The 2019 NFL Draft is coming up, which means that The Game Haus will be doing draft profiles for every team. Each NFL team will be looked at heading into this year’s draft including what their needs are and who they could be targeting. The Dallas Cowboys will be the 30th team evaluated.
Last season started off poorly for the Cowboys, but after acquiring wide receiver Amari Cooper, the offense opened up and they went on a run. They won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and beat the Seahawks in the playoffs before losing to the Rams in the NFC Divisional Round.
The offense finished below the league average at 21.2 points per game, which ranked 22nd. Dak Prescott led a passing attack that averaged 221.1 yards per game. Prescott finished the season with 3,885 yards and 22 touchdowns through the air. Cooper was his leading receiver with 735 yards in just nine games with the team. Ezekiel Elliott starred at running back for Dallas again with 1,434 rushing yards and six touchdowns. The offensive line was solid, but wasn’t the same without Travis Fredrick who missed the whole season with an autoimmune disease. Frederick could be back in 2019, but his future is unknown. Randall Cobb was signed to give Prescott a replacement for Cole Beasley in the slot.
Defensively, the Cowboys took a huge step forward, ranking sixth in points per game allowed at 20.3. Tyrone Crawford and David Iriving manned the middle decently, while DeMarcus Lawrence has developed into one of the best defensive players in the league with 10.5 sacks. With Sean Lee, Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith, Dallas had a great group of linebackers. Byron Jones led the secondary from his corner position, but the safety play wasn’t as good. Robert Quinn was signed to give the Cowboys a pass rusher to pair with Lawrence.
2019 NFL Draft Picks
Dallas has six picks in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Second Round (one pick): No. 58
Third Round (one pick): No. 90
Fourth Round (two picks): No. 128, No. 136
Fifth Round (one pick): No. 165
Seventh Round (one pick): No. 241
Wide Receiver- Signing Cobb gives them a slot receiver, but the offense could benefit from a true number two target.
Cornerback- Moving Jones to corner has helped, but they still don’t have great play in the secondary.
Safety- The biggest need for the Cowboys is safety. George Iloka was signed, but they need more at the position. ld
2019 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 58: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Safety, Florida
There are plenty of decent safeties that the Cowboys can select on the second day of the draft. They absolutely have to address the position more to help make their defense even better. Gardner-Johnson has had inconsistent play, but has good range and can cover well. If the Cowboys’ coaching staff can work with him and get the most out of him, he could develop into a good player.
Pick No. 90: Andy Isabella, Wide Receiver, Massachusetts
Cobb was signed to play in the slot, but can also move outside if the Cowboys find a better option in the slot. Isabella has great speed and quickness and can replace Cole Beasley and possibly be an upgrade.