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NFL Analyst Rob Rang Gives Cowboys an “A” Draft Grade

The used all 10 of their draft picks in the 2018 in some way or another. They decided to stand pat with their selections, with the exception of trading for , and came away with some pretty good players.

They were able to not only address several positions of need, but were also able to add some quality depth in some key areas. All in all, I believe they had a successful draft and I look forward to seeing how these incoming rookies perform in the future.

Of course, I'm not the only one who liked what the Dallas Cowboys did in the . NFL Draft Analyst and Sportswriter, Rob Rang was also impressed with the class. Here is what he had to say about the Cowboys incoming rookies:

“No one is a bigger winner in the 2018 NFL Draft than the Dallas Cowboys, who did a fantastic job of hosting the event while simultaneously adding quality talent to fill key positions of need each day. Dallas thrilled the hometown fans with the selection of Boise State at No. 19, an ascending prospect with the instincts, athleticism and perhaps most important, durability. Dallas lacked the latter at that position and saw only flashes from and even star . It then reinforced the strength of the team – the – with falling local prospect who could prove to be a Pro Bowler at left and addressed the need for pass-catchers with nationally underrated receivers and in the third and sixth rounds, respectively. Dalton Schulz won't have anyone forgetting about Jason Witten anytime soon, but he is a quality prospect who should be able to at least fortify the position. Similarly, Dallas found quality backup options at , and to their current stars in Jr., Mike White and Bo Scarbrough, respectively.”

The Dallas Cowboys were only one of three teams Rob Rang gave an “A” to in the . The other two teams were the and . You can check out the other he gave to the rest of the NFC as well the AFC here.

And, in case you are wondering, here is the Draft Grades Rob Rang gave to the rest of the division:

: B+

: C

: B-

Now, I completely understand that it's way too early to grade the draft class for each team right now, but it has to be somewhat reassuring to Cowboys Nation that someone as well respected as Rob Rang likes the players the Dallas Cowboys selected in the 2018 NFL Draft. Personally, I don't know if I would have awarded them with that high of a grade.

I'm still a little skeptical of the Leighton Vander Esch selection, but I feel much more better about it now than I did after Day 1 of the draft. I just don't know where the Cowboys plan on playing him. I'm not quite sure if he's ready to start right away, but he does provide valuable insurance moving forward. But, I did like the other draft picks.

I also think the Cowboys missed out on drafting a and defensive . I thought those were two positions in particular that needed to be addressed and wasn't. Hopefully, it doesn't come back to haunt them this season.

What Draft Grade would you give the Dallas Cowboys?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
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Chuck Wright

Dallas came into this draft looking for a starting LG, a LB to replace Sean Lee, a WR to come in and take over as WR1, they need an Edge, a change of pace RB, a 1 tech and a S. Actually they needed 2 LBs and they wanted a draft QB not a veteran to be QB 3.

They hit on everyone of their needs but S and they did it by (for the most part) taking players with higher draft grades than where they were selected.

you can argue LVE is a reach (though not a big reach) but you can’t argue his talent

Conner Williams at 50 and Gallup at 81, home runs.

Tavon Austin as a change of pace guy for a 6th and Cedric Wilson as a 6th? big wins to me.

White was good value though I don’t think he fits the offense since he’s a statue, still excellent value.

Like Schultz as a TE.

Now JG says Ward can play 1, we shall see. I’d have taken Poona Ford over either Covenington or Scarbrough but Will Clay and Chris Hall have earned trust.

We’ll see in 3-5 years if the A grade is merited but Dallas cleaned up.


Solid A- from me. I would’ve offered a 4th and a conditional pick that could go as high as a 2nd if we reach the Super Bowl for ET, but who’s to say that would’ve gotten it done


It was reported Seattle wanted our 2nd round pick. Dallas offered them our 3rd. Seattle didn’t call back. Now that the draft has unfolded, I have a hard time not having Connor Williams as our 2nd round pick…so sit down ET. I really don’t like any thing about Seattle, the deal /money involved, and the questions about resigning him in a year.


LVE will thrive as a Mike in this Tampa 2 style defense. By mid season he will have made enough “wow” plays that any remaining doubt will cease. This will allow Smith to slide over to SAM where he can rush the passer more often. (Something he excelled at in college). Xavier woods has the centerfield player you covet capabilities. Hopefully his college traits translates over smoothly. I like his chances too be productive with a few hick ups along the way. Jordan Lewis moving down into the slot position should have Kris Richard salivating. I think he’s a lock down slot defender for many years. Chidobe showed signs and the kind of promise that should makes us as cowboys fans excited! This secondary is going to be so frickin fast its going to be a joy to watch!

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