The Dallas Cowboys are set to pick 17th overall during the 2020 NFL Draft and have three options they can possibly pursue.
The Dallas Cowboys are now on the clock. Famous words fans can’t wait to hear come Thursday, April 23, 2020 when Dallas will be picking 17th overall during the 2020 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys have an interesting decision to make during the draft as they’re practically smacked in the middle of the draft board. Does Dallas stay put at No. 17, trade back, or trade-up during that evening?
Staying put seems like the most likely option as we usually don’t see Dallas move around in the first-round very often. With that being said, the possibilities are endless. They have the option to see if players fall to them, but should they consider offense or defense?
I’m always on the side of drafting the best available player, drafting for need doesn’t always work out in the team’s favor. If an elite player is on the board, you take him regardless of the position.
The Cowboys will look to sure up their defense during the draft. As they have multiple holes in the secondary considering cornerback Byron Jones is likely to leave Dallas during free agency.
We could see the Boys decide to replace Jones with Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs, Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson, Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell or even LSU cornerback Kristian Fulton. All of these players have been seen mocked in the first-round.
If the Cowboys decide to go after a safety in the first-round they would be targeting Alabama safety Xavier McKinney or LSU safety Grant Delpit. Free agency will dictate what the Cowboys do in the back-end of their defense, but it most certainly needs to be addressed.
Offensively, there aren’t any immediate holes to fill. We have to wait and see on tight end Blake Jarwin and wide receiver Amari Cooper on whether they are returning or not, but this is where drafting the best possible player may come in to play.
With this year’s wide receiver draft class being so good we could hypothetical see either Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb or Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy slip in the draft. Jeudy being the more likely of the two.
However, even if both mentioned wide receivers go relatively early you still have Alabama speedster, wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who has been mocked right around 17 very often and Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins on the board.
Dallas may have these players on top of their draft board and figure what the heck with defense, let’s just go put up points and outscore just about everyone. It may not be such a bad play after all, this could be just another option during draft day. Don’t be alarmed if Dallas has its eyes set on a player that may go in the 20’s with trading back and acquiring picks being another option.
If a few of the above-mentioned cornerbacks or safeties are still left at 17 we could see a trade back. Also, keep an eye on South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. The Cowboys may be ready to make that big splash in this year’s draft. This could entail trading up in the draft for a high profile player if they begin to slip just a bit.
Some players that may fit that criteria are Ohio State cornerback Jeff Okudah or Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown. Both Okudah and Brown would be dream picks for the Cowboys and are very unlikely, but you never know come draft day.
So, Cowboys Nation. What do you want Dallas to do come draft day? And who is the player you’re hoping they pick? Drop a comment below.