Round 3, pick 99, Jamin Davis, LB- Kentucky
The Dallas Cowboys defense was terrible last season. The team gave up the fifth-most points per game in the league last year with 29.6. Needless to say, Dallas headed into this offseason in desperate need of help on this side of the ball.
The Cowboys have tried to address some of these needs through free agency. The team made several underwhelming signings along the defensive line to bolster the depth of the unit and, as previously mentioned, also signed safety Damontae Kazee. However, the Cowboys continue to try and upgrade their defense here with the selection of linebacker Jamin Davis.
Davis burst onto the scene of college football last season for Kentucky, racking up an impressive 102 total tackles (the seventh-most in the NCAA last year), four tackles for a loss, and three interceptions. However, Davis’s breakout season came after two underwhelming seasons with the Wildcats where he only managed to accrue a paltry 42 total tackles in 15 games played.
The six-foot-four, 234-pound defender would be a welcome addition to an organization that already lost one of its backup linebackers, Joe Thomas in free agency and seems poised to lose another in Aldon Smith (Smith is classified as an edge rusher, but can play either defensive end or linebacker).
This pick would, at worst, provide the team with much-needed depth at the position considering the lengthy injury history of the teams’ starting linebacker Leighton Vander Esch. The Dallas Cowboys go for the best player available here and happen to also nab a player with a high-upside as well.