3 draft prospects the Cowboys can get to replace Randy Gregory

OU's Nik Bonitto (11) lines up during a 16-13 win against West Virginia on Sept. 25 in Norman.Lx10961
OU's Nik Bonitto (11) lines up during a 16-13 win against West Virginia on Sept. 25 in Norman.Lx10961 /
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Nik Bonitto, Cowboys
Nov 21, 2020; Norman, Oklahoma, USA; Oklahoma Sooners linebacker Nik Bonitto (11) reacts at the end of the first half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Nik Bonitto, Oklahoma

Since edge rusher is not the Cowboys’ top need, they are going to have to find some steals at the position later in the draft. Nik Bonitto from Oklahoma is another player that should not be picked until day two and can give Dallas an immediate upgrade on defense. While many focus on day one and top-10 prospects, there’s no denying that some of the best talent in the NFL has come from later rounds in the draft.

In his senior season at OU, Bonitto had 39 total tackles, seven sacks, and one forced fumble. The former Sooner is another athletic rusher that uses speed and bend to get to the quarterback. Despite being small for the position at 248 pounds, he still competes in the run game as well.


Bonitto is a Pro Football Focus darling, putting up number such as a 27.9% pass rush win rate, 93 pressures, and the aforementioned 94.0 pass-rush grade for his career. But, it is not just his pass-rush ability that makes him effective. He also has some ability in coverage if need be.

The NFL Combine did wonders for Bonitto as he posted a 4.54-second 40-yard dash, a 120″ broad jump, and his overall testing compares favorably to future Hall of Famer Von Miller. Elite speed-rushers are hard to come by in the NFL, but if Bonitto is available on day two the Cowboys should not be afraid to pounce.