WR Simi Fehoko has some similar skills as Michael Gallup, who could be leaving after this season.
The Rundown: Fehoko was two-time All-Pac-12 selection, including Stanford’s six-game 2020 season shortened by the pandemic. He had 37 catches for 584 yards and 3 touchdowns last year, including a school-record 16 catches for 230 yards and 3 TDs against UCLA. Fehoko is an older prospect at age 23. He completed a two-year LDS mission in South Korea before attending Stanford. He declared for the draft after his junior season.
How He Fits In: Receiver might be the most complete position on the current Cowboys roster. The top five rotation players are all under contract for 2021: starters Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb, along with reserves Noah Brown and Cedrick Wilson. But clearly the Cowboys are excited about Fehoko’s potential. He finished his Stanford career with the third-best yards-per-catch average in school history (18.5). With a 6-3 frame and 4.4 speed, he has the skill set to be productive at the pro level. With so much depth at receiver, special teams will be important for Fehoko’s chances of making the 53-man roster out of training camp.
Matt Farniok could be the next Joe Looney for the Dallas Cowboys.
The Rundown: Farniok is the 11th and final player drafted by the Cowboys. While he’s listed as both a guard and tackle, that’s probably the reason the Cowboys like him, along with the fact he started at Nebraska for three straight years and did so at different positions. Farniok was a team captain for the Cornhuskers and a team leader, showing not only an elite level of play, but the versatility to move around.
How He Fits In: The Cowboys already drafted a tackle earlier in the day, but Farniok is someone that can compete at different spots. He’s similar to Brandon Knight, who played guard and tackle and that flexibility has helped him keep a roster spot. Farniok will likely start out at guard but his ability to move around should make for an interesting training camp for the rookie.
Look out Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, Jabril Cox is putting y’all on notice.
The Rundown: Based on pre-draft projections, Cox might prove to be a steal in the fourth round. Many observers had him ranked as early as the second round. A graduate transfer from North Dakota State to LSU last year, Cox’s lone season with the Tigers was quite productive. He finished third on defense with 58 tackles (6.5 for loss) and 3 interceptions in just 10 games. Prior to LSU, Cox helped lead North Dakota State to three FCS national titles.
How He Fits In: The Cowboys began the week in need of linebacker depth, now they’ve added two of the nation’s top prospects at the position: Cox and first-round pick Micah Parsons. The Cowboys believe Parsons can play all three linebacker spots and possibly help as an edge rusher. Cox has versatility, too, having thrived in a multiple scheme at LSU. His 8 pass breakups last season show he’s got some coverage ability to go along with his responsibilities as a run defender. In Year 1 he’ll likely have to contribute on special teams and compete for defensive snaps behind Parsons and veterans Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch and free agent addition Keanu Neal.
Dallas Cowboys’ NFL draft picks include players with serious character concerns - Clarence Hill, Fort Worth Star-telegram
Dallas Cowboys don’t seem to care about some serious character issues with their draft picks.
But the most serious issues revolved around tackle Josh Ball, picked in the fourth round out of Marshall.
Ball began his career at Florida State and was suspended after an accusation of multiple instances of domestic violence against a former girlfriend, however, charges were never brought against Ball.
In a sworn petition in 2018 Ball’s ex-girlfriend detailed 11 incidents of violence against her and others throughout their 18-month relationship. He was accused of slapping her, throwing her to the floor, grabbing and shoving her in separate incidents.
Ball’s ex-girlfriend sought a protective order and a joint resolution ordering Ball to stay away from her Tallahassee residence and other places she frequents.
Ball transferred to Butler Community College before playing his final two seasons at Marshall.
He said teams asked him about those incidents before the draft.
Cowboys’ best pick, biggest head-scratcher, needs left: 2021 NFL Draft takeaways - Jon Machota and Bob Sturm, The Athletic
Was the 2021 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys most questionable since the 2009 disaster?
Machota: Nahshon Wright. He wasn’t regarded as one of the top corner prospects in this class. Most experts had him going in the seventh round or even being an undrafted rookie free agent. Dane Brugler ranked him as the 38th cornerback prospect. Wright ended up being the 12th corner picked. New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn prefers long corners and Wright fits that mold (6-4 with 33-inch arms). He also tracks the ball well. Some in the organization believe he is similar to Diggs in that area.
Sturm: Jabril Cox. This one is easy. After knowing they had almost taken Cox a few other times, but saw more pressing concerns, they finally had to grab him in front of the Giants in Round 4. Cox was potentially a Top-50 prospect and the athletic cover linebacker who has been badly needed here the last few years. It should shock nobody if he is starting by 2022.
Who is Israel Mukuamu? What Cowboys fans need to know about their NFL draft pick - Ben Portnoy, The Charlotte Observer
Getting to know the Dallas Cowboys newest DB Israel Mukuamu.
HE WAS PART OF A DOMINANT SOUTH CAROLINA SECONDARY DUO
Playing both safety and cornerback under Will Muschamp, Mukuamu made up the second part of a dynamic secondary tandem with first-round pick Jaycee Horn.
While Horn was the more touted professional prospect, Mukuamu’s size (6-foot-4) and length (80 3/4 inch wingspan) made him a projectable and monstrous matchup on the back end of the South Carolina defense.
Mukuamu finished his Gamecock career with 86 tackles and seven interceptions — including three in an 2019 upset over Georgia (more on that later). The North Carolina product played in 22 total games during his time in Columbia, including 19 starts.
During his sophomore season in 2019, Mukuamu finished tied-for-fourth in the Southeastern Conference with 13 passes defended and an average of 1.08 per game.
MUKUAMU WAS HAMPERED BY INJURIES IN 2020, OPTED OUT OF THE SEASON
After starting all 12 games as a sophomore, injuries limited Mukuamu during the 2020 campaign. He played in just five games as a junior and recorded 10 tackles and two interceptions on the year.
Mukuamu was helped off the field at Ole Miss last November with what Muschamp said at the time was a flare up of a groin problem that hampered him earlier in the season. Mukuamu later opted out of the rest of the 2020 season in the wake of Muschamp’s firing to prepare for the NFL Draft.
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