Dallas Cowboys: Pick 3
Round 3, Pick 67
After going offensive tackle in Round 1 and safety in Round 2, I felt obligated to go cornerback in Round 3. Sadly things don’t seem to be falling that way I want (with the prospects are situated today). The best value on the market was at DT (another massive need for Dallas this offseason) and forcing a CB in rounds 2 or 3 would have been reaching given the Dallas Cowboys draft position.
Luckily for the Cowboys, there’s plenty of need at defensive tackle as well. Even with the sudden breakout of Nevillie Gallimore last week, the Cowboys are desperately thin at DT. With Antwaun Woods expected to leave in free agency, the cupboard is bare in the Dallas interior. Only Gallimore and Trysten Hill look like potential options to build around (operative word is “potential”).
Finding a player with the skillset to be frontline starter is important in this draft, given the dearth of DT talent expected to hit free agency this year. Rarely do rookie DTs make an impact their first year in. The physical demands of the job usually require a year of two of mass-building before a starting job can be claimed. But Marvin Wilson could be the exception to that rule…
Marvin Wilson is a five-star recruit who never quite lived up to his billing but eventually could make a better professional than college athlete. At 6-foot-5, 311 lbs Wilson has the size, reach, and strengths to play inside in the NFL.
He has good mobility and a good motor (two important traits in a DT for Dallas). Wilson has pass rush moves and run-stopping ability so he would be a well-rounded option for Dallas inside and isn’t forced to play traditional 1-tech or 3-tech roles. Between now and the draft, Wilson could move up draft boards, but for now he’s floating around the late 2nd and early 3rd and I’m here for it.