Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: No CBs? No Problem!

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Round 2, Pick 51

DT, Justin Madubuike

Texas A&M

Justin Madubuike is another pressure player who can fit multiple fronts. The 6-foot-3 304lb defensive tackle from A&M can play 3-technique in a 4-3 and 5-technique in 3-4. A true 1-gap player, he’s explosive through the B gap and a pressure player to groom alongside Trysten Hill.

Madubuike is technically sound. He has good hand work and footwork and even some counter moves.  He’s nimble enough to be a high pressure player inside early in his career and as long as he keeps his motor dialed up, he has a chance at being a real difference maker in the NFL.

He’s a strong tackler and won’t be a liability against the run, but he’s going to earn his money attacking the middle of the pocket. As one of the most explosive interior players in the draft, Dallas gets good value for this pick.

Ideally, Dallas wanted to find a cornerback at this point in the draft, but all their favorite options in Round 2 were gone (except for Cam Dantzler) so they kicked the can at CB and went with the highest impact player they could find on defense.

Madubuike will be a rotational player for Dallas early. Gerald McCoy going to get the bulk of the snaps at 3-tech, but Madubuike is polished enough and strong enough to meaningfully contribute. He has star potential and could be a top-4 player on Dallas’ front within a year.