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Cowboys Final Mock Draft Roundup: Juan Thornhill is in the lead with Taylor Rapp following

We close out our mock draft roundups for the 2019 draft season.

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We are here, finally. The NFL draft begins tonight. Of course, the Cowboys will likely be waiting until tomorrow night to make their first pick barring an unlikely trade-up into the first round. So who will they take at pick #58? That’s the question we’ve been tracking for months in our mock draft roundups, and today we present our final version.

Safety has been the most mocked position to the Cowboys this offseason, and that’s no different in our final roundup. Juan Thornhill, a player that was mocked to the Cowboys early on, still leads the field.

Inside The Star

R2/58 - DAL: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

The Cowboys biggest need lies at safety. At 58, the Cowboys aren’t likely to find guys like Taylor Rapp or Jonathan Abram. Instead, I think they’ll be in the range of Juan Thornhill, Amani Hooker, Darnell Savage and perhaps Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Out of this group of guys, I like Thornhill the best.

He is a great tackler, a natural ball-hawk and a smart player. He would be an excellent player to pair with Xavier Woods and take the Cowboys’ defense to the next level.

NFL Spin Zone

Round 2, Pick 58: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

It seems all but certain that the Cowboys are going to end up taking a safety with one of their two selections in the top-100. It would also be a safe bet to assume they’ll take one with their 58th pick. The best indicator for this was the amount of time they invested in scouting the position.

Thornhill checks off all the boxes for the Cowboys. He tested off the charts and has the versatility to play in the box as well as in coverage — and we all know how much this staff values positional flex. Most importantly, Thornhill is a ball hawk. In 2018 alone, he had six interceptions which is something that’s been painfully absent from the Dallas secondary for years.

Sports DFW

Pick No. 58: Juan Thornhill, Safety, Virginia

Thornhill was a national visit for the Cowboys as he was amongst 6 safety prospects to visit the Star. Thornhill possesses natural coverage ability and is athletic enough to play a rangy free safety if necessary. From a production standpoint, Thornhill had 6 interceptions last season at Virginia. He had the most interceptions of any other safety in this draft.

WFAA

Pick 58 (Round 2) Juan Thornhill, DB, Virginia

The Dallas Cowboys are in need of another safety next to Xavier Woods on the backend of the defense. Thornhill makes a ton of sense with his ability to not only be a sure tackler but to make plays on the ball in the air.

Thornhill has the instincts to create interceptions with his experience at cornerback and he brings position flex that this team has shown the propensity to value. Thornhill has an opportunity to take the starting role from the incumbent starter in Jeff Heath and without a first round pick, the opportunity to grab a starting-caliber player is too good to pass up.

Star-Telegram

Round 2

58. JUAN THORNHILL, S, VIRGINIA

The Cowboys would be happy with Washington’s Taylor Rapp or Mississippi State’s Jonathan Abram at this spot as well as Thornhill, a three-year starter and former cornerback who has elite athleticism to make plays on the ball.

The Cowboys are certainly looking at safety with this pick considering they brought Thornhill, Taylor Rapp, Johnathan Abrams, and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson in for pre-draft visits. Thornhill certainly fits the flexibility mold the Cowboys covet. Our own OCC showed he was productive and athletic, so it’s hard to argue with the pick.


Trailing Thornhill in our roundup is Taylor Rapp.

R.J. White CBS Sports

#58 SS Taylor Rapp, Washington

Fortunately for them, an awful showing at Taylor Rapp’s pro day allows the star safety prospect to slide down to them at No. 58. He should shine as a down safety for the Cowboys but can also bring some versatility to the position, much like free-agent acquisition George Iloka.

Cowboys Wire

2nd Round (58th overall): Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington

If you asked me two months ago if Rapp would be available at 58, I would have called you crazy, but that is just the nature of the draft process. Running in the mid 4.7s at his pro day hurt his chances of being a first round selection, and I think there is a more than likely chance he gets to the Cowboys’ second round pick than some think. 1) It is a deep safety class. 2) How much value does a box safety have in the top 50? If the Cowboys can land Rapp, he is an instant upgrade at the strong safety position with his football instincts and playmaking ability in both coverage and against the run.

Rapp was once thought of as a borderline first-round pick, but concerns about his athleticism have seen his stock drop. Rapp doesn’t present the flexibility of Thornhill, but could be the in-the-box safety complement to Xavier Woods’ single-high guy.


A couple of other safeties make it into the roundup.

The Huddle

58) Dallas Cowboys | FS Nasir Adderley, Delaware

Will he fall this far? Doubtful. It’s a deep class at safety, which should leave Dallas with a quality choice if it isn’t Adderley.

This would be interesting as Adderley has been mocked in the first round often.

NBC Sports

58 Dallas -- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

Gardner-Johnson was a pre-draft visit; his stock has been all over the board, even appearing in the first round on occasion.


Let’s move out of the safety position and to a couple of picks along the defensive line.

College Football News

58. Dallas Cowboys

The Pick Will Be: DE Zach Allen, Boston College

Allen resembles Tyrone Crawford in the ability to play outside or at the 3-tech, and the Cowboys do love position flex.

Walter Football

L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

The Cowboys have some issues on their defensive line in the wake of some their players in that area having off-the-field problems.


How about a pick that would surely divide the fan base?

Chad Reuter NFL.com

PICK 58 Damien Harris - RB

School: Alabama | Year: Senior

Harris is a nice fit behind Zeke, as he can take the load off in third-down situations because of his catching ability and pass protection skills.

This would create an explosion among Cowboys fans. One one side, the Cowboys have a stud running back who gobbles up almost all of the offensive snaps, so why use their second round pick on a running back? On the other side, the Cowboys could be looking to get Ezekiel Elliott some rest during the season, and looking to a future without him.

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