Do: Take Dak Prescott’s backup in Rounds 3-5
Cooper Rush was the ultimate backup for the Cowboys. He won games and did just enough to do what was asked of him. That is all you can ask for. That said, the Cowboys need to invest in the backup quarterback position. This isn’t too say Dak Prescott is injury-prone, but his playing style can lead to him being dinged up. This pick provides depth and could be a future face of the franchise should the Cowboys hit again.
A top name to look for is TCU’s Max Duggan. A little unpolished as a passer but great running ability and incredible size, he is a very similar prospect to Prescott coming out of Mississippi State. He is local and the Cowboys likely have great intel on Duggan.
Names to watch: Clayton Tune, Houston; Hendon Hooker, Tennessee; Aidan O’Connell, Purdue
Don’t: Take a running back in Round 1, wait until Rounds 3-4
The hype around Bijan Robinson at No. 26 makes sense. He is an elite athlete and a worthy top-ten prospect overall in terms of talent. Sometimes in the NFL, that isn’t all that matters, though. The Cowboys did the song and dance of a first round running back with Ezekiel Elliott. He was utterly phenomenal at his peak but in the NFL, those peaks are short.
The Cowboys best plan of action is to franchise tag Tony Pollard and look to add a running back later in the draft. There is depth at this position and teams often get success out of backs in the later rounds such as the Kenneth Walker, Tyler Allgeier, and Isiah Pacheco.
Names to watch: Devon Achane, Texas A&M; Zach Charbonnet, UCLA, Tank Bigsby, Auburn, Zach Evans, OIe Miss; Sean Tucker, Syracuse