Cowboys News – First Predictions of the 2017 Draft
We are only two weeks away from the NFL Draft 2017 so the CowboysNews.com writers took the liberty of sharing their first prediction table for all seven of the Cowboys.
It is no secret that the position most needed by the Cowboys is on the defensive side of the ball.
Among those positions there is the lack of anyone who can push the pin and players who can replace the void left by Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in the deep and corner positions.
Each of the writers gave their analysis and personal opinion of the players they believe could be recruited by the Cowboys in their seven selections.
Bryan Broaddus, an American football analyst, picked cornerback Kevin King as his first-round pick. According to him, King has a large size and is very effective in the field. “The more teams study their game, the faster they continue to rise in position on the board.”
On the other hand writer David Helman chose Charles Harris as the best option available to the Cowboys. “Honestly, I’d rather recruit a cornerback in the 28th overall selection, but I think there would be better value with someone who can put pressure on the pin and Harris fit that role.”
Columnists Rob Phillips and Nick Eatman leaned toward UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley as possibly the best pick for Dallas.
McKinley had shoulder surgery in early March, but he is not expected to be out for long. His return to the field could take four to six months (time he gave when he was in the combined), which indicates that he could be ready for the training camp.
“I know Jerry Jones said he was not interested in hiring guys who are beaten, but he’s always interested in getting value,” said Eatman. “And that’s hard to find when you’re in the 28th place.”
McKinley pretty much meets all the qualities the Cowboys are looking for in a defensive player. “He’s a terrific pass rusher when he’s healthy,” Pillips said.
Below is the complete table of the first predictions of each writers:
Ala defensiva Missouri
Ala defensiva UCLA