With free agency kicking off, there is less than a month until the NFL draft. The Dallas Cowboys will look to get back in the playoffs with a strong class.
The 2017 season was a season of disappointment for the Dallas Cowboys. A cloud hung over the team with running back Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension. They missed the playoffs, instead of building on a strong 2016 campaign. With the 2018 draft approaching, they will look to reload for another playoff run.
This mock draft was done using Fanspeak’s On the Clock, a fun and informative tool for all NFL draft fans.
Round 1 – Pick 19
Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
Free agency did a few things for Dallas. The addition of Allen Hurns lessened the need for this team to take an impact receiver on day one while not completely removing it from the discussion. Additions along the offensive line also made it less likely the team drafts a guard. Newly signed tackle Cameron Fleming may start at right tackle and kick La’El Collins back inside at left guard.
The most glaring hole is now at linebacker. Losing starting linebacker Anthony Hitchens is a tough blow. His big deal with the Chiefs was too rich for Dallas and they must find a replacement in a deep linebacker class.
A dream scenario for the Cowboys would involve either Roquan Smith or Trumaine Edmunds falling into their laps at 19. Both of those players, however, look like top 15 locks. Next up would be Alabama’s Rashaan Evans. Somewhat of a forgotten man behind Smith and Edmunds, Evans brings all the tools you could ask for in an off-ball linebacker. He is an instinctive player, coming from an NFL-caliber defense as the leader. Evans is the perfect athlete to fit the modern NFL with his sideline to sideline speed and burst. He will be able to replace Hitchens and be a partner for Jaylon Smith moving forward. This move also enables Dallas to have some Sean Lee insurance, should he go down with another injury this season.