After an impressive 13-3 season, the Dallas Cowboys select 28th in the 2017 NFL Draft. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece examining five potential targets for Dallas in the first-round. With the combine wrapped up, here are five more possible draft picks for the Cowboys to consider.
1). Malik McDowell: Defensive lineman – Michigan State
McDowell was considered a lock to be a top-15 pick but after an average junior season and some poor interviews at the combine, his stock has fallen. McDowell is still being projected as a late-1st-rounder — right around where the Cowboys select. To me, this would be a great fit. McDowell is as talented a pass-rusher as there is in this draft, but he doesn’t always play with max effort. I believe Cowboys defensive coordinator, Rod Marinelli, could maximize McDowell’s remarkable talent.
2). O.J. Howard: Tight End – Alabama
I know, there’s no way Howard will fall to the bottom of the first, right? Well, it doesn’t seem likely, with him being projected as high as top-5 in certain mocks. Howard is certainly a fantastic player, but it’s always hard to project where tight ends get drafted — as some view the position as a luxury in the first-round. If he somehow falls into the Cowboys’ lap, he couldn’t be a better fit as a future Jason Witten replacement.
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3). Kevin King: Defensive Back – Washington
Kevin King isn’t as well known as some of the other defensive back prospects. With possible need at corner, the senior defensive back out of Washington could make a lot of sense. King has great size, at 6-foot-3, and had an impressive 2016 season for the Huskies. He and Sidney Jones helped Washington make the college football playoffs. King could help right away and would eventually lock down one of the outside defensive back spots.
4). Taco Charlton: Defensive End – Michigan
Charlton to Dallas has been a popular projection, going back to pre-combine mock drafts. He fits the need for an elite edge-rusher. The Cowboys have had trouble finding long-term help along that defensive line. They added a couple of young pieces last year, but Charlton is an immediate upgrade with a great pedigree playing two seasons for former NFL coach, Jim Harbaugh, at Michigan. Charlton may not be available at the 28th pick, since the NFL is always looking for pass-rushers. But if he is, it would be a slam dunk for Dallas.
5). Obi Melifonwu: Safety – Connecticut
Since losing J.J. Wilcox in free agency, the Cowboys may look to add a safety in this draft. Obi Melifonwu isn’t a household name but he played at Connecticut, like current Cowboys free safety, Byron Jones. This wouldn’t be a sexy pick, but they would be adding a good young player that could team up with Jones at safety for years to come.