Dallas Cowboys: 5 targets at the East-West Shrine game
The Dallas Cowboys are now all hands on deck with regards to finding future players. Their first stop is the East-West Shrine game.
Throughout the season, the Dallas Cowboy scouting staff lead by ice president of player personnel Will McClay have been going to college football games around the nation watching players they feel may be a good fit for them. Now, some of those players are at the East-West Shrine game and the Cowboys have a chance to meet with them a get a better feel for them.
According to Walterfootball.com, Connor Livesay and Dalton Miller with BloggingtheBoys.com, here are possible draft targets the Cowboys have reportedly met with so far.
Michael Dogbe, Defensive Tackle – Temple
A first-team All-ACC standout Dogbe is an undersized but disruptive defensive tackle coming in at 6’3 and 280 pounds. During his career at Temple Dogbe generated 69 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles.
Dogbe’s athleticism is getting him noticed at the East-West practices. He has also shown the ability to play defensive end as well which will start moving him up some draft boards and in the Dallas Cowboys crosshairs.
Kevin Wilkins, Defensive Tackle – Rutgers
Wilkins is another player that has been known to play defensive end early in his career at Rutgers. Coming in at 6-foot-2 and 304 pounds Wilkins now looks more like an athletic 3-tech defensive tackle.
During his time at Rutgers Wilkins, career stat line was 122 total tackles, 20 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, and five passes defended. The Cowboys would be able to utilize his speed the same way they do with defensive end Tyrone Crawford who uses his quickness to attack offenses, interior lineman.
Daylon Mack, Defensive Tackle – Texas A&M
Probably the best of the defensive tackles the Dallas Cowboys have met with so far, Mack is a 6’0 320 wrecking ball that plays with quickness, violent hands and leverage to easily move blockers to get to the ball carrier and quarterback.
During his time at Texas A&M Mack’s career stat line was 108 total tackles with 27 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two passes defended, and two forced fumbles. His ability to anchor a defensive line in the run game and stay on the field during passing situations helps Mack’s chances and has the Cowboys interest.
Sione Takitaki, Linebacker – BYU
Takitaki has been a standout in practices for the East-West game consistently causing havoc in the run game. Takitaki is a 6’2, 230-pound linebacker who checks all the boxes for what you want at the position.
He can play the run and also drop back into pass coverage with ease. During his time at BYU, his career stat line was 241 tackles with 33.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, five passes defended and two forced fumbles on his resume. With linebacker Sean Lee contemplating retirement the Cowboys need to reinforce the position.
Jonathan Duhart, Receiver – Old Dominion
The final player on this list is the only offensive player the Dallas Cowboys have met with so far. Duhart is a big bodied 6’2, 210-pound receiver with a knack for using that big body to box out corners to make plays on the ball.
Duhart’s reliable hand and route running make up for his perceived lack of top-end speed. During his time at Old Dominion, he snagged 183 passes out of the air for 2,664 yards and 28 touchdowns. That type of productions doesn’t go unnoticed and the Cowboys will need to take a receiver late in this draft to help quarterback Dak Prescott.
So how do you feel about the Dallas Cowboys reported player meetings so far? Who do you hope they talk to? Let us know in the comment section below.