Dallas Cowboys: Round 4
Linebacker – Charles Snowden – Virginia
Finally, a familiar face as Snowden was a name that popped up on my first mock draft. Corner was still a target, but most were gone or a reach at this point. The second most selected player was wide receiver Sage Surratt but Snowden was there and with Pitts in the first, made more sense at this point in the draft.
Snowden is a really tall linebacker with outstanding range. He is outstanding against the run in spotting the ball carrier, getting through traffic, and using his length to get to the running back quicker than anyone expects. With his speed and length he can drop into coverage well and when asked to pass rush gets his long arms into the passing lane forcing errant throws.
Snowden may need to add some size as bigger linemen can push him off if they get to him. He uses his athleticism and length well to avoid as much as he can, but at the next level could use a few pounds. He can set the edge well but has to avoid blockers instead of taking them on.
Round Four – Cornerback – Deommodore Lenoir – Oregon
Finally a cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys. Lenoir was easily the most picked player here, with defensive lineman Darius Stills a distant second. Lenoir is another name from the previous mock but has moved up. The Cowboys will probably be in need of at least a slot corner and should they let Chidobe Awuzie walk, they could need an outside corner as well. Lenoir offers the ability to play both but would best be suited as a slot corner early in his career.
Lenoir has the athleticism to stay in coverage on the shifty style slot receivers. He turns his hips really well and can change direction on a dime. He has good closing speed to reduce any separation created and does well to track the ball and make a play on it. He has good ball skills and does really well to get his hands into the passing lane. He tackles well and while not perfect is solid for a corner. He can play man or zone coverage but thrives in zone.
Lenoir does have some issues jumping at the quarterback’s eyes from time to time which causes him to bite on a route which is why keeping him inside for a year or two would help. He has all the tools to think he can fix this issue but for a slot corner who can align outside if you need him to Lenoir is a solid pickup who can play early.