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2020 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys projected to earn fifth-round pick for wide receiver Cole Beasley

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That could come in handy.

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We are officially settling into the offseason, and as soon as the Dallas Cowboys figure out their head coaching situation, we will have a bit more information as to the direction that this team is ultimately headed in. For now, we have some speculating to do.

While there are a lot of things going on in the here and now, before you know it the clock will officially be on for the 2020 Cowboys with regards to the upcoming draft. Unlike last season, the Cowboys have a first-round pick to play with which is going to make things fun.

The Cowboys could have more than just a first-rounder back though, courtesy of the NFL’s compensatory picks. “Comp picks” are selections that are awarded to teams based on the league’s formula (a super secret one) that factors in how many free agents they signed and lost the offseason prior. The general idea is that the more you lose the more likely you are to earn “comp picks” for players that left your team in free agency, and the better they performed along with the bigger the contract they got, the higher those picks could wind up being.

The folks at OverTheCap do a tremendous job with all of this as it pertains to the NFL and they have released their final compensatory pick projections. They have the Cowboys earning a fifth-round draft pick due to the loss of Cole Beasley who signed with the Buffalo Bills a year ago.

An extra fifth-rounder sure would be nice for Will McClay and whoever is coaching the team to play with. Here are the players that Dallas has taken in the fifth round over the last 10 years.

Dallas Cowboys fifth-round picks, 2010-2019

  • 2011: Josh Thomas
  • 2012: Danny Coale
  • 2013: Joseph Randle
  • 2014: Devin Street
  • 2015: Ryan Russell
  • 2018: Mike White
  • 2019: Michael Jackson
  • 2019: Joe Jackson

As you can see there isn’t a whole lot to write home about here, but hopefully a new decade can change that. Thinking about the name Danny Coale might send those that chose him as their pet cat into a fit of nostalgia, perhaps there will be a new player of such prestige landed with the pick that Cole Beasley may or may not net.