With plenty of talent still left to be had and several of interest to the Dallas Cowboys, day three promised to be pretty exciting. The first significant move in the NFC East belonged to the Washington Redskins:
Finally: The #Redskins have agreed to terms on a trade of LT Trent Williams to the #49ers, per me, @TomPelissero & @MikeGarafolo. It took until Day 3 of the Draft, but Washington gets it done, and SF gets help at a position of need. It’s for a 5th this year and 3rd next year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2020
Right after the trade, Washington selected OT Saadiq Charles, a potential steal that most certainly was on everyone’s wish list on day three, including the Cowboys:
That hurts. I was hoping Saahdiq Charles might fall to the Cowboys sometime later today. He would've been such an intriguing swing tackle.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
As we were just a few picks away, here’s the type of talent that was still sitting there waiting to be picked:
Cowboys are on the clock in the fourth round in 5 more picks. Some of the top edge rushers available:— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 25, 2020
Curtis Weaver, Boise State
Bradlee Anae, Utah
Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
Jonathan Garvin, Miami
Alton Robinson, Syracuse
Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota State
I can't blame the Cowboys if they want to address the QB spot.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
But looking at the available players, I'm all about doubling up on CB right here. Fix that depth chart in just 12 hours.
With the 123rd pick in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected:
Reggie Robinson, CB, Tulsa
The state of the Dallas Cowboys secondary was in a lot of doubt just 24 hours ago.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 25, 2020
What a draft they are having. https://t.co/B2BnYI9Lfk
Reggie Robinson!!! Love it— John Owning (@JohnOwning) April 25, 2020
A double dip at corner was a smart move and a valuable one too. The Cowboys just keep nailing it.
Robinson is a stud. Cowboys get a fourth straight pick of killer value.— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) April 25, 2020
High fives all around boys!
Robinson was a sneaky value pick and many had him ranked much higher than where the Cowboys selected him:
ESPN draft coverage reaction to the Cowboys’ fourth round pick, Tulsa CB Reggie Robinson:— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 25, 2020
Mel Kiper: “If there was a most improved player in college football last year at the cornerback spot, it was Reggie Robinson II.”
Daniel Jeremiah: “He was my top corner coming into today.”
For what it is worth, Dane Brugler from the Athletic had Reggie Robinson as his 98th player in his Top-100:
98. Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa (6-1, 205)Robinson is physically impressive with his length and athletic profile, showing the coverage awareness and receiver-like traits to make plays on the football. His aggressive mindset is an asset in the run game, but also leads to early contact downfield. Overall, Robinson needs to shore up the undisciplined parts of his game, but his combination of instincts, “my ball” mentality and athletic traits are the building blocks of an NFL starter capable of playing press and zone.
It’s all about getting some hungry defensive backs that get their hands on the football:
With their fourth-round pick, No. 123 overall, the Cowboys selected Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson. The Cowboys want corners with ball skills and Robinson had four interceptions and 17 pass deflections last season. He’s the second cornerback the... https://t.co/Etti3AydUk— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) April 25, 2020
Let’s take another look at some numbers and measurables for the Cowboys’ new cornerback, Reggie Robinson:
#BigGreenNotebook says 4th round pick Reggie Robinson II is a 6-1, 205 pound CB from Cleburne HS & Tulsa University...blew up the combine with 4.44 forty, 22! bench reps, 11-0 broad jump...most importantly, picked off 4 passes in 2019...John Fassel loves that he blocked 4 kicks— Bill Jones (@CBS11BillJones) April 25, 2020
With pick 123 in the 2020 NFL Draft, the #Cowboys selected Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa.— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 25, 2020
He posted an elite #RAS with elite size, great speed, great explosiveness, okay agility at the CB position.https://t.co/crtlhTzwYq#DallasCowboys pic.twitter.com/gVRQKAPAHn
At 6-1, 205 with 31.5-inch arms, #Cowboys CB Reggie Robinson had 14 forced incompletions and 4 INTs in 2019.— John Owning (@JohnOwning) April 25, 2020
If you want to be sold on Robinson, watch his performance against Oklahoma State's Tylan Wallace. pic.twitter.com/PfMZ3gkYs5
Reggie Robinson is most definitely skilled in defending top talent:
For more scouting details, check out this review from The Mothership:
And here’s an interview he did with The Draft Wire:
Let’s check in with our friends in Philly to see what they think:
Cowboys are still drafting really well https://t.co/GTnfentggt— Benjamin Solak (@BenjaminSolak) April 25, 2020
Oh it’s true, it’s damn true!
