2016 NFL team rankings
Passing yards- 23rd
Rushing yards- 2nd
Passing yards – 26th
Rushing yards- 1st
KEY NEEDS: pass defense. QB pressure. Depth offensive line.
NO. 28 First Round: Takkarist McKinley, OLB/DE
The Cowboys are forced to move on from the Randy Gregory rehab program, and find themselves a player that can make plays in the pass rush. McKinley is an explosive off the edge rusher capable of making a difference right away in the Dallas pass rush.
Takk ran a 4.59 in the forty and has the longest arms at the position, 34.75 inches. He also plays with a high motor. Time to add Takk with Dak.
NO. 60 2nd Round: Desmond King, FS
In the off season, Dallas parted ways with safety Wilcox and Barry Church while also losing DBs Carr and Mo Claiborne. The secondary represents an area of major need. Desmond is listed as a free safety but played corner at Iowa. King is a ball hawk who will bring much needed instincts to make a play on the ball, and come up with interceptions. King also returns punts and kicks so can contribute on special teams. King ran a 4.53 forty, and was a top performer in the cone and shuttle drills. King Highlights
NO. 92 3rd Round: George Kittle, TE
TE Gavin Escobar is moving on and iron man Jason Witten isn’t getting any, younger so adding a TE who can play right away, is not a bad idea. Kittle represents one of the best run blocking TEs available in the draft and is athletic enough to develop into an effective receiver. Kittle ran an impressive 4.52 forty (OJ Howard ran 4.51) and was in the top three among TEs in the broad jump. Kittle Highlights
NO. 133 4th Round: Rasul Douglas, CB
Dallas must address their secondary in this draft and picking up a CB here is a must. I like the size of Douglas (6-2, 209) with long arms and he also brings good ball instincts to a defense that needs more takeaways. Douglas INT Machine
NO. 211 6th Round: Lorenzo Jerome, Safety
A standout starter for four years at St Francis, Jerome has outstanding ball skills and is solid in run support to help fill the strong safety spot vacated by Barry Church who left for Jacksonville. A very instinctive safety who also returns kicks. Highlights
NO. 228 7th Round: Jerry Ugokwe, OT
Tackle Doug Free retired and the Cowboys will be looking for Chaz Green to fill his spot at RT, but it makes sense to draft a tackle. Ugokwe has the potential to develop into a right tackle in the future. He’s 6-7, 321 and posses long arms, 35.38 inches, and has experience at both tackles in a pro style offense.
NO. 246 7th Round: Bug Howard, WR
A big receiver at 6-4, 221 who had a productive career at UNC. I simply think Howard may be one of the best players still on the board this late in the draft and is worth a look. He ran a 4.58 forty, and had an outstanding vertical jump of 37.50 inches. Bug wins the jump balls. BUG in Action