Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft 1.0

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April is upon us and as every NFL fan knows, that means draft day is inching closer and closer. The NFL Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year and brings on a TON of speculation. I have been wanting to put out a mock draft but I wanted to get information on the 30-official visits for the Cowboys to help me base my mock. Another huge factor affecting my mock was the Demarcus Lawrence deal finally getting done. Now let us just hope he’s back from surgery to start the season. With that all said, let’s get into it.

Round 2, Pick 58 – Juan Thornhill, Safety

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It’s no surprise that Dallas needs a safety, and after plugging all glaring holes in free agency, it is time to grab one high. I would prefer Jonathan Abram here but he will most likely be long gone by 58. Thornhill is no slouch though. The versatile safety has great ball-hawking skills, paired with amazing athleticism. He played corner before he transitioned to safety so he brings excellent coverage skills in a pass-happy league.  He would fit in great with Xavier Woods in the back end of the Dallas defense and make an impact day one. (He is one of the Cowboys pre-draft visitors.)

 

Round 3, Pick 90 – Mecole Hardman, Wide Receiver

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At first glance, a receiver may not look like a big need for Dallas, but other than Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, the crowded group is full of question marks. Hurns, Austin, and Cobb are on one-year deals and no one else is a solidified starting caliber player. That leaves Dallas planning for the future with this extremely athletic player out of Georgia. Hardman ran a 4.33 forty and is extremely versatile. He can return punts, kicks, and be a force on offense. He didn’t play receiver until college so his full potential isn’t even known yet. I could see him get reps as a gadget and eventually take over the slot position from Cobb and pose a scary deep threat for opposing teams. (Hardman is a pre-draft visitor.)

 

Round 4, Pick 128 – Isaiah Johnson, Cornerback

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Another sneaky need for Dallas is Corner. as of right now we are loaded at the position but next offseason the newly flourished Byron Jones and Anthony Brown will both need contracts, along with Zeke, Amari, Jaylon Smith and more. If Byron Jones has another great year I can bet the Cowboys won’t keep him. Top corners demand big money and the Cowboys won’t have that. That is where Johnson comes in. The 6′ 2″ corner fits Kris Richard’s mold for a corner and he will have time to improve as a backup(he has only played corner for 2 years!). Johnson could pair with Brown and Awuzie as the corners in 2020. Don’t be surprised to see Dallas to take a corner in the draft. (Johnson is a pre-draft visitor.)

 

Round 4, Pick 136 – Trysten Hill, Defensive Tackle

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Dallas could look to bolster the interior of the defensive line due to a plethora of players at the position that will be free agents in 2020. UCF’s Trysten Hill could be the guy the Cowboys select if he’s there in the 4th round still. The 6’3″ and 308 lb has a great motor and harassed QB’s and ball carriers all year long. He would be a great addition to the team if he can fix his character issues. He had many problems at UCF and is known as being hard to coach, which is the only reason he could slide this far. He is very talented and could be a homerun of a 4th round pick if he gets his character concerns taken care of.

 

Round 6, Pick 165 – Bryce Love, Running Back

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Dallas has arguably the best RB in the NFL on the roster right now in Ezekiel Elliott but after that, it is very shallow. Rod Smith will most likely leave this offseason and the next RB on the depth chart is Darrius Smith, the 2016 7th-round pick of the Cowboys who has bounced around to multiple teams in his short career. Dallas could use a different element in the backfield with Zeke. A quicker back with more homerun potential would be a great addition to the offense and Stanford standout Bryce Love would be the perfect fit. Love was 2nd in Heisman voting 2 years ago and then hit an injury-filled 2018 season that was not his best. He played through injury all year and showed incredible grit but sadly he tore his ACL to finish off the season. Due to this he will slide to late rounds and would be an absolute steal for a 6th round pick if he can last that long. He could be the lightning to Zeke’s thunder in 2019 when he gets back from his ACL injury.

 

Round 7, Pick 241 – Alize Mack, Tight End

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Jason Witten returning to Dallas in 2019 made Tight End not as much of a draft need as before for Dallas and will allow them to draft other positions first but Dallas could look to get a tight end late that could develop into a weapon. Dallas already has a slew of young tight ends that could still develop so I have them waiting until round 7 to garb Alize Mack of Notre Dame. Mack has 4.7 speed and could be a real receiving threat for Dallas. He has great receiving skills but isn’t much of a blocker. We have blockers though, so a primary pass catching TE that can be a dynamic weapon would be welcomed. If Mack can polish up his routes and make his blocking serviceable he could end up being a solid player for Dallas.

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