Cowboys personnel dept right now... pic.twitter.com/Ry4mzBvavU— Bobby Belt (@BobbyBeltTX) April 25, 2020
The Cowboys found a trade partner, the Philadelphia Eagles. Oh my! Bet this goes over well with our friends in Philly...
Because they haven’t stopped helping the Cowboys this draft. Kidding! https://t.co/3MhcpRtFv0— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) April 25, 2020
AT PICK 146, THE DALLAS COWBOYS SELECT TYLER BIADASZ, C, WISCONSIN
This is kind of an unreal move for the Cowboys.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 25, 2020
Why would the Eagles let the Cowboys do this??? https://t.co/xR2AiZo8fq
To be fair, the Eagles have helped Dallas get great players before:
Some people never learn...
Update: Per @NFLResearch, the last time the #Eagles and #Cowboys traded was 2010:— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2020
— PHI acquired: 2nd-Rd pick (#59 – RB Montario Hardesty)
— PHI acquired: 4th-Rd pick (#125 – TE Clay Harbor, aka The Bachelor)
— DAL acquired: 2nd-Rd pick (#55 – LB Sean Lee) https://t.co/mT5gRCoGb2
Maybe the Cowboys really do want to make center the best competition on the roster:
WELP. Let's replace one Wisconsin center with another.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
If they traded with a divisional rival, I have to assume the Cowboys think Tyler Biadasz can add some juice to the center competition.
No one will ever replace Travis Frederick but a center from Wisconsin always seems like the right formula for the #DallasCowboys— Taylor Stern (@TayStern) April 25, 2020
The rich just keep getting richer, don’t they? If there is one area these Cowboys scouts know, it’s offensive line.
Tell me more...
As @Elnjsss just pointed out, Biadasz once projected consistently as a first-round pick. Injuries appear to have hurt his draft stock. Cowboys still scooped him up well after most expected him to go.— Cowboys Stats & Graphics (@CowboysStats) April 25, 2020
Chart from @benj_robinson's #GrindingTheMocks: pic.twitter.com/jN7bigPMdv
The question is what did the Cowboys have to give up for this talented interior lineman?
Wow. The #Cowboys made a trade with the Eagles.— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieWFAA) April 25, 2020
Dallas moves back into the 4th round, giving up pick 164 (5th round) and a 2021 5th round pick, to get Philly's pick number 146.
That’s it?! Do people know the Cowboys will have a load of comp picks next year?
Given the compensatory picks the Cowboys will likely have next offseason, this is very much worth it. https://t.co/MZ2xSj78Iu— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 25, 2020
The only explanation is that every GM in the league must be Cowboy fans because they sure are making it easy for them to pick up great players.
Tyler Biadasz was a three-year starter at Wisconsin, helping block for Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 6,174 yards and 50 TDs in those three years https://t.co/vPpYxFum3C— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 25, 2020
Moving on...what’s on deck?
As we come up about 10 picks before the Cowboys pick at 179, a couple of names that could be intriguing targets:
- Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah
- K.J. Hill, WR, Ohio State
- Geno Stone, S, Iowa
- Hunter Bryant, TE, Washington
- Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
- James Proche, WR, SMU
- Prince Tega Wanogho, OT, Auburn
Who do we want? It’s pretty obvious, no?
Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah— John Owning (@JohnOwning) April 25, 2020
One of my EDGE leaders here endorsing Anae.— Kevin Turner (@ktfuntweets) April 25, 2020
I think that'd be incredible right here for Dallas. https://t.co/zGJMaIaUIo
Six picks is still a long time to wait, but it'd be pretty wild if the Cowboys managed to find Bradlee Anae waiting for them all the way down at the final pick of the 5th round.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
EDGE Anae is a fun #Cowboys name here. Is he a board/need match?— fishsports (@fishsports) April 25, 2020
With just one selection ahead of the Cowboys, some good players ready for the picking:
picks I'd love @ 179:— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
- Utah DE Bradlee Anae
- Ohio State WR K.J. Hill
- Purdue LB Markus Bailey
amount that the Cowboys care about my opinion: big 'ol donut
AT PICK 179, IN THE FIFTH ROUND, THE DALLAS COWBOYS SELECT... BRADLEE ANAE, DE, UTAH
DEFENSE— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) April 25, 2020
With the 179th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys have selected Utah EDGE Bradlee Anae. pic.twitter.com/ONMOsXTNJZ
Ask and you shall receive, another selection in Dane Brugler’s Top-100 at 179. VALUE!
