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NFL Draft results 2020: The Dallas Cowboys select Ben DiNucci with the 231st pick

The Cowboys have added a quarterback.

2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys have selected QB Ben DiNucci from James Madison with the 231st overall pick, pick #17 in the seventh round of the 2020 draft. With Mike McCarthy as head coach, you new the odds of drafting a QB would go up. The Cowboys waited all the way until the seventh round, but they finally made the pick.

Bears Digest:

DiNucci is a 23-year-old quarterback who transferred from Pittsburgh to James Madison and blossomed at this Football Championship Series school. He led them to last season’s national title game, a 28-20 loss to North Dakota State.

The Bears have had “numerous” video calls with DiNucci according to Pro Football Network’s Troy Pauline. This was the reporter who said the Bears had inquired about trading with Cincinnati for wide receiver John Ross at the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.

DiNucci also is said to be of interest to the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers, who have joined the Bears in having numerous video calls with DiNucci.


DiNucci completed 70.9% of his throws as a senior. He threw then for 3,441 yards and 29 touchdowns, after throwing for 2,275 yards with 16 TDs in 2018.

In 2018 he struggled to avoid interceptions with 12. Last year, though, he cut that total in half.

Cowboys 2020 draft picks:

Round 1, pick 17 (No. 17 overall) - WR CeeDee Lamb
Round 2, pick 19 (No. 51 overall) - CB Trevon Diggs
Round 3, pick 18 (No. 82 overall) - DT Neville Gallimore
Round 4, pick 17 (No. 123 overall) - CB Reggie Robinson
Round 5, pick 18 (No. 146 overall) - C Tyler Biadasz
Round 5, pick 33 (No. 179 overall) - DE Bradlee Anae
Round 7, pick 17 (No. 231 overall) - QB Ben DiNucci

Cowboys needs:

CB - With the loss of Byron Jones in free agency, and with Chobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis needing new contracts in 2021, the team needs to add some young talent.

EDGE - Robert Quinn took his 11.5 sacks to Chicago leaving a hole on the right side. The Cowboys hope to get Randy Gregory back, and hope that new signee Aldon Smith will also be re-instated, but they can’t count on either/both returning and being ready to play.

Wide receiver - Randall Cobb proved to be a more-than-worthy replacement to Cole Beasley in the slot, but now he’s left for the Texans. The Cowboys have a top-tier 1-2 punch in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but the cupboard is a little bare after that.

Safety - The signing of Ha Ha Clinton-Dix helped alleviate this problem, but it was only a one-year deal. Xavier Woods is also scheduled for a new deal in 2021. The Cowboys need to add some young talent.

Others: linebacker, tight end, center

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