By Shahji Adam
The first ever Virtual Draft in NFL history has come to an end, and with that comes reflection time for all 32 teams. The Dallas Cowboys seem to be one of the organizations that stood out during this three-day period, but let’s see how good they actually were!
CeeDee Lamb (WR)- Round 1, Pick 17
First let me say this…. WOW! There is not a single mock draft in the nation that had one of the top wide receiver prospects going to America’s Team. While the attention may be on his two phones at the draft party, his talent should not be understated. At the combine, Lamb ran a 4.5 in the 40 meter dash and finished with a high prospect grade according to the NFL. In his final season with Oklahoma, he finished with 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. To compare him with other Dallas receivers past and present: He is as tall as Dez Bryant (6’2), has longer arms than Amari Cooper, and has the same hand size as Michael Gallup. Growing up in Richmond, TX, it seemed like destiny for Cedarian Lamb to wear the star on his helmet. The only concern for this pick is that the Cowboys already have a star receiver in Amari Cooper and rising star in Michael Gallup, but if Dak Prescott and Mike McCarthy can figure this out, this offense will be a sight to see. - Grade: A-
Trevon Diggs (CB) – Round 2, Pick 51 After a dream first night for Dallas, Jerry and his yacht continued on their hot streak. With their next pick, they got the cornerback they desperately needed. Coming from the Roll-Tide, Diggs originally came in as a wide receiver but switched to the defensive side his sophomore season. That experience served as a plus as his profile shows he still has that receiver instinct, which will help him in games. With Dallas needing quick corners that are ballhawks, Diggs seems to be the right choice for a young new looking defense at AT&T Stadium. It also helps that he grew up a Dallas Cowboys fan! - Grade: A
Neville Gallimore (DT) – Round 3, pick 82 Another Oklahoma selection to shore up the defensive line. It is not often that a 6’2, 304-pound lineman can run a 4.79 at the combine! Gallimore was the top prospect coming out of Canada in 2015 and in his senior year, he stepped up to help the Sooners to a Big 12 title. He finished 2019 with 30 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles in 14 starts. After losing Robert Quinn, Dallas needed someone to help Demarcus Lawrence in the trenches, and it seems they have in mind who the solution is. However, according to NFL’s profile he fails to fully deliver, and he really only shows in flashes. Wherever they place him, Gallimore in an interview said he is a jack of all trades and will go wherever they put him. - Grade: B+
Reggie Robinson II (CB) – Round 4, pick 123 He played wide receiver and corner in high school, but in Tulsa he took the starting secondary job and never looked back. As a senior, Robinson got first-team All-American Conference honors. Robinson joins a group that includes Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown, Chidobe Awuzie, Maurice Canady, and now Trevon Diggs. It will be interesting to see how the rotation will be, but if he can get it together, he can gun for a starting job. - Grade: B-
Tyler Biadasz (Center) – Round 5, pick 146 When you trade with an NFC East rival, it had better be a good one! With the surprising retirement of Travis Frederick, Dallas’ offensive line loses their leader and a future hall of famer. To get Biadasz, they traded with Philly, giving up a fifth-round pick next year and this year's 164th pick to move up to the 146th pick. This was the first time the Cowboys and Eagles have made a draft-day trade since 2010, where they got none other than Sean Lee. The reason why I love this selection is how similar he is to Frederick. Not only did they go to the same college (Wisconsin), but they are also the same height, similar in weight and have the same hand size. Biadasz in an interview talked about Frederick and even said that he wanted to mold himself after him and that he wanted to play like him. This is great by Jerry, and if the Wisconsin center can live up to the trade, then the offensive line has nothing to worry about. - Grade: A
Bradlee Anae (DE) – Round 5, pick 179 This former Utah defender was one of the most productive defensive ends in college and was a unanimous All-American. Anae said that his low 40- yard dash time is the reason for him dropping from potential high third-rounder, to the fifth round. Even with a build of 6’3, 257 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds. With need of depth at the defensive line, the Cowboys get another solid pickup. To me, the 40-yard dash should not determine a player’s place in the draft and I do believe that with the guidance of Jim Tomsula, who knows what his potential will be. - Grade: B+
Ben DiNucci (QB) – Round 7, pick 231 While the Packers and Eagles stir QB controversy in their respective franchises, this pick speaks to the team Jerry wants. DiNucci played two seasons with the Dukes, and in his senior year he was CAA Offensive Player of the Year by throwing 29 TDs with 71 percent completion. He is also a running QB by rushing for over 500 yards. Obviously, this will not be Dak’s replacement, but with how Cooper Rush struggles when given the opportunity, it seems Jerry at least wants a viable option when the backup is needed. Now all Dallas needs to do is to make sure their starting QB gets the contract he wants. - Grade: C+ This completes the first ever 2020 NFL Virtual Draft. On paper, this might go down as one of the most consistent drafts in Dallas Cowboys franchise history. While Jerry seems to get a lot of criticism for his draft picks in the past, you can’t deny that Jerry and $250 million super-yacht had a draft to remember.