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Cowboys 2020 draft grades: Going out with a bang, grading the Cowboys third day

Okay, this Cowboys draft just isn’t fair to the rest of the NFL.

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The gifts just kept coming for the Dallas Cowboys on Day Two with the team taking the play-making cornerback Trevon Diggs out of Alabama with the 51st pick in the draft. The Cowboys then were able to land another playmaker along the defensive line in Neville Gallimore out of Oklahoma. The overall reaction in the sports world is that the Cowboys are one of the teams that is having an excellent draft.

Let’s see if they could keep that momentum in day three of the NFL Draft.

With the 123rd pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:

Reggie Robinson II - Cornerback, Tulsa

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There seems to be a theme for the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to defensive backs they are drafting. Aggressive corners that excel at press man coverage and that’s exactly what you’re going to get out of Robinson. Coming in at 6’1 he also gives you the height needed to cover those taller receivers on the outside.

Robinson may not come in and be an immediate starter, but he has all the traits you want in a cornerback and should be one of your starters in 2021. Only time will tell if that happens, but the Cowboys are covering themselves if both Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie leave in free agency.

Draft Grade: B+

Not an immediate starter but Robinson was seen by some as a top 100 player in this draft. So once again the Cowboys find a player with the potential to be a starter later this season or in 2021.

Here’s some reaction to the pick.

The Dallas Cowboys would sit still for a few minutes before deciding to trade up with the Philadelphia Eagles, giving up their 164th pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick to move up to 146.

With the 146 pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:

Tyler Biadasz - Center, Wisconsin

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With the need to find the heir to the recently retired Travis Frederick at center, the Cowboys pull the trigger giving up very little to draft a player that could come in and be the starting center in 2020. The Cowboys seem to like their centers coming out of Wisconsin after taking Biadasz. He has a high ceiling as a center, enough that you could consider him Frederick lite.

Biadasz will have to battle it out with Joe Looney and Conner McGovern for the starting center position, but he should have the upper hand due to his time at the position. It’s going to be a good battle whenever training camp begins this year.

Draft Grade: A-

When you’re able to find a potential starting center at the end of the fourth round you are getting great value. If you also add the fact that you traded with a division rival and gave up very little to do it, it’s a great move by the Cowboys and that front office.

Here is some reaction to the pick.

At this point the Cowboys are winning the draft.

With the 179th pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:

Bradlee Anae - Defensive End, Utah

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The Cowboys came into the draft unsure of what they would have at the defensive end position outside of DeMarcus Lawrence. They held off on drafting K’Lavon Chaisson in the first round and took CeeDee Lamb instead. They took a big risk waiting to take a player in the later rounds, but that wait ended with the last pick of the fifth round when they took the best player left on the board in Bradlee Anae.

Anae led the Utah Utes football team in sacks over the last three season and was named first team All-Pac-12. He was a consensus All-American selection and was awarded the Morris Trophy as the best defensive lineman in the Pac-12 and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award thanks to his 30 career sacks. He seemingly fell down draft boards due to his poor combine showing but on the field he is relentless with some pass rush moves to bring to this team.

Draft Grade: A+

Again the value the Cowboys are getting with these draft picks can’t be overlooked. They were able to find another player ranked in the top 100 players and get him almost 100 picks later. Amazing.

Here’s some reaction to this pick.

The Draft has finally come to and end but not before the Cowboys make one more pick in the draft.

With the 231st pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:

Ben DiNucci - Quarterback, James Madison

It wouldn’t be a real NFL draft if head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t take a quarterback to develop and that quarterback is DiNucci. Started his college career at Pitt before heading to JMU where he leaves finishing tied for third in completions (479), fourth in passing yards (5,716), fourth in passing touchdowns (45), sixth in pass attempts (687), seventh in total offense – 6,718. He’s a quarterback that’s willing to take a hit in the pocket delivering a pass as well as taking off and running if necessary.

Draft Grade: C-

With tight end Hunter Bryant still on the board the Cowboys could have gone after DiNucci once he became an undrafted free agent. Unless they had a feeling teams wanted him. this is really the only bad pick the Cowboys have made this entire draft.

Here’s some reaction to this pick.

Overall this was a great draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

Overall Draft Grade: A-

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