Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Free Agency Edition 1.0

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With the 165th pick in the NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:

Matt Araiza. 165. player. 123. . P. Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys will evidently allow All-Pro Punter Bryan Anger to test Free Agency. Granted, being selected as an All-Pro can net a Punter a few extra mill on his next contract, so there’s a bit of reason behind the Cowboys decision. The other reason could be because the Cowboys plan to beat everyone else to the punch to fill the role for the next 10 years.

San Diego State Punter Matt Araiza probably does his job better than anyone else in the entire draft. Obviously no one wants to punt or plans to for that matter, but no one plans to settle for field goals either, but you still want Justin Tucker on your team, right? They’re weapons and should be treated as such. The Dallas Cowboys saw the value of Anger last year and Araiza will only be more valuable when looking to the future.


The top punters and kickers are always either wildly over drafted or severely under drafted. Certainly don’t take one in the first or second round. But at pick 165 you weigh the value of a guy who can be elite at his position vs. a guy on offense or defense who maybe develops and perhaps helps you one day.

Having Hunter Niswander on the roster shouldn’t misdirect Dallas from solidifying the position indefinitely. This is a true Best Player Available scenario and the Cowboys do the right thing.