Dallas Cowboys Draft: 5 Best Linebackers in each round

Jaylon Smith #54 and Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Jaylon Smith #54 and Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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Jaylon Smith #54 and Leighton Vander Esch #55 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys have shown an interest in some linebacker prospects in this draft class. While that comes as a shock to many fans, there are some interesting names available in the first five rounds.

It is officially eleven days until the NFL Draft. (This is fairly important as now I can’t type the number of days numerically)With the ongoing pandemic, this will be a very highly-anticipated event. The Dallas Cowboys are not timid when it comes to big stages, and hopefully, they can knock all their seven, or potentially more, picks out of the park.

Several holes were created in March with the help of free agency. While the team had more cap space at the start of the offseason than in previous years, the front office has been very particular about how they spend their money. Value additions always seem to be the name of the game, however, this year the front office has hit us with some big names like Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, and recently signed Aldon Smith. Recently the Cowboys signed former Alabama cornerback Saivion Smith to a one-year deal.

However, as we know, free agency doesn’t fix all the team’s holes, so we always pay close attention to the NFL draft.

Yay, teambuilding!

Here was my last article about cornerbacks that followed the same format.

As you can guess by the title, we will be looking at the best available linebackers in the first five rounds. Linebacker was not a position we were expecting to draft high this year, but the team’s interest in players like Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray and Wisconsin Zack Baun has now created a question that will be answered in the next two weeks.

I also only did five rounds as opposed to the typical seven because the talent level at the end of Day 3 was all fairly similar and if the team wanted an impact player they would draft one earlier.

This article is a mock draft of linebackers. Those that end up on this list were available for the Cowboys in said round according to The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator. Scheme fit will be taken into consideration, but considering most of these players are primarily off-ball linebackers picking with a “best player available” mindset would make sense.

Also, the best player available is decided by the TDN big board. The round grade I assign to a player may be different than what TDN gives, hence you will see some players who were ranked lower by me drafted higher in this mock.

I also will not be trading picks to move up for someone. That would defeat the purpose of this article and with the number of holes on the team, I also expect the Cowboys to trade back in the draft at some point.

Let’s dig in!