The Dallas Cowboys finished the season at 10–6 before a Divisional Round loss to the Rams cut their post-season endeavors short.
The Cowboys took linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with their first pick in the 2018 draft, taking the Boise State product 19th overall. They took Texas guard Connor Williams in the second before selecting Michael Gallup, a wide receiver out of Colorado State, in the third. After a strong end to his rookie campaign, Gallup looks poised for a breakout season in 2019.
Joining Gallup, quarterback Dak Prescott and the rest of the Cowboys' offense will be tight end Jason Witten, who is coming out of retirement for a 16th season.
Dallas does not have a first-round pick in this year's draft after trading it to the Raiders, who will take someone as the No. 27 pick.
We're breaking down each of the Cowboys' selections in this year's NFL draft with grades from The MMQB's Andy Benoit, as well as providing a full list of Dallas's picks, which will be updated as the draft continues.
Round 1, No Pick
Round 2, Pick 26 (No. 58 overall): Trysten Hill, DT, UCF
Andy Benoit's grade: C+
The Cowboys emphasize initial quickness off the snap more than almost any team, as it’s key to their gap-penetrating scheme and the slants and stunts that define their four-man rush concepts. Hill is raw but has that good first step. Dallas only needs him to play 20 or so snaps a game, as he’ll fill the spot left by dedicated pot smoker David Irving.
Round 3, Pick 26 (No. 90 overall): Connor McGovern, G, Penn State
Andy Benoit's grade: B+
Last year’s supposed second-round steal Connor Williams struggled to anchor and maintain pass blocks as a rookie, and he might not have the girth to prosper in the NFL. McGovern provides some long-term insurance here. Plus, if La’el Collins is not re-signed in 2020, that could necessitate Williams moving to right tackle, opening a spot at guard.
Round 4, Pick 26 (No. 128 overall): Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
Round 5, Pick 20 (No. 158 overall): Michael Jackson Sr., CB, Miami
Round 5, Pick 27 (No. 165 overall): Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
Round 6, Pick 41 (No. 213 overall): Donovan Wilson, S, Texas A&M
Round 7, Pick 4 (No. 218 overall): Mike Weber, RB, Ohio St.
Round 7, Pick 27 (No. 241 overall): Jalen Jelks, DE, Oregon
See every NFL team's 2019 picks by clicking the links below.
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