A full breakdown of the Dallas Cowboys’ three seventh round picks on Saturday.
Meet Joey Ivie
The Dallas Cowboys selected Joey Ivie with their seventh round (No. 228 overall) selection on Friday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6’3 298lbs
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Ivie as the 38th overall defensive tackle prospect in this year’s draft.
The skinny: Ivie has had a rough go of it in his personal life, but was able to succeed on the field none the less. His sister nearly passed away in a car accident in 2015, and his brother was forced to quit football due to a medical condition. Still, Ivie succeeded on the field.
What Cowboys are getting: Ivie is a high-character guy with limited measurables at the NFL level. He does possess a very high motor, which the Cowboys want in their defensive linemen, and has a good punch at the line. He also has quick hands and can work his way off of blocks fairly well.
Where Ivie has his shortcomings is in his lower body strength and athleticism. He relies too much on his will and motor to get after the passer, and doesn’t yet have the speed and quickness needed to get after the quarterback at high-level.
Undoubtedly, Ivie will be another developmental prospect for the Cowboys on the defensive line. If he can gain some strength, he could be a viable backup/rotation level player along the line in time.
Grades: CBSSPorts.com gave Dallas a D for the selection of Ivie in the seventh round
Galatzan’s Take: I don’t necessarily have a problem with the selection of Ivie here. Dallas has been active in retooling their secondary in the later rounds, so taking a flier on a high character, high motor guy at this stage is fine. I do think there were better value players on the board at this point, like Malachi Dupre or Isiah Ford, but if Dallas sees something they like in him as a 1-tech guy, then that’s fine.
Overall Grade: C-
Meet Noah Brown
The Dallas Cowboys selected Noah Brown with their seventh round (No. 239 overall) selection on Friday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6’2 222 lbs
Rankings: CBSSports.com ranks Brown as the number 200 overall prospect, as well as the 27th overall wide receiver in this year’s class. He was projected as a 5th-6th round pick.
The skinny: Brown is an uber-talented third-year sophomore prospect out of Ohio State who never really reached his full potential while with the Buckeyes. He had a coming-out party against Oklahoma at the beginning of this season, with four of his five catches going for touchdowns, and was on the national radar ever since. Brown also earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in his final season.
What Cowboys are getting: Dallas is getting a physically gifted receiver with a high ceiling at a valuable part of this year’s draft. He has a strong body and strong hands and can push around smaller defensive backs at will, and can win battles in press coverage consistently. Brown also enjoys run-blocking, and does it at a particularly high level, despite his relative inexperience.
Brown runs a 4.56 40-yard dash, a 4.33 shuttle, had 19 bench press reps, and had a 7.07 on the cone drill. In his one full year of work at Ohio State, he pulled in 32 receptions for 402 yards and seven touchdowns.
He could project as an H-back at the NFL level, but Brown has all the physical tools to be a promising prospect at the NFL level. However, whichever position he ends up playing, he will be a dangerous red zone prospect from the start. In Dallas, he'll need to push Andy Jones and maybe even Brice Butler.
Brown needs to improve his route running pedigree before he is ready to make an immediate impact at the NFL level, but his lack of experience is the main reason for his fall into the seventh round. He will bring talent into the wide receiver room, but needs to be ready to put in the work to be successful.
Grades: CBSSports.com gave the Cowboys a B+ for their selection of Brown, citing both his physical tools and inexperience.
Galatzan’s Take: I have to agree with the general feeling of Brown in this spot for the Cowboys. Brown will be a high-upside, low-risk prospect that could give Dallas a great red zone target. If nothing else, it will provide even more competition to the receiver group, which is always a good thing.
Overall Grade: B+
Draft Profile: Jordan Carrell
Meet Jordan Carrell
The Dallas Cowboys selected Jordan Carrell with their seventh round (No. 246 overall) selection on Friday. Find out more about him below:
Height, Weight: 6’3 300 lbs
Rankings: CBSSports.com has Carrell ranked as the number 347 overall prospect and the 31st overall player at his position
The skinny: Carrell provides a solid depth pick for the Cowboys this late in the draft. Carrell came to Colorado as a highly ranked Juco prospect from American River Community College and made an instant impact. At Colorado he was honorable mention All-Pac 12 in his final year, and was a major part of a much-improved Colorado defense in 2016.
What Cowboys are getting: The Cowboys are getting a solid depth pick on the interior of the defensive line, where they could certainly use some help at the three-technique spot. He was productive as a Buffalo, tallying 89 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and six sacks, with 12 quarterback pressures his senior season.
Carrell also had good numbers at his pro-day, running a 4.98 40-yard dash and marking a 31.5-inch vertical jump. Carrell is a low-ceiling player, but has a chance to make the roster and improve the talent level along the Dallas defensive line.
He is strong at the point of attack, and uses his hands well to get off the initial contact from his man. He can be disruptive as a pass rusher in the interior, but will also be a solid run defender as a pro. He also may be able to play both on the interior and outside along the defensive line, depending on the personnel and situation.
Carrell helped guide the Colorado defense into a much improved season, that had the Buffaloes ranked 19th overall in total defense, and helped his secondary rank 20th overall in pass defense by getting after the quarterback.
Grades: CBSSports.com gave the Cowboys a C+ for their selection of Carrell in the seventh round.
Galatzan’s Take: Just like corners and pass rushers, you can never have enough big bodied guys in the middle of your defensive line. If Carrell can come and provide depth and production as a back up as a late seventh-round pick, then I’m on board. It’s hard to find a lot of wins at this point in the draft, even in a draft class this deep, but Carrell, with his athleticim, might just be one of them.
Overall Grade: C