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Monday Morning Mock Draft: Cowboys Replace WR Amari Cooper

As is the case for most teams, the way the roster evolves due to greatly affects their drafting approach each year. The are no exception, especially given the recent news that they will be moving on from star Amari Cooper.

Wide receiver was already seen as an area of need for Dallas, but considering Cooper's departure and 's , drafting one still makes sense for . Another area that needs addressing will be the , and luckily for the Cowboys, there are plenty of elite prospects to be had. It's also important to make sure Jayron Kearse stays on the team, and maybe another measure is added in the middle or late rounds.

Taking all of that into consideration, let's look at a plausible scenario for the Cowboys following this past week's .

Round 1, Pick 24 – Perrion Winfrey, DL, Oklahoma

The Cowboys need help along with their defensive line's interior and adding would give them a versatile player who fits just about any scheme. That versatility isn't all hype either, he turned it into production on the field. He amassed five and a half last year and tacked on 11 tackles for a loss, displaying an ability to consistently penetrate an offensive backfield.

Funny enough, Winfrey's bravado was evident at the Combine. When he was asked about what he felt would be his best NFL fit schematically, he didn't mince words.

Winfrey already sounds like a Cowboy with that confidence. At six-foot-four and 290 pounds, Winfrey is a physical specimen who has a decent arm span of 35 and a quarter inches. Even though his 40-time was 4.89 seconds, his speed on film more than makes up for that.

While his abilities as a pass rusher are what you would call “raw,” the upside is there, especially once the Cowboys can settle him into a particular role. As it stands, Winfrey can play inside or as an end, but as he said so himself, Winfrey feels the 3-technique is his strong suite. Regardless, the Cowboys could do themselves a favor by giving an impressive prospect such as Winfrey to mold into a -caliber lineman.

Round 2, Pick 56 – Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan

The Cowboys need speed, and that's exactly what they'll be getting with Moore. The Western Michigan standout had one of the most impressive combine outings in the wide receiver class. A 40-yard dash time of 4.41 combined with a vertical jump of 34.5 inches was topped by having the biggest hands at the event with a 10 and a quarter inch measurement.

The Cowboys would not only be getting speed and impressive separation with Moore, but those hands of his make Moore a reliable option down the field as he only had six career drops in college. He's not what you would call a prototypical “burner.” Rather, the Cowboys would make the most of Moore's abilities by putting him in one-on-one situations where he'll fight and create separation, leading to gains in bunches.

Considering he'd be a second-round choice, Moore would fit nicely as a second, preferably third, option with the Cowboys. If Dallas wants to make the most of his big play ability, they can put him outside wide and allow him to use his speed and agility to go up and get those tough contested catches.

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Cowboys fan

Perrion Winfrey in the 1st round?? Really?? This guy is decent, but he’ll be lucky if he’s taken in the 2nd round!! There’s no way he’s taken in the 1st round! And if I’m taking a receiver in the 2nd round I’d much rather pick Jalen Tolbert, especially if we’re gonna lose Amari Cooper! But if I done a mock draft it’ll look a little like this
R1. G. Kenyon Green/Zion Johnson.. One of them will be there at 24!
R2. DT. Travis Jones! We don’t need another 3 tech DT, we have Osa, Gallimore, Hill, and whoever else at 3 tech already! We need a 1 tech/nose tackle, a good run stopper/lane clo

Rodrigo Mendoza

I think we should go after Zyon McCollum. He turned some heads during the combine and he is perfect in DQ’s system.

Vic G

DeMarvin Leal is a 3-tech which has depth with Gallimore and Osi. We need a NT, Edge, or LB. Jordan Davis, Devin Lloyd, Jermaine Johnson, or George Karlaftis should be available at 24!

gary b

Sorry but I’m not on board with this projected draft. I haven’t seen Winfrey in the 1st round in any mock draft boards. I also don’t think we go WR in the 2nd round, unless things go wacky with our WR situation.

For me DT J Davis if he miraculously falls to 24. Or his teammate DT Wyatt is getting alot of buzz. Agree with cowboyfan T Jones looks like a stud.

But I think OL is the priority, with DL and LB a big need as well. The draft is deep at these positions, so they should be able to get a couple of good players in the 1st and 2nd round.

Guadalupe Chavarria Jr

I’d prefer DT Travis Jones 6-4 325 UConn 4.92


I’m a Sooners fan. Perrion Winfrey is not worth a 1st rounder. And, like has been pointed out by the others, we have plenty of 3-techs.

Could Winfrey play the 1-tech? Possibly. He’s 6’4″, 303lbs. A bit light for 1-tech…right now. He could get bigger. But, it doesn’t play to his strengths and would highlight his weaknesses. He’s a penetrator with a relentless motor. He’s terrible at holding ground. That’s the exact type of DL we already have too many of.

Robert Smith

I did a 5 round(before Cooper trade)
1- 24..Kenyon Green OG
2- 56 Travis Jones NT
3-88 Alec Pierce WR
4- 128 Troy Anderson ILB
5- 148? Nick Cross FS
5- 176? Jelani Woods TE

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