Part two of a five-team evaluation of the 2019 NFL Draft, from a fan’s perspective
I reached out and asked some of my friends their thoughts on the NFL Draft that wrapped up over the weekend. Below are some thoughts on what one of them things regarding his Dallas Cowboys.
Day One: Thursday, April 25
The Dallas Cowboys didn’t have a first round pick this year.
As a Cowboys fan, it was honestly great to see the team sit back and watch. The first round pick had been used on a proven talent via trade, and that’s more assuring than can be said about other drafts (cough* cough* Taco Charlton).
While of course every team wants more play makers from the first round, the ‘Boys are in a situation where young, cheap talent is necessary to fill out a roster which will be strapped for cash in the coming years.
Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper and potentially CB Byron Jones and LB Jaylon Smith will be up for contracts in the next couple of years.
Adding depth will be key this year and next. I’m very excited for how day two and three will go.
Day Two: Friday, April 26
Dallas kicked off their draft by selecting Trysten Hill (DT, Central Florida) with the 26th pick in round two.
I was definitely surprised that the ‘Boys went with a defensive lineman in the second, given the large number of highly graded safeties on the board at 58. However, Hill is a player that has been circled for a while now as a great scheme fit. Not to mention that, in the numbers game, the defensive line does need bodies and depth.
They added another lineman with the 27th pick in the third round, selecting Connor McGovern (G, Penn State).
The selection at 90 was the guard out of Penn State, which I think was a sneaky selection. The Cowboys will have some issues to work out in the coming years on the offensive line. Between Travis Fredrick’s diagnosis last year, the likelihood La’el Collins will be a cap casualty, and concerns over Smith’s durability, depth on the line will be important to cultivate.
The fact that no safety was taken in day two, considered perhaps the biggest need by the fan base, falls in line with the coaching staff. They have talked up Xavier Woods and Jeff Heath and their confidence in their starting safeties.
It would be nice to see a safety or tight end taken for depth tomorrow. I think we’ll likely see a corner, specifically Isaiah Johnson (Houston) who is rumored to be the pet cat of the Cowboys’ defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator, Kris Richard.
Day Three: Saturday, April 27
Dallas went onto select six more prospects in the final day of the draft: Tony Pollard (RB, Memphis), Michael Jackson (CB, Miami), Donovan Wilson (S, Texas A&M), Mike Weber (RB, Ohio State), Jalen Jelks (EDGE, Oregon).
In terms of areas of absolute need, the backup running back position has been addressed with the selection of Pollard and Weber. Their outlook’s are positive to me as Pollard offers more than just a backup RB, given his explosive skill set.
Finding a true upgrade at safety was another potential need, although not an urgent one. While Wilson was picked, I can’t say I believe an upgrade has been made. I’m more satisfied with Heath’s play currently compared to most fans.
Medium to long-term positions were addressed with the selection of two corners and one interior lineman. The former provide great scheme fits and the latter are more of assurance. I see no problem in either. Two defensive lineman were taken as well and I’ll never be upset adding more big boys to the roster.
Having seen the entirety of the 2019 Draft unfold, with the caveat being no draft can truly be judged until we have witnessed true football, I am slightly positive regarding the Cowboys’ acquisitions.
On the whole, I like the addition of depth but I do not see any big impact players in the crop. That’s partially due to the position the team had and partially due to how good the roster currently is. I would’ve liked to see the second round pick go to Taylor Rapp or one of the other highly-graded safeties or the selection of Johnson with their first fourth-round selection. Accounting not having that first round pick due to getting Cooper through trade last year, I’d give this team a B.