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The Dallas Cowboys Select Joey Ivie With The 228th Pick (7th Round) In The 2017 NFL Draft

The Cowboys use their first seventh-round pick on DT Joey Ivie.

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The Dallas Cowboys continue their efforts to totally revamp their defense by spending another draft pick on defense. The Cowboys selected defensive tackle Joey Ivie from Florida with their first seventh-round pick.

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While Ivie didn’t have the most illustrious career at Florida, he was undoubtedly a difference maker. During his senior season, he made 26 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, 6.0 quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a blocked kick, all while battling through a nagging thumb injury.

At Florida’s pro day, Ivie put up some relatively impressive stats. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.97 seconds, bench-pressed 225 pounds 26 times, had a 29.5 inch vertical and ran a 20-yard shuttle in 4.50 seconds. Even though he wasn’t invited to the 2017 NFL Combine, this would have put Ivie right in the middle of just about every category for defensive tackles.

Cowboys Needs:

Defensive line/edge rusher: The Cowboys have needed help here for years, ever since the departure of DeMarcus Ware. DE Taco Charlton

Cornerback: The Cowboys lost Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency. They still have three corners who can play, in Orlando Scandrick, Nolan Carroll and Anthony Brown, but they need depth, and a possible upgrade. CB Chidobe Awuzie, CB Jourdan Lewis, CB Marquez White

Safety: Starter Barry Church and sometime-starter/reserve J.J. Wilcox both exited in free agency, leaving the Cowboys with Byron Jones and question marks. Jeff Heath is currently the other starter, but a high pick int he draft could become the starter at the position. S Xavier Woods

Right Tackle: Doug Free is retiring, and Chaz Green has yet to show he can stay healthy. Free agent signee Byron Bell is a stop-gap, the Cowboys need to find the future at the position.

Cowboys draft picks:

(Round-pick in the round-overall pick)

1-28-28: DE Taco Charlton

2-28-60: CB Chidobe Awuzie

3-28-92: CB Jourdan Lewis

4-27-133: WR Ryan Switzer

6-7-191: S Xavier Woods

6-33-216: CB Marquez White

7-10-228: DT Joey Ivie

7-21-239 Dallas from New England

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