Cowboys Draft

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Evan Starr, Staff Writer

The start of the 2017-2018 NFL season is creeping up on us, but we fans haven’t had much reason to get excited, until now. The NFL draft  had every fan excited for the upcoming season, especially Dallas Cowboy fans. After a surprising 2016-2017 season, the hopes are high in Dallas for a super bowl in 2018, so did the draft bring them closer or further from their ultimate goal?

Going into the draft the Cowboys needed defense. Defense, defense, defense and maybe another wide receiver, that’s it, and that’s exactly what the Cowboys focused on. For their first round pick they chose Taco Charlton a defensive end out of Michigan, 2nd round, Chidobe Awuzie, a cornerback from Colorado. 3rd round, Jourdan Lewis, a cornerback from Michigan. In the fourth round, they took Ryan Switzer, a wide receiver out of North Carolina. After that, they took Xavier Woods a safety, Marquez White a cornerback, Joey Ivie a defensive tackle, Noah Brown a wide receiver, and Jordan Carrell a defensive tackle.

Out of their nine picks, seven of them are defensive players and the other two are wide receivers. The Cowboys obviously focused on defense, more specifically on their pass rushing. The Cowboys were one of the worst teams in the league when it came to getting pressure on the quarterback last year and they were obviously trying to strengthen that. They also focused on pass coverage selecting a few cornerbacks and safetys, which if you have been a Cowboys fan for awhile, you know that our pass coverage is always awful so maybe that will change…. Maybe.

The Cowboys had a great draft, getting only what they needed in defense was a huge plus, and getting Taco Charlton down at the 28th overall pick was a pretty good steal. All of their picks I was happy with (especially getting Ryan Switzer in the fourth round). The Cowboys seem to have finally figured out this drafting thing with last years’ lottery of a draft and this years draft looking good so far, us fans have another reason to look forward to a Cowboys Super Bowl in 2018. Although we will not know until this new draft class hits the field.