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Reactions From the Cowboys Double-Dipping at Defense with Pick’s 176 and 178

With their last two fifth-round picks, the went all-in on and selected LB Damone Clark with Pick 176 and Arkansas Defensive John Ridgeway at Pick 178. Starting with Clark, the need for a wasn’t high on the team’s needs, but with LB on a one-year deal and LB coming off an ACL , an LB prospect made sense.

Although it was reported Clark is likely to miss his season to recover from a herniated disk, Clark was regarded as one of the Top LBs in the draft, and the franchise can potentially land a late-round steal.

Shifting to Ridgeway, the are adding another big human to their , and given their was a weakness– Ridgeway provides great depth. With Ridgeway, you won’t get a player who will rush the QB, but he can eat up space in the run game for your defense.

Check out the reactions we saw from both of the picks below:

Damone Clark Reactions:

Tom Pelissero on Twitter: “The just took Damone Clark at No. 176 overall. A potential bargain if one of the nation’s most productive linebackers comes back at 100%. https://t.co/UYvMjcy1Om / Twitter”

The just took Damone Clark at No. 176 overall. A potential bargain if one of the nation’s most productive linebackers comes back at 100%. https://t.co/UYvMjcy1Om

Patrik [No C] Walker on Twitter: “Damone Clark was one of only a literal handful of LBs I listed as a possible target for the on Day 3.Got him. / Twitter”

Damone Clark was one of only a literal handful of LBs I listed as a possible target for the on Day 3.Got him.

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Marcus Mosher on Twitter: “Damone Clark is regarded as one of the best leaders LSU has had in awhile. Plus, he’s a great athlete! This is where you gamble on players like this! / Twitter”

Damone Clark is regarded as one of the best leaders LSU has had in awhile. Plus, he’s a great athlete! This is where you gamble on players like this!

John Ridgeway Reactions:

Jonah Tuls on Twitter: “John Ridgeway is a big one technique that is a run-stuffing specialist. Long arms, wrestling background. I think he could vie for snaps early. The Cowboys have done a really nice job mixing in traits picks and high floor picks. / Twitter”

John Ridgeway is a big one technique that is a run-stuffing specialist. Long arms, wrestling background. I think he could vie for snaps early. The Cowboys have done a really nice job mixing in traits picks and high floor picks.

Todd Archer on Twitter: “With the 178th pick, the Cowboys select Arkansas DT John Ridgeway. A big run defender that the Cowboys defense has lacked at 321 pounds. He’s just the second Arkansas player Jerry Jones has picked (Felix Jones). / Twitter”

With the 178th pick, the Cowboys select Arkansas DT John Ridgeway. A big run defender that the has lacked at 321 pounds. He’s just the second Arkansas player has picked ().

Ryan Fowler on Twitter: “The Cowboys taking Damone Clark and John Ridgeway on two consecutive picks provides a TON of value. Clark will redshirt this fall but he’s a SL2SL LB with an excellent trigger — Ridgeway is a glass eater that will eat up bodies up front. / Twitter”

The Cowboys taking Damone Clark and John Ridgeway on two consecutive picks provides a TON of value. Clark will redshirt this fall but he’s a SL2SL LB with an excellent trigger — Ridgeway is a glass eater that will eat up bodies up front.

Laurie Horesh on Twitter: “John Ridgeway nice value at the end of Round 5 – the of type big, broad, stout NT the Cowboys haven’t invested in often lately.If Dallas is trying to shake the idea that they can be bullied on both sides of the ball, the Arkansas Razorback is another step in the right direction / Twitter”

John Ridgeway nice value at the end of Round 5 – the of type big, broad, stout NT the Cowboys haven’t invested in often lately.If Dallas is trying to shake the idea that they can be bullied on both sides of the ball, the Arkansas Razorback is another step in the right direction

Marcus Mosher on Twitter: “And I like John Ridgeway! He is a good nose tackle!Like him better than Bohanna. / Twitter”

And I like John Ridgeway! He is a good !Like him better than Bohanna.

What do you think?

Rocky Garza Jr

Written by Rocky Garza Jr

Rolling with the Boyz since 96'. Chop up sports with me on Twitter @rockssjr.

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