Dallas Cowboys nab top defensive player in new mock draft

Micah Parsons, Penn State Nittany Lions, (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Micah Parsons, Penn State Nittany Lions, (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Tay Gowan, UCF Knights
Tay Gowan, UCF Knights, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /

Round 4, pick 115: Tay Gowan, CB- UCF

The Dallas Cowboys’ most pressing need (at the time of this writing) has largely remained unchanged from the start of this offseason. Even with the team re-signing cornerback Jourdan Lewis, it is abundantly clear that they need help at the cornerback position.

This need, both for depth and an upgrade at the position, should lead the organization to use at least two picks on this position. The Cowboys satisfy that requirement with their selection here of cornerback Tay Gowan.

The UCF product had an excellent 2019 season in which he managed to accrue an impressive eight pass deflections and two interceptions. Following that performance, many fans and analysts were excited to see what the young defender would do in 2020. Unfortunately for those same people, Gowan decided to opt-out of the 2020 season due to personal reasons.

The biggest knock against the six-foot-one, 185-pound prospect is his lack of playing time in college (he only played 13 games in his collegiate career). However, the young defender played very well during his limited time and is about the prototypical size of an NFL cornerback.

The Dallas Cowboys nab a player who could wind up being one of the biggest steals in this draft. The lack of game tape is something to keep in mind but what Gowan was able to do in his limited time was demonstrate that he possesses all the tools necessary to be a solid player who would fill a position of need for Dallas.