The Dallas Cowboys entered the NFL Draft without a first-round selection due to the midseason acquisition of Amari Cooper. So right off the bat, it was going to be difficult to disagree with their entire draft haul knowing the 27th overall pick resulted in a wide receiver of Cooper’s caliber.
While the wait until pick 58 was excruciating, Dallas landed one of their expected targets in UCF defensive lineman Trysten Hill. The rest of their draft looked like this:
Round 2, Pick No. 58: Trysten Hill, DT, UCF
Round 3, Pick No. 90: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State
Round 4, Pick No. 128: Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
Round 5, Pick No. 158: Michael Jackson, CB, Miami
Round 5, Pick No. 165: Joe Jackson, EDGE, Miami
Round 6, Pick No. 213: Donovan Wilson, S, Texas A&M
Round 7, Pick No. 218: Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
Round 7, Pick No. 241: Jalen Jelks, EDGE, Oregon
My Cowboys Draft Mulligan: EDGE Joe Jackson for NC State WR Kelvin Harmon
Looking at the Cowboys current depth chart, they’re stronger at EDGE than wide receiver. I obviously understand the need to add depth at the position, but it’s difficult to see where Jackson fits in. While he’s been a multi-year productive player in college, I’m not sure that there is a scenario where he supplants Robert Quinn or Taco Charlton in the pecking order. If Dallas wanted to target a defensive lineman with a similar athletic profile, Texas’ Charles Omenihu being available at pick #158 should have been a no-brainer.
Looking at wide receiver, Dallas has made a few moves this offseason to round out the group, but that was before Kelvin Harmon went on an inexplicable draft fall. The middle and bottom portions of their wide receiver depth chart should not have prevented them from targeting the position in the NFL Draft.
Randall Cobb is on a one year contract, was banged up last year and finished with just 383 receiving yards in 9 games. Tavon Austin only had 8 receptions for the Cowboys last season. Noah Brown has 9 receptions through the first two years of his career. Allen Hurns in coming off of a gruesome lower-body injury and is entering the final season of his contract. Cedrick Wilson didn’t appear in a game as a rookie.
Dallas has Amari Cooper as their bona-fide WR1, but second-year receiver Michael Gallup had near agonizing per target numbers as a rookie. Despite Cooper’s presence, the group as a whole has concerning bust potential. Kelvin Harmon could’ve been a true possession threat along the boundary that would allow Cooper and Gallup to vary their alignment more in the slot.
If healthy, Allen Hurns should be one of Dallas’ top three wide receivers. It’s difficult to know if he’ll be back at 100%, and Harmon could have easily taken over that role in 2020 and beyond.
To make matters worse, Harmon eventually fell to a division rival in Washington. Harmon was my WR3 entering the NFL Draft, and that sentiment was shared by my co-workers. His fall to the 6th round was a surprise to say the least, and Dallas should’ve capitalized on that fall.
Other teams without first-round picks such as Cleveland and New Orleans were able to secure top players who had unexpectedly fallen, and Dallas could have matched that by taking Kelvin Harmon.