The Dallas Cowboys will be looking to use most of the draft picks early on in the 2017 season. Here is a look at some of the players who can start early on.
The Dallas Cowboys have a new crop of rookies that have a lot to prove in the coming season. The team will need to evaluate who is capable of being a day one starter and who may need some more time to grow.
Defensive Lineman: (Taco Charlton, Joey Ivie IV, Jordan Carrell)
In terms of positional success, we really do not know what exactly this defense (especially the pass rush) can do yet. DeMarcus Lawrence has yet to play a full season at 100 percent health and 2016 second round pick, Jaylon Smith has yet to take his first snap in the NFL.
We do not fully know what exactly this group of players is capable of but could find out fairly early on in the schedule. Clearly out of all of the players listed Charlton will have the biggest spotlight on him early on.
He will likely be competing for snaps at the right defensive end position and if he shows the ability to be consistent in generating pressure he could push Tyrone Crawford inside and Lawrence to the the left side.
Charlton could have the best chance to make an impact early on in training camp while Joey Ivie IV and Jordan Carrell should compete for time inside. The Cowboys need an identity at the edge rushing position and Charlton could provide the spark this defense has needed. This is the deepest the Cowboys defensive line has been in some time and should give the team a better ability to disrupt opposing offenses.
Defensive Back: (Jourdan Lewis, Chidobe Awuzie, Xavier Woods, Marquez White)
In terms of positional depth the newest additions to the secondary, Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis should play a big role in the upcoming season. The Cowboys secondary is going through a major rebuild and this has been going on since the 2015 draft.
Now the team has finally drafted enough bodies at cornerback to see an increase in production at the position. The team spent several years hoping former first round pick, Morris Claiborne would live up to his first round selection however that was constantly in doubt.
Either because of injury or ineffectiveness, the Cowboys former first round pick could never get going. He had a nice stretch of production on the field during the 2016 season but it was not enough to keep him on the roster.
Awuzie has been a productive and healthy college player so there is no reason to think that he will miss time this season. He can also play at more positions than Claiborne ever could so he could see the most snaps out of all the defensive backs selected by the Cowboys this year.
Lewis is an incredible cover and boundary corner who should get on the field fairly early as well. If he can get his legal troubles solved, he could be starting at some point this season. The wild card out of this bunch out of this bunch is safety Xavier Woods who could sneak away with a starting role.