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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft

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Pre-Playoff 7-Round Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
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Yes, it’s already that time of year. Now that the off-season has officially started for the majority of teams around the NFL, it’s time to start getting into draft talk. That is why today I will share with you a pre-playoff 7-round Dallas Cowboys mock draft.

If I’m being truthful, I started looking at potential draft prospects for the Dallas Cowboys when the Ezekiel Elliott suspension started. I knew it would be hard for the Cowboys to make the playoffs without their best player, but I still held out hope anyway.

It did, however, allow me to get a jump-start with my scouting.

Now, it’s still way too early in the process to know exactly what the Cowboys’ draft needs are since free agency hasn’t started yet, but we can still guesstimate based on the holes that need to be filled. It’s also a little bit difficult to know where some of these players will fall in the draft because their stock will rise and fall these next several months.

For this Cowboys mock draft I used the Fanspeak simulator and Matt Miller’s big board. So, if you don’t agree with where some of these players were selected, you can take it up with him.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Round 1 (19th overall)

WR Courtland Sutton, SMU

Courtland Sutton

SMU WR Courtland Sutton

Selecting 19th overall kind of lands the Dallas Cowboys in no man’s land in this mock draft. There isn’t really an immediate starter on the board when they are on the clock, so I addressed the need of upgrading the wide receiver position.

It’s been five years since they added a starting caliber WR, and it’s way past time for an upgrade.

Courtland Sutton (6’4″, 220) is a big physical WR with #1 potential. He likely would’ve been a first-round draft pick in 2017 if he would have left SMU early, but he decided to return to school instead.

He is similar to Dez Bryant in a lot of ways, which is fitting because he would be his eventual replacement.

Sutton isn’t a burner and isn’t going to create a lot of separation, but he is excellent at using his size and physicality in the passing game. He has strong dependable hands, is a solid route runner, and is good at picking up yards after the catch.

Round 2 (51st overall)

LB Josey Jewell, Iowa

Josey Jewell

Iowa LB Josey Jewell

Whether or not Dallas re-signs Anthony Hitchens could determine how highly the Cowboys draft a linebacker. But, even if Hitchens is re-signed, the Cowboys need depth at the position and also need to find Sean Lee’s successor. That is why I took Josey Jewell with the Cowboys second round draft pick.

The one thing that jumps off the tape when watching Josey Jewell are his instincts. He has a lot of the same mannerisms/instincts Sean Lee does and just has a knack of fighting his way through traffic to get to the ball carrier. He also isn’t a liability in pass coverage either.

But, what I really like about Jewell is he has the size (6’1″, 240) and ability to play any three LB positions in the Cowboys 4-3 defensive scheme.

Round 3 (83rd overall)

OG Will Hernandez, UTEP

Will Hernandez

UTEP OG Will Hernandez

The left guard position for the Dallas Cowboys is really the only uncertainty along the offensive line heading into the 2018 season. There are concerns about Tyron Smith‘s long-term health because of his bothersome back, but I’m hoping for the best.

To solidify the OL, I decided to take Will Hernandez in the third round of this Cowboys mock draft.

Will Hernandez (6’3″, 330) is a plug-and-play player. His size indicates he would probably be better off playing in a power scheme, but he is light on his feet and has no problem making any block on the field. He’s a road grader when blocking in the run game, and his bulk/athletic ability make him a good pass protector as well.

He would immediately upgrade the LG position and make the Cowboys OL the best in the NFL.

Round 4 (121, 136, 139 overall)

DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA

Marcus Davenport

UTSA DE Marcus Davenport

I personally think Marcus Davenport will end up getting drafted a lot higher, but if the Cowboys can get him in the fourth round, it would be an absolute steal.

Despite drafting Taco Charlton in 2017, there’s still a need to upgrade the defensive end position, and I think Davenport will do just that.

At 6’6″, 260, Davenport has the size the Cowboys look for in their 4-3 DEs. I even think he could challenge for a starting spot as a rookie. The Dallas Cowboys absolutely have to find somebody else to play opposite DeMarcus Lawrence, whom I expect them to retain for 2018, at least. Davenport could be that guy.

CB Holton Hill, Texas

Holton Hill

Texas CB Holton Hill (Shelby Tauber / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

I struggled with the selection of Holton Hill in this Cowboys mock draft. Dallas did an excellent job of pretty much completely making over their secondary in 2017, so there really isn’t a need for another cornerback. But, Hill’s talent and potential were just too good for me to pass up.

