Round 7, Pick 230: Tatum Bethune, LB
The Cowboys will use their first of two seventh round picks on the LB position here. Tatum Bethune, a LB from Florida State, stands 6-foot-1, 230-pounds. He’s a coverage specialist who would factor into the nickel rotation in Dallas and play on special teams.
Many of his coverage qualities are similar to JD Bertrand, whom they drafted earlier. He’s smart in zone, a natural in coverage assignments and extremely intelligent in his diagnosis. Unlike Bertrand, he’s not decisive enough against the run and projects best as LB on passing downs.
The Cowboys now head into the 2024 season with DeMarvion Overshown, Bertrand, Damone Clark, a veteran free agent, and Bethune at LB. Vander Esch may medically retire and Markquese Bell will likely move back to SAF. Overall, the Cowboys did well reloading at LB with very little money or draft capital invested.
Round 7, Pick 241: Michael Wiley, RB
At 5-foot-10, 215-pounds, Wiley is an NFL-built prospect with a fairly diverse skillset. He has a great motor who can be used to get tough yards between the tackles but also break open plays in the screen game. Wiley isn’t a blazer and he’s not a thumper but he can do it all which is what the Cowboys prefer in their RBs.
Wiley shows willingness to pass protect and should be able to fit into the Dowdle role behind Estime who was drafted earlier. The two additions make the Cowboys a strong running team. While they may not be explosive, they are efficient, and with the revamped offensive line, should be able to make gains as a unit over last season.