Without having a first round pick the Cowboys were still able to find potential impact players throughout their draft. But the big difference is they took a lot of guys with potential. That’s not a bad thing when they already have a pretty loaded roster. Our Dallas Cowboys 2019 NFL Draft Review highlights each of their 2019 picks while providing an overall grade and superlatives.
2nd Round, Pick #58: Trysten Hill DT Central Florida
Looking for more production at defensive tackle the Cowboys add Hill who based off of senior year production seems like a reach, but there is plenty of potential there. Hill was caught up in a coaching change and went from one of the defensive tackles to watch to someone who barely saw the field. But when there he showed the athletic traits that would make him an impactful one gap tackle. Just imagine what Rod Marinelli will be able to do with him.
3rd Round, Pick #90: Connor McGovern G Penn State
On the surface this screams a reach as McGovern really isn’t worth a third round pick. But the Cowboys could use some depth on the interior of their offense line and this guard and center class is very weak. Dallas probably didn’t think they could wait on McGovern and just decided to insure that they could get him.
4th Round, Pick #128: Tony Pollard RB Memphis
With Ezekiel Elliott the Cowboys are set with their superstar runningback but could use some depth and role players behind him. Pollard split time Darrell Henderson at Memphis but despite Henderson rushing for 2,000 yards, Pollard was still able to get 1,000 yards of his own. Equipped with elite top end speed Pollard thrives in a zone scheme (like the Cowboys run) where he can put his foot down and get up field. Pollard also thrived as a kick returner who averaged over 40 yards per return and had 7 touchdowns.
5th Round, Pick #158: Michael Jackson CB Miami
Dallas continues to add young talent to the cornerback position by adding the physical Jackson. Although he is a 5th round pick Jackson could find himself getting some quality minutes and competing with Chidobe Awuzie opposite of Byron Jones. Jackson has good size and length and uses it to bully receivers at the line of scrimmage. Look for Jackson to be used against bigger receivers to take advantage of his strengths and hide his lack of top end speed.
6th Round, Pick #165: Joe Jackson DE Miami
Equipped with the ideal frame (6’4 275) and good length (34 1/8″ arms) Jackson gives the Cowboys a raw but talented defensive end. Defensive end isn’t a huge need which means that Jackson can develop under Marinelli who is one of the best defensive line coaches in the NFL. While his stats aren’t eye popping Jackson’s numbers improved each year. His best football is still ahead of him.
6th Round, Pick #213: Donovan Wilson S Texas A&M
Wilson excels when he is moving forward and can fly to the ball. This helps him in run support and playing underneath coverage. Those limitations likely keep him at strong safety but he really lacks the size needed of the position. Wilson may earn a roster on special teams, but there is a lot of talent on this roster, so he may have a hard take sticking around.
7th Round, Pick #218: Mike Weber RB Ohio State
Normally seventh round picks for a playoff team don’t have much of a chance to make the roster, but for Mike Weber that might be different. Dallas doesn’t have any depth behind Zeke and Weber along with fourth round pick could give the Cowboys two cheap backups on a pretty high profile roster. Weber has a sturdy body and fits well in the Cowboys zone scheme because he is a one cut runner that can get to top speed.
7th Round, Pick #241: Jalen Jelks DE Oregon
Jelks is an interesting prospect because he never really seemed to be a good fit in Oregon’s 3-4 defense. Coming to the Cowboys Jelks will be able to play off the edge in a four man front at the 5 and 7 techniques where he can be aggressive off the edge against tackles. Dallas is looking for young ends and if Jelks can flash during the preseason he has a shot.
Overall Grade: B+
Best Pick: Michael Jackson
Biggest Value: Joe Jackson