Dallas Cowboys 2017 NFL Draft Recap
Hello Cowboy nation,
Have you seen the Dallas Cowboy’s off-season? Suspension after suspension, not a good start to the new football year. Pretty soon they’re not going to have a team to put on the field if it keeps up. Thankfully the team had an astounding nine draft selections in this year’s draft. Some of the prospects may not be battling for a starting job or an important role, but they’ll serve has much needed depth if need be at this point before the season. The Dallas Cowboys struck gold with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott in last year’s draft and will hope to find similar magic in this year’s draft class. After a phenomenal 13-3 season lead by the rookie duo everyone is waiting for their encore performance in their sophomore seasons’. The NFC East got tougher during the off-season and everyone will have a bounty for ‘America’s team’ and try to take them off their high horse. Did the Cowboys do enough to stay atop the division? Let’s find out.
-1st Round, Pick #28: Taco Charlton – Defensive End (Michigan)
- The Dallas Cowboys hid a lot of weaknesses on their defense in thanks to their efficient and time consuming offensive game-plan. One of those weaknesses was the lack of consistent and threatening pass rushers on a weekly basis. Taco Charlton has the athletic traits to change that. The question is if he can. Taco Charlton was once considered to be a top ten talent, but after scouts and experts starting watching his film and watching him at the combine among other try-outs, they noticed an inconsistent intensity factor. With all the suspensions that surround the pass rushers on the Cowboys, Charlton will get a chance at instant success. Regardless of his motor, the Cowboys need any sort of a pass rush to compete in their division and Charlton appears to fit the bill for now.
-2nd Round, Pick #60: Chidobe Awuzie – Cornerback (Colorado)
- The Dallas Cowboys lost notable cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency. They weren’t the best at their position, but they were good solid veteran starters for the Cowboys and you can’t replace that leadership nor chemistry with rookie draft picks. Chidobe Awuzie brings great versatility to the Cowboys. He can play on the outside and in the slot. Things look promising for Awuzie to see the field a lot this season. Nolan Carroll is getting bad reviews and has looked rather disappointing in training camp thus far and Orlando Scandrick has had an inconsistent career in Dallas, so you never know what you’ll get from him. Awuzie has the play-making abilities the Dallas Cowboys need on their defense and he should be a major contributor this upcoming season.
-3rd Round, Pick #92: Jourdan Lewis – Cornerback (Michigan)
- As stated earlier, the Cowboys lost two of their main cornerback contributors and the ‘Boys needed to ‘replace’ them somehow. Jourdan Lewis is a smaller than Awuzie, but plays a similar style. He doesn’t allow the receiver to catch the ball easily and not afraid to attack the ball. Lewis may not get a shot at an outside spot, but he has to be the front runner for the slot-nickel position. The selection is hard to read, experts projected him to go in the late sixth to seventh round, but scouts around the league said he has the talent to be a first or second round. Take what you will with that, but the Dallas Cowboys liked him enough to a gamble on him in the third. I personally like the kid and think he can make a difference in what should be a very pass happy NFC East division.
-4th Round, Pick #133: Ryan Switzer – Wide Receiver (North Carolina)
- Cole Beasley is an underrated pass catcher and they just found his clone. Ryan Switzer will be the next great slot wide receiver in Dallas and who better to learn from than Cole Beasley. Switzer catches everything in his site and will only benefit the Cowboys. I think the Cowboys reached a tad on him, but they see the type of production slot receivers, especially Beasley, and don’t want to go without that type of play-maker. This is a good insurance selection. Beasley is signed through the 2018 season, but has an out clause after this season. I know Beasley is a fan favorite, but this is a business and if the Cowboys believe Switzer can produce the same as Beasley, there will be a lot of sad Cowboy fans when or if they break up. Switzer also brings a solid kick returner to the team as well.
-6th Round, Pick #191: Xavier Woods – Safety (Louisiana Tech)
- Along with Carr and Claiborne, the Cowboys also lost Barry Church and JJ Wilcox in free agency. Again, they weren’t anything spectacular, but they were good players that made an impact on that defense. It’s never a good thing when you lose around 50% of your secondary in a single off-season. Xavier Woods is a sixth round pick, but he’ll add much needed depth. He has great upside being a tremendous play-maker at Louisiana Tech. I’m sure the school and size were a big part in his projection round, but he’ll play bigger than his size.
-6th Round, Pick #216: Marquez White – Cornerback (Florida State)
- The Dallas Cowboys needed secondary help and here they are drafting a fourth defensive back in this draft. Marquez White is talented, but a raw prospect that’ll need time to find his niche. I don’t aspect him to make the final roster this season; however Rod Marinelli can develop him on the practice squad and mold him into a serviceable corner for the Cowboys one day. We’ll see how this one pans out.
-7th Round, Pick #228: Joey Ivie – Defensive Tackle (Florida)
- Joey Ivie has a good person and has the biggest heart. He’s a tough kid that will give his all on every play while giving it his all. Although, he just isn’t the greatest athlete and will have a tough time making the transition to the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys don’t have much depth at the defensive tackle position, so the pick make sense, just wish it was a player with more upside and potential. Joey Ivie will have a tough time making the final roster.
-7th Round, Pick #239: Noah Brown – Wide Receiver (Ohio State)
- This selection has low risk, high reward. Dez Bryant is the obvious number one receiver on the roster, we all know this, but Terrance Williams and Brice Butler have been more on the average side when it comes to the number two outside receiver. Noah Brown stands at 6’2″ and has mad play after play for the Buckeyes during his tenure. Brice Butler is a free agent after the season and if Noah Brown shows any sign of promise and plays with the high intensity he did in college, the Dallas Cowboys may have found at least a new number three outside receiver.
-7th Round, Pick #246: Jordan Carrell – Defensive Tackle (Colorado)
- I believe Jordan Carrell has a better chance at making the final roster over Joey Ivie. Carrell has more upside and was more productive in his two collegiate years than Ivie’s four. The Colorado Buffaloes had one of the better defenses this past season at the college level and Jordan Carrell was a full time starter that really raised his stock with his play. With all the suspensions, eventual injuries and good play from Jordan Carrell, he should be able to squeeze onto the final roster as a rotational depth player.
The Dallas Cowboys had nine selections and seven of them were used on the defensive side of the ball. They lost a good chunk of their starting secondary from a season ago, so they filled a lot of that production with four defensive backs. The Cowboys also are facing a lot of suspension along their front seven, so the other three defensive picks were for the defensive line to provide depth and a potential sack go-getter. With the two offensive picks they decided to bring in a pair of wide receivers, in which appear to be future potential starters. The overall draft class wasn’t bad, but I feel like they could have added better players through the draft to really set them apart from the rest of the NFC East. We’ll see how the team responds and can win back-to-back division titles since the early 2000’s. Until next time, have a great day!
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