There’s no time to stop praising the Dallas Cowboys for the wonderful work they did in the 2020 NFL draft. We can only base evaluations on college production and scouting reports as of right now, but the 2020 class for the Cowboys looks like it could rival some of the better in Cowboys history, if everybody plays up to expectations.
So once more let’s delve into the praise pool for some Cowboys loving. Over at ESPN, they gathered a panel to predict which draft class will make the biggest impact, and you know the Cowboys showed up.
Mina Kimes, NFL writer: Dallas Cowboys. I expect all three of Dallas’ top picks — wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, cornerback Trevon Diggs, and defensive lineman Neville Gallimore — to see playing time as rookies, which is remarkable for a team that already was reasonably deep. Lamb, in particular, will benefit from all of the attention paid to his fellow receivers.
See, here’s the really good thing about this. Kimes didn’t even get to mention Tyler Biadasz who could be the starting center. Or Reggie Robinson and Bradlee Anae, both of who could be big surprises. Seriously, think about it, the only guy you can really rule out of making an impact is seventh-round project Ben DiNucci. That’s amazing.
The panel also went on to name their favorite pick in the draft. Cowboy up!
Kimes: WR CeeDee Lamb to the Dallas Cowboys (No. 17). I doubt Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went into that Thursday night expecting — or even hoping — to land Lamb, arguably the top wideout in a loaded class. Wide receiver wasn’t near the top of the Cowboys’ list of needs, but to snag a player of Lamb’s caliber there is a coup. Dallas’ offense — which I imagine will use plenty of three-receiver sets under new coach Mike McCarthy — should be a juggernaut.
Schatz: WR CeeDee Lamb to the Dallas Cowboys (No. 17). Our playmaker score projection system had Lamb as the best prospect in a strong class of wide receivers. To get him all the way down in the middle of the first round was a coup for the Cowboys.
There is one guy who has to be smiling at all of this. And that’s Dak Prescott. This offense will have everything needed to put points on the board, and Prescott should be the guy to drive that. Even though below is a fantasy football perspective, it stills shines a light on the Cowboys offense and how devastating it should be.
Dak Prescott, Cowboys: The third-best QB in fantasy last year had the second-most passing yards, deep completions and games with 20-plus fantasy points. And he just added CeeDee Lamb (6-foot-2, 198 pounds, 4.5 40 time), who averaged 21.4 yards per reception in 2019, third most in the FBS. Lamb’s 31 forced missed tackles as a pass-catcher were more than any other FBS wide receiver, and he should be a big improvement over Randall Cobb and Jason Witten in the middle of the field. Lamb’s big-play ability (11.1 yards after catch per reception last year was sixth most among WRs in FBS) along with established playmakers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup and a strong running game to keep defenses honest has Dak locked into my top 3 at QB this year.