Dallas Cowboys 2017 Mock Draft: Chasing the White Whale
It may have been said halfway in jest, but this is Jerry Jones and this is the Dallas Cowboys. Trading is an NFL business they helped perfect.
One thing that is clear about this team is it’s close to a Super Bowl. They went 13-3 in 2016 despite fielding rookies at both quarterback and running back. In the end it was their defense that let them down, allowing 34 points to the Packers and Aaron Rodgers. A big issue? As always it was the pass rush. The stat line will show Dallas sacked Rodgers three times, but what it won’t show without a closer look is that all three sacks came from defensive backs.
That means the Cowboys were only able to get home when they blitzed. Not ideal for a team that wants to win a championship. They still badly need a pass rusher who can bring it all together. Perhaps the time has come to think big. Really big.
Their latest mock draft reflects just how much.
1st Round (via CLE)
DE, Texas A&M
The big question of course is whether Myles Garrett is worth such a massive price tag. Given his talent level, fit to the Cowboys scheme, Texas background and filling of a need? Yes he is. Garrett is a generational talent. Big and strong but also a supreme athlete who can explode of the snap and make every rush seems almost effortless at times. He is good for double digit sacks every year, especially under the watchful eye of Rod Marinelli.
CB, San Diego State
Damontae Kazee will be pigeonholed by some for being a “zone” corner only. In other words he might not live well in man coverage. Then again his playmaking skill is hard to miss. Few were better at the Senior Bowl play off coverage and making hard breaks to the football. He has instinct, quickness and ball skills. Best of all the Cowboys run a 4-3 system where zone corners can often thrive.
7th Round (via BUF)
OG, Tennessee State
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