The Cowboys are one of the most polarizing teams in the NFL, and with very little substance right now. They are picking 16th in the draft for a reason, and it’s because they need some help in it to be relevant in the NFC East this year.
Dallas has a ton of picks in this draft, and here’s how they could use them to significantly upgrade their roster.
1. First round, 16th overall: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Rebuilding the defense in Dallas starts here with the best safety prospect in the draft. Some might consider it a bit of a stretch to believe HHCD will fall this far, but Dallas probably wouldn’t complain.
2. Second round, 47th overall: Da’Quan Jones, DT, Penn State
Jones is a big 6’4″ 322 pound defensive tackle who can be a beast on the interior for Dallas and give them a presence on the defensive front they desperately lacked in 2013.
3. Third round, 78th overall: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
Murphy is a versatile defensive end prospect who has length and a strong work ethic. Some have compared his game to that of Jared Allen.
4. Fourth round, 119th overall: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
Adding depth to the offensive line here, the Cowboys add some competition to the right tackle position with Taylor Lewan’s lesser-known bookend.
5. Fifth round, 158th overall: Howard Jones, LB, Shepherd
Sleeper prospect with insane athletic ability who can come in for the Cowboys and provide an intriguing weapon for the SLB position.
6. Seventh round, 229th overall: Bruce Gaston, DT, Purdue
The Cowboys get some more solid defensive line competition in the seventh round here.
7. Seventh round, 231st overall: Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
It’s a bit of a stretch to think Lyerla will even be drafted, but in the 7th round with 1,000 picks, the Cowboys may as well take a flier on this talented prospect.
8. Seventh round, 238th overall: Bryan Stork, OL, Florida State
Interior offensive line depth and an experienced college starter.
9. Seventh round, 248th overall: Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina
Athletic QB prospect who will be a camp arm that could compete for a spot on the practice squad in Dallas.
10. Seventh round, 251st overall: Senorise Perry, RB, Louisville
Speedy running back with some untapped potential. Could sneak into the Cowboys’ rotation at the position.
11. Seventh round, 254th overall: Victor Hampton, CB, South Carolina
Ran into some trouble before the draft but has the potential to be a very good nickel CB in the NFL.