Narrowing The List
Next, let’s narrow this down even further by listing just those players who made multiple different mock drafts within this range. Here is that group with the number of mock drafts they made in that draft range.
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WR Deebo Samuel – South Carolina (5)
S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Florida (4)
TE Irv Smith, Jr. – Alabama (4)
DE Jaylon Ferguson – Louisiana Tech (4)
S Juan Thornhill – Virginia (4)
CB Julian Love – Notre Dame (4)
WR Kelvin Harmon – N.C. State (4)
CB Amani Oruwaiye – Penn State (3)
DE Chase Winovich – Michigan (3)
TE Jace Sternberger – Texas A&M (3)
WR Andy Isabella – Massachusetts (2)
S Deionte Thompson – Alabama (2)
DT Gerald Willis – Miami (2)
WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside – Stanford (2)
CB Joejuan Williams – Vanderbilt (2)
DE L.J. Collier – TCU (2)
CB Lonnie Johnson – Kentucky (2)
DE Oshane Ximines – Old Dominion (2)
DT Renell Wren – Arizona State (2)
WR Riley Ridley – Georgia (2)
CB Trayvon Mullen – Clemson (2)
Forty-two is now just 21. Now to take one last swing at reducing the options. We discussed the five positions where Dallas could most use immediate help. As the draft gets closer, I truly believe defensive back is the biggest need for two reasons.
One reason is that while there is talent on the roster, the Cowboys still lack a playmaker that creates turnovers. The other is the long-term status of this group. Five of the seven current safeties will be free agents next year while two of the five cornerbacks could also not be here in 2020.
Thinking of the situation as such, I believe the Dallas Cowboys should focus on two specific players from the list above. Notre Dame’s Julian Love and Virginia’s Juan Thornhill.
Of these two, the no-brainer for me is Thornhill. His combine numbers (4.42-40, 44″ vertical jump, 21 bench press reps) may mean he’s not around at pick 58, however two different mocks actually chose him. Thornhill also posted 13 career interceptions at Virginia, including six in his senior season.
The biggest plus regarding Thornhill, however, is his versatility. Thornhill, like current Cowboys corner Byron Jones can play both cornerback or safety. Depending on how next year’s free agency works out, having someone who can fill either void may be the most wise decision.