The Cowboys 2020 draft class includes seven selections, including four on Saturday: cornerback Reggie Robinson, center Tyler Biadasz, defensive end Bradlee Anae and quarterback Ben DiNucci.
What choice was most impressive? Staff debates at DallasCowboys.com.
Mickey Spagnola: This one is an easy one for me, and maybe the only time in this NFL draft in 2020, the Cowboys forced the question to a position of need. . . Tyler Biadasz center. It was definitely a need for me, and already four centers had disappeared from the table in the last 154 choices. And it was time for the Cowboys to grab it, sending the Eagles a fifth round pick in 2021 and their fifth round of 2020 to grab the Eagles’ final pick in the fourth round and take on this University of Wisconsin clone – they hope – from the Travis Frederick retreat center. Now let’s be realistic here. Five-time pro player Frederick was a first round pick, No. 31 in 2013. Biadasz became the 146th pick. But he started for three years for a racing-focused Badgers team and was the winner of the 2019 Rimington Prize, awarded to the best center in the country. And consider this: He will be the only center on the Cowboys list when the camp starts starting in this position last year. Joe Looney, back up. Adam Redmond, reserve injured throughout the season. Connor McGovern, who has not played center since the 2017 season at Penn State and could be moved from the injured guard to the reserve. Marcus Henry has not yet played in an NFL game. Calm as it was maintained, the central position could have been the Cowboys’ greatest need for attention.
Rob Phillips: Let it flow for a moment. The Cowboys were able to draft an All-American pass rusher, Bradlee Anae, with a compensatory choice at the end of the fifth round. It’s rare. It may be a miscalculation, but other teams. Perhaps speaking of the overall depth of this year’s project. Either way, the Cowboys benefit. If Anae can emerge as a starter or regular contributor, any debate about addressing the wide receiver in the first round during the pass / secondary becomes unnecessary. Anae has stacked 29.5 bags in three seasons in Utah. It is a technical sound and it has a good turn for an edge rusher. A slow time of 40 really shouldn’t have dropped it that far. Good choice by Dallas.
Nick Eatman: My favorite choice here is to get Tulsa’s Reggie Robinson II cornerback. Sometimes you’re not just writing for this year, but on the go. And when you factor in that Jourdan Lewis and Chido Awuzie are entering the final year of their contract, the cornerback could also be a need next season. So I loved the way the Cowboys grafted on to taking Diggs on Friday, with Robinson on Saturday, giving them two cornerbacks in the first four rounds that should be able to contribute this year. Additionally, Robinson may be one of the best special team players in this project, having blocked a kick in each of his four years at Tulsa.
David Helman: Whether it is fair or not, I have developed an opinion over the years that precipitators are almost not worth writing outside the top 100 choices. The list of Day 3 defensive ends that have done great things in the NFL is relatively small. Maybe I should make an exception for Bradlee Anae. The Utah pitcher was an American consensus contender for a college football qualifier in 2019, and twice attended the conference. He had three bags in the Senior Bowl. I don’t want to expect the guy too much, but he’s a better talent than the average guy you find at the end of the fifth round. Only time will tell if his talent will translate to the next level, but there is at least a potential for it to be theft.