Round 1: Pick 16- Zack Martin- OT- 6’4- 308lbs- Notre Dame
Dallas gets itself an immediate starter on the offensive line in Zack Martin. A powerful blocker, Martin is a great fit for the Cowboys scheme and can come in and play either tackle or guard depending on what the Cowboys decide they need more. With the weapons Dallas has at receiver and running back it makes sense to take an elite tackle at this spot and help give quarterback Tony Romo the best possible chance to succeed.
Round 2: Pick 34- Demarcus Lawrence- DE- 6’3- 251lbs- Boise State
Lawrence is an athletic and explosive edge rusher who will provide an immediate impact to the Cowboys defense. With the departure of DeMarcus Ware in free agency the Cowboys need another quality pass rusher and they have found it in Lawrence. Whilst he is not a lengthy end, he makes up for it with a great first step and excellent hands to get himself off blocks.
Round 4: Pick 119- Anthony Hitchens- OLB- 6’0- 240lbs- Iowa
Adding edge rushers to their defense the Cowboys selected an incredibly productive outside linebacker in Hitchens. Undersized at the position, Hitchens uses superior instincts and speed to flash towards the ball. He will be an immediate contributor on special teams and will have to prove himself in training camp to gain time in the rotation at outside linebacker.
Round 5: Pick 146- Devin Street- WR- 6’3- 198lbs- Pittsburgh
A natural hands catcher, Street is a dependable option underneath zone coverage to move the chains. He doesn’t have game breaking speed but a large catch radius and great field awareness. Street will be a contributor on special teams and may end up being a role player on offense.
Round 7: Pick 231- Ben Gardner- DE- 6’4- 262- Stanford
Dallas continues to build up depth on defense by selecting Gardiner in the 7th round. A solid player, he will benefit from some pro coaching and tutelage from other veterans in the Dallas locker room.
Round 7: Pick 238- Will Smith- OLB- 6’2- 231lbs- Texas Tech
Another solid player on defense, Smith is a developmental prospect who has a great amount of upside. An aggressive player with a high motor, Smith will contribute on special teams immediately.
Round 7: Pick 248- Ahamd Dixon- SS- 6’0- 212lbs- Baylor
A proficient tackler, Dixon is at his best playing down in the box and supporting the run. He doesn’t have elite speed at the position and lacks the ability to recover once beaten in coverage. Another developmental prospect who will add depth to the position.
Round 7: Pick 251- Ken Bishop- DT- 6’0- 301lbs- Northern Illinios
A stout run defender, Bishop is a power interior defensive lineman who can control the point of attack. Not a pass rushing threat but more of a solid inside presence that can eat up blockers to give the outside lineman more one on one’s.
Round 7: Pick 254- Terrence Mitchell- CB- 5’11- 192lbs- Oregon
An agile and athletic corner, Mitchell is an accomplished off coverage defensive back. He doesn’t have elite speed to play man coverage and stay with receiver on deep routes.
OVERALL GRADE= B-
The Dallas Cowboys made draft is a success for an organisation that is known for making a big splash in the draft. A more conservative approach in the early rounds has left the Cowboys with some great talent that can come in right away and make the team better. Zack Martin is an elite offensive tackle and the Cowboys should be ecstatic that he fell to them in the first round.
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