Well, the Cowboys didn’t draft a cornerback like we all thought. Both Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II were taken before Dallas got on the clock, and a small trade down led to Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons becoming a Cowboy. At the end of the night, Dallas now has four picks in the second and third round, all in the top 100. So who are the best remaining players they could target?
There are still some cornerbacks on the board
The Cowboys didn’t get their first-round corner, but fans shouldn’t fret just yet. Asante Samuel Jr. from Florida State had been getting buzz as a potential late-first round pick, yet he’s still available. At 5’10”, Samuel may not fit the profile that Dan Quinn is looking for in his defensive scheme, but he’s a playmaker with a similar NFL pedigree that both Horn and Surtain possessed.
Beyond that, there is Ifeatu Melifonwu of Syracuse, Tyson Campbell of Georgia, Kelvin Joseph of Kentucky, and Paulson Adebo of Stanford, all of whom could be a target with one of those first two picks the Cowboys have on Friday. Each of them offers plenty to like, but it’s likely that any of those prospects would prompt Dallas to look over the remaining free agent pool, which includes veterans like Casey Hayward and Richard Sherman.
All of the defensive tackles are still out there
This defensive tackle class was widely talked about as being pretty weak, but it was still a shock to see none of them be selected in the first round. Christian Barmore of Alabama was the consensus top defensive tackle, and I made my case for the Cowboys to select him in the first round plenty of times. He’s still available, but likely won’t be for long. If Dallas wants him, they may have to trade up, which they have the flexibility to do so now after trading down in the first round.
Beyond Barmore, there are several other defensive tackle prospects that make sense for Dallas. Washington’s Levi Onwuzurike and USC’s duo of Marlon Tuipulotulu and Jay Tufele all fit the profile of good run-stuffers who offer some upside as interior pass rushers. Ohio State’s Tommy Togiai and NC State’s Alim McNeill are two big 1-tech prospects that have been connected to the team before. Additionally, they could spend one of their later picks on Friday on LSU’s Tyler Shelvin, Florida’s Tedarrell Slaton, or Florida State’s Marvin Wilson, all of whom would provide some much-needed size in the trenches.