The Dallas Cowboys may not be big players in free agency, but one thing they have done well over the last several years is hit on draft picks. Players such as All-Pro linebacker Micah Parsons, All-Pro cornerback Trevon Diggs, and Pro Bowl wide receiver CeeDee Lamb have been drafted by the Cowboys since 2020.
Bleacher Report went about the business of grading every team’s 2019 draft class. Their were quite a few misses but some solid additions as well for the Cowboys who received a below-average mark of C-.
The most disappointing of these Cowboys picks are defensive tackle Trysten Hill who was taken in the second round. In three seasons, Hill has only played in 18 games and logged a lackluster 27 tackles and a half-sack. Hill is entering a contract season, and with how he’s underperformed, 2022 may be his last year with the Cowboys.
Guard Connor McGovern, selected in the third round, has been up and down in his performance. He’s shown flashes, like the Cowboys’ season opener in 2021 when he filled in for All-Pro right guard Zack Martin and looked more than serviceable. After not taking any game reps as a rookie, Williams has played in 30 games and logged 14 starts over the last two seasons.
Safety Donovan Wilson came to the Cowboys in the sixth round. Right off the bat, Wilson showed what he was about by snagging three interceptions during the preseason. Unfortunately, Wilson suffered an ankle injury that derailed his progress, but he’d bounce back the next year.
Wilson logged 10 starts in 14 games in 2020, and he made them all count. Hw finished with 71 tackles, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 3.5 sacks. The injury bug hit Wilson again in 2021 which allowed Jayron Kearse to flourish, but if he’s healthy this season, expect a lot of Wilson when the Cowboys run their Big Nickel package with the safeties.
Running back Tony Pollard is without question the biggest hit in this particular draft for the Cowboys. As a rookie, he only had 86 carries but he ran for 455 yards which average out to 5.3 yards per rush. That total dipped a bit to 435 yards in 2020 but Pollard had two more rushing touchdowns and nearly 90 more receiving yards than his first season.
2021 is when Pollard showed that it would be wise to give him the ball more, especially with Ezekiel Elliott’s recent injury history. Pollard registered 1,056 all-purpose yards (719 rushing, 337 receiving) due to his incredible one-cut ability and unreal speed in the open field.
Cowboys’ offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is under a huge microscope this season. Even if Elliott remains healthy, Pollard has earned more playing time, which the Cowboys have said they’re committed to giving him.
All things considered, this could be viewed as a generous grade for the Cowboys’ 2019 class. Cornerback Michael Jackson, running back Mike Weber, and defensive end Jalen Jelks never played a snap for the Cowboys. Defensive end Joe Jackson did, but it was only for 72 plays in the five games he appeared in.
It looks BR cut the Cowboys some major slack when it comes to dishing out this grade, whether they meant to or not.
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