What a great draft. From the moment Day 1 brought about a big surprise to subsequent rounds that just kept on giving - there was so much to love about this Dallas Cowboys draft. About the only thing they didn’t do is address their long-snapper depth, which let’s hope that doesn’t come back to bite them.
Outside of that, it’s really hard to be unhappy with what the Cowboys pulled off this weekend. So, let’s not be unhappy. Instead, here are seven things to love about this fanciful draft haul.
Trusting your board brings rewards
WR, CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma (Round 1)
It may have not been in the cards to select the Sooners’ star receiver as Lamb was not one of the team’s virtual interviews, but that didn’t stop the Cowboys from picking top-tier talent from this draft. One of the draft’s biggest offensive playmakers, Lamb is absolutely electric when he gets the ball in his hands and shows great balance and positioning of his body for the catch. The triple threat of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb helps bring this Cowboys offense to a new level. What an amazing start.
Finally, a ball hawker!
CB, Trevon Diggs, Alabama (Round 2)
The excitement for Diggs started before the draft when his skill-set brought him into the first-round conversation, but the Cowboys capitalized on great value by landing him at pick 51. The Crimson Tide corner is long, strong, and ready to get his ball-hawking on. One of the most intriguing traits about Diggs is how well he gets his body turned around so he can make plays on the ball. With great long speed, and those reachy arms, Diggs is going to be a very nice pass-contesting corner for the Cowboys for years to come. Even with no Byron Jones, the team has found a day one starter on the outside.
DT, Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma (Round 3)
The Cowboys benefited from the depth at defensive tackle that was still lingering in the third round when they selected the “Canadian Bulldozer”, Neville Gallimore. Not only is this guy a superb locker room guy that shows great leadership, he brings a relentless spark of energy to the field and has a nice history of splash-making plays. Gallimore is an athletic player with excellent change of direction who should fit nicely into the Cowboys interior defensive line rotation.
Had Lamb not fallen right into the Cowboys lap at 17, this draft very well could’ve matched perfectly with the first two days for our final mock draft.
So nice, let’s run it twice
CB, Reggie Robinson, Tulsa (Round 4)
In a way, Robinson is like a discount version of Diggs. He’s got the size, he’s got the speed, and he’s another one of those instinctive players who makes plays on the ball. The team appears to know what they want from their corners, so they added another player with similar traits. With the addition of Diggs, the Cowboys cornerback depth consists of Chidobe Awuzie, Diggs, Anthony Brown, and Jourdan Lewis. They are set for 2020, and that affords them the luxury of allowing Robinson to develop into a starting caliber corner for the future. And in the meantime, he should be able to carve out a role on special teams.
Reggie Robinson II played on every special teams unit at Tulsa and had four blocked kicks in addition to his CB duties. Could be a core contributor for John Fassel.— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) April 25, 2020
Go and get the guy you want
C, Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin (Round 4)
The Cowboys moved back into the fourth round by trading a fifth-round pick as well as a Day 3 pick from next year to grab the center they wanted. It wasn’t surprising to see the team address the position after the surprise retirement of Travis Frederick, and clearly the team liked Biadasz enough to go up and get him. Similar to Frederick, Biadasz is a great locker room guy and keeps fighting to the whistle. He shows good technique and does a great job maintaining his balance. The team did a great job adding more quality competition at center after losing their veteran All-Pro.
The last time the Cowboys drafted an nonathletic, fundamentally sound, great leader center from Wisconsin...it worked out pretty good.— Dan Rogers (@DannyPhantom24) April 25, 2020
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Throw down another great pick
DE, Bradlee Anae, Utah (Round 5)
There is no denying that the selection of Lamb is the team’s biggest draft score as that was huge value. But outside of that pick, you could make a case that Utah’s edge rusher Bradlee Anae could be the team’s next biggest steal. It doesn’t seem to matter which board you went off of, Anae always seemed to be in the top 100. So, when the Cowboys were able to select him 179th overall, it felt like a huge score for Dallas. And it doesn’t hurt that he happens to play edge rusher, an area the team had yet to address. Anae is another energy-charged trench warrior who has the discipline and work ethic to be a nice addition to the Cowboys pass rushing group.
The Cowboys throw down another great pick!! Welcome to Dallas, Bradley Anae!! pic.twitter.com/I9Dd3iA50M— Dan Rogers (@DannyPhantom24) April 25, 2020
I offer you a choice, Ben DiNucci and join me
QB, Ben DiNucci, James Madison (Round 7)
Other than the clever Game of Throne quotes that seem to fit nicely with his name, there wasn’t much about the James Madision quarterback to get excited about at first. It took until the seventh round, but the Cowboys finally took a player that was rated lower than the pick he was selected at. When you’re dealing with seventh-round picks, teams are often times just looking to get a jump on potential undrafted free agents they don’t want to compete for. New head coach Mike McCarthy gets himself a quarterback who just so happened to lead the nation in completion percentage. It looks like the Cowboys now
won’t have to sign Dak Prescott have some competition for Cooper Rush.