Cowboys looking to trade up for pass rusher on Day 2
The Dallas Cowboys hold the No.34 overall selection, also known as the third pick in the 2nd Round of the NFL Draft, which re-kicks off tonight at 7pm EST. After ignoring their holes on defense in the 1st Round, when they selected Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott, they need to address it early and often on Day 2.
Rumors are rampant that the Cowboys are in talks with the Cleveland Browns for the 32nd overall pick (the first pick in the second round) and are targeting a pass rusher with that selection.
There are a few logical choices, and while some fans may be clamoring for Myles Jack or Noah Spence, do not expect that to happen. From what I have heard, Jack and Spence are off of the Cowboys draft board for injury and off-the-field concerns, respectively.
So who might the Cowboys target?
1. Kevin Dodd- DE- Clemson
Why: Dodd is a high-motor defensive end who will try to outwork his competition. He saw his quarterback pressures go from three to 46 and he was credited with 12 sacks in 2015 season. Athletic upfield burst with desired bend and hip flexion to corner the edge. He has length and leverage to become an effective speed-to-power rusher. The downside to Dodd is that he only has one year of production in college, and has not shown consistency over a long period of time. He also has trouble using his hands to get out of blocks, getting ‘sucked-in’ to the offensive lineman’s body.
Chances the pick is Dodd: 8/10
2. Emmanuel Ogbah-DE-Oklahoma State
Why: Ogbah wowed at the NFL Combine and shot up draft boards afterwards. He has a thick, powerful frame and has posted a full sack or more in 16 of his last 21 games and finished 2015 with 17.5 tackles for losses. Has played both end positions, bumped inside and plays with a hand up and down. He has limited upside and obviously took plays off on tape. With Rod Marinelli coaching the d-line it is possible he can get the most out of Ogbah, but he is not the best choice available.
Chances the pick is Ogbah: 5/10
3. Jihad Ward-DE-Illinois
Why: Ward started as receiver and safety in junior college then made the switch to defensive line. He can play both end spots and has bumped down inside to tackle as well. Has room for even more muscle on his frame. Great effort throughout the play and will continue his chase until whistle blows. He needs work with his technique, but that is to be expected with the position switch so late in his career. Highest ceiling of any of the players, but might not be able to contribute right away, something Dallas should be desiring.
Chances of the pick: 6.5/10
The Cowboys will likely have their two top pass rushers Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence suspended for four games each to start the season and could use more depth along their defensive front. If they do target pass rush with their first pick in the second round, secondary and wide receiver are the most pressing needs after that. They have one more pick on Day 2 barring they don’t give it up in any trades, and that is pick 67 (4th in the 3rd Round). Stay tuned to My Fantasy Sports Talk for all of your up-to-date NFL Draft coverage.