Roquan Smith is too talented to fall out of the top half of the opening round, so the Cowboys would definitely consider him with this selection. Anthony Hitchens is an impending free agent, while Jaylon Smith hasn't played up to his billing quite yet.
Rd. 2, Pk. 14
Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida
The Cowboys could use another threat in the receiving corps, and they've shown that they're willing to take chances on troubled players. Antonio Callway has some major off-the-field issues, but some team could give him a shot in the second round.
Rd. 3, Pk. 19
Braden Smith, G, Auburn
The Cowboys' offensive line hasn't been nearly as good this season. Losing Ronald Leary hurt, so here's a new left guard to help remedy the problem.
Pick change; previously Will Hernandez, G
Rd. 4, Pk. 18
Armani Watts, S, Texas A&M
The Cowboys lost some defensive backs last offseason, and they never found a solid player to start alongside Byron Jones.
The Cowboys need a cornerback upgrade badly. At the combine, sources with Dallas told me they love Adoree' Jackson, but I don't have him getting to Dallas. The Cowboys could target King as they hosted him before the draft and he would be an upgrade for them.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder King has the length and size to match up against big wideouts while proving his excellent speed at the combine. Sources from multiple teams think that King could go late in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
King was part of a good tandem of Huskies cornerbacks with Sidney Jones. In 2016, King notched 44 tackles with 13 passes broken up and two interceptions. He also had quality production as a junior with 39 tackles, five passes broken up and three interceptions. King totaled 65 tackles as a sophomore.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado
The Cowboys could double up on cornerbacks to address their weak secondary.
In 2016, Awuzie recorded 65 tackles with 12 passes broken up, four sacks and one interception. The 6-foot, 205-pounder has decent size to him, but is inconsistent in coverage. He allows separation and doesn't play as big as his listed size. In his bowl game, he was torched by Oklahoma State. Awuzie had 84 tackles with 12 for a loss, four sacks, seven passes broken up and two interceptions in 2015.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Nazair Jones, DT, North Carolina
The Cowboys lost Terrell McClain in free agency and could use more interior defensive line talent.
Jones had a solid 2016 season for the Tar Heels with 70 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, three passes batted and a forced fumble. He is a disruptive defender who can defend the run and put some pressure on the quarterback. The 6-foot-5, 304-pounder played on the inside for North Carolina and has some versatility to man a variety of spots, but his best fit might come as a five-technique 3-4 defensive end.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio
The Cowboys grab some more pass-rushing competition.
Every year, there are some small-school prospects who get exposure at the college all-star games, and Basham took advantage with an impressive Senior Bowl. The 6-foot-3, 259-pounder has the quickness to be an edge rusher in the NFL and has athletic upside to develop.
As a senior, Basham recorded 50 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks and two passes broken up. He put together some modest sack production as a junior (5.5), sophomore (4) and freshman (7.5). Basham ended his career with totals of 40 tackles for a loss, 28.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.
Rd. 6, Pk. 6
Treston Decoud, CB, Oregon State
The Cowboys grab more cornerback talent and competition.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Taylor McNamara, TE, USC
The Cowboys moved on from the predictably disappointing Gavin Escobar and could use some tight end depth.
Rd. 7, Pk. 7
Xavier Woods, SS, Louisiana Tech
Woods visited the Cowboys, and Dallas could target some safety and special teams depth.
Offense Style: Vertical
Defense Style: 4-3.
2017 Draft Picks:
28 Taco Charlton DE MICHIGAN
60 Chidobe Awuzie CB COLORADO
92 Jourdan Lewis CB MICHIGAN
133 Ryan Switzer WR NORTH CAROLINA
191 Xavier Woods S LOUISIANA TECH
216 Marquez White CB FLORIDA STATE
228 Joey Ivie DT FLORIDA
239 Noah Brown WR OHIO STATE
246 Jordan Carrell DT COLORADO
Offense Rankings: Total 18 Pass 29 Run 4
Defense Rankings: Total 21 Pass 21 Run 12
Sacks Allowed Per Attempt: 16
Sacks per Attempt: 14
Areas of need: DT OG WR TE
Injuries have hurt the Cowboys OL this year as well as a young secondary. They need to get some real talent at receiver as well as get some more push from the interior of their defensive line.
The Cowboys could use a corner to pair with Chidobe Awuzie. <br> <br>
McFadden was up and down in 2016, but he has a ton of talent to grow into a better player. Sometimes last season, he looked great but other times, he seemed lost. McFadden still tied for the nation's lead in interceptions with eight. He also has 20 tackles and six passes broken up. At 6-foot-2, 198 pounds, McFadden has great size with a ton of upside to improve his consistency as a junior in 2017. <br> <br>
<u> <i> Pick change; previously Marcell Frazier, DE </i> </u>
The Cowboys could use a third corner to go with Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. <br> <br>
Ward has 26 tackles with 11 passes broken up and an interception in 2017. In the season opener against Indiana, he notched an interception, four tackles and five passes broken up. Ward also was beaten for a touchdown and some other receptions by big Indiana receiver Simmie Cobbs Jr. While primarily a backup in 2016, Ward (5-10, 191) totaled 23 tackles with nice passes broken up. <br> <br>
While Ward has some hype suggesting he's as good as his former teammates Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley, he's significantly smaller than them and had issues with a big wideout in Cobbs. In the NFL, Ward might get placed as a nickelback.
The Cowboys could use a safety upgrade next to Byron Jones. This would be a steal and a great fit. <br> <br>
In the season opener, Fitzpatrick was beaten for a jump ball in the end zone by Florida State wide receiver Auden Tate. The 6-foot-5 wideout jumped above Fitzpatrick to make a short touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. Otherwise, Fitzpatrick played really well, covering receivers downfield, staying around the ball, and helping out his cornerbacks. Fitzpatrick finished the game with five tackles. <br> <br>
In 2016, Fitzpatrick recorded 66 tackles with seven passes broken up and six interceptions. He was dominant at times for Alabama, splitting time between corner and safety. Fitzpatrick had a superb 2015 season for the Crimson Tide. The freshman totaled 45 tackles with two sacks, 11 passes broken up and two interceptions - both returned for a touchdowns. <br> <br>
The 6-foot-1, 203-pounder has excellent size and some natural cover skills. He has a ton of upside to develop. It sounds as if his preference and natural position is safety. Sources who have looked ahead to the 2018 NFL Draft have said that Fitzpatrick is a prototypical free safety who can cover over the slot or in the middle of the field, yet also be a center fielder. They say he has good size, speed, athletic ability, high football IQ and is a play-maker.