VP Stephen Jones says Cowboys will watch Amari Cooper highlights during first round of NFL Draft
They didn’t have a pick in the first round on Thursday, thanks to the 2018 mid-season trade with the Oakland Raiders for receiver Amari Cooper.
And they resisted any temptation to join the party by trading back into the first round because they didn’t want to give up any future first-round pick.
And they had a little fun enjoying Cooper highlights while the Raiders used their pick at 27.
The Cowboys have a total of six picks over the final two days of the draft, with their first one coming at 58th overall when the second and third rounds are conducted on Friday.
The Cowboys couldn’t really target a specific player for their first pick because they are at the liberty of who is left on the board by the other team’s picking in front of them for 57 selections.
But they did their homework on a number of prospects who could be available for them at 58.
According to vice president Stephen Jones, it will most likely be someone who the Cowboys brought in for a pre-draft visit.
“I think there’s a pretty good chance that could happen,” Jones said. “There’s a handful of guys we like that have a chance to be there.”
Since 2005, the Cowboys have taken just one player with their first pick who didn’t make a pre-draft visit to the team’s headquarters and that was cornerback Morris Claiborne in 2012.
So pay attention to the list.
The team’s pre-draft visitors who are projected as second-round options are safeties Taylor Rapp (Washington), Juan Thornhill (Virginia) and Chauncey Gardner (Florida), defensive linemen Ben Banogu (TCU), Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech) and Gerald Willis (Miami), running back Damien Harris (Alabama), receiver Deebo Samuel (South Carolina), tackle Greg Little (Mississippi), and tight end Dawson Knox (Mississippi).
Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abrams was drafted in the first round, which is a setback of sorts because Dallas is hoping to add a safety at 58.
It is the position they did the most homework on and had the most pre-draft visitors.
With Abrams gone, there might be a run on Rapp, Thornhill or Gardner before they pick.
What they want most of all is a player who can come in as a starter on Day 1.
The next area of need would be the defensive line with, Banogu, Ferguson or Willis.
The Cowboys would likely wait until at least the third round to take a running back. But Samuel and Knox could come into play at 58.