Without possessing a first-round selection, the Dallas Cowboys still managed to complete a draft full of value picks. But which prospect offered the best value?
The Dallas Cowboys faced an uphill battle in the 2019 NFL Draft. Having already traded away their first-round selection to the Oakland Raiders for wide receiver Amari Cooper, Dallas had to wait a grueling 57 picks before making their first selection.
And no amount of Cooper highlights would soften the agony of watching prospect after prospect slowly coming off the board. The Cowboys eventually made their first pick near the end of the second round. And after a few trades, Dallas would eventually make seven more.
But which of these selections represented the best value for the Cowboys? First, let’s take a look at this entire draft class …
2nd Round (58th): Trysten Hill, DT – UCF
3rd Round (90th): Connor McGovern, G/C – Penn State
4th Round (128th): Tony Pollard, RB – Memphis
5th Round (158th): Michael Jackson, CB – Miami
5th Round (165th): Joe Jackson, DE – Miami
6th Round (213th): Donovan Wilson, S – Texas A&M
7th Round (218th): Mike Weber, RB – Ohio State
7th Round (241st)): Jalen Jelks, DE – Oregon
According to draft analyst Chad Reuter, the Cowboys got tremendous value out of their two fifth-round selections. Here’s what Reuter recently wrote about Miami’s Michael and Joe Jackson on NFL.com.
"“The two Jacksons from Miami are great values. Michael Jackson is a big corner who could take over for Byron Jones if he departs in free agency after the 2019 season, and Joe Jackson is an underrated power rusher.”"
As far as value goes, only knowing the end result will truly determine this draft’s worth. But on the surface, I believe the top value award should go to either third rounder McGovern or seventh rounder Weber.
The Cowboys have already admitted that McGovern was a true best player available selection. And there is speculation that he could start at left guard if Dallas decides to move 2018 second round pick, Connor Williams, to tackle. Getting a starting offensive lineman in the third round represents tremendous value.
As for Weber, there is talk that the former Buckeye star could be viewed as starter Ezekiel Elliott’s true primary backup at running back. And that their fourth-round selection, Tony Pollard, might be viewed more in the mold of Tavon Austin, a gadget player who could actually be a better slot receiver than a pure running back.
So who do you think was the best value pick by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2019 NFL Draft? Tell us your answer in the comment section below.