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    Which Top 10 EDGE Defenders Could Slide to the Dallas Cowboys?

    Regardless of what happens with , the should still be in the market for an defender in the 2019 . Like and , pass rushers are held at a premium in the NFL for a reason. They are hard to come by and expensive to keep, as we all know.

    There's a lot of unknown surrounding the future of the Dallas Cowboys defensive end position. is entering the last year of his contract, is pretty much an unknown, and no one knows what to make of 's future. Then there's this whole contract situation with . I think you would agree there's a lot of uncertainty at the DE position.

    Keeping all of that in mind, it certainly makes sense the Dallas Cowboys could be in play to draft one of the EDGE defenders with their first selection in the second-round of the 2019 NFL Draft. That's why today I decided to share with you my Top 10 in the hopes that one of them will slide right into the lap of the Cowboys at 58.

    Here's my Top 10 EDGE rankings:

    1. Nick Bosa, Ohio State
    2. Brian Burns, Florida State
    3. Josh Allen, Kentucky
    4. Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
    5. Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
    6. Chase Winovich, Michigan
    7. Jachai Polite, Florida
    8. Christian Miller, Alabama
    9. Ben Banogu, TCU
    10. L.J. Collier, TCU

    You may or may not have noticed, but Rashan Gary and didn't make the cut for my Top 10 EDGE defenders. That's because I project them as defensive tackles in the NFL, although they could play a hybrid DE/DT role similar to what Tyrone Crawford plays with the Dallas Cowboys. You of course may disagree, but that's my take away after watching their film.

    Now that we've settled why some of the names may have been omitted in my Top 10 EDGE rankings, we can get back to which of these prospects could slide to the Dallas Cowboys when they are on the clock in the second-round with the 58th overall selection.

    I think we can all agree that the Top 5 will all be drafted well before the Cowboys have a chance at them. But, starting with Chase Winovich, I think each one of the next five could slide all the way to 58 with a little luck.

    Of the next group of five, Winovich is probably the safest pick of the bunch. He is someone the Cowboys could plug and play as a rookie and pretty much know exactly what they're going to get. Because of that though, he's also the most likely to be gone before Dallas has a chance at him.

    Jachai Polite unfortunately completely bombed at the , which is why he could still be in play for the Cowboys. He doesn't exactly fit the criteria (size/length) Dallas typically looks for in their DEs, but his talent is undeniable. He falls into that category of risk/reward, much like Randy Gregory in 2015.

    If you've read any of my previous work, you know that I may big a fan of Christian Miller. He is one of my “pet cats” in this year's draft class and would be a great fit with the Cowboys. Unlike Polite, he fits Dallas' DE type to a “T”. The only concern with him is his , but I'd be ecstatic if he's the selection at 58.

    That brings us to the two TCU EDGE defenders. A lot of people have L.J. Collier ahead of Ben Banogu, but I personally like the latter better. Regardless of how I have them ranked though, either one of them would be a good fit with the Cowboys. Fortunately, Dallas should know all about them since they played right down the road in college.

    Which of these EDGE defenders would you like to see the Dallas Cowboys?

    Brian Martin
    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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    Justin T Johnston

    I want a S at #58 if one of the top prospects are there. I love Tank and our team needs a “war daddy”. We all remember the days of no pass rush.
    A good pass rush AR may have not had 15 seconds to find that last pass in the playoffs ect…

    With that said, I unfortunately would not be surprised to see Tank traded on draft day.

    What if that’s what Dallas/Miami are waiting for…
    In no way would I inoly Quinn is the same player as Tank but would you all be upset if the trade was Tank & Collins for Quinn/Geiski Mia #48 and a first next year? I dont believe that’s to much. Look at some other trades around the league teams giving up multiple 1st and extras for a player like Tank.

    What if Abram fell to 48 and we ended up with Abram (S), Miller or Collier (DE), Quinn, Geiski (TE) and a 1st next year?

    Abram is a beast, Geiski is young TE who has huge upside, Quinn fills a need, Miller or Collier can come in and start, plus a 1st next year…..That’s an upgrade IMO. And now we also have the extra money to make sure Cooper, Zeke, Jaylen, ect are signed

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    Trading Tank would be disastrous and stupid. A deal will get done, thinking the Cowboys are even considering trading him is foolish

    Justin T Johnston

    Its not what I want, but if the trade is worth it I wouldn’t be that upset. And it’s not that unrealistic to think it could happen. He’s injury prone, needs surgery, and wants Donald money after 1 great year and 1 really good year. The fact he’s holding out on surgery the chances of a trade are becoming more realistic.

