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Dallas Cowboys Draft Guide

Updated: Aug 2, 2019

Graphic by Pat Pryor

Written By: Greg Lehr

After winning the NFC East and a home playoff game before falling to the LA Rams in the divisional round, the Cowboys continue to try and revamp the roster to reach the next step. Dallas succeeded in their primary offseason goal by resigning DeMarcus Lawrence to a long-term deal, keeping their star defensive end in town to pair with newly acquired DE Robert Quinn (via trade). Quinn figures to line up opposite Lawrence at right end amid Randy Gregory’s indefinite suspension. Another veteran, free agent receiver Randall Cobb, who aims to fill an important role as Cole Beasley’s presumed replacement in the slot. Other notable additions include S George Iloka, to bring a more physical presence down in the box, while DT Chris Covington looks to provide depth on the interior defensive line. Oh, and Jason Witten is back in Big D (in case anyone hasn’t heard).

The Cowboys may not have a first-round pick in this year’s NFL Draft, thanks to last year’s midseason trade for Amari Cooper. However, that first-round price doesn’t look quite so bad now after Cooper’s huge role in helping Dallas turn their season around and win the division. With that said, it does take a bit of excitement out of the air for when the draft gets underway Thursday night. There are still plenty of players capable of making an impact later in the draft, particularly in rounds 2-4, in which Dallas has four total picks. Keep an eye on some of these names listed below for potential future Cowboys on Friday and Saturday.

Draft Picks

Round 2, 58th overall

Round 3, 90th overall

Round 4, 128th overall

Round 4, 136th overall

Round 5, 165th overall

Round 7, 241st overall

Team Needs

  • Safety

  • Defensive Tackle

  • Cornerback

  • Tight End

  • Wide Receiver

  • Running back

  • Edge

Player Fits

Day 2 (Rounds 2-3)

  • Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

  • Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

  • Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

  • Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

  • L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

  • Trysten Hill, DT, Central Florida

  • Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M

  • Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss

  • JoeJuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

  • Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

  • Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Day 3 - Mid (Rounds 4-5)

  • Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

  • Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St

  • Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor

  • Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

  • Kingsley Keke, DT, Texas A&M

  • Khalen Saunders, DT, Western Illinois

  • Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas

  • Maxx Crosby, DE, Eastern Michigan

  • John Cominsky, DE, Charleston

  • Will Harris, S, Boston College

  • Khari Willis, S, Michigan St

  • Isaiah Johnson Jr., CB, Houston

  • Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

Day 3 - Late (Round 7)

  • Darius Harris, LB, Middle Tennessee

  • Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina

  • Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech

  • Derrek Thomas, CB, Baylor

  • Chris Westry, CB, Kentucky

  • Armon Watts, DT, Arkansas

7 Round Mock Draft

Round 2 (#58 overall)

Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

Thornhill has gained a lot of momentum over the last couple of weeks prior to the draft and for good reason. The former cornerback has great size and athleticism to line up as safety, while also boasting the ball skills to move around the secondary for more favorable defensive matchups. He would make for an excellent complement to Xavier Woods and George Iloka for the Cowboys’ up-and-coming defense.

Round 3 (#90 overall)

Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

This name raised some eyebrows when he came in as one of Dallas’ 30 pre-draft visitors, signaling their interest in the Crimson Tide running back was very real. There is a strong belief the Cowboys will draft a back to take some of the load off of Ezekiel Elliott, and they will want someone who can handle all three downs and be dependable should anything happen to Zeke. Harris isn’t spectacular at any one thing, but he’s solid in just about everything. If he makes it to #90, Dallas will be thrilled.

Round 4 (#128 overall)

Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas

A popular name in terms of Cowboys connections, Wise created some buzz during Shrine Week earlier in the pre-draft process when he got a chance to showcase his disruptive interior pass rushing abilities. Concerns are still there in terms of power, but he could find a role in Dallas’ defensive line as a rotational pass rusher if he is still available at this point.

Round 4 (#136th overall)

Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston

Johnson has been placed all over mock drafts from mid-late day 2 all the way into mid day 3. This is due to his conversion from receiver just two seasons ago, so he is still raw. However, he has all the traits Kris Richard is looking for in his corners, most notably height and length. He will be a fun project for a team with a high-ceiling as long as he isn’t put in a position to have to play too much in year one.

Round 5 (#165th overall)

Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina

Two things Dallas loves to do every year? (1) Draft linebackers and (2) draft players who they brought in as one of their 30 pre-draft visits. Holcomb fits both of these criteria. Yes, this spot feels too rich for Holcomb, but he has garnered legitimate interest from teams after an impressive pro day performance. He has the instincts necessary for the next level and can compete for a depth LB spot as well as contribute immediately on special teams. With no 6th-round picks, Dallas pulls the trigger here, even if it is a bit of a reach.

Round 7 (#241st overall)

Chris Westry, CB, Kentucky

Another tall and long cornerback for Kris Richard to get his hands on. Westry is certainly a project in order to be NFL caliber, but he fits the bill for what Dallas is looking for in their corners. A double dip on a couple of projects at the position offers intrigue and upside in case Byron Jones or Anthony Brown leaves after next season.

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