With the 2017 NFL draft nearly a week away, it is time to really hone in on some of the possible outcomes fans of the Cowboys can expect. For this exercise I will use Fan Speak’s mock draft tool. I chose a big board complied by CBS, but made selections largely based on Dallas’ historical tendencies and current pre draft visitors.
Without further ado here is my 2017 haul for the Cowboys with analysis to follow.
Round One – Takkarist McKinley – EDGE – UCLA
If you have followed any of my work leading up to now, it is no secret my affinity for Takk. I still think he will be long gone by the time pick #28 rolls around, but his post combine surgery may keep him on the board just long enough for Dallas to grab the “war daddy” Jerry has been salivating for.
Other considerations : Kevin King, TJ Watt
Round Two – Cordrea Tankersley – Cornerback – Clemson
Tankersley possesses the length, ball skills and athletic ability that the Cowboys covet out of the cornerback position. The front office has also shown an affinity toward players from big name schools who play top competition. Having played in back to back National Championship games, the bright lights that come with the star on your helmet shouldn’t faze the former Tiger.
Other considerations : Carl Lawson, Quincy Wilson
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Round Three – Desmond King – Safety – Iowa
While Cordrea Tankersley checks the size and school benchmark the Cowboys set forth, King checks a different box – versatility. After spending most of his time at corner during his stay at Iowa, many scouts and teams project King as a safety at the next level. With his ability to play all over secondary, he could fill multiple holes in a pinch. This shouldn’t be understated amongst a currently undermanned Dallas secondary.
Other considerations : Josh Jones, Marcus Maye
Round Four – Rasul Douglas – Cornerback – West Virginia
Going with three straight secondary players may seem like overkill, but the Cowboys lost four key contributors from this unit to free agency. Factor in the signing of Nolan Carroll and that still leaves three roster spots to fill. Enter Douglas, the nation’s leader in interceptions last season. He checks yet another box the Dallas front office is looking to address this offseason – creating turnovers.
Other considerations : Amara Darboh, Samaje Perine
Round Five – No Current Pick
Round Six – Tarik Cohen – Running Back – N. Carolina A&T
The first offensive player of the Cowboy’s 2017 class comes in the form of a running back known as the “human joystick”. The diminutive Cohen stands at just five foot six inches tall, but don’t let his size fool you. Cohen can contribute in all facets of the offense and would be a nice replacement for the recently departed Lance Dunbar.
Other considerations : Travis Rudolph, Jeremiah Ledbetter
Round Seven – Artavis Scott – Wide Receiver – Clemson & Johnathan Ford – Safety – Auburn
Dallas has two seventh round picks as a result of swapping picks in the Matt Cassel trade. The first selection, Scott, gives the team a wideout with some return skills that could replace Lucky Whitehead, who has fallen out of favor at times with head coach Jason Garrett. The second pick here provides the Cowboys with an extremely versatile safety in Johnathan Ford. Ford played safety at Auburn as well as in the slot and on special teams.
While it is next to impossible to predict exactly how next week’s draft will shake out, this mock draft should help point fans in the direction the Cowboys could be headed. Secondary and edge rusher are priorities 1A and 1B, but I would not be surprised to see an offensive player taken early if the right guy falls to them. I would have liked to grab a tight end or interior defensive lineman during this mock, but value and availability never synched up.
Follow me on Twitter @Tigga11 and let me know what you think. Who would you like to see the Cowboys select next weekend?