Round Five – Pick 162 – Rashad Weaver – Defensive End – Pitt (Trade Pick 179 and 2022 6th round)
Weaver was falling and I wasn’t going to wait to see if he would stick around. The Cowboys could use some depth at edge, and Weaver offers some rotational value early on. Weaver could go earlier than this point, but he is far from a polished player.
Weaver offers really good production for an edge who isn’t the most explosive. He is quick with good bend and does well to convert his speed to power. He does well against the run and sees the play well and finds his way to the ball carrier. He will not give up on a play and his motor is always running.
Weaver needs to work on his counters and getting more explosive on his first step to utilize his tools a little better at the next level. While he has good production, sometimes his aggressiveness will get him out of position against the run and he will need to play with more consistency. HIs leverage and pad level can be inconsistent.
Round Six – Pick 192 – Jaelon Darden – Wide Receiver – University of North Texas
The Dallas Cowboys have to find ways to get CeeDee Lamb to not return kicks. The other thing the team needs is some more speed in the slot, enter Jaelon Darden. Darden immediately adds to the kick return game and could find his way onto the field in certain sets. Explosive but smaller, Darden can scare teams.
Darden takes a step and is at full speed quickly. When aligned in the slot and able to use his agility and speed can create separation quickly and easily takes the roof of the defense. A home-run threat when he gets into the open field he sees lanes quickly and his speed will eat angles by defenders. Outstanding production with his size being top three in yards and second in receiving touchdowns.
Darden won’t win off the line against bigger press corners who get their hands on him. His size is a little bit of a concern, so he will have to be schemed to get open. His catch radius is limited and has some drops which look to be him “hearing footsteps”. He doesn’t run a full route tree but may not need to in the NFL.