This grade was handed out in a mailbag question from a fan. Here is a combination of what the two writers, Rowan Kavner and David Helman, had to say…
My initial gut would grade a “B-“. It’s almost entirely dependent on the second-round pick, Demarcus Lawrence. This draft was touted for how deep the talent pool was, and the Cowboys forfeited a third-round pick by moving up in the second round for him. That’s putting a lot of faith in the only pass-rusher the Cowboys grabbed before the seventh round. If he becomes their star defensive end the next five years, then the move panned out. If not, that was a heavy price to pay. Whether or not Lawrence pans out is going to be the talking point for this draft in the future. Aside from that, I absolutely love the Zack Martin pick – he should be a Day 1 starter. I like Street’s chances of being able to contribute immediately, and I like the odds that one or two of those seventh rounders will turn into something useful. I can’t say I love the selection of Anthony Hitchins in the fourth round, as that seems a bit high to be drafting a backup. So I’m going with “B” or “B-.” Good, but not amazing.
I said the exact the same thing that Rowan did on Sunday and I’m not backing off it now. This entire draft will come down to Lawrence. I think we all feel like Zack Martin should be, at worst, a solid starter for a long time to come. Maybe Street has a “poor man’s” version of Terrance Williams‘ rookie season. I think the Cowboys would take something like 35 catches, 600 yards and 3 TD’s. Of the seventh round picks, the only ones I would have any expectation for are the two secondary players, Ahmad Dixon and Terrance Mitchell. Hitchins probably makes the team but I don’t know about anyone else.