Holton Hill has first-round talent, but has some off the field problems. He has supposedly failed three drug tests at UT, which is why his stock has fallen so far.

But, I would still be willing to take the risk on him in the fourth round because of his size (6’2″, 200) and ball-hawking ability.

It is definitely a risk/reward kind of selection, but I think it’s worth taking considering how well the Cowboys’ young secondary performed in 2017.

TE Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin

Troy Fumagalli

Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli

The tight end position for the Dallas Cowboys could be one to watch this off-season. Jason Witten has already announced he will return for 2018, but the depth chart behind him could see a big shakeup.

James Hanna could end up being a salary-cap casualty, which leaves Geoff Swaim as the only other backup TE to see playing time this season. And, who knows what is going to happen with Rico Gathers. He seems to be in the Cowboys doghouse for some reason.

For all those reasons, I decided to take Troy Fumagalli with the last of the fourth-round draft picks in this Cowboys mock draft. If you don’t know Fumagalli’s story, I suggest you look it up. He will be heavily scrutinized because he only has nine fingers, but it doesn’t show in his play.

He is arguably the most technically sound TE in the draft class and probably understands the mental aspect of the game more than any of the other TEs as well. He has experience as a halfback, is an adequate in-line blocker, has soft hands, and is a good route runner.

He’s more of a possession type TE than a stretch-the-field type, but that’s probably what Dak Prescott needs most.

Round 5 (174, 176 overall)

S Damon Webb, Ohio State

Damon Webb

Ohio State S Damon Webb

The safety position for the Dallas Cowboys is a bit of a head-scratcher heading into the off-season.

They didn’t perform terribly bad in 2017, but if there is a chance to upgrade the position, the Cowboys should jump on it. That is why I selected Damon Webb with the first of two fifth round draft picks.

Damon Webb has the potential to be a rookie starter for the Cowboys at either safety position. He was surrounded by talent at Ohio State, but that doesn’t take away from his skill set.

He’s a solid tackler around the line of scrimmage, yet has the range and cover skills to be a deep safety. The Cowboys could use that versatility, especially if they decide to move Byron Jones back to CB.

DL Kentavius Street, NC State

Kentavius Street

NC State DT Kentavius Street

I would love for the Dallas Cowboys to draft a defensive tackle earlier for a change, but they just don’t put much value in the position. That was evident enough in 2017 when we saw a carousel of players rotate on and off the roster.

One of the things they do love in their DL is versatility, which is why I selected Kentavius Street.

While at NC State, Street played up and down the defensive line. He could just be one of the strongest and most athletic defensive lineman in the entire draft class. He has a quick first step and shows some natural bend when rushing around the edge as a DE, but is strong at the point of attack when playing as a DT.

Round 6 (197th overall)

LB Skai Moore, South Carolina

Skai Moore

South Carolina LB Skai Moore (Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Like I mentioned earlier, Dallas needs depth at the LB position, which is why I wouldn’t be surprised if they double-dip.

To find Skai Moore still sitting there in the sixth round is little bit surprising, but not totally out of the realm of possibility. He is talented, but there are concerns that need to be addressed.

First off, he is a little undersized at 6’1″ and around 220 pounds or so, but you wouldn’t know it by his physical play when watching tape.

Secondly, he had to take a redshirt season due to a herniated disc in his neck that required fusion surgery.

Other than that he would be the perfect weak side LB in the Cowboys 4-3 scheme.

He has excellent sideline to sideline speed and knows how to fend off blocks with his hands. I think he has the talent to eventually take over for Sean Lee down the road.

Round 7 (238 overall)

RB Myles Gaskin, Washington

Myles Gaskin

Washington RB Myles Gaskin

With the final pick in this Dallas Cowboys mock draft I decided to add some depth to the running back position since Alfred Morris likely won’t be brought back. We all know Ezekiel Elliott is going to handle the majority of the workload, and Rod Smith has likely earned more playing time, but Dallas could still use another shifty type RB.

Myles Gaskin could be the change of pace RB the Cowboys attempted to acquire last year.

You may have forgotten, but Dallas was targeting Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but Philadelphia beat them to the punch. Instead they drafted Ryan Switzer. Gaskin, however, is a lot like Pumphrey.

