After the first round, it was reported that the Dallas Cowboys were going to select Ryan Shazier with the 16th overall pick. Instead, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Shazier a pick before them and the Cowboys were fielding dozens of phone calls in the last minute trying to trade down. That didn’t happen either, as the Cowboys couldn’t find a trade partner. That being said, the Cowboys are trying to upgrade the WILL linebacker position. That position was manned by Bruce Carter last year and he had a ton of problems adjusting to a bigger role in the weakside linebacker position. In the fourth round, the Cowboys elected to draft Anthony Hitchens out of Iowa. This pick was a big reach to me and Telvin Smith was still on the board.
While it is draft weekend, no one knows what could come about out of all of these players. For all I know, Hitchens could become the next Lawrence Taylor. According to NFLDraftScout.com, Hitchens was supposed to go in the sixth or seventh round. As I said earlier, this pick was a reach and the Cowboys could’ve easily selected him in the fifth round. This pick was a weird one because the Cowboys have athletic linebackers in Kyle Wilber and DeVonte Holloman.
Hitchens is coming from one of the best 4-3 defenses in college football. He is 6’0″, 240 pounds, and he ran ran a 4.74 40-yard dash. Jason Garrett loves players who fit the “Right Kinda Guy” draft theory and that’s what Hitchens is. When he was in high school, Hitchens moved out of his parents’ house to have a better life. Hitchens will be able to compete on special teams in his first season and he will be able to compete for the starting weakside linebacker position. Time will tell if the Cowboys reached on this pick or not, but for now, Hitchens could’ve been drafted a round or two later.