Latest Mock Has Cowboys Taking Witten’s Replacement

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The Cowboys might have a desperate need for pass rushers, but recent mock draft has team going different route in 2017 draft in the first-round.

The draft is loaded with defensive talent on the line and in the secondary, that might be the true reason this team waits and doesn’t use a first-round pick on either position.  With the lack of pressure from the front four, especially on the edge, the biggest need that many feel this team has is at edge rushers.  They also have a big need in the secondary with key members of last season’s team leaving for new teams.

Barry Church left for the Jacksonville Jaguars, J.J. Wilcox left to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Morris Claiborne is looking to be part of the Baltimore Ravens team.  Throw in the fact that Brandon Carr might not be back and we are looking at possibly three quarters of the starting secondary out of the picture, including an important backup piece as well.

With all that said, the Cowboys might be looking to find the future replacement at tight end to take over once Jason Witten decides to call it.  Witten has been a key piece to this football team being that he has missed a total of one football game during his 14-year career.  As he enters his 15th season in the league, you must start to wonder how much tread he has left on those tires.

Per, one mock draft has the Cowboys using their first-round pick on Mississippi tight end Evan Engram.  The 22-year-old looks to have a bright future in the NFL as a receiving threat in the NFL with his size and speed.  At 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, Engram fits the mold of what teams are looking for in terms of that receiving option on the line, that they can also split out to gain an advantage in the passing game.

This past season as a senior, Engram gave the pro scouts a glimpse of what he can do at the next level as he had his best season as a college football player, just in time for the NFL draft.  He finished his final year at Mississippi with 65 receptions for 926 yards, and eight touchdowns.  He finished his career with 162 receptions, 2,320 yards, and 15 touchdowns.

This could be a steal and the right move if the Cowboys decide to go this way in the draft!

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