The Dallas Cowboys have filled in just about every remaining need through the NFL Draft, but just how good were their selections?
Amazing is the first word that comes to my mind when evaluating the Dallas Cowboys selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. Every pick that they made me jump up and scream out loud. It was almost as if the front office was listening to all of the draft pundits before making their selections.
In year’s past, I was often convincing myself that they made a sound decision when making their choice but this draft just had a completely different feel to it. I truly believe that the team strictly stuck to their draft board and selected the best available player.
Oklahoma wideout Cedarian “CeeDee” Lamb was a no-brainer pick at No. 17. I had convinced myself that the Cowboys were going to go with a need but shocked the world when they made this selection. This yards after the catch or “YAC” machine has drawn comparisons to Arizona Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins.
With the 51st overall selection, the Dallas Cowboys took Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs who many thought wouldn’t have gotten out of the first round. This converted wide receiver is still learning the nuances of playing cornerback but has shown tremendous skills to play the position.
With the 82nd pick, the Cowboys wisely went back to the well and selected Oklahoma defensive tackle Neville Gallimore. This player reminded me so much of former Dallas Cowboy Maliek Collins. Gallimore has the same type of explosive punch like Collins but feels to me like he has so much more movement when he properly engages his opponent.
The Dallas Cowboys then took Tulsa cornerback Reggie Robinson II with their fourth-round selection. Like Diggs, Robinson is a bigger corner with very athletic traits.
The reason I liked this selection was that he played special teams as a starting cornerback. Robinson blocked four kicks during his career at Tulsa which should bring music to new special teams coach John Fassel’s ears.
The team then traded back into the fourth round with the Philadelphia Eagles of all teams to select a guy I have written about before in Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz. If he were eligible last year, this center could have gone in the first round. Instead, he played with a shoulder injury that knocked him into the fourth.
In the fifth-round, the Cowboys selected Utah defensive end Bradlee Anae. What Anae lacks in athleticism he makes up for in technical expertise. I am still in shock that Anae was still here as I thought he would be a second-round selection. This player has a relentless and dropped in the draft because he did not test well at the combine.
The Cowboys did not have a sixth-round pick but selected James Madison University quarterback Ben DiNucci. DiNucci transferred from the University of Pittsburgh and gives new Head coach Mike McCarthy a project moving forward.
The Dallas Cowboys should also be rounding out their undrafted free agents as the frantic calls to undrafted guys should be winding down about now. Just remember that the Cowboys are pretty good at signing undrafted guys. Players such as quarterback Tony Romo, wide receiver Cole Beasley, and offensive tackle La’el Collins are just some recent memory undrafted free agent signings the Cowboys have made.
For those who are worried about the current roster, the Dallas Cowboys not only have the undrafted free agent pool to sift through but they also can dip back into the veteran free-agent market as well as wait for any lingering trades and veteran releases.
The Dallas Cowboys might have a few rookie starters. With the exception of DiNucci, I think this class will contribute much more than last year’s rookie class. On the surface, I have to give the Cowboys an A+ for this draft although the true grades are revealed when the players show what they can do in the league.