Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and the Dallas Cowboys have two new players to add to the roster. The selection of Trysten Hill was a player we could see coming as the scuttlebutt told us the team was very high on him, but adding offensive lineman Connor McGovern was something many of us didn’t expect. But that’s how the Cowboys roll as they preach to us about taking the best player available and on Friday they were true to their word.
While it’s always great to collect quality players, there are still many positions that could sure use some added talent. Where can the team find the best remaining talent from this draft. Here are the top players left in the draft and some potential prospects the Cowboys could be looking at in Day 3 of the draft.
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
Amani Hooker, Iowa
Deionte Thompson, Alabama
Khari Willis, Michigan State
Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was a player that was high on the BTB draft board and not many expected him to be available at pick 58, but he was. And so was Taylor Rapp and Juan Thornhill. But the Cowboys didn’t go that route and passed on all of them. With their affinity for Trysten Hill, we all came to terms with that. Safeties started coming off the board in the third round, however nobody showed interest in Gardner-Johnson. The Cowboys had a chance to get him at 90, but passed again.
There are still a few good safeties that would be a good fit with the team. Keep an eye out for Michigan State’s Khari Willis. He’s a good box safety that is able to diagnose plays well. He moves fluidly and takes good angles. He could be a good value Day 3 pick at safety.
Julian Love, Notre Dame
Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
Corey Ballentine, Washburn
Isaiah Johnson, Houston
Derrek Thomas, Baylor
Not only are there still a handful of good corners still available, but a lot of them have the size Kris Richard looks for. Penn State’s Amani Oruwariye is one of my personal favorites as he does a really good job playing the ball. Houston’s Isaiah Johnson is a former receiver-turned-corner who needs developing, but could be a good project. Washburn’s Corey Ballentine is slightly undersized, but he plays big and is a high character guy that could max out his potential. And don’t be surprised if the Cowboys go after Baylor’s Derrek Thomas. He’s a physical press corner with good speed that has flashed some nice ball skills.
Christian Miller, Alabama
Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan
John Cominsky, Charleston
For those holding your breath that the team would pass on the NCAA’s all-time sack leader in Jaylon Ferguson, you can finally exhale. He plays for the Baltimore Ravens now. The Cowboys could look for some high-upside guys on Day 3 with Alabama’s Christian Miller leading the charge. Miller has good instincts, length, and is a high character guy who can add more depth on the edge. Eastern Michigan’s Maxx Crosby has great first-step quickness and closing speed, but is small and can be pushed around at times. Charleston’s John Cominsky is a great athlete who can defend the run and rush the passer.
Renell Wren, Arizona State
Gerald Willis, Miami
Daniel Wise, Kansas
Kingsley Keke, Texas A&M
There are still some really good options at defensive tackle, but it would the Cowboys dare double-dip at the position? Arizona State’s Renell Wren would be a nice addition as a 1-tech to play alongside Trysten Hill. He is a stellar run defender who has the size and strength to block traffic. The Cowboys current 1-techs on the roster are Antwaun Wood and this year’s free agent Christian Covington. Both of them will be free agents next season.
Miami’s Gerald Willis has upside, but he comes with character concerns. Kansas’ Daniel Wise has great quickness and plays with good energy. Texas A&M’s Kingsley Keke would be a development project, but his quickness, length, and versatility could make him a nice investment for the future.
Trayveon Williams, Texas A&M
Justice Hill, Oklahoma State
Bryce Love, Stanford
Mike Weber, Ohio State
Tony Pollard, Memphis
There are plenty of nice options at the running back position. Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams is one of my pet cats. He’s small, but is a tough player with great vision to run behind the Cowboys offensive line. He’s also a reliable pass blocker and can be utilized as a receiver. Stanford’s Bryce Love tore his ACL late in the season, but when healthy - he’s an explosive runner. Like Williams, he’s also undersized, but he can do some serious damage in the open field.
Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
Kelvin Harmon, NC State
Riley Ridley, Georgia
Emanuel Hall, Missouri
Stanley Morgan Jr., Nebraska
Antoine Wesley, Texas Tech
There have been some great receivers that have fallen in this draft. The consensus top WR of the draft, D.K. Metcalf was the eighth receiver off the board and didn’t go until the last pick of the second round. That speaks to how important it is to be able to run good routes and makes us appreciate Amari Cooper that much more. One of the draft’s most polished route-runners, Stanley Morgan Jr., is still available and could be a nice late round add.
One of the draft’s biggest targets is still available as Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler has yet to hear his name called. He has great speed for a big guy, but is one of the top contested-catch receivers in the draft. But if Metcalf lack of a route tree caused him to drop, expect more of the same for Butler. NC State’s Kelvin Harmon is a great ball-tracker and is good route-runner. He does a good job finding creases in the defense. Missouri’s Emanuel Hall has great athleticism with the speed to be a deep threat.
Foster Moreau, LSU
Kaden Smith, Stanford
Dax Raymond, Utah State
It made me sad to see Ole Miss’ Dawson Knox taken with the last pick of Day 2. All the high-upside tight ends are gone, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t find an upgrade. LSU’s Foster Moreau is my favorite tight end left as he has really good athleticism, great locker room guy, and works hard as a blocker.
Here is a look at the top available players courtesy of the BTB draft board.
Who are your favorite players left in this draft?