Your Dallas Cowboys Day 2 Draft Primer

The Dallas Cowboys are back on the clock tonight with the second and third rounds. Get prepared for the second day of the NFL Draft right here. is proud to be your home of Dallas Cowboys coverage this draft weekend. As a way of keeping you updated all weekend, consider our Cowboys NFL Draft Primer to be required reading. This primer is for Friday’s second- and third-rounds to help you prepare as the Cowboys select their newest players. Stay in touch with all the info as it happens, and all the takes, here on Boards!

2017 NFL Draft

April 27-29, Philadelphia


Friday (Second-Third Rounds): 6 p.m. CST, ESPN and NFL Network

Saturday (Fourth-Seventh Rounds): 11 a.m. CST, ESPN and NFL Network

Link to full NFL Draft order and results: staff on air: Mike Fisher will be on 105.3-FM The Fan throughout the day. Matthew Postins will appear on with host Wess Moore to break down the Cowboys’ first-round pick and their needs for the remainder of the draft at 12:40 p.m.

Cowboys selections

First round: No. 28 overall - Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan

Second round: No. 60 overall

Third round: No. 92 overall

Fourth round: No. 133 overall

Sixth round: No. 211 overall

Seventh round: No. 228 overall

Seventh round: No. 246 overall

Cowboys second-round picks in last three years

2016: LB Jaylon Smith (No. 34 overall), Notre Dame

2015: DE Randy Gregory (No. 60 overall), Nebraska

2014: DE Demarcus Lawrence (No. 34 overall), Boise State

Cowboys third-round picks in last three years

2016: DT Maliek Collins (No. 67 overall), Nebraska

2015: OT Chaz Green (No. 91 overall), Florida

2014: No selection

Cowboys Top 5 needs

Pass rusher: The Cowboys helped address this need by taking Taco Charlton at No. 28. Don’t rule out the Cowboys taking more pass rush help either Friday or Saturday.  Oh, and the story from inside the War Room on how the pick came about, and how Dallas wants these days viewed?

Fish has the scoop.

Cornerback: The losses of Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne mean the Cowboys need to bolster the depth behind their top three corners, Orlando Scandrick, Nolan Carroll and Anthony Brown. The fact that the Cowboys passed on corners in the first round means, ideally, they would address this need on Friday.

Safety: The Cowboys lost Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. They say they’re happy with Jeff Heath starting alongside Byron Jones. We’ll see. But there are opportunities in this draft to improve depth and competition.

Offensive tackle: The retirement of Doug Free means there will be competition at right tackle. The Cowboys could find a tackle that adds fuel to that competition. If the Cowboys address this need it will likely be on Day 3.

Tight end: Jason Witten is extended through the end of the decade. James Hanna, Geoff Swaim and Rico Gathers are on the roster. But don’t rule out another addition to a position the Cowboys value. Seems like a Day 3 need if Cowboys want to address it.

Our Idea Picks

Here you go ... All seven rounds, only a little fudging!

Cowboys Visits

The following players visited the Cowboys’ facility in Frisco in April and are still on the board as the second round begins Friday night  (in the past three years the Cowboys have taken 11 players that visited their facility before the draft):

Defensive end/tackle

Tarell Basham, DE, Ohio

Tyus Bowser, DE, Houston

Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova

Jeremiah Ledbetter, DLE, Arkansas

Malik McDowell, DT, Michigan State

Derek Rivers, DE, Youngstown State

Defensive back

Chidobe Awuzie, CB, Colorado

Treston Decoud, CB, Oregon State

Shaquill Griffin ,CB, Central Florida

Kevin King, CB, Washington

Obi Melifonwu, DB, UConn

Fabian Moreau, CB, UCLA

Teez Tabor, CB, Florida

Cordrea Tankersley, CB, Clemson

Tedric Thompson, S, Colorado

Marcus Williams, FS, Utah

Quincy Wilson, CB, Florida

Xavier Woods, SS, Louisiana Tech

Wide receiver

Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State

JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC

(Sources: staff, Joey Ickes, Cami Griffin, Bobby Belt, KD Drummond, Patrik Walker, Mark Lane, Todd Archer)

Cowboys 30 visit players drafted in 1st round

Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama

Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC

Charles Harris, DE, Missouri

Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

Takk McKinley, DE, UCLA

Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan (to Cowboys)

T.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

Tweets to recent Draft coverage

Mock Drafts

Cowboys 7-Round Cowboys Mock - Daniel Jeremiah - Rob Rang - Kiper vs. McShay - Mock Muncher

Player rankings

105.3 The Fan’s Jeff Cavanaugh - Mike Mayock’s Top 100 - Rob Rang’s Top 100


Follow our staff on Twitter throughout the draft:

Mike Fisher @FishSports

Matthew Postins @PostinsPostcard

Matt Galatzan @MattGalatzan

Joey Ickes @JoeyIckes

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