Gaskin is listed at just 5’9″, 195, but he runs heavier than that. He has excellent start/stop quickness, great vision, speed, and is a good receiver out of the backfield. All he needs is a little crease and he is gone.

What do you think of this pre-playoffs Cowboys mock draft?

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8 Comments
  • Timothy Zackery

    These picks fit our needs it seem to be a sound group of players. The only thing i wish Sony Michel were apart of these picks. We have see how it goes.

    • Brian Martin

      I would absolutely love to have Sony Michel form a 1-2 punch with Zeke. I just don’t think the Cowboys would draft a RB that early.

  • Travis Diggs

    I wouldnt be mad if they went offensive line 1st round. That combination of Cooper, Bell,Looney,Green, and injured Tyron was really bad at times. We know what we got in Collins,Martin, and Frederick

    • Brian Martin

      I wouldn’t be completely surprised if they go OL in the first round. But, I think the only way they do that is if they are worried about Tyron Smith’s long-term health and there is a OT there they like.

      • Michael Barthel

        Way too much money already wrapped up in offensive line can’t afford another first rounder on there. We can’t at receiver either but I say draft Sutton or Washington and sign like a moncrief or Wilson. Then 2018 release dez and Williams

  • EverybodyTalks

    Like your draft. Would be happy if we end up with these players. Courtland fills the Brice Butler FA slot. Hitchens signs and we get Jewell, another Iowa LB, who will be a great addition. Definitely like OG Hernandez in the 3rd. If not him an OT that can also play guard. Not sure on Marcus. I’ve seen him in the 1st round of some mock drafts. I wonder with Tapper coming off IR along with the possibility of Randy Gregory coming back would DE a priority. Perhaps, they use that 4th round for a higher pick at safety. Holton Hill may be gone by the 4th, so he may need to be taken in the 3rd. I have seen Holton compared to Shjerman/Seahawks. If Dallas takes a chance, at least they are using a 4th round chance verses a 2nd round pick. Damon Webb, is a great Safety choice and I think he led Ohio State in interceptions. What I liked best about your Safety paragraph was the comment, towards the end, of Jones going back to CB. I just read that Byron is the fastest DB in the NFL. 22.1 mph. Great article, Brian.

  • Michael Barthel

    I like this one

  • DevilDog58

    Another great article, Brian. Of course things will change so much after the Combine. Players will rise and fall but I really wish Dallas would put more value into a double team, block eating, penetration-type of DT. In my mind that would go a long way toward giving us a great DL which would make the whole D better. A player of that type probably won’t be available for us at 19 but if he was, I’d love to see us take him. But your draft as a whole would make me happy if they’re all talented players. We DEFINITELY need depth on the OL which is part of the reason I think Dak struggled at times this year. Also need depth at RB, TE & you just can’t have too many good DBs. Unfortunately, WR is another huge need although I think Switzer may turn out to be a diamond in the rough. But now that Butler has basically said he’s not coming back unless he’s a Starter, he won’t be back. So we’ll need a big, fast WR or a big route runner who can use his body well to shield defenders.

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Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys

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Sean's Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller A Needed Weapon For Cowboys
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Slotted to pick 19th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys find themselves in position to add a first-round talent to a team that fell just short of the playoffs at 9-7 in 2017. Faltering entirely on offense without RB Ezekiel Elliott too many times this season, it’s hard to argue this asset is not best spent on new talent at WR.

The Cowboys haven’t drafted a wide receiver in the first round since 2010, trading up for Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant. Frequent injuries and the inability to develop with QB Dak Prescott have diminished Bryant’s status as a star receiver in Dallas, and it may be time to overhaul the position entirely.

After scouting Memphis WR Anthony Miller, he may be just what the Dallas Cowboys need. Let’s take a closer look at his fit in the Cowboys’ offense in the first draft-season edition of Sean’s Scout.

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With 96 receptions for 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns in his final season at Memphis, Senior WR Anthony Miller is one of the top players at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. These inflated numbers in the Tigers’ pass-happy offense do little to highlight Miller as a next level prospect…

This film clip and quote from my full scouting report on Miller shows the pure play-making ability Miller has. Miller wouldn’t fill the Cowboys need for an over-the-top burner at WR, but he has no problem tracking the ball with ease and adjusting in the air to make big plays down the field.

