Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers running back Alfred Blue (4) stiff arms Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker Anthony Hitchens (31) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Cowboys Select LB Anthony Hitchens In The Fourth Round


The Dallas Cowboys entered the last day of the draft with only two prospects selected so far. So it is now down to Day Three for the Cowboys to find some actual depth to help fill their various needs. Dallas is still searching for help in their defensive secondary, at wide receiver and within their defensive line. Instead, the Cowboys went in another direction.

In the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft at pick No. 119, the Dallas Cowboys selected…

Anthony Hitchens, OLB, Iowa

Here’s everything you need to know about the young prospect:

Height: 6’0
Weight: 240 lbs
40 Speed/Bench: 4.65/23
2013 Numbers: 112 total tackles (13 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles)

Player Breakdown: Undersized but consistent. Good speed and very physical. Lead the Big Ten in tackles in his first starting season at Iowa. Led the conference with 124 tackles in 2012. Seen as a middle/inside linebacker, was initially came to Iowa as a high school running back who migrated over to safety. Could be a possible fullback in NFL as well. Played special teams all four years, even as a starter. Will need to work on awareness and coverage skills. Hitchens is an adopted child who is described as hardworking and humble.

Cowboys Analysis: Hitchens will join a linebacker corps that showcases Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Justin Durant. Iowa’s leading tackler and defensive MVP in 2013. Apparently, the Cowboys had a third round grade on him. But most believed Hitchens would have been available in the sixth or seventh rounds. He’s expected to make an initial impact as a back-up middle linebacker and on special teams.

Dallas Cowboys Fourth Round Picks Since 2008

2013 – B.W. Webb, DB, William & Mary
2012 – Kyle Wilber, LB, Wake Forest
2012 – Matt Johnson, SS, East. Washington
2011 – David Arkin, OL, Missouri State
2010 – Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, DB, Indiana (pa.)
2009 – Stephen McGee, QB, Texas A&M
2009 – Victor Butler, LB, Oregon St.
2009 – Brandon Williams, DE, Texas Tech
2008 – Tashard Choice, RB, Georgia Tech

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  • PaulTX

    I was defending the 1st & 2nd pick, but I’m scratching my head on this one.

    • Krupinsky

      Literally the exact same thing I was about to say. Hard to find anyone that had him going higher than the 7th round or being an UFA. Time will tell, but uh…this one is pretty hard to defend. It will be interesting to hear Jerry, Stephen and Jason explain this one.

      • PaulTX

        Seems like he would play Sam in our scheme, but I thought we wanted a Will? Telvin Smith and the boston college kid are still on the board.

        • Krupinsky

          This is why I was okay with trading up for Lawrence. You can’t trust them with too many picks!

    • Bill Smith

      I started Scratching something else!!

  • Chad

    Would have rather had a 1-Tech, WR, or a QB over this kid. Have yet to see ANY board that had him higher than a 7th rounder. As far as LB is concerned, would rather have Telvin Smith, Bullough, or Zumwalt.

    • Chad

      Add Skov to that list.

  • Flipz

    Wow, what a horrible pick. Seriously, wtf??

  • Wayne

    I loved the 1st and 2nd picks but this pick just ruined it for me . He has a 7th round grade.

    • Bill Smith

      JJ wants to see how Bad we can be and fans Still come to the games.

  • Juanito Juanito

    He cuold be selected in the next round easy, a cb in the 4th round could be better

  • Old Frog

    Marinelli wanted him for some reason. 236 tackles in 2 years at Iowa counts for something. Back up for Lee if injured? Claiborne needs to step up if this guy doesn’t cover well.

  • David

    This pick was beyond mind numbing with the higher rated OLB’s on the board. My god they are going to be bad next year again.

  • Bill Smith

    What scares Me is the Reaction of our War Room after this pick, but I found out it was about the Bar BQ arriving…5-11 AND WE’RE IN hEAVEN..