With the 2019 NFL Draft now in the rearview, reviewing how the Dallas Cowboys fared while picking the best players college football is tough to do. Draft grades are silly to do at this point since conventional wisdom says that you need at least three years to have an idea of how good your draft was.
What we can do is breakdown what the Cowboys did. Not having a first round pick never helps, but I’m sure they’ll take the tradeoff for having Amari Cooper. With Cooper in the fold for the (likely) foreseeable future, the team answered one of their biggest needs.
However, did the team find enough help at other problem areas?
Trysten Hill will help on the interior and solves a major need as a game-changing defensive tackle. His ability to rush the passer and stuff the run will be a factor in how well this pick turns out.
The Cowboys also threw resources at upgrading their back-up running back spot. Ezekiel Elliott remains the bell cow, but the team wanted another RB capable of carrying somewhat of the load if Elliott is out of the game or injured. Tony Pollard and Mike Weber are solid options and the team will get a good look at both in training camp this summer. Pollard brings additional excitement as a weapon because of his speed.
We wrote about the sneaky need for help along the offensive line and the team selected Connor McGovern in the third-round. It was a wise move for Dallas to bring in some versatile help in case La’el Collins leaves after the 2019 season.
These are all spots where the Cowboys helped themselves, although a case could be made the team didn’t find that receiver with long speed. They did find possible help as undrafted free agents, though.
The Cowboys really missed the boat on defense, after Hill’s selection. They needed help at defensive end and only managed to take late round flyers on Joe Jackson and Jalen Jelks. With Quinn only here for one more season and no one knowing what they’re getting from Randy Gregory or Taco Charlton, the defense could have used another solid option. This isn't to say that Jackson or Jelks can’t make a case for themselves, but picking a pass rusher earlier in the draft would have been a smart move.
Drafting cornerback Michael Jackson in the fifth-round could help, but with more uncertainty about the corner group after this season, a case could be made for drafting one higher. The hope is that Chris Westry, who was highly coveted as a UDFA will push to make the 53-man roster. That’s a lot of faith in late round flyers.
Finally, the Cowboys still have a major need at safety. Donovan Wilson is an intriguing player they picked up late in the draft, but the team had premium options at safety available to them when they were on the board at 58 and they bypassed the position. It’s become clear that Dallas doesn’t view safety as one of the prominent positions on the field. They didn’t add any of the high impact safeties in free agency and waited until all the top prospects were gone in the draft.
No team can address every place of need in the draft and the Cowboys did what they felt was best for the future of their team. They filled some holes through the draft, but there are still some positions that could use help.
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