After this long drought in the sports world, there will finally be some kind of action going on this week!
The NFL 2020 Draft will be going on from April 23rd-25th, which leads us towards our final and most accurate mock drafts of the year.
Both of these dueling mocks will be taking into account everything that has been happening up to date with the Dallas Cowboys off-season. There have been many players added to the new roster, while also seeing its fair share of familiar faces walk out the door.
In these mock drafts, it’s important to think from an organization’s point of view rather than our own. An additional factor will be whether the team should draft for need or draft the best player available. The argument could also be made for “best player available at need” which is one of the many pieces to this puzzle.
Dallas has been notorious for making trades during the drafts over the past decade. One of these mocks will feature a trade that could very well be in the works by draft day.
After much hard work and a variety of outcomes, our writers have composed the best possibilities for your Dallas Cowboys.
Rudy Argueta’s Mock Draft
- Round 1 (17) Trevon Diggs – CB – Alabama
- Round 2 (51) Curtis Weaver – DE – Boise State
- Round 3 (82) Jordan Elliott – DT – Missouri
- Round 4 (123) James Proche – WR – SMU
- Round 5 (164) AJ Green – CB – Oklahoma State
- Round 5 (179) J.R. Reed – S – Georgia
- Round 7 (231) Josh Pearson – WR – Jacksonville State
Diggs brings a big presence with his 6’1 frame and near 33 inch long arms. His athleticism and knowledge of the game will allow him to be a good corner for many years to come. Adding Diggs to this team not only brings another player-maker to the defense, but it gives the Cowboys security for the near future. Jourdan Lewis and Chidobe Awuzie are both at the end of their contracts this coming season.
The Cowboys made moves at the cornerback position after losing Byron Jones to the Miami Dolphins. However, just resigning Anthony Brown won’t be enough to help this defense that ranked in the bottom 10 for most passing yards allowed. Dallas also tied for dead last in the league with only 7 interceptions this past season.
Too many fans are still hopeful on Aldon Smith and Randy Gregory to return this season from their suspensions. While both may possess plenty of potential, Dallas will be looking to find a more surefire player in this draft to replace Robert Quinn.
Weaver’s production alone makes him a dream fit for the Cowboys. After 3 seasons playing on blue turf, Curtis posted 46.5 tackles for loss, while adding 34 sacks to go with that. This would normally be something a top 20 prospect would have on their resume, but Weaver didn’t play against top talent through most of his career. If Curtis makes it to 51, Dallas won’t be passing him up this time around. Its also a plus that Jerry Jones and company have shown to being fans of former Boise State players in the past.
Elliott will be everything the Cowboys hoped that Trysten Hill would’ve been. Jordan plays with an incredible strength that allows him to rip through blockers almost at will. His ability to put pressure on the quarterbacks is just as good as his ability to play the run. He’ll have to improve on being able to see how plays develop in front of him, but that is where coach Jim Tomsula comes into play.
He’ll also have the luxury of learning from an All-Pro in Gerald McCoy this season in Dallas. Being part of the rotation here will allow him to flourish more in his game, while making him a future cornerstone to that defensive line.
The departure of Randall Cobb left a hole at the slot position. Guys like Cedrick Wilson, Tavon Austin, or Noah Brown just haven’t taken the steps to taking over that role. This is where Proche fits in. Posting up back to back 1,000+ yard seasons at SMU should have him ranked higher than others expect. His quickness and agility make him tough to handle in open space. His size keeps him from being higher on most people’s boards, but when it comes to just playing football, well in that area, he more than excels.
On top of being a shifty receiver, he also is known for playing special teams. Something that Dallas hasn’t invested much into over the past few years. Proche could make an immediate impact as a returner. It’s not hidden knowledge that better field position equals a better chance at putting up points.
Green didn’t play the same competition that Trevon Diggs did, but both play very physical football. Green uses his big body to bully players at the line of scrimmage which ultimately throws the timing off their routes. He has 6 career interceptions to go with 21 pass defenses. He’s also proven to be a player that doesn’t mind having to lay the wood on some players with his 145 tackles as a corner.
This pick will help Dallas develop younger players at crucial positions. The more bodies you throw at this position, eventually, someone will come out on top and show why they deserve the job. Green has the attitude and ability to become this team’s 4th corner during his rookie campaign. This would spell trouble for guys like Lewis and Awuzie, but as they say “iron sharpens iron”.
Local talent from Frisco, TX would be returning home in this scenario. Yes, Dallas has addressed the safety position by adding Ha-ha Clinton-Dix this offseason. However, that 1-year deal doesn’t cement that Clinton-Dix returns after this year. Reed would be in his ideal position landing with the Cowboys. Not only will he be back home, but he’ll be in great position to learn while getting in some playing time.
J.R by no means is a top tier athlete, but he makes up for it by being one of the smartest guys on the field. His ability to read the field, and anticipate plays usually lands him in good positioning to make plays. It doesn’t hurt to know that Reed grew up around football with his dad (Jake Reed) and uncle (Dale Carter) both making it to the league as well. Reed also isn’t one to shy away from contact as he’s shown the world with his 199 tackles in 3 years.
In Round 7 teams will be taking shots at traits more than anything. Pearson is an absolute eye-catcher with his giant 6’3 body, but his pro day was even more captivating. For a big man. he was still able to post a 4.44 40-yard dash, a 41.5 vertical jump, and a shuttle time of 4.18 seconds. These numbers tagged up with his size are more than enough reason to shoot this shot.
If that’s not enough though, you can still go watch him cause chaos for defenses. In 2 seasons he has over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns. It may not have been a big program that draws much attention, but he made the most of his opportunity. Now its time for Dallas to bring him in and fight for one of these open spots at receiver.
Davis Wilson’s Mock Draft
In this mock, the Dallas Cowboys have made a trade with the Green Bay Packers.
Dallas Receives: 30th pick, & 62nd pick
Green Bay Receives: 17th pick, & 179th pick
- Round 1 (30) Jeff Gladney – CB – TCU
- Round 2 (51) Ashtyn Davis – S – California
- Round 2 (62) Justin Madibuike – DT – Texas A&M
- Round 3 (82) Darrell Taylor – EDGE – Tennessee
- Round 4 (123) Devin Duvernay – WR – Texas
- Round 5 (164) Colby Parkinson – TE – Stanford
- Round 7 (231) Myles Bryant – CB – Washington
Jeff fills the biggest need that the Cowboys have, which is cornerback. Gladey may be considered small for his position, but more than makes up for his lack of size with his athleticism. He would bring an exciting competitiveness to the Cowboys secondary that could make them a quietly good group.
The Cowboys take Davis in round two, and address a need on their defense. Ashtyn is a strong tackler and is a guy who attacks with speed. He has great recovery speed if that defense gets beat. He would be a nice steal for the Cowboys in round two.
This guys is plain and simple a beast! Selecting him isn’t addressing a need but you are getting a big dude on the defensive line, which you can’t have too many of. The big inside run-stopper will provide depth for the Cowboys in case of injury and could possibly see some good playing time early on.
Taylor is a personal favorite of mine. With the suspensions to Gregory and Smith in question, the edge position could use some help. Taylor is big and pretty fast for his size. His explosiveness off the line would compliment Demarcus Lawrence very well. He is overall a bit underdeveloped, but he can easily be polished. Great value pick for Dallas at this point in the draft.
Devin was fun to watch at Texas. The big receiver was one of Sam Ehlinger’s favorite targets throughout his career, and he was one of the best play-makers in the Big 12. Adding him allows you to move Gallup or Cooper to the slot which immediately causes match-up issues for the defense. Duvernay can be a reliable target for Dak Prescott right away.
As you would expect, Parkinson immediately brings his football IQ to the Cowboys. Colby is a willing blocker who has great hands as well. The Cowboys will likely start Blake Jarwin next season at Tight-End, but having Colby as another option wouldn’t hurt. This is another great value pick for Dallas if he’s available.
This pick provides depth for a position that needs it. Only one cornerback will be under contract next off-season, so stocking up while they can is a good idea. He is a really explosive guy who brings energy to the field. This is a development guy for the first few years, but could eventually be a contributor.
Which of these two options would you rather the Dallas Cowboys go with?
The best part of all this is the fact that we’re merely a few days away before all of our questions get answered. Hopefully, you enjoy the draft as much as we do!
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