    Look at the big picture…Tank might sit out because we can’t pay 20+ without possibly losing other key players. The linger it takes he going to miss the first 1-2 months of football. I’d rather have multiple really good players than 1 beast and the rest are average. This situation alone might cost us either Jaylen, Zeke and give us cap problems again. Him refusing to get surgery is hurting himself not helping.
    We should have signed him last year for 15m.
    Ve real hes a beast but was only 18th in sacks last year. I’d take the trade i proposed all day. And also keep Jaylon Smith, Zeke, Cooper, Byron

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    The idea of paying a RB is absurd. You could plug in just about any RB to the Cowboys system and O line and they’d be successful. However, look at the Raiders pass rush post Mack if you want to see what happens to Dallas without Lawrence

    Chuck Wright

    Good point, remind me again how Dallas looked in 2017 when Zeke was out.

    You don’t pay injury prone players top dollar, sorry, would be as dumb as over paying Dez.

    Brian Martin

    I for one am not concerned about D-Law still not being signed. I think the Cowboys will get that done here pretty soon. And, there’s no way I would trade him, especially for the players you mentioned. Miami would win that trade.

    I’m also not a big fan of Abram’s I think he’s going to end up being a hybrid safety/linebacker in the NFL, much like Mark Barron or Deon Buchanan. I like your out-of-the-box thinking though.

    Justin T Johnston

    I’d be happy with Abram, Thornhill or Savage in the 2nd. I really hope we manage to sign him without ruining our cap. I just know that if we dont have him signed hesh walking next year or possibly not even playing this year.

    I’ve been dying for a S for the past 8 years. I love LVE and so happy with the pick, but I really thought we were gonna work a deal for Derwin James during draft. I’m happy with LVE

    Brian I’m curious to hear what S you think may be available at #58, and also any talks if Dallas looked into Tre Boston at all?

    Brian Martin

    I like Savage at 58, Amani Hooker at 90, and Marquise Blair at 128. I’m not a fan of Abram’s at all. I think he’s going to be a liability in coverage and may be nothing more than a hybrid safety/linebacker in the NFL.

    They didn’t show any interest in Tre Boston last year, so not surprised they haven’t shown any interest this year either.

    Justin T Johnston

    I’d be happy with Abram, Thornhill or Savage in the 2nd. I really hope we manage to sign him without ruining our cap. I just know that if we dont have him signed hesh walking next year or possibly not even playing this year.

    I’ve been dying for a S for the past 8 years. I love LVE and so happy with the pick, but I really thought we were gonna work a deal for Derwin James during draft. I’m happy with LVE

    Brian I’m curious to hear what S you think may be available at #58, and also any talks if Dallas looked into Tre Boston at all?

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    And re-signing Zeke is another terrible idea. No RB is worth that kind of money anymore. Look what’s happening to Gurley. What we need to do is draft another RB this year, and sign a solid backup, like Yeldon

    Brian Martin

    I don’t have a problem paying Zeke. He has had zero injury concerns, unlike Todd Gurley, and you’re not going to be able to find a RB who can do the things he does for the Cowboys offense. Having said that though, they need to find someone who can lighten the load on his shoulders.

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    Zero injury concerns YET. With the ridiculous work load he’s getting, it’s only a matter of time before that changes. We need a quality #2 this season, be it drafted or signed. I’m partial to signing TJ Yeldon then taking a 7th round flyer on Bryce Love

    Brian Martin

    I like Yeldon, but I think Ty Montgomery brings more to the table and is probably more cost-effective. Bryce Love in the 7th would be a no-brainer, but I also like Bruce Anderson (North Dakota State) later in the draft as well.

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    2nd = S Darnell Savage
    3rd = DE Chase Winovich
    4th = RB Justice Hill/whichever RB falls
    4th = DT Dontavius Russell
    5th = C/ G Connor McGovern
    7th = WR Hunter Renfrow

    Brian Martin

    No way Winovich makes it to the third-round. Savage has a chance to still be around in the third, but even that’s a stretch.

    Ahad, Holy Dabir of Aleppo

    Really? With this loaded a pass rush class, some are bound to fall. Winovich being a bit of a 3/4 / 4/3 tweener, I think he’d be the one that falls a lil

    Brian Martin

    I don’t think he’s a tweener. I think he is a plug-and-play DE who could immediately start for the Cowboys. He’s a better athlete than people give him credit for and I would take him at 58 without hesitating.

    Chuck Wright

    Chase won’t be there at 58 much less 90

    Chuck Wright

    If Tank has surgery on 15 July, at the earliest he’s available 15 Oct or almost half way through the season. Injury prone guys don’t magically get better. If he wants to play games, trade him. Yeah, I get he’s a “war daddy” but another 2nd round pick gets us leverage to trade or simply land better players.

    If the michigan kid falls, awesome

    Want no part of Polite, have we not learned our lesson on head cases yet?

    Miller or Banagu aren’t bad but no Zack Allen on your list?

    Brian Martin

    Winovich would be my top choice at 58 for the Cowboys followed closely by Miller. And I’m not a fan of Zach Allen. He doesn’t have the speed or athletic ability to consistently win at defensive end against offensive tackles in the NFL and he isn’t strong enough right now to hold up at defensive tackle. I don’t like the idea of drafting a project early, and for the Cowboys to land Zach Allen they’d probably have to take him at 58. It’s a pass for me.


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