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2017 NFL Draft Review: The Dallas Cowboys Rookie Class
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13 Jul 2017 11:55 AM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Dallas Cowboys first-round pick Taco Charlton. (Image Source: DallasCowboys.com)

Here’s a breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys 2017 rookie class:

Rd 1 (No. 28 overall) DE Taco Charlton, Michigan: An edge rusher who is explosive and quick getting into the backfield, with the size and length to play with leverage against the run. Charlton is expected to break into the starting lineup at some point in his rookie campaign.  

Rd 2 (No. 60 overall) CB Chidobe Awuzie, Colorado: A versatile coverman who can play inside or out, as well as shift to safety if need be. Awuzie is an explosive athlete who has very quick feet and the size to get physical. Flourished as a blitzer at Colorado out of the slot.

Rookie Classes: Bears | Giants | Jets | Steelers; Rookie Watch: Derek Barnett | Noah Brown | Taco Charlton |Gareon Conley |Dalvin Cook | Reuben Foster | Leonard Fournette | George Kittle | DeShone Kizer | Marlon Humphrey | Patrick Mahomes II | Christian McCaffrey | Donnel Pumphrey | Jonnu Smith | Ryan Switzer | Mitchell Trubisky | Dede Westbrook | Tre’Davious White

Rd 3 (No. 92 overall) CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan: I actually liked Lewis better than Awuzie entering the draft. An undersized corner, but one who has the footwork and instincts to cover on an island in man schemes.

Rd 4 (No. 133 overall) WR Ryan Switzer, North Carolina: It didn’t take long for the comparisons to Cole Beasley to be made. Switzer is lightning quick and can change directions at the drop of a dime, making him an ideal slot candidate.

Rd 6 (No. 191) S Xavier Woods, Louisiana Tech: The big hitter was a turnover machine at college. He’s a versatile defensive back who brings strong ball skills. The Cowboys believe they got a real steal with this pick.  

Rd 6 (No. 216) CB Marquez White, Florida State: What appears to be another solid value selection on Day 3 of the draft, White brings good length, but probably slid because of his lack of speed. As the third corner drafted, he will have to really earn his way onto the roster.

Giants Off the Clock: Evan Engram | Dalvin Tomlinson | Davis Webb | Wayne Gallman | Avery Moss | Adam Bisnowaty; New York Jets Off the Clock: Jamal Adams | Marcus Maye | ArDarius Stewart | Chad Hansen | Jordan Leggett | Dylan Donahue | Elijah McGuire | Jeremy Clark | Derrick Jones |

Rd 7 (No. 228 overall) DT Joey Ivie, Florida: Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was very excited when the ‘Boys called Ivie’s name, which bodes well. His calling card will be his quickness and play-to-the whistle passion.

Rd 7 (No. 239 overall) WR Noah Brown, Ohio State: For a seventh-round pick, Brown has gotten a lot of attention. He has the type of size at 6’2” and 222 pounds to earn a spot on the team as an outside receiver. Not just big, he understands how to use his frame to his advantage.

Rd 7 (No. 246 overall) DT Jordan Carrell, Colorado: Similar to Ivie, Carrell is an interior line ‘tweener in that neither is very long and they lack prototypical bulk for a tackle, but make up for it with quickness. His agility and athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect this late in the draft.

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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