Alright, Cowboys fans. I know you're all riding the high of yesterday's trade for defensive end Robert Quinn, so I'm going to do my absolute best to *not* kill your vibe. Especially on a Friday. So let's do this, yeah? Here's a run through the 2019 NFL Draft order based on Dallas' current roster.
Round 1, Pick No. 27: Amari Cooper, WR, Oakland Raiders
No complaints here! The Cowboys managing to haul in Cooper at mid-season was undoubtedly the catalyst for their late season push. Cooper looked like the Amari of old, when he first broke into the league (before the Raiders broke his spirit). Any time you can acquire a young, proven talent who has years left in his physical prime for a late 1st-round pick, you've done well for yourself.
Round 2, Pick No. 58: Juan Thornhill, SAF, Virginia
So what that y'all missed on Earl Thomas? That isn't to say that Thornhill is a Thomas equivalent, because he's not. But here's what Thornhill does bring you: he's versatile. He started at cornerback for Virginia before transitioning to Safety. He's sneaky athletic, no one would have guessed Thornhill had the lower body explosiveness to jump 44" in the vert, yet that's exactly what he did. Thornhill is a smart, savvy player in the secondary who prowls the middle of the field effectively, even if he doesn't have ideal speed to play center field.
Round 3, Pick No. 90: Daniel Wise, DL, Kansas
Wise is one of this year's hidden gems. I heard y'all are having some defensive line issues in Dallas and to borrow a line from the great Shannon Sharpe: that ain't no problem!
Wise wasn't done a lot of favors with Kansas' defensive strategies, but if and when he's given the opportunity to play in more of an attack role, I think you'll see him thrive. Wise was one of the standouts from the 2019 East/West Shrine Game for that exact reason: he was asked to beat blockers and get penetration. The end result was he was very hard to block.
Round 4, Pick No. 128: Stanley Morgan Jr, WR, Nebraska
I'd imagine it's quite hard to watch Cole Beasley step away after so many clutch plays over the last few years. And while the signing of Randall Cobb is fun, because Cobb made a lot of noise in Green Bay, I'd like to serve as something of a wet blanket and remind you that the Randall Cobb you have now is not equivalent to the Randall Cobb of 2014...which is the last time Cobb averaged more than 10 yards per catch.
Morgan Jr. would be a welcomed addition to the wide receiver group: he's not a volume receiver like Cooper. He's quicker than Gallup. He's more shifty than Hurns. He's more of the #2 slot guy behind Cobb in this offense. Setting up for future success is part of any sound draft strategy.
Round 4, Pick No. 136: Justin Hollins, EDGE, Oregon
If there's ever been one team that has been willing to take a chance of long, lean pass rushers...it's Dallas right? Hollins at this point is a high upside selection and while the issues at EDGE are mitigated with the trade of Robert Quinn, y'all still have that Demarcus Lawrence contract to figure out. And (whispering) Quinn ain't all that a bag of chips, either.
Hollins is growing into his frame still but he's got great suddenness. He, like Wise, was a Shrine Game standout and showcased he can do more than what he was asked to do at Oregon, given the chance.
Round 5, Pick No. 165: Derrick Baity, CB, Kentucky
Tall corners for the win. Baity measured in at 6-foot-2 and 1/8th inches at the NFL Combine and although he's not super long in the arms, he's long enough that he's not a liability on that front. Baity projects as a potential outside cornerback for Dallas, someone to provide depth and push for special teams reps. This, like the Morgan and Hollins selections, is more about hopefully setting the team up for flexibility in their personnel down the road.
Round 7, Pick No. 241: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
Y'all realize Zeke can't carry the ball 400 times, right? Well...he probably could, but we'd love to see him stick around for more than a few more years at that pace. So some help here would be super cool. Thompson is an interesting foil to Elliott's skill set and he's exciting once he hits the open field. Considering the volatility of the RB market, there should be no shortage of options for the Cowboys to pick from here late in the draft.