By Josh Marion
The Dallas Cowboys are currently one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl for the 2017 NFL campaign. While that may be the case, they absolutely need to have a stellar draft to be able to contend consistently for the years to come. After watching the devastating playoff loss, at the hands of Aaron Rodgers, all Cowboys faithful know we need our defensive playmaker. While, Dak Prescott and Zeke Elliot are GREAT young prospects, the Cowboys team needs a young defensive star to disrupt the game. This is the draft for Jerry Jones to find that missing piece on defense. Some of the other needs on the roster currently are WR, DB, LB, TE. This draft is a realistic mock that I have put together to show what the Cowboys front office should do in the draft room this year.
1st Round, Pick 28 – Charles Harris DE Mizzou
Here is the missing piece on the Cowboys defensive roster. While at the University of Missouri, Charles Harris participated in 35 career games, racking up an astonishing 34.5 TFL’s, as well as 18 career sacks. Harris shows exceptional ability to explode off of the line of scrimmage, finding his way into the backfield. The one word that keeps coming to mind while watching game tape… disruptive. His best trait therefore is his ability to get after the opposing teams QB, as well as racking up tackles for losses. However, the one downside to Harris’s game is his lack of ability to be an anchor on the outside in the run game.
2nd Round, Pick 60 – JuJu Smith-Schuster WR USC
Juju Smith-Schuster had solid, consistent production while playing at USC. Smith-Schuster possesses the size that teams want in their starting WR, being listed at 6’2 220lbs. Over his 3 years at USC, his best year was by far was 2015. During the 2016 season he saw his targets drop, but he still managed to have an impressive year with 10 touchdowns. JuJu answered his main question this past week in Indy by running a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash. Look for JuJu to be able to come in day one and contend for the WR2 spot, du eot his natural ability at the WR position.
3rd Round, Pick 92 – Eddie Jackson S Alabama
Eddie Jackson fits what the Cowboys are currently lacking in the secondary… a playmaker. Watching his tape the two traits that pop off the screen are his range, and his ball skills. The reason that should be something of value to the Cowboys front office this offseason is because there isn’t a player like that in the Cowboys secondary. While, I do not believe Eddie Jackson has the ability to come in day 1 and start, I do believe overtime he can compete for the starting position.
4th Round, Pick 133 – Adam Shaheen TE Ashland
Adam Shaheen could end up becoming the steal of this draft class. Shaheen has the best positional based size out of any prospect in the draft, being listed at 6’6 270 lbs. Playing at the D2 level in college Shaheen was a dominant player throughout his entire college career. While there is the desired size/athleticism combination, there is concern with his technique, as well as the adjustment period to the level of competition. With time, and sitting behind one of the greatest TE’s the game has ever seen we could see Shaheen begin to compete for playing time by the end of his rookie campaign.
6th Round, Pick 211 – Josh Dobbs QB Tennessee
7th Round, Pick 228 – DeVonte Fields DE Louisville
7th Round, Pick 246 – Dylan Cole LB Missouri State
Written By @NFLDraftCenter