Cowboys Draft: 2 game-breaking draft prospects for Dallas


The Dallas Cowboys have several holes to fill on their roster, and here are two players the Cowboys could draft who’ll have an immediate impact.

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys want to build a Super Bowl contender through the draft. If you need proof of that, just look at how the Cowboys sign no-name free agents on bargain deals.  It’s been a long time since the Cowboys sunk a lot of money into a big time free agent.

Since the draft is the Cowboys blueprint for building a successful team, lets look at two players the Cowboys should draft for different purposes.

And the reason why I chose these two players is because they’ll fulfill a specific need on both sides of the ball.

Nyheim Hines, RB, North Carolina State, Jr

Hines is 5’9, weighs 197 lbs and is lighting fast, running a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash. But one reason for the Cowboys drafting the former  Wolfpack star is because he’s versatile and can jump-start the offense with his skill set and impact the kicking game.

Hines ranks fifth in school history with 1,702 career kickoff return yards, in only 25 games into his career. He recorded more than 2,2770 all-purpose yards, had a 25.4 KOR (kickoff return), and ran for 1,112 yards on 197 attempts with a 5.6 average.

For his career, Hines rushed for 1,399 yards, caught 89 passes for 933 receiving yards, and had 13 total touchdowns. Hines is a lethal threat in the kicking game, recording 189 return yards in a game against the Louisville Cardinals in his sophomore season.

The Cowboys could use Hines triple threat ability to make the offense more explosive, use his kick return skills (along with Ryan Switzer), and utilize Hines as a third down specialist, similar to Darren Sproles.

Dallas already has powerful running backs with Ezekiel Elliott and Rod Smith. A unique talent like Hines will create mismatches for linebackers and be a threat to break a long touchdown run anytime he touches the ball.

Hines was an All-American in track as the leadoff leg for the 4×100 meter relay team at NC State, and received All-ACC honors in the 100m and the 60m.

Dallas can benefit greatly from Hines talent because speed kills.

Along with Switzer, Dallas will have two offensive weapons with the capabilities to change the game in Dallas’ favor with ease. This will give opposing defenses nightmares because of their unique skill set.

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Derwin James, S, Florida State, Jr. 

Derwin James might not be available when Dallas selects with the 19th overall pick. However, it’s possible he’ll drop since several teams ahead of them need a quarterback causing James to fall.

If so, Dallas should nab him like a bear snatching fish out the stream.

James would be the perfect fit for Dallas’ secondary, since Byron Jones is moving back to corner. And Jeff Heath is more of a reserve at strong safety, who performs outstanding as a special teams ace.

James is very athletic with the ability to play both positions, plays close in the box, and posses the skill set to cover deep. Standing 6’3 and weighing 215 pounds, this stud can cover any receiver or tight end. Add his confidence to the equation, that’s a gift this secondary can benefit from.

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James could join Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier, or a any veteran free agent safety Dallas signs, to help him learn the ropes. As an underclassmen with so much potential, James would be a steal if he’s available at number 19.

The only concern with James is that he only played in two games in 2016 because of a knee injury. But he rebounded this past season and played in 12 games, tallied 186 tackles, and recorded two interceptions.

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Florida State produces good defensive backs on a regular basis, including All Pro Jalen Ramsey, James’ former teammate. So with confidence, athletic ability, size, and the potential to get better, Dallas secondary will be one of the youngest and most talented in the NFL.

If Dallas selects the talented Hines and James, this team will be more than capable of winning more than a divisional title.