Let’s look forward with optimism. The NFL is still sticking to its schedule for training camp, which means that the Dallas Cowboys will get their first chance to have the rookies come to the Star for actual work on Tuesday, the 21st. After the weeks of Dak Prescott contract angst, it is finally time to find out something tangible about the 2020 version of the team - as limited as that information might be this year.
To whet your appetite, here is another look at the seven picks the Cowboys made in the draft. Let’s get a bit hyped, shall we?
Pick 17 - WR Ceedee Lamb, Oklahoma
The moment the Cowboys announced his name is still the highlight of the offseason, with no disrespect to new head coach Mike McCarthy. He was a player nobody expected to fall to Dallas, being solidly in the conversation about the best WR in the class. Even then many worried that the team would not pull the trigger on a receiver in the first round. But they did, and the moment is likely still fresh in your memory. Just in case it isn’t, here’s a video that captures (in an at times NSFW way) the feelings we had.
That was fun, but what should really get you pumped is just how good a receiver Lamb is. With Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup already on the team, this could become the best starting trio of WRs in the league.
Pick 51 - CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
One reason many were thinking the Cowboys might pass on Lamb was the defense having greater needs. After going the premium route with him, Dallas got down to business addressing those needs in the second round by taking Diggs, who some had as a possible option with their first pick. He was seen as a marginal first-round talent, so getting him in the middle of the second was another very good value as well as helping them fill the gaping hole left by the departure of Byron Jones.
Pick 82 - DT Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
Another defensive need was addressed in the third as the Cowboys spent a premium pick on a defensive tackle. Another Sooner, he will help shore up the middle of the line along with free agent signings Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe. And he looks like another good one to add to the roster.
Here is Neville Gallimore and his highlights from Oklahoma that he had pic.twitter.com/8yKaZHeKkD— ✭ Cowboy X Factor (@CowboyXFactor) May 9, 2020
Pick 123 - CB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa
Asking a rookie to fill the shoes of Jones in the secondary is a bit much, so the Cowboys double dipped at cornerback in the fourth round, taking Robinson. He may be most valuable as a special teams player, but expect him to be competing for snaps with the defense as well. That could be a good thing. (Sorry for making you have to click twice to get to the video, but that’s the only one I could find.)
Reggie Robinson II || Tulsa Cornerback || 2019 Highlights https://t.co/KgmYqnnrhn— Reginald Robinson (@regrob001) January 31, 2020
Pick 146 - C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
Cornerback wasn’t the only position with a gaping hole. The retirement of All-Pro Travis Fredrick created the biggest issue for the offensive line. So why not go back to the well and get another Badger? The Cowboys traded up to the end of the fourth round to get Biadasz, who slid in the draft due to injuries his senior season. He is a bit more of a risk because of that, but if he is healthy, he could be the heir at starting center one day - perhaps soon.
Pick 179 - DE Bradlee Anae, Utah
When you get to fifth-round compensatory picks, the goal is to find a talent that others may have overlooked. Anae seems to fit that to a T. He will be behind Aldon Smith on the depth chart, but the PAC-12 Defensive Lineman of the Year has the tools to become a good rotational piece on the edge.
Pick 231 - QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison
With no sixth-round pick, we had to wait to see what the Cowboys would do with their final pick of the draft. The seventh-rounder is often a time for teams to take a bit of a flyer.
Boy, did Dallas ever do just that. When DiNucci’s name was announced, many of us responded with “Who?” As has been frequently recounted, he may have been drafted because of a chance encounter with McCarthy before the draft. Whatever the reason, we now have a great nickname in “The Nooch” to use.
There you have it, a little refresher on why we are so pumped to see this group of rookies, or at least to hear some reports from the pool reporters under the weird training camp rules imposed by the NFL. Stay tuned and we’ll work to get you every scrap of information we can!