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The 2019 NFL Draft is over and here are the results for your Dallas Cowboys:

Trysten Hill signs work ethic contract with Cowboys DC - Herbie Teope,

There were questions about Hill’s relationship with the coaching staff at Central Florida, but the Cowboys did their homework on this guy. And they even have a contract in place for their newest defensive lineman. Rod Marinelli explains:

I said to him, ‘If it doesn’t fit you, tell me now, because you will not be happy here. I told him to keep it, and he said, ‘Coach I feel great about this.’ It’s just about how you play. It’s a lot of different things, but how you carry yourself, how you play in our system. The effort and the want to, every snap. We’re unique that way -- how hard we practice and play. I usually see that on film early with guys. He really plays hard. If you watch his tape, he really hustles. That’s the passion we want in these guys.”

Barring any specific legal language built into Hill’s actual rookie contract, which he hasn’t signed yet, the informal agreement between the second-round pick and Marinelli won’t hold weight in a court of law. But it’s a unique honor-bound and motivational approach between two men, and Marinelli and Hill established a bond during the pre-draft process and stayed in touch leading to the draft.

5 things to know about Cowboys DT Trysten Hill, draft pick No. 58 - Sean Martin, Cowboys Wire

Hill has drawn comparisons to Henry Melton, who was a Rod Marinelli favorite in Chicago. And just like Melton, the Cowboys newest DT has some running back experience in college.

3. Hill scored a rushing touchdown last season against SMU

The Cowboys have a new look to their offensive coaching staff this season, and with it their may be some hope for Hill to relive a highlight of his final college season. In a blowout win against SMU at home, Hill got the call from one-yard out to score his only career rushing touchdown. As the draft rolls on, the Cowboys could be interested in a backup to Ezekiel Elliott, or they may have already found one in Hill. He also provided this devastating block on a 4th-and-1.

Rob Phillips over at the Mothership examines each of the Cowboys Day 3 picks and evaluates how they fit in with the current team.

RB Pollard Drafted In 4th; Role Behind Zeke? - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

The team drafted themselves a backup for Ezekiel Elliott, but what type of role will he have?

How He Fits In: NFL rushing champ Ezekiel Elliott has never missed a game due to injury, but with Rod Smith not re-signed in free agency, the Cowboys clearly were seeking a potential backup for Elliott. Elliott played 89 percent of the offensive snaps in 15 starts last year, but with Pollard’s versatile skill set, he could be used as a backup running back or receiver in certain situations. He’ll compete with Darius Jackson and Jordan Chunn this offseason.

How 5th-Rounder Michael Jackson Fits CB Mold - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

The team has plenty of depth at cornerback right now, but how long will that last? Phillips examines how the team’s newest corner will work into the mix.

How He Fits In: Cornerback depth was always a sneaky draft need for the Cowboys, with Pro Bowler Byron Jones spending the offseason rehabbing from hip surgery and nickel corner Anthony Brown also entering the final year of his contract. At 6-1, Brown is the tall, rangy press corner that defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard covets. He’ll compete for a backup spot on a deep depth chart that also features young contributors Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis.

Cowboys Continue To Draft Pass Rush Depth - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have a crowded edge rushing group, but that didn’t stop them from adding Miami’s Joe Jackson to the squad.

How He Fits In: This is a crowded depth chart, no question, but defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli can never have enough pass rushers. Veteran Robert Quinn is a major addition opposite Pro Bowler DeMarcus Lawrence, but Quinn is currently only on a one-year deal. Randy Gregory is currently suspended indefinitely by the NFL. Lawrence is aiming to be back from shoulder surgery by the start of the season. Jackson will add some insurance at the position as another young pass rusher alongside recent draft picks Taco Charlton and Dorance Armstrong.

Safety Measure: Cowboys Draft A&M’s Wilson - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

The team finally landed a safety in the draft, but what can they really get from a sixth-rounder?

How He Fits In: The Cowboys signed veteran George Iloka in free agency but sought more safety competition through the draft. Looking long-term, backup Kavon Frazier is entering the final year of his contract, as is starter Jeff Heath. Wilson will try to crack the depth chart but will likely have to earn a spot on special teams first. The Cowboys have had recent luck with sixth-round safeties: Xavier Woods (2017 class) had a solid first year as a starter last year.

The Cowboys ended up with a lot more picks than they started with and they have an old friend to thank for that.

Anthony Hitchens’ 2018 departure leads to 3 new Cowboys in 2019 draft - K.D. Drummond, Cowboys Wire

Anthony Hitchens is the like the jelly of the month club. He’s the gift that keeps on giving. The team received a compensatory pick (136th overall) after the Kansas City Chiefs signed him to a big deal, but they parlayed that pick into three picks.

Dallas first bailed from No. 136 in a trade with the Cincinnati Bengals, getting back picks No. 149 and No. 213.

But when No. 149 came up, the club decided to move back again. This time, the Oakland Raiders were the partner, sending Dallas No. 158 and No. 218.

The Cowboys moved back to collect later picks and secure players they probably had targeted as UDFA guys.

With those picks, Dallas added help to a couple of units. Kris Richard, secondary coach, finally got himself some length and a new toy with the selection of CB Michael Jackson, Sr. Jackson stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 210 pounds, while running a 4.45 40-yard dash. With the No. 213 pick, Dallas selected safety Donovan Wilson from Texas A&M. Wilson is a traits guy who could be a mold of clay for Richard. Finally at No. 218, the Cowboys brought in RB Mike Weber from Ohio State. Weber was one of the club’s 30 visitors and is the second RB taken in this draft.


2019 NFL Draft: Quick-snap grades for every team through Day 2 - Chad Reuter, gives a quick grade for every team after the first two days of the draft.

Dallas Cowboys Draft picks: UCF DT Trysten Hill (No. 58 overall); Penn State OG Connor McGovern (No. 90)

Day 1 grade: A

Day 2 grade: A

Overall grade: A

Draft analysis: Amari Cooper showed what he could become when teaming with Dak Prescott last year. Yes, Dallas gave up a first-round pick to get him, but let’s remember -- he’s just 24 years old, not a veteran who will be in his 30s before too long. If the team can’t sign him to a long-term deal, then the grade gets adjusted downward, but I don’t see that happening.

Replacing David Irving just got easier with Hill bringing his quick get-off to Dallas. McGovern could play guard or center, depending on the health of veteran pivot Travis Frederick. Look for Jerry Jones to try and find more weapons for the offense on Saturday.

2019 NFL draft grades: The Cowboys went old school with their Round 2 and 3 picks ... but what about safety? - Staff, SportsDay

People closer to the team weren’t so kind, including the well respected John Owning.

John Owning

Grade: C-plus

The Cowboys may have picked Hill a round too early for my taste, but he’s a perfect fit in Rod Marinelli’s defense. He’s an upfield penetrator who plays with unique power when he plays with proper pad level. If anyone can get the most out of him it’s Marinelli. The McGovern pick seems to indicate a switch to right tackle is in Connor Williams’ future with La’el Collins entering the last year of his contract. McGovern is an impressive run blocker whose pass protection ability needs refinement.

CBS Sports provides their draft grades for each round...

Second Round

Third Round

Fourth Round

Fifth Round

Sixth Round

Seventh Round

And make sure to check out our UDFA Tracker...

Randy Gregory is hoping to get reinstated.

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