With only three days left until the NFL Draft, this will be the final Cowboys Mock Draft. Dallas enters the week with seven picks, one for him in each round.
While using the mock draft simulator on the Pro Football Network, the Cowboys were offered an interesting trade when going to the clock with pick 26 in the first round. The New Orleans Saints offered his No. 29 pick and his fourth-round pick (he was No. 115 overall) in exchange for the No. 26 pick.
The best players at the time were Clemson DE Miles Murphy, Notre Dame TE Michael Mayer, Clemson LB Trenton Simpson, Iowa DE Will McDonald, Utah TE Dalton Kincaid, Pittsburgh DT Karija Kansi, Boston College WR Zay Flowers, and Tennessee WR Jarrin Hyatt. bottom. , Georgia TE Darnell Washington, Florida OG Oscyrus Torrence, Arkansas LB Drew Sanders, Michigan DT Maji Smith, Mississippi State CB Emmanuel Forbes, Alabama RB Jammer Gibbs.
We accepted the deal because so much talent is still available. Murphy, Simpson and Kancy were chosen as his next three.
Players who made it to the Cowboys in all three days of the NFL Draft
Round 1, No. 29: Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Cowboys add an immediate starting tight end to make up for the loss of Dalton Schultz and an early fourth-round pick. In this scenario, Dallas could decline the trade and pick the 26-year-old Mayer. Considering the roster’s needs and what was available, this was not a difficult decision.
Mayer has the potential to be a Day One starter and a player to spend the next decade in Dallas. He’s not as fast as some of the tight end prospects in this class, but he’s a quality player in every aspect of the game. Notre Dame has a solid history in that position, and most believe Mayer is the best of the impressive group.
Former NFL tight end Tyler Eifert said, “Obviously a pretty crazy comparison, but he just reminds me of[Rob Gronkowski]in a lot of ways.” athletic in November. “If you look at Gronk, he’s not really running a very good route. Some try to create separation at the top, but the bigger tight ends want you close so they can use their bodies to separate. He’s big, so he can go up and steal the ball and make some very tough catches.”
Round 2, No. 58: Keion White, Germany, Georgia Tech
Edge rushers aren’t a critical need for the Cowboys, but White ranks as the 47th best player in the class. By trading WR Brandin Cooks and his CB Stephon his Gilmour and re-signing several of his top freelancers and his agents, the Cowboys have the best players available in this kind of situation. You can now draft.
The need for a left guard was great, but Torrence, TCU’s Steve Avila and North Dakota State’s Cody Mouch were picked ahead of this pick.
The best available players are White, Miami CB Tillike Stevenson, South Dakota TE Tucker Craft, Florida DT Garbon Dexter, Auburn DE Derrick Hall, Baylor DT Siaki Ika, Wisconsin DT Keyane Benton, Ohio DE Zach Harrison, Iowa TE Sam It was Laporta.
White will put Dallas in a good spot with DeMarcus Lawrence turning 31 this week and Dorrance Armstrong and Dante Fowler becoming free agents at the end of the 2023 season.
“While White is still developing his craft and pass rushing technique/instincts, he has the power of a bull rusher and a high motor height/weight/speed with the mass to lock onto runs. Edge player,” says Dane Brugler, athletic‘s draft expert wrote in The Beast. “Like Datone Jones, he’s a prospect who doesn’t make a plan, and is serving as a rotation base end as his rookie in the NFL.”
Round 3, 90th Place: Darius Rush, CB, SC
Gilmour’s contract is for one year only. The Cowboys also need to sign Trevon Diggs to a long-term deal. Needing another starting cornerback to pair with Diggs or Daron Brando, Rush fits what Dallas likes at the position, he’s 6-1 and his arm is Over his 33 inches. Brugler ranks Rush as his ninth best cornerback in the class and his 63rd player overall.
“Rush is not a safe tackler and must continue to develop his instincts in off coverage,” Brugler wrote. His athleticism and his cover features give him his NFL starting potential as his corner man-to-man. ”
Other top players available for this pick are Tulane RB Tyjae Spears, Ole Miss WR Jonathan Mingo, Auburn RB Tank Bigsby, Wake Forest WR AT Perry, Texas RB Roschon Johnson, Michigan TE Luke Schoonmaker, and Ole Miss RB Zach Evans. bottom.
Round 4, No. 115: Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
This is a pick the Cowboys added in a tradeback in the first round against the Saints. Evans was ultimately named ahead of Iowa’s WR Xavier Hutchinson, LSU’s WR Cation Butte and Tennessee’s DE Byron Young.
With Ezekiel Elliott not on the roster, the Cowboys are interested in another starting-caliber running back. Brugler ranks Evans as his 10th best RB in this class. The 5-11, 202-pound Evans last season was the only year he spent on his mistakes since coming from TCU, where he rushed for 936 yards on 144 carries and scored nine touchdowns. . He was one of Dallas’ pre-draft official visitors.
“Evans has some baggage and some untapped territory on his NFL resume, but there’s no denying his burst and balance that create explosive plays in many ways.” A boom-or-bust outlook, he has the athleticism to be a dynamic change-of-pace option and offers RB1 potential in the NFL offense.”
Breakdown of the 7 Players the Cowboys Picked in the Full Expert Mock Draft
Round 4, No. 129: Anthony Bradford, OG, LSU
The pick ended up with two LSU players, Bradford and DT Jacqueline Roy. Both fields could use some help from the Cowboys’ roster. The Cowboys considered drafting WR Jalen He Tolbert over DE Sam Williams with the 56th pick, but decided that Tolbert was likely still there in his third round, they were right.
Although he played right guard in college, Bradford soon competed for the starting left guard job in Dallas. If the season starts today, that spot will likely be filled by veteran Edgachuma, whom Dallas signed in his March. Right tackle Terrence Steele is also being considered for left guard. The Cowboys are expected to address the position at some point in the draft.
Round 5, No. 169: Jaquelin Roy, DT, LSU
This worked very well for the Cowboys, allowing them to add help in the middle of the defensive line. The current top of the depth chart consists of Osa Odhi Gizwa, Jonathan Hankins, Quinton His Bohana, and Neville Gallimore.
The pick ended up in Roy and Purdue QB Aidan O’Connell.
“Roy is a mixed rating. He’s promising because of his power, but his movement skills are average and he’ll take time to adapt to a professional blocker,” Brugler wrote. “He’s a draft and development tackle who could enter the NFL rotation as a rookie.”
Round 6, No. 212 Max Duggan, QB, TCU
While he’s not a great passer, Duggan has shown mobility and impressive playmaking ability to lead TCU to a national championship game. The Cowboys are looking to add his QB developmental from this class. Players drafted at this point will take some time to get used to the game of the NFL. Maybe he’ll grow into a backup or end up playing in the XFL.
“Duggan’s pocket skills and downfield passing lack the polish needed for an NFL game, but he’s a valiant contender with dual-threat talent and calm confidence,” Brugler wrote. “He’s an interesting project for the patient NFL coaching staff.”
Round 7, No. 244: Jake Moody, K, Michigan
No players on the current roster will kick for the Cowboys during the 2023 season. Brugler believes Moody is the best in this draft class. Given the draft spot, this seemed like a good value pick.
Looking back at all eight picks, there are two positions the Cowboys probably wanted to tackle but weren’t here: linebacker and wide receiver. , looked far less intriguing than what could be in Dallas in undrafted free agency. It seemed silly to reach and add players that may not be there. The Cowboys set themselves up to draft the best available player, so they tried to do that with each of these picks.
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