The 2020 NFL Draft is just under a month away, 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 17th team evaluated.
Dallas started the 2019 season 4-3, but faded down the stretch to an 8-8 record. They did not qualify for the playoffs and as a result, Jason Garrett was fired. In order to get more out of the talent on the roster, the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy to be their new head coach heading into the 2020 season.
The Cowboys had a high powered offense in 2019, averaging 27.1 points per game, which ranked sixth in the league. They passed for 296.1 yards (ranking second) and rushed for 134.6 yards per game (ranking fifth). Dak Prescott threw for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions on 65.1 percent completion. Dallas had two 1,000-yard receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup thanks to Prescott’s big year. Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 1,357 yards and 12 touchdowns. Their offensive line was solid again. The Cowboys will have to replace a few key players though. Center Travis Frederick retired, while Jason Witten and Randall Cobb signed elsewhere this offseason.
Dallas’ defense was also solid, allowing 20.1 points per game. They ranked ninth in passing yards allowed and 10th in rushing yards allowed per game. DeMarcus Lawrence had five sacks and 13 tackles for loss last season across from Robert Quinn. The Cowboys had one of the best linebacking groups in football with Jaylon Smith, Leighton Vander Esch and Sean Lee. Smith led the team with 142 tackles. Byron Jones was an elite corner for the Cowboys last season, but now the secondary needs some work because he signed in Miami. Robert Quinn also left in free agency. The Cowboys responded by signing Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe to beef up their defensive line. HaHa Clinton-Dix was signed to play safety as well.
2020 NFL Draft Picks
The Cowboys have seven picks in the 2020 NFL Draft.
First Round (one pick)- No. 17
Second Round (one pick)- No. 51
Third Round (one pick)- No. 82
Fourth Round (one pick)- No. 123
Fifth Round (two picks)- No. 165, No. 180
Sixth Round (no picks)
Seventh Round (one pick)– No. 232
Cornerback- With Byron Jones leaving, the Cowboys need to get some more corners.
Edge Rusher- After Robert Quinn walked out the door, Dallas needs to find a pass rusher on the opposite side from DeMarcus Lawrence.
Offensive Guard/Center- With Travis Frederick retiring, the Cowboys need to ensure the interior of the line is up to par.
Wide Receiver- Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper are two solid wide receivers, but the Cowboys could use someone in the slot.
Tight End- Jason Witten joined the Raiders, but the Cowboys needed to get a long-term tight end anyways.
2020 NFL Draft Targets
Pick No. 17- Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU
The offense has a lot of good players, but the defense needs to replace some that left the team this offseason. Losing Byron Jones will certainly hurt the defense, so they can draft Kristian Fulton to replace him. Fulton is a good man to man corner, who has good athleticism. Drafting Fulton will allow Jourdan Lewis to stay in the slot.
Pick No. 51- Terrell Lewis, Edge, Alabama
While Aldon Smith was signed, he hasn’t played football since 2015 and may not even be eligible. The Cowboys need to get an edger rushers at some point in the draft to help get more pressure on the quarterback in the future. Lewis is a risky prospect, as he is very athletic, but suffered multiple injuries in college. The Cowboys love taking risks so they may pull the trigger on Lewis.
Pick No. 82- K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn State
Last season, Randall Cobb was able to play the slot. Dake Prescott has historically done well throwing to slot receivers including Cole Beasley. Hamler could fill that role for the Cowboys next season, as he is a small and quick receiver.
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