…Miller is as tough of a cover as you’ll find thanks to his explosive and concise release off the line.

Anthony Miller is certainly a “Dak-friendly” pass catcher, as he possesses the catch radius to snag passes away from his frame using his exceptionally strong hands. Even when he is covered, Miller is open vertically.

With that said, Miller has more than enough ability to separate with good initial quickness and elite balance through his routes.

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…he wastes no time accelerating through the secondary, and running with a powerful stride that makes it difficult to bring him down.

There may be better technical route runners in this draft class, but few set up defenders as consistently well as Miller — who has the production to match these NFL traits.

A willing run blocker too, Miller could walk into Dallas and immediately earn snaps as an X, Z, or Y receiver. Miller’s best fit to start his career is likely as a Z receiver, drawing less attention in coverage while being allowed to run a full route tree.

…Miller gets on cornerbacks in a hurry, setting them up with his fluidity and size to track the football through contact.

A potential replacement for Terrance Williams with the Cowboys, Miller is somewhat of a similar player in the way he wins with mostly size.

The Memphis product would still be an upgrade over Williams though, as it is much easier to get the ball in Miller’s hands. Add in the red-zone ability that Anthony Miller has to box out defenders, and the run-after-catch burst as an inside target, and Miller is a weapon the Cowboys could desperately use.

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…I found myself constantly impressed with the speed at which Miller gets up the field when taking the ball underneath.

Miller will have nothing but opportunities to raise his draft stock over the coming months. He will be at this month’s Senior Bowl, receiving NFL-level coaching to refine his game. The Scouting Combine will also be critical for Miller’s testing numbers to confirm the athlete seen on tape dominating at Memphis will take the next step.

Earning a second round grade on my 2018 NFL Draft Board, there is a chance the Cowboys have to use their first round pick if they truly want Anthony Miller in Silver and Blue. A very complete player that fills a need, Miller as the Cowboys first pick could make plenty of sense in April.

Tell us what you think about “Sean’s Scout: Memphis WR Anthony Miller a Needed Weapon for Cowboys” in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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Luxury or Need for Cowboys to Draft Another 1st-Round OL?

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Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick, offensive line

Due to growing concerns about Tyron Smith‘s availability and future health, due to reoccurring back injuries, there seems to be a growing consensus among Dallas Cowboys fans that there’s a need to draft an offensive lineman with the first-round pick. But, is it actually a need, or would it be more of a luxury?

There is legitimate concern about Tyron Smith and his future health.

Back injuries have a way of flaring up at the most inopportune times. It’s also not an injury that’s going away anytime soon, if ever. This is the unknown the Cowboys are faced with heading into the off-season, and it could end up having a major impact on the direction they go in the 2018 NFL Draft.

There seems to be a growing consensus around Cowboys Nation that the Dallas Cowboys should seriously consider selecting the best available offensive tackle with the 19th overall pick.

There are probably two reasons for this:

  1. Tyron Smith’s health concerns, and
  2. the need to upgrade the swing tackle position after watching Byron Bell and Chaz Green play in 2017.

But, the question remains: is drafting yet another offensive lineman in the first-round a luxury or need for the Dallas Cowboys?

Personally, I can see both sides of this argument. So, let’s break it down a little and examine each.

Luxury

Zack Martin

Dallas Cowboys RG Zack Martin

The Dallas Cowboys have already invested an enormous amount of resources to build arguably the best offensive line in the NFL.

They’ve spent three first-round draft picks to acquire Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, and Zack Martin, two of which have already received long-term extensions with Martin waiting in the wings.

That’s a lot of money devoted to one position, which ultimately means the Cowboys have to go cheaper in other areas in order to fit under the salary cap. This is the money that would be used in free agency to acquire some of those higher-priced free agents fans are always hankering for.

It also can be used to re-sign some of the Cowboys players at other positions, such as DeMarcus Lawrence.

But, it’s not only the money that makes drafting a first-round OL a luxury.

Four out of five of the Cowboys OL are already pretty much set in stone. The left guard position is really the only unoccupied position right now, but that could be filled rather easily. This, of course, is assuming Tyron Smith stays healthy, but regardless, he is the starting left tackle when the 2018 season begins.

