Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Massive Defensive Reload

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Round 3, Pick 82

CB, Darnay Holmes


As explained before, there’s an excellent chance cornerbacks are going to go faster than anticipated and guys we have been banking on (Troy Pride Jr. ) in the third are long gone when the real draft rolls around. Darnay Holmes happens to be the tier directly behind the likes of Arnette, Pride, and Hall (who are all gone) and he’s the easy pick for me here.

Holmes, a former 5-star recruit, is tremendously gifted defensive back with sky-high potential. Ultra-quick feet and loose hips allow him to stick to opposing receivers with ease. His 4.48 speed isn’t lightning fast, but he plays fast and changes directions so well he keeps up with otherwise faster opponents.

At just 5-foot-10 190lbs, Holmes may be better suited for a role inside. Especially considering his ridiculously short arms. But when I watch him play I keep seeing him at his best on the outside and wouldn’t have a problem giving him a full shot there.


The Dallas Cowboys clearly have a need at cornerback. Ideally, they’d draft their new No. 1 CB in the first round, but outside of C.J. Henderson, I don’t see value at CB at pick 17. And based on Henderson’s rising value and the needs of those before Dallas, I’d be shocked if Henderson was available in the first round.

That means Dallas probably isn’t going to find their new CB1 this year, and we should be perfectly ok with that. Forcing picks gets you in trouble and Holmes is a fine player in his own right. I see him as a replacement to Jourdan Lewis in 2021 and a solid CB3 for years to come.