The Cowboys just drafted @dpbrugler's 89th player @ pick No. 179.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
Bradlee Anae had 30 sacks in college and two sacks during the Senior Bowl in January.
This is an absolutely ABSURD value for the pick.
Cowboys snag Utah DE Bradlee Anae with the final pick of the fifth round.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 25, 2020
Quick scouting snapshot from none other than the D-Line guru, Mr. John Owning:
Say what? Sturm loves him some Anae...
Just watch the man go to work here:
Our own Connor Livesay brought this nugget back from the Senior Bowl:
Bradlee Anae pulls of another sack. Would have had 2-3 in this team period. Defense dominated today. pic.twitter.com/hbGqURI0dX— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 22, 2020
With the the final pick of the fifth round, the Cowboys added defensive end Bradlee Anae from Utah. He did not test well at the combine but he is a productive player. He had 13 sacks and 14 tackles for loss last season. Finding a pass rusher was a need... https://t.co/FsfBmQd9SA— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) April 25, 2020
You got a big fan base already, welcome to Dallas Bradlee Anae, now let’s get put some quarterbacks on the ground.
One more round, one more pick to go for the Cowboys, just keep doing what you’re doing Cowboys...
They always say it takes 3 years to fully judge a draft class. That goes both ways, good or bad. But the Cowboys seem to be accomplishing everything they want in terms of needs and value. One pick left (231).— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) April 25, 2020
After last year’s uninspiring draft class that saw only one rookie, Tony Pollard, play significant snaps, the pressure was on for Will McClay. You have to think he’s feeling pretty good right about now.
I said for weeks: Given 'virtual' nature of #NFLDraft a STREAMLINED organization - #Cowboys or anybody - could WIN the Draft. Fewer conferences. Fewer interrupts. Fewer last-sec pondering. No jibber-jabber. One (main) voice.— fishsports (@fishsports) April 25, 2020
Let the Drafter Draft.
Hello, Will McClay. pic.twitter.com/7n7XOqI3qw
After the sixth round saw a run on special teams players, it’s anyone’s guess as who the Cowboys could be targeting at 231.
With what the Cowboys have done, there is nothing here that could rain on the parade in CowboysNation.
No matter who they take with the last pick, this Cowboys draft has been FUN!— Tom Ryle, upgraded (@TomRyleBTB) April 25, 2020
Could it be an injury risk for a certain tight end? Hunter Bryant?
So...Mr. Irrelevant for the Cowboys this year is...Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison!
The Cowboys take a QB! With the Cowboys’ final pick in the 2020 draft, No. 231 overall, they get James Madison QB Ben DiNucci— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) April 25, 2020
A quarterback has been taken with the Cowboys last pick of the day. Ben Dinucci from James Madison.— Calvin Watkins (@calvinwatkins) April 25, 2020
Had no idea a Ben Dinucci even existed tbh— John Owning (@JohnOwning) April 25, 2020
Who cares?! We’re all happy anyway!
Couldn't tell you a thing about Ben DiNucci, other than that he's a QB who played at James Madison.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) April 25, 2020
But the signs have been pointing toward Dallas drafting a developmental QB for quite a while. So, uh, there he is.
Mike McCarthy is a QB guy and it’s never a bad idea to draft one, especially with your last pick. Here’s a sneak peek at Ben DiNucci, the last pick for the Cowboys but possibly the best name in the bunch.
That’s a wrap on the 2020 NFL Draft...not a bad way to roll, Cowboys:
2020 Dallas Cowboys Draft Class— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) April 25, 2020
1: CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
2: Trevon Diggs, Alabama
3: Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
4: Reggie Robinson, Tulsa
4: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
5: Bradlee Anae, Utah
7: Ben DiNucci, James Madison