Dallas Cowboys 7-round 2020 NFL Mock Draft: Solidifying the defense

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C.J. Henderson 2020 NFL Draft
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In this seven-round 2020 NFL mock draft, the Dallas Cowboys look to solidify the defense by taking all defensive players with their first four selections.

The start of the legal tampering period for free agency starts on Monday, which is also the deadline for teams to tender the franchise tag. The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly made some headway in a deal for Amari Cooper, but nothing seems to be progressing with Dak Prescott.

There was a report out there that had the Cowboys offering a big-time contract worth $105 million guaranteed which would pay Prescott $33 million annually. The likely scenario here would be a franchise tag with the two sides still negotiating before the start of the season.

I do not see Dallas spending on outside free agents, but rather working out new deals for some of their own guys. They’ll look to bring back key contributors like Robert Quinn and Randall Cobb, while their star cornerback Byron Jones walks in free agency.

The Dallas Cowboys defense has been the main issue for quite some time so they’ll have to make this their top priority in the draft. With seven picks in April’s draft, most of them would figure to be defensive players. Luckily for the Cowboys, the talent in this class is pretty deep which could allow them to get starting-caliber players into day two.

This mock draft was configured using The Draft Network’s mock draft machine.

Round 1

Pick Analysis. player. 840. 1. Scouting Report. Cornerback. Florida. C.J. Henderson

The Dallas Cowboys’ secondary is probably their biggest weakness so the pick in the first round should be a defensive back. Florida cornerback C.J. Henderson would be the best choice in this scenario. He’s a top ten talent in my eyes and could be a big cornerstone for the Cowboys defense.

Henderson has very good length for the position, but he could fill out his frame a bit more. While losing Byron Jones’ athletic ability Dallas gets a solid cover corner with Henderson. He has fantastic hands and shows the ability to cover his man while finding the football. He needs to show more willingness to contribute in the run game, but he will do what the coaches ask of him.

The Dallas Cowboys will not have any issues with Henderson off the field as he is a great teammate and leader. It would not surprise me if he’s voted a captain down the line in his career. By grabbing a corner in the first round, Dallas now has two more key holes to fill on their defense.