The NFL draft is fast approaching for the Dallas Cowboys. Who will they choose in the first round? And how will that affect the rest of their draft choices?
After months of speculation, several weeks of free agent excitement, and hundreds of mock drafts, the possibilities for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2020 draft have become clear, at least in the first round. Early in the draft speculation process, many mock drafts had the Cowboys drafting safety first, either Grant Delpit of LSU, or Xavier McKinney from Alabama.
But since the free-agent period began, Dallas’s priorities have changed. They’ve lost Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones, wide receiver Randall Cobb, and defensive end Robert Quinn, among others. Plus, All-Pro center Travis Frederick retired.
Meanwhile, they’ve signed defensive tackles Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy, safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, reserve cornerback Maurice Canady, and most recently, former Pro Bowl defensive end Aldon Smith, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015. (He and Randy Gregory have both applied for reinstatement in the NFL after serving suspensions.)
Since then, here are the players that have been most mocked to the Cowboys in the first round: defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina, OLB edge rusher K’Lavon Chaisson from LSU, cornerback CJ Henderson from Florida, or one of the three top wide receivers in the draft: CeeDee Lamb from the University of Oklahoma, or Henry Ruggs or Jerry Jeudy, both from the University of Alabama.
But there’s another likely possibility: None of these players are available at pick 17, and the Cowboys are forced to choose someone else with this pick or trade down.
A big part of the fun is how each choice affects the rest of the decisions, kind of like draft dominoes. Depending on who is chosen first, the rest of the draft can change drastically.
Given this reality, without further ado, let’s take a look at different draft scenarios the Cowboys might experience: