Four years ago the Dallas Cowboys struck gold with a stacked draft class that contained multiple pro bowlers.

The 2016 draft class for Dallas is highlighted by Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, Anthony Brown, and Dak Prescott. All of these players are still contributing to Dallas four years later, and all except QB, Dak Prescott, have signed a second contract with the Cowboys. There are also players like Maliek Collins and Kavon Frazier that had good roles for Dallas over the past few years.

For Dallas to have found 4 starters, and 2 contributors in one draft is an enormous win since that doesn’t happen very often. However, this 2020 draft class is full of potential from top to bottom.

Let’s see what kind of impact they’ll be having with the Dallas Cowboys.

Round 1 – Pick 17: Cedarian “Ceedee” Lamb, WR // Oklahoma

Dallas wasted no time in coming in with a splash. Having Ceedee fall to pick 17 was unforeseen by nearly everyone in the league. The Cowboys didn’t even have a video chat with the star receiver, because according to Stephen Jones, they felt he would be long gone prior to 17. Lamb improved from year to year during his time at Oklahoma even with rotating QBs every season. Posting up 3,200+ yards with 32 touchdowns in 3 seasons is merely scratching the surface for Ceedee.

Now that Lamb gets to be alongside two 1,100 yard receivers in Cooper and Gallup, teams won’t be fully focused on trying to stop him. This should free him up to punish defenses from the slot. Lamb scored 7 touchdowns last year playing on the outside, and 7 more playing in the slot. All 3 receivers can play on the outside as well as on the inside slot. This will give the offense an edge when it comes to mismatches. Not many teams are equipped to stop 3 receivers of their calibers. It also helps to have an offensive mind like Mike McCarthy to help elevate Lamb’s game to a new level. Don’t be surprised if Ceedee becomes this team’s best receiver halfway into his rookie contract.

Round 2 – Pick 51: Trevon Diggs, CB // Alabama

A position that stuck out like a sore thumb was addressed in the second round with Trevon Diggs. By no means is Diggs instantly this team’s number 1 corner that replaces Byron Jones. However, its a great step in the right direction. Diggs brings his strong 6″1 frame along with his near 33″ long arms to Dallas. His bully play style will also be loved by Cowboys’ fans everywhere.

Diggs looks to be a great candidate to start off as the new number 2 corner but could take over that top spot halfway into the season. As a former receiver, Diggs will be ready to show off his ball skills with some much-needed interceptions. This is something that the Cowboys lacked this past season as we witnessed the Cowboys tied for last in that category with only 7 interceptions.

For now, it looks like Dallas has a corner for the next 7 to 10 years.

Round 3 – Pick 82: Neville Gallimore, DT // Oklahoma

After adding both Dontari Poe and Gerald McCoy, fans may have felt this wasn’t the route Dallas should’ve taken. However, adding Gallimore to this team is a bigger addition than you may expect. Poe and McCoy aren’t long term answers, and Trysten Hill hasn’t proven much since arriving in Dallas. This is where Neville comes in to play for this defense. He’ll have a great opportunity to learn about improving his technique with former All-pro DT, Gerald McCoy. Much like the Jay Ratliff, Neville is also a very large man that plays very physical on every down.

Coach Jim Tomsula is very fond of plugging up the middle of the field, and now that looks to be no issue. The rotation on the inside like could be similar to the receivers. Between McCoy, Poe, Hill, and now Gallimore this interior line could limit teams’ rushing attack, while also bringing the heat to their quarterbacks. Its been far too long since Dallas had success from this group, but now the tables could be turning. Gallimore will be a solid contributor out of the gate, and a potential starter by his sophomore season.

Round 4 – Pick 123: Reggie Robinson II, CB // Tulsa

While Diggs seems to have a top spot locked in, Reggie is on the outside looking in. His career took a hit in 2018 when he had his season cut short due to an injury. He then bounced back for a much improved senior year. His final year at Tulsa, Reggie, posted 13 pass defenses, alongside 4 interceptions. His long 6’1 frame helps him play tough at the line of scrimmage. He refers to himself as an “in your face” kind of player.

Reggie has also gone as far as to say that he “doesn’t care what position” he plays. This sends a message that he’s ready and willing to do whatever it takes to make this roster. While his shot at a starting job doesn’t look great right now. Its good to note that both Lewis and Awuzie are on the final year of their contracts. With someone of Reggie’s confidence, and the ability to learn quickly; nobody should have felt safe with their jobs.

Round 4 – Pick 146: Tyler Biadasz, C // Wisconsin

After Travis Fredrick decided to announce his retirement, Dallas took an unexpected hit to their offensive line. Tyler isn’t a mirror image of Travis, but both players were praised in college because of their minds for football. His knowledge of the game allows him to read the field and dissect the defense quickly. This was a big part of why Wisconsin was a premier rushing team throughout Tyler’s 3 years.

His quick hands off the line also help him with double teams. This will play to his advantage considering the interior lineman inside the NFC East such as Fletcher Cox, and Daron Payne. Another advantage Tyler will have is being able to be a backup to Joe Looney. This will give him time to take in the NFL as a whole for a season, which will then manifest into hopefully a solid starter on an offensive line that has two All-Pros.

Round 5 – Pick 179: Bradley Anae, DE // Utah

This feels like the biggest highway robbery Dallas has done since Dak Prescott. Bradley Anae isn’t the complete package when it comes to looks. He has the height you’re looking for at 6’3 but his arm length is a problem for most NFL teams at only 32″. Teams also were driven away from him due to being erased from plays in the run game. By now you’re thinking that this may not be a very good pick after all, but things are about to get better.

Bradley is the All-Time sack leader at Utah with 30 during his time there. He posted 13 of those alone this past season. Anae also landed himself the 2nd highest grade at the senior bowl per Pro Football Focus during the senior bowl. Throughout his career at Utah, Anae was a force to be dealt with. Guys like Joe Jackson and Dorance Armstrong are in danger with this draft pick. Even though both of those players have more time than Anae, there is a battle waiting to happen at the defensive end position.

Believe it, that Anae’s will to be the best will drive him towards that starting job quicker than anyone expects. Dallas potentially just replaced Robert Quinn in a much younger and cheaper way.

Round 7 – Pick 231: Ben DiNucci, QB // James Madison University

This final pick may seem irrelevant to most fans due to not everyone knowing that JMU had a football team. While this may be an unknown for most of you, its good to note that Ben made a good name for himself there. His first 2 seasons were spent at Pittsburgh but then transferred his junior year, in a move that could’ve saved his football career.

His Senior year he was a first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick. This came to be due to his stellar season that consisted of over 3,400 yards, 29 touchdowns, and only 6 interceptions. The competition may not be that of the SEC level, but he made the most of his opportunity. This will also give Cooper Rush a push in the back to either elevate his game or see himself walk out the door. The backup position to Dak could be very heated come preseason.

It’s very early to say that this draft class is better than the 2016 class, but only time will tell. This class could come out with 6 starters by the time 2021 is here.
Regardless of how this pans out, the Cowboys on paper seem to hit this draft out of the park. The rest of the division, along with the league, will have their eyes on this new set of rookies coming into Dallas.

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