A few days ago, we took a look at some of the draft visitors for the Dallas Cowboys and what it means for the team. It’s a not so secret path the team has taken in recent years, their first pick in the draft almost always comes from those 30 official visits.
The Cowboys have the guys they like, which is shown in an obvious way, but does that match up with who may fit what Dallas needs? Here are five players the Cowboys should hope to land when they make their first pick in the draft (at 19 or wherever they trade up/down to), and in order.
Harold Landry – Edge Rusher: The Cowboys might have found a ‘War Daddy’ last year in DeMarcus Lawrence, but the best teams have multiple pass rushers who can get to the quarterback. Landry had a down year in 2017 when injuries affected his play, but his 2016 tape is outstanding. The edge rusher has also been crushing draft season with his athleticism, and his skill set is very enticing; he would be a walk-in starter opposite Tank for Dallas. The likelihood of the Cowboys drafting him probably means they had to trade up.
Isaiah Wynn – Guard: I truly believe Dallas feels if they have their all-pro running back on the field for 16 games and can protect their budding star quarterback, they will win double-digit games and compete for a Super Bowl. That is why Wynn makes perfect sense and would be a home run for the Cowboys. Wynn would complete the offensive line and allow the offense to play to its maximum potential for years to come.
Vita Vea – Defensive tackle: It’s no secret the Cowboys and Rod Marinelli haven’t valued the traditional one-technique in the last 15 or so years. Vea, however, isn’t the normal run stuffing only one-tech; he is a dominating interior prospect who pushes the pocket and can disrupt the passing game as well. The Cowboys have been missing his type for the past few years but this would allow the linebackers more freedom to flow to the ball. Also, the addition of Vea would improve a very good rotation of defensive linemen for the Cowboys, which would be a big help since depth appears to be an issue for the team.
Will Hernandez – Guard: See above with Wynn, he’s just a little less of a player. The Cowboys want to be able to run the ball and control the clock, it’s how they are built. With another stud prospect on the line, it offers some flexibility in case of injury and they get a mauler in the run game with Hernandez.
Calvin Ridley – Wide Receiver: Dallas has signed two wide receivers so far this offseason and with Dez Bryant’s future still in question, Ridley would be an immediate plug and play addition, no matter what happens with Bryant. Ridley is a great route runner with very good hands, the exact opposite of Bryant if you listen to the criticism of him. Ridley might not be a star, but he’ll be a very productive receiver and the Cowboys might be looking to revamp the whole position this offseason.
This is the dream list for the Dallas Cowboys come draft night. I don’t think they’ll be able to move up for Roquan Smith or Derwin James, both of whom it would take too much to acquire. These are the five players who make the most sense and all are feasible options for the Cowboys. Each of them would be a big help in making the team better in 2018.
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