The Dallas Cowboys had two fourth round selections in the NFL Draft and they addressed areas of concern on both sides of the ball. With their first fourth round pick, they stayed on the defensive side of the ball, drafting Oklahoma DE Charles Tapper.

Tapper joins 3rd Round pick Maliek Collins on the defensive line, and will have the chance to make an immediate impact as a rookie. Rod Marinelli loves to rotate his defensive lineman, keeping them fresh throughout the game, and Tapper has the ability to crack that rotation. He is a versatile pass rushing end who can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 system. He has good size and build to go with natural power at the point of attack. HE has shown some ability to battle and fight for his area of grass. Technique is flawed in many areas, but has some traits that Marinelli will look to bring out.

With Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence facing four-game suspensions to start the year, depth is what the Cowboys will be looking for along the defensive front.

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With their second 4th Round pick, the Cowboys got their understudy to Tony Romo, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott. Leading up to the draft it was no secret he was high on the Dallas Cowboys draft board and they would look to target him on Day 3. He needs a lot of seasoning to even see the field at the NFL level, but his college resume speaks for itself. The two-time first team All-SEC pick ended up with 38 MSU records after a senior year where he won the Senior CLASS Award as the top scholar-athlete on and off the field. Prescott led the team in passing (3,793 yards, 66.2 completion percentage, 29 TD, five INT) and rushing (588 yards, 10 scores) for the second straight year in 2015, joining Tim Tebow as the only two players in SEC history to accomplish that feat.

Prescott has unbelievable leadership qualities, something teams look for in an up-and-coming quarterback who they can mold to their own offensive system. With Jerry Jones declaring Tony Romo will be the team’s quarterback for at least the next 4-5 years, it gives Prescott a chance to sit back and learn not having to worry about being rushed in this system. Similar to Romo, Dak has play-making abilities that is rare in a signal caller. I’m very pleased with this selection, and with it coming at the very end of Round 4, little risk was involved.

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