For Dallas Cowboys fans like myself, last season was grueling thanks to the team’s defensive struggles and the Dak Prescott injury.
There’s hope, however, as the Dallas Cowboys have a top-ten pick in this years draft.
Here in this mock draft, I will give you guys a full seven-round mock for the Dallas Cowboys and break down who the team could target & the team needs.
Round 1, 10th overall: Alijah Vera Tucker, OL (USC)
The Cowboys need to address the offensive tackle position, thanks to the recent injuries to both Tyron Smith and La’el Collins. Not to mention that Dallas could save 10.5 million dollars if the team designated Tyron Smith as a June 1st cut, which could come in handy considering the team & Quarterback Dak Prescott’s contract negotiations.
Smith is 30 years old now and has really struggled the last couple of seasons health-wise, the Cowboys should take a long hard look at his cap hit and draft his successor in the draft.
Alijah Vera-Tucker reminds me so much of Tristan Wirfs from the last draft class. “AVT” can play both guard and tackle, just like Wirfs coming out, as he started at LG at the beginning of his USC career before filling in admirably at LT for Miami Dolphins first-round pick last season, Austin Jackson.
Dallas LOVES versatility along the line, but not only that, like Wirfs, Vera-Tucker is a really good athlete for his size/position. AVT won’t run a 4.85 40 yard dash like Wirfs probably, but it would not surprise me if he clocked in under five seconds.
In my opinion, Vera-Tucker is the second-best OL prospect in the draft after Peni Sewell, as I also think the Cowboys should take him to pick 10 to be the Tyron Smith replacement.
Round 2, 44th overall: Shaun Wade, DB (Ohio State)
Coming into this past season, Wade was considered a top 15 pick as he caught the scout’s eye with his great play at the nickel Cornerback role.
In what was a crazy Covid-19 shortened off-season, Wade made the move to be an outside corner and really struggled at times, having scouts wonder which position he’d be best at the next level, Cornerback or Safety.
Luckily for the Cowboys, a prospect that was once considered a top 15 pick is now probably available here at pick 44.
The secondary, especially the Cornerback position, is the Cowboy’s biggest need, but I really liked the value of Wade here in round two compared to a prospect like James Hudson, an offensive tackle prospect out of Cincinnati to replace Smith here at pick 44 if we were to select a corner like Caleb Farley pick 10.
If I’m Dallas, I draft Wade here at pick 44 and take the gamble on his upside and figure out his best position in the league, with both areas in the secondary as a team needs.
Round 3, 75th overall. Charles Snowden, LB (Virginia)
Meet who is probably my biggest draft crush in Snowden. The 6’7 232 pound outside linebacker who can run a 4.51-second 40-yard dash will be one of the draft’s highest risers in my opinion.
Snowden played in a 3-4 defensive scheme at Virginia but is plenty athletic enough to play in a 4-3 scheme, as I actually really like him in that role, as it would give him more space to accelerate and use his range at the OLB position.
As a Junior, he had 72 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and five sacks. In just 8 games his Senior year he tallied 44 total tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and six sacks.
He uses his length and athleticism to bat down passes, sack the QB (He has a nice double move) and to get to the edge and close off outside runs, but his most underrated part of his game is his skills in coverage.
At 6’7 he takes up a lot of room as it is, but he’s a really fluid mover for a man his size, as he shows the ability to cover TE & RB’s.
He will need to gain weight, but Snowden is an exciting prospect that defensive coordinators are looking for in modern NFL defenses.
Linebacker depth is a sneaky need for Dallas. You can make the argument that Joe Thomas was the best LB on the team last season, and that should not happen with guys like Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch & Sean Lee on the team. Lee’s getting old, LVE has had his fair share of injury issues, & if Smith has another year like the last, Dallas could very well look to get rid of him to save cap space.
Round 3, 99th overall: Andre Cisco, S (Syracuse)
If it wasn’t for an ACL injury this past season, Cisco wouldn’t be available, but luckily for the Cowboys, he is.
