In this series, we’re going to give you options for each Cowboys draft pick through round four to see who you believe is the best option.
We’re just going to assume that the Cowboys stay pat and pick so no trade options here. Using Dane Brugler’s prospect rankings at NFLDraftScout.com or hints from their pre-Draft visits, we’ll give you options of guys with a chance to be on the board. After we have gathered all answers to the polls, we’ll publish the perfect BTB Draft.]
BTB’s poll results for the first three rounds:
DT Vita Vea at pick 19 with 44% of the vote
WR Courtland Sutton at pick 50 with 27% of the vote
G Braden Smith at pick 81 with 39% of the vote
OT Alex Cappa, Humboldt State (Brugler: 109th)
Where he fits: The Cowboys are just looking to fortify their offensive line one way or another. Cappa is certainly an interesting player who has the build and look for today’s tackles but plays inside, too. He’s a very large man but more muscular and athletic than pudgy. Cappa played well at the Senior Bowl and stood out in a tackle class that isn’t anything to write home about. Though he does a nice job of setting his feet and moving quick enough to grab the edge, he may actually project better inside.
He’s an aggressive blocker that was man among boys but was going up against far less competition he’ll find at the NFL level. He’s very technically sound and his nastiness as a competitor will attract teams that need line help.
CB Quenton Meeks, Stanford (Brugler: 110th)
Where he fits: Meeks has the prototypical size you look for in an outside corner but he lacks the athleticism and twitchy-style that most teams covet. He uses his length well to jam receivers at the line and get them off their routes. He’s a very skilled corner for zone-heavy schemes always looking to make the tackle in run defense.
Due to his limitations athletically, he could be looked at by some as a strong safety prospect but he doesn’t lack reactionary skills to stay on the outside. Meeks is a hard-nosed productive defender that could compete for a role upon arrival. At the very least, he’ll give you a highly-productive special teamer.
OLB Fred Warner, BYU (Brugler: 115th)
Where he fits: The Cowboys will need to shore up their roster at linebacker and Warner is the typical linebacker they like. He’s got solid sideline-to-sideline speed and can play inside as well as outside. Warner led his team in tackles two years in a row and was named a captain in 2017. Last season, Warner had 87 tackles, including 48 solo stops, he also had nine tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, and one interception.
He’s a hyperactive linebacker that was on the watch lists for both the Bednarik and Butkus Awards. Warner certainly has the skill set to transfer to the NFL and become a solid starter if needed, he’s a very dependable player and sure tackler.
DE Tyquan Lewis, Ohio State (Brugler: 116th)
Where he fits: Lewis is not a flashy edge rusher but he’s one of the more relentless prospects at the position. He was highly respected as a leader for the Buckeyes, where he was named a team captain twice. The Cowboys are looking to keep churning the roster and could use another productive pass rusher for their rotation. Lewis started 36 games, had 112 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss, and 23.5 sacks.
He’s not the quick-twitch athlete that most defensive coordinators look for but he has great technique, awareness, toughness, and high character. Lewis is one of those guys that can have a very long career in the NFL due to his understanding for the game and how to win without elite athleticism.
FS Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh (Brugler: 125th)
Where he fits: If the Cowboys aren’t going to grab a sure-fire starter in the first few rounds, they at least should bring in some competition for Xavier Woods. Whitehead is a quick athlete that has smooth movements like a cornerback. He’s got really natural ball skills to see the route develop and be there to knock the pass away or come away with the ball. He’s very intelligent and hits with physicality that his size wouldn’t suggest he possesses.
He gets favorable comparisons to Budda Baker as an undersized safety that has the burst, play speed, and toughness to compete for a starting role on the back end of an NFL defense.
Of these five prospects, who would you pick for the Cowboys at pick 116?
This poll is closed
OT Alex Cappa
CB Quenton Meeks
LB Fred Warner
DE Tyquan Lewis
FS Jordan Whitehead