Our experts grade the Cowboys’ full draft class

The Dallas Cowboys filled out their roster even further Saturday with several draft picks including TE Jake Ferguson, OT Matt Waletzko, CB DaRon Bland, LB Damone Clark, DT John Ridgeway and LB Devin Harper.

Here’s how SportsDay’s columnists and Cowboys insiders graded Dallas’ third day of the draft:

Tim Cowlishaw

Category: C-plus

I still don’t think the first round broke right for the Cowboys and that Tyler Smith is a year away from being a pass protector. But the club turned the tide with WR Jalen Tolbert looking like he could help quickly, supplying TE Jake Ferguson with immediate depth in the fourth round and CB DaRon Bland, part of the fifth round, possessing cover skills that could get him on. the field quickly. Not a great draft by any means, but they got players who can support what they have in place.

Michael Gehlken

Category: A

My generous grading may draw in the teacher’s lounge. In any event, the Cowboys became a far more physical and athletic team during the past three days, all the while adding depth and competition at crucial spots. Is the job done? No. Some veterans are definitely needed before the season. But this is a very important haul of young talent to develop on the coaching staff.

David Moore

Category: C-plus

The Cowboys feel good and addressed what appeared to be their biggest needs. But too often, Dallas seems to be chasing the last player on a talent plateau to check a box. That happens when you draft near the bottom of every round. A strong draft record in recent years earns the club the benefit of the doubt, but that doesn’t mean this class should receive a rubber stamp approval at this moment.

Kevin Sherrington

Category: B-minus

My favorite Cowboys pick: Damone Clark, who won’t even play this year. Projected as a top-40 pick before surgery for herniated disc, the Cowboys got the LSU in the LB fifth. For once in this draft, the Cowboys didn’t reach.

Calvin Watkins

Category: B

Cowboys’ got two solid players, defensive end Sam Williams (Round 2) and inside linebacker Damone Clark (Round 5), yet only Williams is ready for Week 1. We’re not going to see Clark until midseason due to his spinal fusion surgery. General Chat Chat Lounge The team hopes tackle Tyler Smith (first round) can move to left guard and flourish as a rookie before eventually taking over left tackle. The Cowboys missed out on getting a tight end quicker in Round 4 so they settled for Jake Ferguson. There is hope cornerback DaRon Bland (fifth round) and wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (third round) can make an impact in 2022.


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