A Look at the Eagles NFC Opponents’ Drafts: The The Dallas Cowboys

A Look at the Eagles NFC Opponents’ Drafts: The The Dallas Cowboys
First of four parts.
 
The Eagles, despite the criticism they have received for their first and second round picks, feel that they have improved themselves during the recent NFL draft. But what about their opponents?  In the next four weeks we will look at the drafts of all four NFC East teams.
 
First up is a look at the Dallas Cowboys, the team that Eagles fans despise the most. With that being the case, Eagles fans may not like seeing this because the Cowboys had a good draft.
 
Here were the Cowboys picks:
 
1st Round, No. 17 overall, CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
 
2nd Round, No. 51, Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
 
Third round, No. 82, Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma
 
4th Round, No. 123, Reggie Robinson II, CB, Tulsa
 
4th Round, No. 146, Tyler Biadasz, C, Wisconsin.
 
5th Round, No. 179, Bradlee Anae, DE, Utah
 
7th Round, No. 231, Ben DiNucci, QB, James Madison
 
The consensus is that the Cowboys did extremely well, getting great value, especially with their first two picks. While receiver wasn’t an area of need, the value at pick No. 17 of Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb was too much to pass up.
 
Plus with the way, that teams are playing with wide-open offenses, it is almost a must that at least three accomplished receivers are available.
 
Dallas now has that with Lamb joining Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup.
 
What makes it more difficult for Eagles fans is that had Lamb slipped past Dallas and a few more slots to No. 21, the Eagles might have been able to draft him.
 
There were rumors that the Eagles tried to trade up to No. 16 with Atlanta, but the Falcons officials have insisted they didn’t want to trade down.
 
Many felt that Lamb was the best receiver in the draft, although Alabama’s Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy were selected ahead of him.
 
Lamb was measured at 6-foot-2 and 198 pounds at the NFL combine. He ran a 4.5 40, which might not make him a burner, but it is good enough for his size.
 
This past season he had 62 receptions for 1,327 yards and 14 touchdowns. Even though he plays in a Big 12 conference that isn’t exactly known for defense, these are still impressive numbers.
 
He can get good separation and appears like he will be a dangerous receiver either in the slot or outside.
 
The Cowboys hit big on their second-round pick with Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs at No. 51. Diggs, who some people thought would be a first-round pick, was great value at No. 51 and he should fit in immediately, if not as a starter outside, possibly being a nickel corner.
 
He is the brother of Buffalo Bills receiver Stefon Diggs, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings.
 
Third round pick Neville Gallimore, defensive tackle from Oklahoma, should add much needed defensive line depth, while fourth rounder Reggie Robinson II, the corner from Tulane, should do the same in the secondary.
 
Another player down the road who could be a main contributor the Cowboys’ second fourth round pick Tyler Biadasz, the center from Wisconsin. With Pro Bowl center Travis Frederick retiring, Biadasz, who won the Rimington Award as the nation’s best college center, should eventually be a starter.
 
These players other than Lamb may not be immediate starters but they should contribute.
 
Dallas, which has underachieved for so long, at least on paper seems to have improved and had the best draft in the NFC East.

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