A true definition of a ball hawk, Cisco had 13 interceptions and 14 pass breakups in 24 games played. Cisco goes for the “splash” play too often, which leads to blown assignments and big plays given up, but if he gets an interception every other game I’d be fine with that.
Here at pick 99, he gives the team great value, and with Trevon Diggs, & Shaun Wade, the Cowboys have an exciting young nucleus in the secondary to work with.
Round 4, 115th overall: Shaka Toney, EDGE (Penn State)
With Aldon Smith slated to be a free agent, the Cowboys need to address their presence on the edge and get pass-rush help.
Considered the “other” Penn State pass rusher the last two seasons, Shaka Toney is one of the most explosive and bendiest prospects in the draft, and wouldn’t still be here on the board if it wasn’t for his measurable’s.
Even though he’s had at least five sacks in each of the last three seasons, Toney has been considered an afterthought to Yetur Gross Matos & Jayson Oweh, but he has put up comparable if not better stats than them the last two seasons.
Toney is a bit of a boom or bust player but is worth the risk here at pick 116, as one thing is for sure, he can get after the QB.
Round 4, 139th overall: Ta’Quon Graham, DL (Texas)
Shield your eyes Cowboys fans, Dallas gave up the second-most rushing yards last season, as they could use some added depth/talent in the interior.
Standing in at 6’4 294 pounds, Graham’s selling points are his length and versatility, as he came to Texas as a defensive end before moving inside, and is capable of playing all over the line.
Tyrone Crawford is a free agent this off-season and after recent surgery on his foot, has been rumored to be contemplating retirement. Even if he wanted to continue playing, he’s getting older as the Cowboys shouldn’t resign him and look elsewhere. Graham can be our Crawford replacement thanks to his versatility.
Round 5, 179th overall: Trevon Grimes, WR (Florida)
A former five-star recruit and Ohio State transfer, Grimes enjoyed success in a prolific Florida offense this past season, as he had nine touchdowns while averaging 15.5 yards per reception.
You may look at our depth chart and see Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup & Ceedee Lamb and think WR isn’t a need, but Gallup is in a contract year, and with the current cap struggles the team has, probably won’t resign with the team.
Standing in at 6’4″ 218 pounds, running a 4.47 40 yard dash, Grimes has a lot of upsides and can develop into being the team’s number three WR once Gallup leaves.
Round 6, 194th overall: Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE (Florida State)
Another former five-star recruit and the 10th ranked player in the 2017 class, Kaindoh never got to prove himself on the field thanks to a long list of injuries.
The major red flag for Kaindoh was the “Lower right leg injury” that he suffered in the third game of 2019 that caused him to miss the rest of the season.
The 6’7 265 pounds Kaindoh finished his college career with 59 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and an interception.
Kaindoh reminds me of Donovan Peoples-Jones from last year, as the former 1st ranked WR prospect in the nation didn’t produce much at Michigan and because of that went pick 187 last year, causing me to believe Kaindoh will be available here.
Kaindoh is a big risk but is worth the risk in round 6, and he has tons of upside.
Round 7, 232nd overall: Feleipe Franks, QB (Arkansas)
A top 5 QB in the 2016 class, Feleipe Franks had high hopes in Florida, but in the third game of the 2019 season, Franks suffered a season-ending ankle injury and ultimately lost his job to Kyle Trask.
He transferred to Arkansas to finish out his college career and tallied 2,107 yards 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in nine games.
He’s still raw and has to figure some things out mechanics-wise, and he may just be a practice squad QB, but the 6’6″ 228 pound Franks does offer some upside with a good arm and solid mobility for a QB his size. I personally think he can compete with and win the backup job over the likes of Ben Dinucci & Garrett Gilbert, and with the future of Dak Prescott with the Cowboys looking a little bleak as of now, this draft selection could prove to be a huge one.