Dallas Cowboys: Lessons From the 2020 NFL Draft

Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

The Dallas Cowboys had an outstanding 2020 NFL Draft, of the level we haven’t seen in years, and there were some lessons to take into the future.

As soon as the Dallas Cowboys selected CeeDee Lamb at seventeen, it was clear this draft would be different from the last ten years. When Trevon Diggs was selected at fifty-one, everyone’s suspicions were confirmed. All the way through the weekend, and even after, the 2020 NFL Draft proved to be different for the Dallas Cowboys.

The first lesson we learned was that the scouting department is really good at evaluating talent. Sure, we don’t know what these guys will be yet, but there was a general consensus about the players they selected. It showed that maybe Jason Garrett and Rod Marinelli had a lot more to do with the past drafts than initially thought.

The second lesson we learned is that Jerry and Stephen trust finally Will McClay and the scouting department. Without being in the same room, more emphasis was placed on sticking to the board and allowing the draft to come to them. While we could discuss the questionable moves both Jerry and Stephen have made, or allowed to be made – this time it was clear, they are willing to trust their people.

The next lesson we learned is that Mike McCarthy and his staff have an idea of what they want this team to look like. Size of players, where they thought they needed help, speed, all of it was certainly part of a plan we haven’t seen in a while. Before it was scheme dictated what the players coming in would look like. This seemed to follow the idea of getting players and allow the scheme to adjust to them. There wasn’t the cookie cutter style player like in previous years.

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The last lesson we learned was that the Cowboys will be a different team in terms of scheme and style than the past ten years. With the idea of adjusting the scheme to the players on both offense and defense, it seems like this team is looking to score points and rush the passer in different ways. It should be refreshing to see the change, even if we do not fully have a picture of what it will exactly look like.

Next. Meet the Dallas Cowboys Undrafted Free Agents of 2020. dark

This draft felt different, it was full of moves that were considered the right moves. Nothing made fans feel that they were reaching for position or looking for a certain type of player in-lieu of talent. With some more moves possible, this team could be not only very different, but less stagnant. We all just need the season to happen, the excitement is there.

  • Published on 04/28/2020 at 16:01 PM
  • Last updated at 04/28/2020 at 19:38 PM