Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Defensive Rebuild Amidst Big Trade

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Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft

Round 4, Pick 138

Tony Fields II

West Virginia

Shifting back to linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys flex for another fun prospect in Tony Fields II. Dallas may have just picked up an elite LB with pick 34 but the need is significant and if there’s a position they’re likely to double-dip, this is it.

There’s a really good chance 2021 is both Jaylon and LVE’s last season on the Cowboys. Jaylon’s contract becomes much more cuttable and LVE’s 5th year option is more expensive than he’s worth. Taking steps today to handle a situation they foresee tomorrow isn’t just forward thinking – it’s necessary.

Using a Day 3 pick on a developmental player who can be groomed in 2021 will go a long way in settling up a smooth transition for 2022 when he’ll likely move into the starting lineup.

Tony Fields II is a team leader who’s smart (calls the defenses), fast, and aggressive. At 6-foot-1 222 lbs, he’s undersized for the position and can’t be expected to do all the things normal LBs do. But his athleticism allows him to avoid blockers (rather than fight through) and take good angles to make consistent plays.

Again, he doesn’t fight through blocks but seems to avoid them altogether. He’s so explosive and quick to the play, he gets ahead of the play before it can fully develop (almost like Sean Lee used to).  He’s a really fun player to watch on film (and I hate watching film on LBs) because it looks like everyone’s running in mud around him.

Not sure how he will play in man coverage but I like him in Dan Quinn’s zone and predict he’d be a starter as soon as 2022.