Dallas Cowboys Draft: 6 Important Takeaways from the NFL Draft

Trysten Hill #9 of the Central Florida Knights. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
Trysten Hill #9 of the Central Florida Knights. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Why did the Cowboys draft Connor McGovern?:

He was the best player available. Literally. Don’t believe me, then how about Mike Fisher?

You probably won’t believe that either because it says Connor McGregor is an offensive lineman. Given what we saw Connor McGregor do at the Jacksonville game last season, I’d want him as far from a football field as I could have him.

Fish does later catch his error and says it was McGovern and even Will McClay later said it on ESPN radio that this was the situation regarding McGovern. If you hadn’t connected the dots, the source Fish mentions was Will McClay.

If you did read the tweet, you’ll notice that the Cowboys had McGovern higher than Hill or Thornhill, which are two guys they were considering at 58. McGovern was an absolute steal for the Cowboys at the end of the third round.

This tweet suggests many things. The Cowboys were trying a Best Player Available approach to this draft only to “reach” on their second round pick to prevent other teams from picking up. I don’t think I can handle the irony of this situation.

With that said, McGovern is not expected to have an immediate impact, and that is totally fine! I understand Connor Williams didn’t have a great rookie season, however, his strength issues were well noted during the draft process. This summer, he’s done a tremendous job of bulking adding around 10 pounds of muscle. Here’s your visual representation from MyCowboysFamily:

As is stands, the Cowboys will roll with the same lineup they had last year except Travis Frederick will be back in the lineup. The following year, it’s no guarantee the Cowboys re-sign La’el Collins. This is where Connor McGovern plays the hero. The expectation is Connor Williams will move out to tackle, like he did at Texas, and McGovern will slide in at left guard. How’s that for a seamless transition!

I was thinking this would be the situation when they drafted McGovern, but it seems Jane Slater knew all along…

Who else was at play at 90?:

Remember when I pointed out how the Best Player Available process didn’t necessarily pan out for the Cowboys in the second round? Well it was almost about to happen again in the third round.

That’s right, McGovern was third in line as the Cowboys couldn’t get their hands on Will Harris or Justin Layne at 90. This coming from Fisher again. I’m not sure how the Cowboys viewed Layne, but at 90 I believe he would’ve been tremendous value for the Cowboys. Unfortunately, I couldn’t say that about Harris. I had a 5th round grade on Will Harris…

Thank you Detroit and Pittsburgh for gifting us an excellent interior lineman!