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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: ESPN.com
CowboysHQ.com staff on air: Mike Fisher will be on 105.3-FM The Fan throughout the day. Matthew Postins will appear on FoxSportsArkansas.com 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.
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
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):
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
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
Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
(Sources: CowboysHQ.com 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
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