Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Henderson/Kinlaw Pivot Point

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 20: A Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 02: Troy Pride Jr. #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in action (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Round 3

CB, Troy Pride Jr.

5-foot-11, 193lbs

I’m extremely tempted to reach for a safety here but the real value is at cornerback still. I think there’s a good chance a really solid option will be available to the Dallas Cowboys here in Round 3 and if given the choice, Troy Pride Jr. is my pick.

Pride isn’t phenomenal in any one area, which is why he doesn’t have a ton of draft buzz. But he’s smart and reliable, with the ability to play a number of coverage schemes without fall-off. He should allow Mike Nolan to play around and disguise coverages in order to bait QBs.

As a third round pick, it’s likely the Dallas Cowboys would have already drafted a CB ahead of him (goodness help them if they don’t). This basically means they don’t need Pride to be a top-3 CB on Day 1, although I imagine he could.

The Dallas Cowboys stand to lose Byron Jones and possibly even Anthony Brown this month. Next year Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are free agents. If I had to guess, I’d say only one of those names will be in Dallas in 2021, meaning Pride will need to be a starter at that point. He would put Dallas in good shape for that.

Now we move into Day 3 with the most important positions addressed…