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Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft Breakdown

This is a huge season for the Dallas Cowboys. A lot of players need to perform in 2019. Can they get the job done?
This entry is part 24 of 32 in the series 2019 NFL Draft Breakdown

An NFC East Title and a Divisional Round playoff visit in 2018 was not enough to keep Dallas Cowboys fan happy. Can they finally reach a Super Bowl for the first time since 1996?

Let’s look at how the Cowboys Drafted.

Players Drafted

PlayersPickPositionSchool
Trysten Hill58DTUCF
Connor McGovern90OGPenn State
Tony Pollard128RBMemphis
Michael Jackson158CBMiami
Joe Jackson165DEMiami
Donovan Wilson213STexas A&M
Mike Weber218RBOhio State
Jalen Jelks241EDGEOregon

Notable UDFA

PlayerPositionSchool
Chris WestryCBKentucky
Nate HallLBNorthwestern
Daniel WiseDTKansas
Larry AllenOTHarvard
Ricky WalkerDTVirginia Tech

TEAM 2019 Outlook

Offense

The Cowboys re-signed players, signed free agents and talked players out of retirement this offseason. Once the draft came around, they needed to add depth to certain roles, and that’s what they did.

The selection of Penn State OG Connor McGovern will assist the O-line in many respects. McGovern can play Centre or Guard and have an immediate impact on the team. McGovern is a quality footballer with functional athleticism and strength making him a handful for opponents. He plays with a great foundation and a solid anchor. Moving players around to suit his needs comes second nature to him. A great extension of his hands allows him to be in control of his opposite number. He will probably play more Centre for the Cowboys behind Travis Frederick.

Tony Pollard the Memphis RB was a strange choice at pick 128 he is a similar style runner to Zeke Elliott and doesn’t bring a lot of difference to the style of the Cowboys run game. While the selection of Mike Weber at 218 does give the Cowboys a different style of player. The Ohio State product should be the guy to give Zeke a rest when his time comes. He runs the ball hard, has great vision and will find or create a gap where there isn’t one.

A lot of returning talent made the 2019 offense class smaller than usual for the Cowboys.

Defense

The Cowboys first pick of the draft was DT Trysten Hill. The UCF product has all the right traits to be a great pass rusher in the NFL and the Cowboys will use him as such. He is surprisingly athletic for a 300lbs guy, has the bend to get around opponents and will shock QBs with how quick he arrives at his man. He will sit on the depth chart for a while but will see game time in 2019.

At pick 158, the Cowboys have added some CB depth with Miami’s Michael Jackson. He has all the right size and attributes to be a good outside corner, he takes no prisoners and wells well in the contest. Sometimes he arrives at the contest a little late and causes problems for himself with his aggression. The Cowboys will need to iron out these problems if he is to be a regular starter in this set-up.

With the 165th pick, the Cowboys took Jackson’s Miami teammate Joe Jackson. The DE will see game time in 2019. He gained a lot of weight during his time in Miami and lost a bit of his finesse as a result. He is a raw talent and can be molded by the Cowboys staff into a solid edge rusher. Expect to see Joe Jackson in a Cowboys jersey for years to come.

Grade: B+

The Cowboys added enough depth across the board to make life easier, should there be injuries in 2019. Anything less than an NFC Championship game for this team will be seen as a disappointing season.

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Spinksy

ProFootball Free Lance Writer at SportsTalkLine.com
Covering players from College Freshman to NFL Hall of Famers and everything in between. This isn't only a passion for me, its a way of life.

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