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Dallas Cowboys Reach for Anthony Hitchens in the Fourth Round

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, 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.

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  • BaMBaM

    Telvin Smith should’ve been the pick. This team needs some nasty .

    • Ryan Ratty

      I would’ve rather had Telvin. But, you have to give Hitchens a chance.

  • Michael Davis

    I’m a life time Cowboys fan but I’m scratching my head on this pick.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Agree, Michael. Time will tell if this pick was a reach. But for now, it definitely is a reach.

  • Alex Darden

    Man I was loving those 1st 2 picks but this is classic fumbling of the ball by Jerry. I have a feeling similar to the 1st round we were gearing up to take Martavious Bryant but pitt took him just before us and we panicked. Just my opinion.

    • Ryan Ratty

      COMPLETELY agree with you. I would’ve loved Martavis Bryant. I have been a big advocate of him.

  • Jimmbo94

    Irrelevant Lb!

    • Ryan Ratty

      Have to give him a chance regardless.

  • Rich

    There are starting caliber players on the board and we are grabbing a special teams player. People wonder why we have a bad rep when it comes to the draft

    • Ryan Ratty

      Draft started great for us. Hitchens was an odd pick. Great pick on Devin Street. New article on Street on the site, check it out.