Dallas Cowboys pick 246 – Dee Winters, Linebacker, TCU
If the Dallas Cowboys can land Dee Winters with their seventh-round draft pick, it would be a safe assumption they had a decent haul this offseason. Dallas always seems to find that linebacker that can maybe fill a role on their defense or at the very least play some special teams.
At 6’1″ 223 pounds, he is definitely on the smaller side for a linebacker. The hope is Winters can gain some additional muscle in his rookie season. If he doesn’t pan out, it was still a worthwhile gamble. He’s a local kid out of TCU so Dallas should be very familiar with him. This could potentially be the Luke Gifford replacement rather than the Vander Esch replacement. If Dallas wants to go a little cheaper on special teams, adding this rookie contract is the way to go.
Even with the size concerns, he has violent tendencies when he hits ball carriers. He moves very well and will explode to the point of attack. Those are traits that you definitely invest in when you this late in the draft. Maybe he is someone you can stash and hide on the practice squad until a need arrives.
Dallas may decide to go a different direction. If that is the case, you wouldn’t hear an argument from me. But as it stands, I’m comfortable taking Dee Winters at pick 246 to conclude the draft for the Dallas Cowboys.