Dallas Cowboys Round 2, Pick 56
Darrian Beavers, LB
The more I see Darrian Beavers, the more I like him, and the more I’m convinced Will McClay and the Dallas Cowboys scouting department will like him as well. The 6-foot-4, 255lb linebacker from Cincinnati is a physical specimen.
Likened to Zaven Collins whom the Cowboys were said to be quite fond of in 2021, Beavers is a raw tools player who has only scratched the surface of his immense potential. He’s developmental to be sure, but his ceiling is through the roof and based on early reports from the Senior Bowl, he will still be useful starter even as an undeveloped rookie.
Beavers has the size and athleticism you cannot teach. He can cover pass-catchers with his natural abilities (not unlike the very raw Micah Parsons did in 2022). He’s a smart player who fills his run fits instead of guessing his run fits (like Jaylon Smith always did).
Given his size, he’s able to take on blocks and doesn’t require perfect DT play in front of him in order to make the play (like LVE seems to require). He has scheme versatility and appears to have capabilities of being elite in man coverage.
Beavers would give the Dallas Cowboys another weapon at linebacker that can be used in different ways. He would free Parsons to rush the passer more and complement Jabril Cox who is less physical but more polished in coverage.