Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Massive Defensive Reload

Tony Pollard #20 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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Lynn Bowden Jr #1 (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Round 4, Pick 123

WR, Lynn Bowden


Even in this defensive heavy draft, it’s absolutely imperative the Dallas Cowboys walk away with a receiver. Not taking advantage of the WR depth this year would be like not drafting a TE in last year’s TE-rich draft (errr, oh yeah, the Cowboys ignored TE last year).

The Dallas Cowboys have a need at slot receiver now that Randall Cobb is in Houston. Ideally, Dallas would replace him with a technically savvy route-runner who can thrive underneath. Bowden ain’t that guy.


Drafting Bowden is more about his potential down the road rather than his ability to fill a need this season. Bowden is an elite playmaker who can do anything if you can just get the ball into his hands. His route running is underdeveloped, but that’s directly related to his role last season: Kentucky’s option QB.

Bowden selflessly moved to fill a need for his team, knowing full-well it wasn’t his optimal position and his draft value would likely suffer. Doing so showed his competitive toughness as well as character. Ar 6-foot-1 200lbs Bowden is well built to stand up in the NFL. He’s fast, crazy quick, and a threat in the open field. The kid just needs some seasoning at WR.


In 2020 Bowden would be the Dallas Cowboys gadget guy, taking the role of Tavon Austin. But his ceiling is high and his role should progress as he gains more experience. I could easily see him getting the ball 2 or 3 times per game on the Cowboys offense and he could be a difference maker immediately.