but after that I’m puzzled with what he was trying to accomplish.

Do you like Matt Miller’s 7-round mock draft for the Dallas Cowboys?

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 don’t know if TE is a “need”. It really depends on what the new coaching staff thinks of Blake Jarwin. I’d personally love to see them upgrade the position, but I don’t know if they will.

  1. I’d say you’ve got to take at least two safeties.

    Reason being is special teams as well as a potential starter. This team needs to overhaul its guys willing to make plays on special teams

    • I don’t think they need to spend two draft picks on safeties though. They can find undrafted free agents who can help out on special teams.

    • There’s no way of really knowing whether or not Strowbridge will be there in the third for the Cowboys right now. It’s still way too early in the process to accurately predict that. But you’re right. His draft stock seems to be rising.

  2. Have to agree with over loading S but one sounds like he can be S/CB.

    I’d have nabbed one of the top Kicker’s late, oddly the top 2 both from the Peach State.

    • I think if the Cowboys double dip at any position in the draft it probably won’t be at safety. It’s just not a position highly valued in the NFL anymore. And I’m right there with you on grabbing a kicker late. I think that’s more important than a depth player who may not even make the roster.

  3. Yeah, I agree. I don’t think Henderson would be my top choice at 17 but I don’t think it would be a bad choice and I really like the Van Jefferson pick. After that, not real sure about the rest.

    • I personally wouldn’t be upset with the Henderson pick, but there are other players I prefer over him at 17. I also really like the Van Jefferson pick.

  4. I read through the full mock, and this is eBay I would’ve done differently:
    17) Grant Delpit S LSU- playmaking S we’ve been missing for a number of years. Ballhawk that our secondary needs.
    51) Trevon Diggs CB BAMA- Byron Jones replacement. Excellent size and ball skills, still learning some of the nuances of the corner position, but only going to improve with coaching.
    82) Denzel Mims WR Baylor – excellent catch radius and quickness for an outside receiver. Would be an amazing compliment to Cooper (if signed long term or tagged) and Gallup. Would slow Cooper to play more in the slot in 3 WR sets.
    120) Jason Strowbridge Edge UNC – after Young and Chaisson, every other edge in this class in basically a project. Strowbridge is a bit of a tweener and can play strong side DE, and possibly some 5 technique in odd fronts. Good developmental edge that showed at during senior bowl week.
    165) Shaquille Quarterman LB Miami – here’s our sam linebacker and some insurance in case LVE doesn’t come back 100%. I would like to sign AJ Klein in free agency as added insurance, as he’s productive and shouldn’t be too expensive with his age. Also some familiarity with Mike Nolan from his time with the Saints.
    180) Devon Hamilton DT Ohio State – here’s our big bodied 1 technique for Tomsula’s scheme. He was basically the space eater at Ohio State while Chase Young wreaked havoc, and Bosa the year before. I think he’s got good potential and made plays for their defense that didn’t necessarily show up on the stat sheet.
    232) Tyler Bass K Georgia Southern – I think he’s just as good as Blankenship, maybe a little better. I’m tired of playing kicker roulette and this guy should solve our kicking problems for years to come.

    I’m banking on the Boys bringing back Cobb, Cooper, Quinn and Dak in this scenario, but losing Byron. I’d throw the money at Hunter Henry to play alongside Jarwin, and also sign another DT in free agency to round out our line. Really hate I didn’t get an offensive tackle in this draft as their are a bunch I like in the first 2 rounds.

    • I’ve mocked a lot of these players for the Dallas Cowboys as well. I think this would be a great draft.

      I also like the players you are hoping the Cowboys bring back, with the exception of maybe Randall Cobb. I think he’s a progress stopper if they draft Denzel Mims or any other starting caliber WR. I think the money it would take to bring him back could be spent somewhere else.

      And, I think the Chargers are planning on tagging Hunter Henry.

      • I really like Adam Trautman out of Dayton, but I believe he’ll jump into the early 3rd round after his performance at the Senior Bowl and how well he tests at the combine. I feel like he could wind up being the most complete tight end from this weaker class. Just couldn’t take him over Mims. If we decide to wait until a later round to her a wide receiver, I’d be interested in Pittman Jr and Quintez Cephus. I think Cephus is a sleeper as he had poor QB play and a run first offense to contend with. Reminds me a lot of Gallup. Pittman Jr has great hands and could be our red zone threat, even if he doesn’t have blazing speed.

        • Zach, me and you are going to be good friends. Your mentioning all of the players I would love the Dallas Cowboys to draft. Trautman is my favorite TE in the entire draft class. Cephus is my “pet cat” WR and I’m right there with you with on the Michael Gallup comparison. I’ve said the same exact thing numerous times already. I’m not as high on Pittman, but I understand the intrigue there.

          • What are you thinking for your preferred draft strategy this year? This class seems deep at wide receiver and corner of course. Personally if we’re going to go secondary in the first as Miller did above, I’d love to see a small trade down to potentially acquire another mid round pick. A 3rd or 4th would be huge in regards to addressing wide receiver or a defensive tackle. I would love to revisit a mock draft like this after the combine and we see some SPARQ numbers on these guys.

          • I really don’t have a draft strategy right now and don’t know if I will until the actual day of, if ever. There are just way too many things that need to be addressed before then. Free agency will obviously have a big impact on the draft strategy and then there’s also the new coaching regime to consider. They may value an entirely different position over what the previous regime did. Personally, I wouldn’t mind them standing pat at 17 and drafting the best available player or trading down a few spots and adding more draft capital.

  5. They a few holes to plug. I figure they will go S in the 1st. since that has been an area of need for the past 2 or 3 seasons if not longer. DL is good in the 2d. since Trysten Hill has shown very little potential, CB would be good in the 3d., because I think Byron Jones will sign elsewhere or maybe a LB just in case Sean Lee decides to call it a career. They could look at another QB to give Prescott some competition because I don’t see Cooper Rush returning either unless the market for him isn’t there then he may return, and then again is Rush good enough to take over if Prescott gets hurt? I doubt it. It would be great to have Robert Quinn come back, but again I don’t see that happening

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