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Who Should The Dallas Cowboys Draft In The First Round?

Who will Dallas take in the first round? PAUL MOSELEY VIA FLICKR


What Are The Options For Dallas In The First Round Of 2017 NFL Draft?

With the draft approaching, the Cowboys will be narrowing their list down of who they value the most in the first round. There’s still plenty of evaluating left to do, with programs hosting Pro Day’s and the NFL Combine. Dallas desperately needs help on the defensive side of the ball and that should be their focus in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

After striking gold in last year’s draft with Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott, the Cowboys won’t have to worry about taking a quarterback or running back early in this draft. This will only make it easier for them to target defensive talent in the first round. There’s no debating that they will need to select a defensive end early in the draft.

There are a few prospects that would fit perfectly in Dallas, but they might have to trade up to snag these guys. As aggressive and athletic pass rushers, they would likely make an immediate impact and that is worth trading up for.

Charles Harris – Missouri

At 6’3″ and 260 pounds, Harris is a monster pass rusher. He’s quick, athletic and uses his power to break through blocks and get a head start off the line. He has great burst and speed and he’s the missing piece for this Dallas defense. Harris is one of the higher rated defensive ends and might go in the top 15 picks.

Dawuane Smoot – Illinois

Smoot is another guy that could go earlier in the draft and before Dallas picks at 28. He’s another big guy at 6’3″ and 255 pounds, similar size to Charles Harris. Smoot is another strong and agile pass rusher. He wins at the line with his initial burst and the numbers prove it. He had 15 tackles for loss this past season. That says he fights through blocks and has enough speed to get around the edge.

Solomon Thomas – Standford

Thomas is a guy who also could go earlier in the first and Dallas may have to make a move to draft this guy as well. He’s even bigger than the other two prospects at 6’3″ and 273 pounds. Known for his strength and aggressive power, Dallas would love to have him on their roster. It’s also a plus that he can play both defensive end and linebacker.

Demarcus Walker – Florida State

Walker is another great defensive end talent that possesses size and power. He’s 6’3″ and 281 pounds. That’s a monster on the line of scrimmage and exactly what the Cowboys are looking for. He’s a guy that causes havoc as he had 16 sacks this past season. Dallas needs a player like Walker to come in and pressure the quarterback consistently.

If for some reason the Cowboys decide not to select a pass rusher in the first round, they should target a corner. The Cowboys need help in the secondary and it starts at the corner position. They need a cover guy who can take pressure off of the Dallas safeties and a player they can trust.

Adoree’ Jackson – USC

Jackson is a stud corner out of USC. He’s average size at 5’11” and 185 pounds. So nothing special physically, but he is a strong cover guy. In 2016 he had five interceptions and broke up 11 passes down field. That is exactly what Dallas has been lacking for years. He might be a guy that can come in right away and help the defense evolve.

Sidney Jones – Washington

At 6’0″ and 180 pounds, Jones is solid size for a corner. He might not have flashy numbers, but he can cover well. He played with former Washington corner, Marcus Peters, who has exploded onto the NFL scene in Kansas City.  Jones forced two fumbles and had three interceptions this past season and is an aggressive guy. He’d fit in well in Dallas as a first round pick.

These are the top guys I believe Dallas should be targeting in the first. They need a playmaker on defense and each of these guys appears to fit the bill. I’d prefer they went after a pass rusher, but if they can snag one of these corners that would be a very sound pick as well. The Cowboys need to hit with this selection as they are built for success if they can bolster up that defense.