Round 2: Malik Jefferson – Outside Linebacker – Texas
The Dallas Cowboys address the potential hole at linebacker early as they select Malik Jefferson one of the standout players of the Texas defense. I know people are looking for a defensive end, wide receiver, or cornerback at this spot, however, Jefferson will be one of the best players left on draft boards.
I easily could have Virginia Tech outside linebacker Tremaine Edmunds here but I believe his draft stock will skyrocket after the combine. I would also say Dallas could look at the offensive line position in the second but realistically it is tough to see any of their targets remaining in such a thin class.
Another factor weighing on this decision is whether or not the Cowboys retain Anthony Hitchens. If the Cowboys do my alternate pick will be in play however it will be very shocking to see Dallas not take another linebacker early this season.
Jefferson has tremendous upside and has not really scratched the surface yet of what he can do on the field. He may be a bit of a liability in coverage, however, the drafting of James and development of the secondary should help solve some of those issues.
Jefferson can be an elite pass rusher from the linebacker position and that type of ceiling is rare in the NFL. If the Cowboys cannot select the Texas linebacker or there is a sudden run at the wide receiver position, the choice could be Auden Tate out of Florida State.
The 6’5, 225-pound wide receiver is one of the biggest wide receivers in the draft. He is also a skilled deep threat and wins a lot of jump balls, a very “Dak friendly” guy.
Alternate Pick: Auden Tate – Wide Receiver – Florida State