The much anticipated day many diehard Cowboy fans have longed for since the playoff defeat against Green Bay is finally here. The 2017 NFL Draft will kick off Thursday night at 8 PM in Philadelphia. Here is my final prediction based off pre draft visits, team needs, rumored interest and projected availability of who Dallas will come away with when all is said and done. For other possibilities in each round be sure to check out my five names the Cowboys could select in each round.
Round 1 Pick#28 – Adoree Jackson – Corner – USC
With so many holes on the defensive side of the ball, I truly believe the Jones’ when they say they are not interested in taking any “redshirt” players this year. This may eliminate Tak McKinley from consideration here, provided he is still on the board. In Jackson the Cowboys would get a fantastic return man and a corner with elite ball skills. Jackson has always spent half the year focusing on track, so finally being able to devote his full attention to football, I would expect his technique to improve. TJ Watt is also a strong possibility here.
Round 2 Pick#60 – Tarell Basham – Edge – Ohio
If the Cowboys go with a corner in round one, I would fully expect them to take a pass rusher in the second and vice versa. It will be interesting to see who is still available at pick 60, weather it be Basham, Derek Rivers or Jordan Willis, Dallas has been linked to all three. Perhaps they move up to grab someone like Carl Lawson?
Round 3 Pick#92 – Xavier Woods – Safety – Louisiana Tech
Another defensive player who has been linked to the Cowboys and could come in day one and have an impact. Woods in known for his ball skills first and foremost and could form a nice tandem when paired with Byron Jones.
Round 4 Pick#133 – Jalen Myrick – Corner – Minnesota
A fourth straight defensive pick here for the Cowboys, and their second corner. Dallas starts day three off with an absolute speedster. Myrick ran a 4.28 second forty yard dash at the combine. He has also had pre draft meetings with the team.
Round 6 Pick#211 – Tarik Cohen – Running Back – North Carolina A&T
After securing possibly four defensive starters to this point in the draft, Dallas can now start plugging depth holes on offense. Cohen, better known as the human joystick, would be a perfect replacement for the recently departed Lance Dunbar.
Round 7 Pick#228 – Fred Ross – Wide Receiver – Mississippi State
The first round selection of Jackson diminishes Lucky Whitehead’s value on the team as Adoree is a better return man and could even run the gadget plays on offense. Whitehead could become expendable in the team’s eyes, thus enter Dak Prescott’s favorite target during his time in Starkville in Ross.
Round 7 Pick#246 – George Kittle – Tight End – Iowa
Jason Witten can not play forever and Rico Gathers, while making strides, appears to be more a pass catching threat. James Hanna is uncertain to play again and Geoff Swaim is coming off injury in his own right. Kittle is a good blocker and could pair with Gathers to complement each other’s skill set for years to come.