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:
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