Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Gambling on High-Ceiling Projects

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BALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 29: Javon Hargrave #79 of the Pittsburgh Steelers lines up against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at M&T Bank Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

In this Dallas Cowboys mock draft we mix a fair amount of project players who hold massive potential along with some undeniable risk…

The Dallas Cowboys are never ones to shy away from risk. If a player has the traits, Will McClay and the Cowboys front office are willing to consider. In this mock draft we look at some players who hold major “Boom” potential (and inevitably some bust potential as well).

We’ll looks at players who don’t come into the league with well-defined positions. Players who may have more fluid roles. Players who have…wait for it…position flex.

With so many needs to address, the Dallas Cowboys could go a variety of ways in the draft. What they do in free agency will say a lot about their direction in the draft. If they completely neglect a position of need in free agency, they may feel compelled to go one direction early. All of this must be considered.

For the sake of this exercise, we’ll assume the following:

QB Dak Prescott is retained

WR Amari Cooper is retained

CB Anthony Brown is retained

DE Robert Quinn is lost

DT Maliek Collins is lost

CB Byron Jones is lost

WR Randall Cobb is lost

CB Tramon Williams is signed

DT Javon Hargrave is signed

While Dallas is optimistic about Randy Gregory being back, they don’t want to rely on a notoriously risky unknown. Dallas is also optimistic they can keep Tyrone Crawford at a reduced salary. I do think it’s absolutely imperative Dallas signs a proven DT with the ability to play all interior spots (Hargrave or D.J. Reader). Also, since CB is usually hard to find in the draft, Dallas will replace Byron with a cheap but proven entity McCarthy is familiar with in Tramon. So let’s get into it!

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