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Dallas Cowboys Draft Grades

Prior to the 2020 NFL Draft, there were some clear holes in the roster of the Dallas Cowboys that needed to be filled. The team needed help in a few positions especially on the defensive side of the ball. 

Round 1 (Pick 17): WR CeeDee Lamb

Instead of picking a cornerback or safety that will fill their secondary hole, the Cowboys went with the best available player at pick #17. It was a shock to many experts that Lamb was still available for Dallas, as many had him as the first or second best wide receiver in the draft. 

In Mel Kiper’s final mock draft, he had Lamb going to Denver Broncos at the 15th pick behind Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III of Alabama University. Jeudy would end up going to the Broncos at 15 leaving Lamb still available for the Cowboys.

Lamb will add to a receiving core that includes Amari Cooper and Micheal Gallup. The wide receiver position was something Dallas needed to add to after veteran Randall Cobb left the team for the Houston Texans in free agency. Besides Cooper and Gallup, the team did not have any other legitimate threats at receiver. 

Personally, I love this move for Lamb and the Cowboys. Lamb will now be an additional threat for quarterback Dak Prescott making their offense even more dangerous. The team already has star running back Ezekiel Elliot and up and coming tight end Blake Jarwin along with three excellent receivers. There is no denying the Cowboys offense has the potential to be dangerous.

Jerry Jones made a great move picking up Lamb, who was certainly the best player available at the 17th pick. Lamb not only makes the Cowboys better, but the selection of him took a chance away from the Eagles getting the guy they wanted. Overall, this was a fantastic pick by the Cowboys that has millions of fans excited for the Dallas offense in 2020.

Overall Grade: A+

Round 2 (Pick 51): CB Trevon Diggs

In the second round, Dallas decided to fill one of their biggest needs by adding a cornerback. With the departure of Byron Jones to the Miami Dolphins, the Cowboys needed to plug that hole in this draft. This caused Jerry Jones to draft cornerback Trevon Diggs out of Alabama University.

Diggs was the eighth cornerback off the board, and the Cowboys were getting a great value pick in the middle of the second round. ESPN’s final rankings at the position had Diggs as the third best corner going into the draft leaving a very valuable prospect on the board in the second round.

Being a former receiver, Diggs has great ball skills that will help create turnovers that the Cowboys desperately need. Last season, the team was tied for last in the entire league with seven interceptions, so Diggs could help increase those numbers in 2020.

“There’s some tightness in his hips and he will give up separation versus quicker receivers, but Diggs is highly effective in press-man coverage and Cover 3,” according to ESPN featured draft analyst Steve Muench. 

At 6-foot-1, Diggs has good size and is expected to start on day one for the Cowboys. Overall, he was a great value pick for Dallas who can make an immediate impact and hopefully grow into a great cornerback over time.

Overall Grade: A

Round 3 (Pick 82): DL Neville Gallimore

One position the Cowboys really strengthened in free agency was the interior of their defensive line. Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, who the team acquired in free agency, will look to dominate the inside of their line, and Neville Gallimore out of Oklahoma University will look to learn from his fellow teammates. 

“Gallimore flashes the ability to drive interior offensive linemen back and is stout for his size when he keeps his pads down. He tracks the ball well and has the ability to get off blocks in time to make the play,” Muench on Gallimore’s strengths.

With McCoy being 32 years old and Poe being 29 years old, Gallimore will be more of a rotational defensive tackle for the Cowboys in the near future. Currently, Neville is the third defensive tackle on the depth chart and will look to be a disruptor for the Cowboys in years to come

Overall Grade: B+

Round 4 (Pick 123): CB Reggie Robinson II

In the fourth round, the Cowboys decided to take another corner to solidify that position going forward. After taking Diggs in the second round, Dallas selected Reggie Robinson II out of Tulsa. This looks to be another solid selection by the team, as the cornerback rose up the boards throughout the draft process.

Robinson’s four interceptions at Tulsa last season suggests he could help the Cowboys secondary moving forward. He does a great job at reading quarterback, which leads to plenty of pass breakups for him. 

“Robinson has excellent size and top-end speed and he flashes good stopping power for a corner,” Muench on Robinson’s skills. Getting a talented cornerback in the fourth round who will hopefully grow into a very successful NFL player was a great move by Jerry Jones.

Overall Grade: A-

Round 4 (Pick 146): C Tyler Biadasz

Following the conclusion of the 2019 season, All-Pro center Travis Frederick decided to retire at age 29. Nine year veteran Joe Looney is set to be the starter, but the Cowboys still felt center was needed in hopes of adding more depth to their offensive line. 

Prior to the draft, the 146th pick was held by the Philadelphia Eagles until a shocking trade occurred. The Eagles and Cowboys typically never make trades between each other, but the 2020 draft was different. That last time these two teams made a trade was back in 2010 when Dallas moved up to take Sean Lee in the second round. In this draft day trade, Dallas acquired the 146th pick and sent the Eagles the 164th pick and a 2021 fifth-round pick. 

Besides being a solid center at Wisconsin University, he also shows some versatility that gives the team more depth. In college, Biadasz also spent some time at guard, where he will be able to fill in if Connor Williams or Zack Martin get injured. 

For me, I really like the value of this pick at the end of the fourth round. The Cowboys selected someone who can play two different positions, and who probably won’t make an immediate impact considering his place on the depth chart. Considering how good the Cowboys offensive line has been in the last handful of years, I believe the team can develop Biadasz into a very solid center over time.

Overall Grade: B+

Round 5 (Pick 179): DE Bradlee Anae

In the fifth round, the Dallas Cowboys had one of the biggest steals in the entire draft. Bradlee Anae out of the University of Utah will have a chance to be an impact player as a pass rusher in Dallas. In ESPN’s player rankings going into the draft, Anae was ranked the 106th best player, but fell to the 179th pick for the Cowboys. 

With DeMarcus Lawerence and Tyrone Crawford being the top two defensive ends on the roster, Anae will look to grow behind those two players. “Anae is a tactician with a nonstop motor rushing the passer. He’s a solid hand fighter with an effective inside move,” Muench when talking about the pros of Anae. 

In summary, this was one of the best value picks in the entire draft. For a guy who was projected to go much earlier than the end of the fifth round, the Cowboys got a very solid player who will contribute in years to come. 

Overall Grade: A-

Round 7(Pick 231): QB Ben DiNucci

Going into the seventh round, many people don’t expect teams to draft an impact player. This was no different with the Cowboys, as they took DiNucci out of James Madison University.

DiNucci, who transferred from University of Pittsburgh, had two solid seasons with James Madison. “He has good arm strength and flashes good pocket presence and the ability to climb the pocket,” Muench on the quarterback.

With Dak Prescott being the franchise quarterback, the most DiNucci will be for Dallas is the backup. He will be competing with Cooper Rush for the backup job once training camp begins. 

Overall Grade: C

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