The Cowboys are slightly under the norm with 6 Picks in the 2019 Draft. Most members of the organization, as well as their fans, would say the loss of their first round pick was well worth it, with the way AMARI COOPER performed in his Cowboys uniform after arriving from Oakland. Their Salary Cap situation is limiting them from signing big name, big buck VFA’s, as well. Now the good news for Cowboys fans… Jason Witten will be back in uniform for the team in 2019. That’s probably good news for MNF watchers, as well. The best news is, that overall the team has drafted well in recent years, as Jerry Jones has listened to his staff and stifled his shoot-from-the-hip player selection style. They will need to do well again this year to keep up overall roster quality.
Round 2, Pick 58
ANTHONY NELSON DE IOWA 6’7/275 PP#58
What the team really needs along that defensive front is a DT, but the best interior DL went in Round 1. I would think that Rod Marinelli can work his coaching magic and move Nelson around a bit to fit need, based on down and distance. NELSON is long as well as athletic. He plays the run well, and can pass rush. He recorded 9.5 sacks last season, and 23 for his 3-year Hawkeyes career. He might have enough talent and flexibility to replace both IRVING and GREGORY as a multiple spot plug-and-play Rookie.
Round 3, Pick 90
YODNY CAJUSTE OT WEST VIRGINIA 6’5/312 PP#102
TYRON SMITH, has been a perennial Pro-Bowl LT for almost a decade, but his body is wearing down, particularly his back, in recent seasons. CAJUSTE has solid potential, based on size and athleticism, but right now he’s more potential help to QB PRESCOTT than RB ELLIOTT. He will be a work in progress, especially as a run blocker. He could be SMITH’s replacement in two seasons if they can coax SMITH, and his back, into staying around that long. This is what I call a “need pick” which has to show potential right away, or a Top 100 Pick will need to be spent on this position again next year.
Round 4, Pick 128
VOSEAN JOSEPH LB FLORIDA 6’2/230 PP#126
The Cowboys have a solid LB group with the breakout Rookie season by Vander Esch in 2018, but they lack quality depth here. SEAN LEE will likely be more of a coach than a player this season. He just took a pay cut because he can’t stay on the field in his beat up, undersized body any more. Joseph is a good, chase the ball LB, who is athletic enough to help in coverage. He really blossomed last season for the Gators with 93 tackles. He can help the Dallas D in multiple roles, and likely make his mark right away on Special Teams.
Round 4, Pick 136
ISAIAH BUGGS DT ALABAMA 6’3/295 PP#136
If BUGGS had longer arms, (31 1/4″), he’d be in the Top 100 prospects list. In the uber-talented ‘Bama D, he split time and recorded 45 tackles last season. That is nice work in a rotation system on the inside, but most impressively, of those 45 tackles, 13.5 were TFL, with 9.5 sacks. That paints a picture as to how effective he was shooting gaps and disrupting plays in opponents’ backfields. He was also a locker room leader for Coach Saban. This is just the kind of guy that MARINELLI luvs to coach up. Between BUGGS and NELSON, the team may be able to just write off GREGORY/IRVING as too much effort to keep, once their suspensions end. Based on team fit and productivity on the field, I would see this as great value at the Pick.
Round 5, Pick 165
GARDNER MINSHEW QB WASHINGTON ST 6’1/224 PP#172
Wait now, not too fast before you question my sanity here. DAK is their franchise QB, but I defy you to tell me that either WHITE or RUSH can generate a couple of W’s the next time PRESCOTT goes down for a few weeks. MINSHEW showed some solid leadership and FBI in running Mike Leach’s wide open attack, up in Pullman. He has a solid frame, and can extend plays with his legs within the pocket area. Rocket arm? No, but he has accuracy. He completed 70.7% of his throws last season, with a TD/INT ratio of 38/9. He is no threat to take away DAK’s job, but that’s not what I’m looking for here. He would likely be a step up from any back-up currently on that roster, and with the right coaching, I think he can improve overall.
Round 7, Pick 241
DEVINE OZIGBO RB NEBRASKA 5’11/219 PP#244
ELLIOTT needs some help at the RB spot, before he burns out from too many touches. It just so happens that new Huskers HC SCOTT FROST found an under-used gem last season in OZIGBO. Behind a pretty mediocre OL unit, Devine rushed for 1,082 yards and 12 TD’s, while averaging 7.0 ypc. He also caught 23 balls last season. He was at the Shrine venue and showed well there. He’s primarily a straight-line, between the tackles power runner. His receiving ability should also help him fit right in. He is moving up draft boards, but might even be worth it to the Cowboys if they had to take him up in Round 5.
No receivers you say!? With only 6 Picks, I say give their young receivers a chance to develop. Yes, BEASLEY is gone, but I think COBB/AUSTIN can replace him as a tandem.