As Day 2 of the NFL draft arrives, we’re going back to our crystal ball to predict what the Cowboys will do. We tried this on Day 1, but no one could have predicted that CeeDee Lamb would drop all the to #17. Suffice it to say very few had Lamb as a Cowboy. Nevertheless, we trudge on with our fearless predictions for the Cowboys and Day 2 of the NFL draft.
Connor Livesay - After shocking the world by taking CeeDee Lamb, the best wide receiver in the draft at 17th overall, the team will now turn its attention to the defensive side of the ball. As it stands now, there is plenty of defensive talent still on the board with players such as Xavier McKinney, Zack Baun, Ross Blacklock, Trevon Diggs, Kristian Fulton, and many more. It’s going to be hard seeing the Cowboys look past defensive back with the 51st overall pick with as many good secondary players still on the board. With Henderson off the board at nine to Jacksonville, the Cowboys added a premier talent at receiver, and may have the opportunity to add a player at corner that wouldn’t be far off from the player they would have taken at 17 if they went a different direction. It’s looking like an excellent start to the 2020 draft for Jerry Jones and Co.
OCC - On Day Two, look for a repeat of Day One: the Cowboys will sit tight at 51 and wait to catch a falling star. Some of the players I’m looking for them to catch include DE Yetur Gross-Matos, CB Trevon Diggs, CB Kristian Fulton, or S Xavier McKinney. Someone with a top grade will fall. In round three, I’d expect them to start focusing more on their needs, and perhaps target a safety or defensive tackle.
Tom Ryle - The best thing I see coming is that the Cowboys clearly stuck to their board with CeeDee Lamb, and that should mean more of the same. And with the names left out there, a very good player should still be there when they go on the clock in round 2. A defense heavy run could clear some of the best remaining, but there is still a chance that a player like Xavier McKinney, Grant Delpit, or Zack Baun could be available. I do think they should get a defensive back and a defensive lineman by the time things wrap up today. It is doubtful that they will get another absolute steal like Lamb - but then, I thought there was no chance that he could possibly be the pick at 17.
Terence Watson - The Dallas Cowboys are most assuredly riding a draft high going into day two of the NFL draft and for good reason. They are heading into the second and third rounds with solid prospects at the cornerback, edge rusher, safety and defensive tackle positions. So looking ahead I believe the Cowboys boys lean hard on the defensive secondary going after LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton after Trevon Diggs goes off the board ahead of them. The Cowboys will then address the safety position taking fellow LSU Tiger safety Grant Delpit to shore up the secondary.
Matt Holleran - Round one could not have gone better for the Cowboys. The best receiver in the draft fell in their lap at pick 17. Now, it’s time to go after defense. Dallas needs to address the cornerback spot with at least one of their picks today, but could also look to target a pass-rusher at 51. Possibly Yetur Gross-Matos out of Penn State. I think Dallas comes out of Day Two with two defenders, one in the secondary and one on the defensive line.
David Howman - On day two I think the Cowboys will essentially go back to their first round plan. Lamb falling to them was a bit of an anomaly, albeit a very welcome one, so I’d expect the day two plan to be focused on finding a cornerback and edge rusher. There are plenty of edge prospects still available, but with so many corners going in the first round Dallas may have to trade up in the second round to get their guy.
DannyPhantom - I hear a lot of rumblings about moving up to land one of top remaining picks to mirror the incredible draft haul the team pulled off in 2014. While it’s tempting, there are too many good players remaining, and giving up the extra draft capital is too rich or my blood as there is no one left that jumps out at me as someone “I gotta have!” It would be great if the Cowboys could land one of the strong secondary players remaining in the draft. Both the Alabama boys, Xavier McKinney and Trevon Diggs, are my two favorites; however, both the LSU fellas, Grant Delpit and Kristian Fulton, are appealing as well. “At the end of the day” you just gotta trust your board, but it sure would be nice if that top player filled a need in the secondary. And while the team couldn’t pass up what fell in their lap when they took CeeDee Lamb over K’Lavon Chaisson, suffice to say - there are still a couple first-round worthy edge rushers remaining that could be great values at 51. A.J. Espenesa or Zack Baun would be great gets for Dallas.
As for the third-round, the biggest value could come from the defensive tackle position. Marlon Davidson, Neville Gallimore, and Raekwon Davis are some favorites for me. And there are some solid safety options that might slide in Jeremy Chinn, Terrell Burgess, and Ashtyn Davis. My prediction: no trade up, come away with two defensive players - one in the secondary and one trench warrior.
Michael Sisemore - The Cowboys miraculously landed a Top-10 talent in WR CeeDee Lamb. Now they must shift their focus to improving the secondary. With talents like Xavier McKinney, Trevon Diggs, Kristian Fulton, Grant Delpit, and more sitting there on Day 2, the Cowboys must strike. If they love any of these DB’s, don’t hesitate, trade up if you have to but make a splash, and make it big.