Dallas Cowboys: Biggest Needs Entering 2020 NFL Draft
With Dak Prescott receiving the franchise tag, a multi-year extension for Amari Cooper and notable departures like Byron Jones, Robert Quinn and Jason Witten, the Dallas Cowboys have had an interesting offseason to say the least.. Finally, to add to the craziness, Travis Frederick announced his retirement and created a glaring hole in the middle of the offensive line. Dallas has many needs to address in the draft and below are a few options that they should consider.
2020 Draft Picks
Round 1, Pick 17 (No. 17 overall)
Round 2, Pick 19 (No. 51 overall)|
Round 3, Pick 18 (No. 82 overall)
Round 4, Pick 17 (No. 123 overall)
Round 5, Pick 18 (No. 164 overall)
Round 5, Pick 33 (No. 179 overall)
Round 7, Pick 17 (No. 231 overall)
Early Rounds (1st-3rd)
No surprise here. While the Cowboys have a star at the position in DeMarcus Lawrence, one player does not make an entire unit. While they have a very good defensive line, Dallas does not have a true pass rusher to complement Lawrence at the moment. Depth is vital here as the defensive line has struggled to stay healthy throughout the past few seasons. If Dallas can make it a priority to add another true pass-rusher, look for this defense to reach its full potential.
The loss of star corner Byron Jones has definitely hurt the Cowboys secondary. While they managed to bring back Anthony Brown, there is certainly still work to be done here. Cornerback is certainly one of the most important positions in football and the Cowboys have little to no depth at the position right now. The Cowboys must attempt to fill the shoes of Jones with a corner in the draft.
While the Dallas Cowboys have a strong tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup leading the charge at WR, they lack a quality third option at the moment. Following the recent departure of Randall Cobb, the Cowboys should look to bring in another young weapon in the draft for Dak Prescott. Luckily for Dallas, this year’s wide receiver class is extraordinary and finding a great talent in the third round will be no issue.
Late Rounds (4th-7th)
As mentioned before, the Cowboys just lost a crucial piece in the form of Travis Frederick. However, a lack of quality interior offensive line options in the draft makes it difficult to use an early pick to fill the need. While no one is going to replace a five-time Pro Bowler and all-pro in one year, the Cowboys certainly need to address the position.
With the Cowboys lack of quality talent behind Cooper and Gallup, I believe they should aim for multiple receivers in this year’s draft. Solidifying the receiving core and potentially hitting on two mid-to-late round wide receivers would give the Cowboys’ passing attack a much-needed spark. Getting a player that can return kicks would be a wise choice, as well.
Check out our beat writer mock draft to see how the Cowboys fared.