Dallas Cowboys: Pick 7 & 8
Round 5, Pick 174
Khyiris Tonga is going to be a fan favorite before this season is over. The 6-foot-4 322lbs NT from BYU has been a standout lately and combined with his infectious personality and happy demeanor – the guy is going to be a draftnik darling this year.
A beast at 0-tech and 1-tech, Tonga can play 1-gap of 2-gap in odd or even man fronts. He has a little bit of pass rush ability but is a clear early down player on 4-3 defense. He’s a bit of gentle giant at times – only applying the force that he feels is needed to beat an opponent. Because of this, he seems to miscalculate at times and underestimate challenges. There’s really no reason for anyone to beat him.
As explained early in this mock draft, the Dallas Cowboys have a tremendous need at DT heading into 2021. Even if they think Hill and Gallimore are the real deal, they need to add a veteran and a couple developmental pieces to the rotation this offseason if they want to have a chance at competing in 2021.
All Tonga does is represent your new unmovable trashcan full of dirt.
Round 6, Pick 189
This is a pick in the mold of Tyler Biadisz a year ago. Kraemer is a former 5-star recruit who stands 6-foot-6, 319lbs. One of the strongest players in the entire draft, Kraemer is a force at guard for Notre Dame, and figures to be a force in the pros as well.
The reason he’s available is because he gets exposed in space. Limited lateral mobility and below average speed and athleticism means he needs to keep targets in front of him or else he gets exposed. He’s strong in both the running game and the passing game but he just doesn’t move beyond his immediate circle of influence.
Kraemer is a departure from the athletic mold of Connor Williams and more of a flashback to the brute play of Ronald Leary of yesteryear. Can you get behind that?