Who will be the Dallas Cowboys first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?
By Tyrone Starr
With no first round selection and a high dependency on winning the draft, the Dallas Cowboys must make a wise choice with their first overall pick in 2019.
By now, you should familiar with the Dallas Cowboys‘ game plan. Few months mean more to this team and the way the front office runs things more than April does. April, you see, is the month the NFL holds its annual player selection meeting, more commonly referred to as the NFL Draft.
For better or worse, like it or not, the Dallas Cowboys leans heavily on getting the draft right. Dallas, at times, seems altogether disinterested in free agency. When they do partake, it is normally to sign a B-/C+ veteran on the cheap in an attempt to either bolster depth or bridge a gap from one player to a future draft pick.
Tackle Cameron Fleming, receiver Randall Cobb, safety George Iloka and defensive linemen Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington all fit this mold. Hometown free agent signings like fullback Jamize Olawale and receiver Tavon Austin do as well.
This allows the Dallas Cowboys to focus on specific players in the draft as opposed to feeling forced to draft for need. Over the last four drafts, this philosophy has served them well.
The defense, primarily, has received a major upgrade via the draft during this period. Byron Jones (2015), Jaylon Smith, Maliek Collins, Anthony Brown and Kavon Frazier (2016), Chidobe Awuzie and Xavier Woods (2017) with Leighton Vander Esch last year are all key players to this team.
The offense, meanwhile, landed its next franchise quarterback in 2016 by selecting Dak Prescott in round four of the 2016 draft. That draft also brought the key to their offense in running back Ezekiel Elliott. Two years later, offensive lineman Connor Williams and receiver Michael Gallup were added to the young core of offensive weaponry.
So, what will the Dallas Cowboys do this year?