IRVING, Texas – By now the Dallas Cowboys’ major needs are pretty clear: defensive end, cornerback, quarterback of the future.
There are other needs, such as linebacker, wide receiver, running back, but with what the Cowboys have done in free agency, picking at No. 4 overall, the choices are narrowing down to the aforementioned three.
In his most recent mock draft, ESPN Insider Todd McShay has the Cowboys taking Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the fourth overall pick and saying in the Big Ten to take Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook with the 34th overall pick.
Bosa makes sense. The Cowboys have added Benson Mayowa, who has two career sacks, after the Oakland Raiders chose not to match the offer to the restricted free agent. DeMarcus Lawrence had eight sacks last year to lead the Cowboys, but is coming off back surgery. Randy Gregory will miss the first four games because of a suspension.
After that, the Cowboys have David Irving remaining from last year’s roster. Greg Hardy, Jack Crawford and Jeremy Mincey remain unsigned free agents, but Crawford appears to be the most likely to return of that trio.
The Cowboys will be in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday for private workouts with several Buckeyes.
Picking Cook in the second round is an interesting choice. I haven’t asked around much on him yet and I know the big story around him is that he was not a captain. The Cowboys love team captains in college so much that I think they would have a box for it on their draft cards.
Cook has played in big games for a big-time program and improved. He has good size. He has a good enough arm. He would have time to learn and watch behind Tony Romo.
Like Bosa in the first round, taking a quarterback in the second makes some sense. I just don’t know yet if Cook would be on their list of guys they would want.