Round 4, Pick 115: Dylan Moses, Linebacker – Alabama
If it has been said once it has been said a million times, the Dallas Cowboys defense was horrible last season and they should (ideally) focus most of their draft capital on that side of the ball. That philosophy continues with the teams’ 115th overall selection with Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses.
The 22-year old defender was once considered a potential first-round draft pick early in his college career. However, a serious knee injury knocked the promising young player out for the entirety of the 2019 season and he has not been the same player since.
The Crimson Tide linebacker posted an impressive ten tackles for a loss back in 2018 to go along with 86 total tackles. Last year he posted a somewhat less impressive six tackles for a loss and 76 total tackles.
Dallas is no stranger to taking risks on injury-prone linebackers in the draft (just ask Jaylon Smith) and getting Moses this late could be a steal if he can return back to his pre-injury form. The Cowboys also let one of their backup linebackers, Joe Thomas, leave for the Houston Texans this offseason meaning that the team has room for another linebacker on its roster.
Obviously, this selection comes with its risks given the injury history of Moses. However, it could be a relatively low-risk, high-reward type of pick that could revitalize the teams’ defense and set the unit up for success for years to come.
The Dallas Cowboys roll the dice on another promising, but still recovering, young linebacker and hope to bolster their defense in the process with their fourth-round selection.