OFFENSE: Passing 26th Rushing 2nd
DEFENSE: PASS 11th Rush 8th
WR: Dez Bryant was recently let go.
LB: Anthony Hitchens no longer a Cowboy.
OL: Need depth at guard and tackle.
DL: Need upgrades at DT.
Safety: Need depth and could use upgrades.
Pick 19 First Rd: Taven Bryan DT
In Bryan the Cowboys get a DT with a quick twitch capable of blowing up run plays in the backfield and getting sacks as well. Bryan can also play DE if needed. Last season he had 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. Will be the best DT still on the board and has a lot of potential. His performance at the combine was solid as he was a top performer in several categories.
Rod Marinelli has spent time with Bryan. With Rod
Pick 50 Second Rd: Justin Reid Safety
Brother of Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid may be just the ball hawking safety the Cowboys defense has needed for years. Reid had 5 INTs last season and displays good instincts at safety. Ran 4.4/40 at the combine. Adding Reid to the secondary will bring needed takeaways and stability to a young Dallas secondary.
Pick 81 Third Rd: Josey Jewell LB
Dallas definitely needs a LB to back up Sean Lee and help with the departure of Hitchens. Jewell has been a tackling machine at Iowa, same program that produced Hitchens, and compares to Lee. AP All American, All Big Ten had 134 tackles last year and he defends passes well too. In pass coverage Josey has hits that remind me of another #43 that played in Dallas, Cliff Harris. With a nickname like “Outlaw,” naturally Josie should wear a star on his helmet.
Pick 116 Fourth Rd: Marcell Ateman WR
Dez has left the building and while the Cowboys have been active signing receivers in free agency, it makes sense to get one here. Ateman has nice size (6-4, 220) to become a possession receiver but what stood out about his video is that he makes a lot of catches 20+ yards downfield in the Oklahoma State offense. Dak and the Dallas offense need more pass completions down the field, an area they struggled last season. Marcell played at Wylie East High School near Dallas. Marcell is exceptionally good at catching the ball in traffic while heavily defended. A legitimate red zone target.
Pick 137: Geron Christian OT
Last season while Tyron Smith was out with injury, the Cowboys lack of depth was exploited (roll the nightmare film from Atlanta game). At Louisville, Geron played left tackle. Provides Dallas much needed depth at tackle and can hopefully move on from Chaz Green.
Pick 171 Fifth Rd: Troy Fumagalli TE
A productive TE at Wisconsin who gives excellent effort as a blocker as well. Finds a way to get open against defenses and makes great catches.
Three picks in 6th round: 192, 193, 208
Ike Boettger Guard: Experience at right tackle and left guard at Iowa. Adds depth across the line.
Ka’raun White WR: Nice combination of size, power, and speed. 1000 yds receiving, 12 scores at WV. Highlights
Justin Jones DT: Good run stuffer at NC State. A much needed 1 tech on defensive line to add in rotation.