Round 4: Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
The Cowboys have liked what they’ve seen from Quinton Bohanna but they can use another big defensive tackle. That’s what they land here in the fourth round as they bring in Wisconsin’s Keeanu Benton.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 317 pounds, Benton isn’t a player who will rack up the stats but he will occupy multiple blockers on every play. Doing so will free things up for some of the more athletic players to get after the quarterback.
Like Bohanna, Benton would do the dirty work and get very little credit but would be loved by the coaching staff.
Round 5: Israel Abanikanda, RB, Pitt
Tony Pollard is a free agent after this season and it’s a bit worrisome to think about how the Cowboys are going to handle this. Most teams would try and retain Pollard while moving on from Ezekiel Elliott, but then again, most teams wouldn’t have given a running back with two years left on his deal a six-year extension.
Either way, the chances of both Pollard and Elliott being back in 2022 are pretty low which is why they take Israel Abanikanda in the fifth round. Abanikanda has 830 yards and 12 touchdowns in his first six games this season for Pitt. He’s a tough player to bring down and while he might not be a feature back in the NFL, he can be a part of a committee and do plenty of damage.