Need

Byron Bell

Dallas Cowboys OL Byron Bell

There’s no reason to believe Tyron Smith will be able to play an entire 16-game season going forward. The last two seasons he has had to sit out several games due to injuries, and unfortunately his back issues aren’t going away anytime soon.

To make matters worse, Dallas doesn’t have an adequate backup, which was proven on more than one occasion in 2017. Hence the need.

With the exception of the quarterback, the left tackle position is arguably the most important on offense. They protect the QB’s blindside and are largely responsible for keeping him healthy and upright.

There’s a reason they are drafted so highly and paid so handsomely: they are that important to a team’s success.

There was also a reason the Dallas Cowboys offense started to sputter once Tyron Smith started missing time. Opposing defenses no longer respected the Cowboys LT, and started putting their best pass rusher on that side to get after Dak Prescott.

Prescott ended up having happy feet and it had a ripple effect throughout the entire offense, and not in a good way.

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Quite honestly, I think it would be a luxury to draft any kind of offensive lineman with the Cowboys’ first-round selection, but I wouldn’t be completely surprised if that’s the direction they went. There are positives and negatives to both sides of the argument.

But, if they stick to the draft board and an OL is their highest rated player there, I say go for it.

The only thing we can do is have faith that the Dallas Cowboys know more about Tyron Smith’s health and his availability to play then we do as fans. If they decide to draft an offensive lineman early, I think we should all take that as an indication that they are worried about Smith, at least a little bit.

Luxury or Need: Do the Cowboys draft a first-round OL?

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition

Mauricio Rodriguez

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The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition
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The Dallas Cowboys football team has a lot of needs on both sides of the ball. Sure, that’s pretty sad to say as a die-hard Cowboys fan, but it should make for a very interesting offseason. This front office needs to find a way to add talent in the draft, and probably in free agency as well, all while finding ways to keep Anthony Hitchens, DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving, and extending Zack Martin.

Maybe they’re not able to achieve everything, but as long as they don’t lose all of these guys, they should be fine. We may even see a surprising release or trade. It sure would be interesting to see this team release Dez Bryant, for example.

Last year, Dallas lost Barry Church, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Ronald Leary… among others. But what do these four guys have in common? They all resulted in compensatory picks for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2018 NFL Draft.

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Including the expected Compensatory Picks that the Cowboys will receive for their Free Agents that signed with other teams in 2017, the Cowboys should have the following picks in the 2018 Draft:

The Cowboys got two additional fourths and two fifths. After trading up to get Xavier Woods in 2017, Dallas had no original fifth rounders for this year’s draft.

This is a front office that avoids making “big splashes” in free agency and in the draft lately, but I wonder if they’ll at least explore trading possibilities this time.

With three fourth-round picks and two fifths, they should have more than enough ammunition.

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Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones, Will McClay

This team has done a nice job in the last few drafts, and with Will McClay staying for at least one more year, they might as well try to get everything they can out of their draft picks. After all, Dak Prescott himself was a fourth-round compensatory pick.

Even still, I would like to see this team do something out of the ordinary.

Whether it’s trading up to get a well-fitting player who might otherwise go before their pick, or if it’s to get another team’s player, it would be interesting to see this front office pull the trigger on an interesting trade.

Sometimes it’s surprising what NFL teams can get with late round picks.

The Buffalo Bills traded away Marcell Dareus for only a sixth-round pick less than a year ago. I mean, how would you have felt if Dallas had gotten Dareus for just a sixth rounder? I would’ve been completely fine with it, to be honest.

The Cowboys have enough ammunition to consider pulling a trade-off in free agency or the NFL Draft.

We may not like the coaching, but in the past few years, this front office has done a good job when it comes to team-building.

We were all frightened when we saw the defensive players that were leaving in the secondary, and a season later, the young defensive backs are one of the reasons why we’re very optimistic about this team’s future.

So if they decide to keep their picks to themselves, I’d say it’ll be worth it, too.

After a sad season, at least we have an intriguing offseason ahead of us to keep us entertained.

Tell me what you think about “The Dallas Cowboys Will Have More Than Enough Trade Ammunition” in the comments below, or tweet me @PepoR99 and let’s talk football! If you like football and are looking for a Dallas Cowboys show in Spanish, don’t miss my weekly Facebook Live! show, Primero Cowboys!

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