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From what looked like a James Bond-worthy luxury room on board a $250 million-dollar yacht, Jerry Jones began calling and selecting players he felt would improve a Dallas Cowboys team that underperformed last season. For Mike McCarthy, the draft picks would be the first picks for him as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
Whether from a practical luxury liner or a personal house, both individuals should not be satisfied with the draft picks they helped pick from their makeshift war rooms.
They should be ecstatic.
The Dallas Cowboys made seven selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. Three of their seven selections were on the offense while the remaining picks were on defense. The picks were as follows:
1st (17th overall): WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
2nd: (51st overall): CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
3rd: (82nd overall): DL Neville Gallimore, Oklahoma
4th: (123rd overall): CB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa
4th: (146th overall): C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
5th (179th overall): DE Bradlee Anae, Utah
7th (231st overall): QB Ben DiNucci, James Madison
Automatically, eyebrows should be getting raised. Instead of looking for defensive help in the front seven, corner or safety positions, the “Big D” decided to play to a strength and create a “Big 3” at wide receiver, adding the Sooner product in Lamb with Amari Cooper (who recently signed a five-year, $100 million extension) and Michael Gallup. For Dallas, the salivation for the wide receiver was warranted, given that the overall expectation that Lamb would be off the board by the time the 17th pick came along. Lamb’s 1,327 receiving yards, 14 touchdowns and 21.4 yards per reception were all career-highs. The Cowboys, now, possess a more electric bullet to replace Randall Cobb (who signed with the Houston Texans). Lamb’s athleticism and versatility will allow to play in the slot and in the outside in what looks to be a formidable offense under second-year OC Kellen Moore, who began to modernize the Cowboys offense last season.
The loss of defensive backs Byron Jones and Jeff Heath to the Miami Dolphins and Las Vegas Raiders, respectively, would not leave Dallas completely undermanned in the secondary, though. Despite taking Lamb in the first round, the Cowboys were able to pick up two corners in Diggs and Robinson II.
Trevon Diggs, the brother of Buffalo Bill’s wide receiver Stefon Diggs, was another pick that practically fell into the lap of Dallas as many thought the corner would be taken in the first round. Both he and Robinson II combined for seven interceptions, 21 passes defended and 75 total tackles and both bring length and physique similar to Jones, but with the potential to be more aggressive and physical when locking down receivers.
The selection of Gallimore and Anae gives Dallas shored-up insurance on the front seven with the loss of Robert Quinn (Chicago Bears) and Maliek Collins (Raiders), who compiled 11.5 and four sacks, respectively. Combined, both players on the front seven combined for 17 sacks last season. The pair could potentially compete for starting time right away. The two provide cheaper and potentially more explosive depth that that can comfortably link up with DeMarcus Lawrence.
With the retirement of Travis Frederick, the Cowboys traded with the Philadelphia Eagles for the first time since 2010 in order to get a potential replacement in Biadasz. The depth on offense increased from the signal-calling position, as Dallas took DiNucci with their final pick. Together, both could become nice secondary players right from the get-go, with the latter being potentially groomed for playing time should contract negotiations with starting quarterback Dak Prescott not turn into a contract extension.
All the picks combined satisfied not only needs at some positions, but strengths at others. For a team attempting to claim another NFC East division title and make a deep postseason run on top of it, the picks were able to reinforce significant areas of strength that made Dallas postseason contenders in year’s past.
Whether from a super-yacht or a run-of-the-mill house, Jones and McCarthy should not be happy with what the new cream of the Texas crop could potentially do.
They should be excited.