[As we’re all aware, the draft season is well underway, or as we like to refer to it; Christmas season is here! The 2017 NFL draft takes place at the end of April, but we're putting together draft boards early. Here at BTB, we take pride in the community atmosphere and we always want your opinions to be shared on everything involving the Dallas Cowboys.
In this series, we’re going to be dissecting each of the Cowboys’ seven draft picks from 28 to 246 and asking you who are the best bets for the Dallas Cowboys. Right before the draft kicks off, we’ll put the perfect draft together as per our BTB community voting and see how it ends up lining up with the real deal. Keep in mind; we’re trying to be as realistic as possible so you’ll only be choosing from around five or so players that would potentially be on the board at the slotted position in the draft.
As a reminder, the Pick 28 Poll resulted in DE Charles Harris with 38% of the vote. After improving his vertical by 5.5 inches and his broad jump by 9 inches, that’s a good sign.
The Pick 60 Poll resulted in CB Adoree’ Jackson who could perhaps be one of the overall best athletes in the draft.]
Who Should The Cowboys Pick At 92nd Overall?
DE Derek Rivers, Youngstown State
Case For: There is no doubt about it that Rivers is an athletic phenomenon and has made giant leaps in this draft season already. Many folks out there wouldn’t be surprised if he’s drafted in the second round. As we stand now, he’s still relatively raw and is in the third round discussion (CBS 84th, DraftTek 145th). Rivers made the Top-10 for SPARQ ratings by an edge rusher. He had a ton of production at Youngstown and has bend around the edge which is important for 4-3 teams.
Case Against: He was a man among boys in college but will that transfer when the talent level increases around him? He’s not shown to be a good run defender and he’s a bit undersized for the position (6’4, 248 lbs). He has good burst but tends to be late off the snap and needs to add upper body power.
TE Jake Butt, Michigan
Case For: There aren’t a ton of tight ends in this draft that truly model their game after the legendary Jason Witten but Butt is closest. He’s a willing blocker and actually succeeds at it. He is a reliable target with a solid build and knowledge for the game. He’s in control of his body and is able to make contested catches. Butt set records at Michigan and was a four-year starter and captain.
Case Against: He tore his ACL at the end of the season and will take a redshirt year in the NFL. He’s not an explosive athlete though he is athletic and he still needs work to be a consistent blocker at the NFL level.
DE Trey Hendrickson, Florida Atlantic
Case For: Another small-school product that has really shown improvement over his collegiate career dating back to his freshman year. He led his team in sacks as a sophomore and made All-C-USA in 2016 with 9.5 sacks. Hendrickson made his SPARQ presence known (136.1, 89.2%). He’s a real second-effort type of guy with power, drive, and relentless effort.
Case Against: He’s got an average build that he needs to make up for in the NFL. A bit skinny-legged and will need to do a better job of standing up against powerful blockers. He is known to play a little tall at times and will need correcting in his pad level.
SS Justin Evans, Texas A&M
Case For: He plays with urgency and a punishing mentality. He was an outstanding athlete in multiple sports in high school. He’s a former receiver turned defensive back that plays with a lot of passion for the game. Not the fastest from the jump, Evans has the tremendous closing speed to make the play. He’s an aggressive tackler and really carries the stick as a hitter when he wants to. He’s drawing comps to Karl Joseph, a BTB favorite last year, and he makes some plays that will certainly be on SportsCenter.
Case Against: He does need to improve his tackling technique and could stand to add a bit more bulk to his frame. He’s built like a slot-corner but most definitely will find his home as a strong safety. His instincts fade the further he gets away from the ball which is why he needs to play in the box.
OT Adam Bisnowaty, Pittsburgh
Case For: He has the athleticism and build of a tight end though he’s over 300 pounds. He’s got initial quickness off the ball and packs a powerful punch with "sticky" hands on defenders. He plays with a mean streak and is very physical at the point of attack and Brugler says he plays with that "guard mentality." He’s a proven run blocker and has shown the ability to play with solid core power.
Case Against: He needs to improve his anchor against speed rushers and needs work on his balance. He’s still learning the position and is going to be limited to right tackle or guard. He’ll require some patience and he missed at least one game per season with an injury of sorts.
DL Tanoh Kpassagnon, Villanova
Case For: One of my favorite prospects in the entire draft, Tanoh has the explosion that will make him and intriguing candidate. He showed off his athleticism at the Senior Bowl though his Combine wasn’t all that impressive. His SPARQ score of 118.0 projects him as the top defensive tackle.
Case Against: He’s a very raw player much like Margus Hunt a few years back. He’ll get drafted early due to his production and ability to always be around the ball to make plays. He’s the type of guy who can move inside or out depending on what he’s asked. He’ll need work to refine his skills and learn how to control himself as a rusher.