The Dallas Cowboys draft class has yet to earn their stripes, but it seems the grade for at least a couple are pleasing.
When the Cowboys were on the clock with the 28th selection, the team took an edge rusher out of Michigan named Taco Charlton. Many feel this pick will put the Cowboys back on the map in terms of pressuring the quarterback and getting a pass rush. In the second-round, the Cowboys had an eye on Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie, he fell to them late in that round.
Per bloggingtheboys.com, the Cowboys have a pair of players that one ESPN employee feels were steals in the 2017 draft. ESPN’s Mike Sando said that O.J. Howard was the biggest steal of the first-round in April’s draft, but Charlton is right there as well in terms of steals from where that player was drafted. He also feels that Awuzie was one of the better steals of the second-round as well.
Howard went 19th overall, meaning that plenty of teams thought that he wasn’t a top 10 or 15 talent that some felt he was coming into this draft. As for the Cowboys pick of Charlton, he was the only player besides running back Dalvin Cook, that had a first-round grade left on the board. The pick was very easy to make, they wouldn’t be taking a running back with Ezekiel Elliott currently in the backfield. 10 out of10 times, Dallas would be taking the edge rusher at that spot with the roster they currently have.
As for Awuzie, he was rated on the Cowboys board with a higher grade than any other cornerback remaining following the first-round. Awuzie has the best shot at grabbing one of the starting CB positions left by Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr.
Their third-round selection of Jourdan Lewis is also viewed as a steal by people. However, the fall of Lewis to the Cowboys might have more to do with his accusation of a domestic abuse issue. The first three selections for the Cowboys, Charlton, Awuzie, and Lewis, all have a shot at having an impact for the upcoming football season.
The Cowboys front office is hoping to hit on back-to-back draft classes!