Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft
Round 3 Pick 74
CB Israel Mukuamu
The main goal of this draft is address the big guys in the trenches but that doesn’t mean Dallas can just ignore all other positions. The cornerback position specifically is in need of a rookie or two to build around.
Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis are both free agents, so the Dallas Cowboys need to replace two top-4 starters. Luckily for them, they are moving back to familiar coverage scheme that values length and traits above all.
Dallas can find players that fit their Cover 3 looks, which lean on press-bail technique down the boundary, later in the draft. Israel Mukuamu, who stands 6-foot-3, 205lbs., fits that mold.
Mukuamu is rumored to have 4.4 speed to pair with his physical press skills, strong open field tackling ability, and capable ball skills. Clearly he’s extremely long and as such, struggles with some of the better route-runners on inside cut inside, so he’s more of a scheme specific player who’s going to get targeted by Cover-1/3 teams like Dallas, Seattle, New England, and San Fran.
Ideally, the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t need to lean on a rookie to start at CB2, but that may be unavoidable given Dallas’ circumstances. Mukuamu is a guy who can roll in and take a simplified role as the primary press-bail man on the outside. 2-man coverage is also something he’s well equipped for but I’d be weary of too much as rookie.