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2020 NFL Draft: The Dallas Cowboys Are on the Clock

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2020 NFL Draft: The Dallas Cowboys Are on the Clock

2020-04-02 13:38:17

 

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. (Image Source: Kevin Jairaj/Getty Images)

With the 2020 NFL Draft three weeks away, we put the Dallas Cowboys on the clock:

2019 Record: 8-8; Finished: 2nd in the NFC East

Director of Player Personnel/Executive VP: Stephen Jones (31st with team), Head Coach: Mike McCarthy (1st Year), Offensive Coordinator: Kellen Moore (2nd Year/3rd with team), Defensive Coordinator: Mike Nolan (1st Year)

Offense Rankings: No. 1 Total, No. 6 Scoring, No. 2 Passing, No. 5 Rushing

The Cowboys went from division champs to 8-8, but don’t blame an offense that took a major leap in 2019, particularly in the passing game, which was ranked 23rd in 2018. That resulted in major leaps in both scoring and total offense (both were 22nd), as well. They were arguably the most-improved offense in the NFL last season. They’ve re-signed Amari Cooper and franchised Dak Prescott with a long-term deal expected, which means the modern-day triplets will remain intact.

Defense Rankings: No. 9 Overall, No. 11 Scoring, No. 10 Passing, No. 11 Rushing

Conversely, a defense that was in the top seven in total, rushing, and scoring, dropped off in 2019. The pass defense did improve from 13 to 10, however the loss of lockdown cornerback Byron Jones was their biggest of the offseason and he will be the most difficult player to replace.

2020 NFL Draft: Giants OTC | Jets OTC |

The Five-Year Plan – Record: 44-36; Last Playoff Appearance: 2018; Last Playoff Victory: 2018 Season (24-22 over Seattle in the NFC Wild Card Round)

2019 Draft: (2-58) DT Trysten Hill, (3-90) OG Connor McGovern, (4-128) RB Tony Pollard, (5-158) CB Michael Jackson, (5-165) DE Joe Jackson, (6-213) S Donovan Wilson, (7-218) RB Mike Weber, (7-241) DE Jalen Jelks

Top Picks Last Five Years:

2019 – (2-58) DT Trysten Hill, Central Florida

2018 – (1-19) OLB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

2017 – (1-28) DE Taco Charlton, Michigan

2016 – (1-4) RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

2015 – (1-27) CB Byron Jones, UConn

Booms:

CB Byron Jones (Rd. 1—2015)

RB Ezekiel Elliott (Rd. 1—2016)

LB Jaylon Smith (Rd. 2—2016)

QB Dak Prescott (Rd. 4—2016)

CB Anthony Brown (Rd. 6—2016)

S Xavier Woods (Rd. 6—2017)

WR Michael Gallup (Rd. 3—2018)

OLB Leighton Vander Esch (Rd. 1—2018)

Busts:

LB Randy Gregory (Rd. 2—2015)

OT Chaz Green (Rd. 3—2015)

DE Ryan Russell (Rd. 5—2015)

DE Charles Tapper (Rd. 4—2016)

QB Mike White (Rd. 5—2018)

Additions:

TE Blake Bell (UFA/Signed)

DT Dontari Poe (UFA/Signed)

DE Gerald McCoy (UFA/Signed)

CB Maurice Canady (UFA/Signed)

FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (UFA/Signed)

K Greg Zuerlein (UFA/Signed)

Keepers:

QB Dak Prescott (Franchised)

WR Amari Cooper (Re-Signed)

TE Blake Jarwin (Re-Signed)

OT La’el Collins (Re-Signed)

C Joe Looney (Re-Signed)

C Adam Redmond (Re-Signed)

LB Sean Lee (Re-Signed)

LB Justin March (Re-Signed)

LB Joe Thomas (Re-Signed)

CB Anthony Brown (Re-Signed)

CB C.J. Goodwin (Re-Signed)

S Darian Thompson (Re-Signed)

K Kai Forbath (Re-Signed)

LS L.P. Ladouceur (Re-Signed)

Subtractions:

WR Randall Cobb (UFA/Texans)

TE Jason Witten (UFA/Raiders)

OT Cameron Fleming (UFA/Giants)

OG Xavier Su’a-Filo (UFA/Bengals)

C Travis Frederick (Retired)

DT Maliek Collins (UFA/Raiders)

DT Daniel Ross (UFA/Raiders)

DE Kerry Hyder (UFA/49ers)

DE Robert Quinn (UFA/Bears)

CB Byron Jones (UFA/Dolphins)

CB Donovan Olumba (UFA/Browns)

S Jeff Heath (UFA/Raiders)

2019 Picks: Dallas owns their pick in every round but the sixth, as they traded that selection to the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Robert Quinn. The ‘Boys will have seven picks in total, including an extra fifth-round choice, as a compensatory pick awarded by the league. The 17th pick in the first round is their highest choice since Dallas selected Ezekiel Elliott fourth overall four years ago, while their seven overall picks and four Day 3 selections are their fewest since 2013 when they also had seven choices (three on Day 3). The 2010 draft was the last time they had fewer than seven picks with six.

Round 1, Selection 17

Round 2, Selection 51

Round 3, Selection 82

Round 4, Selection 123

Round 5, Selection 164

Round 5, Selection 179 (compensatory pick)

Round 7, Selection 231

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

 
 

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