This past week's blockbuster trade has put the Dallas Cowboys in ample position to do just about anything they would like to do in this year's draft. If the rumors serve true and Jalen Ramsey is their guy, they'll likely be able to get him. If they want to get more value, they can do that as well. At times, throughout this process, I've had doubts about the fourth pick, but things are shaping up nicely for the front office at Valley Ranch.
So, as we begin this process once again, we see the Cowboys take advantage of a possible bad situation. I guess it really just depends on how you see it. Let's make another mockery of this thing!
Rams take Jared Goff as expected but those pesky Browns decided to throw a wrench at us. Cleveland makes a trade with Philadelphia, who take Carson Wentz with the second pick, Chargers decide to defy logic and still take Jalen Ramsey. Now, the Cowboys are sitting there staring at Laremy Tunsil, Joey Bosa or Ezekiel Elliott. I think this one becomes a no-brainer. Just when it's time to pull the trigger, Tampa Bay rings the bell and saves the day.
Bucs offer picks 9+39 in exchange for the 4th overall pick: TB takes Tunsil.
Pick 9: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
It's only one extra pick but it's a good one. This gives the Cowboys one of their guys and they luck out with an extra second-round pick. Besides, the Buccaneers only end up losing by 60 points and believe it's more than worth it for Tunsil. I heard something in the defense of Elliott this week that makes a point. Elliott is one of the few catalytic players in this class and most certainly will take pressure off of Tony Romo. In fact, he could do a lot in order to prolong Romo's career in some sense.
Despite having Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, the point is sometimes missed here. Elliott is a special back and the Cowboys are widely considered the best place for him. This is a dominant offensive line that needs a dominant running back, Elliott makes a lot of sense. If you get another two as well and keep him away from the NFC East rivals, sign me up.
Pick 34: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Spence is the best pass rusher in the draft when it comes to strictly that. Yes, the whole Randy Gregory thing is really throwing some folks for a loop on a troubled past. However, Spence isn't failing drug tests at the Combine. He's been out in the open with all his past transgressions and doesn't seem to be the type of guy to revert back. There is just too much talent to let him slip by at 34.
If there, Dallas takes him and there is no question they will be happy with the decision. This is a draft where elite pass rushing talent is slim. Spence is not a complete defensive end just yet as he has work to do in run support and some think he's a tweener. However, he is clearly a notch above everyone not named Joey Bosa. The upside for Spence is very high and the Cowboys could at the very least use a speed rusher right about now. By all rights, he should be a first-round pick, but Dallas gladly takes him at 34.
Pick 39: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Cowboys have been trying to address their cornerback position all offseason long. Though I prefer Ramsey, Fuller is a nice consolation prize in the second round. He comes from a bloodline that has produced some good corners at the NFL level. Kendall is the youngest of the Fuller family, but it's clear he's the one with the highest ceiling and most gifted athletically speaking.
He's got good size and the frame that is NFL ready. While he's not as polished as his brother Kyle, don't expect for it to take very long for him to get up to speed. Fuller has the natural acceleration and ball skills to disrupt receivers while staying in position to make plays.
Pick 67: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
He is a hard-nosed hitting machine and he makes plays all over the field. Joseph was asked to play the free position a lot in college but it's not his true fit. He's better when he's near the play not on an island.
Joseph can be a little over aggressive but he has received comparisons to Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks. He can hit you but he can cover as well. Perhaps his best trait is his knack to make plays and be a force for any offense to have to reckon with. He seems to be on track medically and would be a great pickup for a defense that feels stale. Joseph is without a doubt one of the toughest competitors in this year's class and is one explosive player. With back to back selections to the secondary, the Cowboys could become a "No Fly Zone".
Pick 101: Kolby Listenbee, WR, TCU
The Cowboys really have a desire for a receiver that can run and Listenbee's speed is something they don't really have. He does a really nice job of blazing down the field and separating himself from defenders. He's also got great hands and has shown the ability to win some battles for the ball. TCU's receivers will always get the knock of not being polished route runners, but Listenbee is better than he gets credit for. If Dallas is looking for top-end speed that can take the top off a defense then this pick will give them that.
Pick 135: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State
The Cowboys need to address the quarterback position this year and Prescott will allow them to sit him behind Tony Romo for a few seasons while he polishes his game. He'll also be one of the best talents left at this point in the draft. He's got a good feel for the game and is a true dual-threat with his ability to run and be accurate as a passer. He's not everyone's favorite quarterback, but he's certainly one the Cowboys have shown a lot of interest in.
Pick 189: Rodney Coe, DT, Akron
He was one of the Cowboys' 30 visits and is an interesting player, to say the least. After being kicked off the Iowa State Cyclones, he transferred to Akron. There, he started 10 games in 2015, recorded 43 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and was named All-MAC Third Team. Together he and his comrades allowed a measly 89.5 rushing yards per game. That ranked him first in the MAC and third nationally. When you watch the tape, you see a guy with some explosion and he's a load to deal with.
Pick 212: David Morgan, TE, Texas- San Antonio
Here comes the typical "huh" pick. The Cowboys like to take tight ends and it actually makes some sense to grab Morgan. He's a lunch-pail guy who has shown his versatility to block and catch. His speed is a bit lacking but as a backup tight end that can handle H-back duties and is a known blocker, they'll take him. He's a good locker room presence and was named a second-team All-American.
Pick 216: Cory James, OLB, Colorado State
Another visitor to Valley Ranch, folks may not know where to play him. Like Myles Jack, he makes a ton of plays and some may flirt with putting him at safety. For the Cowboys, I say you take this impressive athlete and keep him at linebacker. He needs to learn the nuances of the game but could be a defensive gadget player as he can surely rush the passer on blitzes. James recorded 15.5 sacks combined in 2013-2014 before making a full switch to middle linebacker. Keep this kid on the outside not inside.
Pick 217: Joe Thuney, C/G, NC State
He's an athletic guard that can really move in the run game. He's a bit raw but has some good footwork and excellent awareness to see and block fro the runner. He anchors well and is not a liability in protection. He stays on his feet and has some good bend but still needs development in converting his power. He also has some work to do in hand placement but offers the flexibility to play multiple spots. He is a project and can get a little clunky at times but is a tough player with a good mental makeup for the game.