By Josh Marion
With the 2017 NFL Draft just several days away, the team needs for the Dallas Cowboys are still as obvious as ever. The defense needs to add key playmakers on at each level of the defense. An EDGE player, CB, and S are the biggest needs for the Cowboys, due to the losses in free agency. Luckily for the Cowboys front office, this is the deepest draft at those respective positions in recent years.
Round 1 Pick 28: Derek Barnett EDGE Tennessee
Derek Barnett adds the presence off the edge that the Dallas Cowboys defense has needed since Demarcus Ware departed for the Mile-High City.
Round 2 Pick 60: Justin Evans S Texas A&M
While this may seem like an unpopular opinion to some of Cowboys nation, Justin Evans add a physicality that will be lacking after the departures of Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency. His athleticism, and natural instinct will allow him to contribute for Rod Marinelli from Day 1.
Round 3 Pick 92: Rasul Douglas CB West Virginia
Rasul Douglas could be the key missing piece for this Cowboys defense. With the edition of Douglas, the Cowboys will finally get the corner they’ve needed for years. Douglas has the desired size, and ball skills to compete for the outside CB job.
Round 4 Pick 133: George Kittle TE Iowa
George Kittle will be able to come in and take over the role Gavin Escobar had obtained since he was drafted by the Cowboys (before his injury.) Kittle has good overall athleticism, strong hands, as well as strong blocking technique.
Round 6 Pick 211: Dylan Cole LB Missouri State
Dylan Cole is one of my favorite players in the entire draft class for two reasons; his athletic make-up, and his work ethic. If invited to the combine Cole would’ve blown topped almost every drill at the LB position, based on his pro day numbers. While he lacks some lower body flexibility, don’t sleep on the prospect from Missouri State.
Round 7 Pick 228: Jerod Evans QB Virginia Tech
I know, I know… we have Dak! Yes, we do, however, the smart move for the Cowboys front office would be to take a move out of the Bill Belichick book, and draft a developmental QB.
Round 7 Pick 246: Damore'ea Stringfellow WR Ole Miss
Stringfellow adds a young WR with size to play on the outside to the already deep WR depth-chart.
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