For about two months now, it's been almost impossible to figure out who the Dallas Cowboys will select with their first-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Some options all along have been Joey Bosa, Jalen Ramsey, Ezekiel Elliott, Myles Jack, Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff. But with the latest trades atop the draft, the probability of the Cowboys drafting a quarterback has gone down tremendously. And with the news of Jack's latest medical recheck, it looks as if the Cowboys are deciding between three players: Bosa, Ramsey, or Elliott.
Taking a look at this, their biggest need is the defensive end spot. With the four-game suspensions to Randy Gregory and a possible one for DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys, as of now, could be relying on Benson Mayowa, Jack Crawford, and Ryan Russell to take on each snap. However, just because the Cowboys' biggest need is defensive end they still need to get contributors in each round, but they need to get guaranteed production from their first two picks. Here's my pick for the Cowboys in round one and two.
First Round, 4th Overall: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback/Safety, Florida State
With the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles trading up, top quarterbacks Goff and Wentz will be off the board. With that happening, it could very well mean that Ramsey will fall to the Cowboys' fourth-overall pick. There is a chance that the San Diego Chargers select Ramsey and if that happens, the Cowboys could figure out things from there, but the general consensus believes that Ramsey will be available for the taking when the Cowboys pick rolls around.
Ramsey is one of the most intriguing players in the draft. Because offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil isn't on the Cowboys' board, there's a high chance that Ramsey is actually the top player on the Cowboys' board. If that is the case, it would make all the sense in the world to bring in Ramsey. At 6' 1", 205 pounds, Ramsey has the body that is needed to perform at the NFL level. He's a smart defensive back who has the true makings of a ball-hawk type of player.
It's yet to be determined whether he'd play cornerback or safety, but by adding a guy like Ramsey to this secondary, it could give the Cowboys the opportunity to get some coverage sacks. Dallas' depleted pass rush will need better production from the secondary. If the Cowboys draft Ramsey, they'll be getting a starter and a guy who can immediately improve this defense. If Ramsey ends up being a cornerback, the Cowboys would have a decent rotation at the position. If he ends up being a safety, the Cowboys could have a rangy, young duo in Ramsey and Byron Jones.
Second Round, 34th Overall: Jonathan Bullard, Defensive End, Florida
If you look at some of the defensive ends Dallas has added in recent years (Lawrence, Gregory, Mayowa, Russell), all of these players show the ability to be the first ones off the ball when it's snapped. Dallas loves guys that get off the ball well, Bullard has that ability .
The Cowboys would be wise to add a guy as unique as Bullard if he's still available. The Florida product is exceptional at getting through gaps and getting in the backfield. He's extremely intelligent and he does an excellent job at using his low center of gravity to push back opposing lineman and make plays in the backfield.
By adding Bullard, the Cowboys would add yet another young option in the pass rush. By coming to Dallas, Bullard would get a chance to work with Rod Marinelli and Leon Lett. If he can learn some more pass-rushing moves to go with his NFL-ready frame, Bullard could become an impact player, producing from both the defensive tackle spot and the defensive end spot.