The Dallas Cowboys are entering a new era of football this offseason with Jason Garrett no longer the head coach. Mike McCarthy has taken over the reigns of the franchise and the Cowboys are expecting nothing less than getting back to the playoffs and competing for a Super Bowl appearance.
In order to get to that point, the Cowboys will have a lot of work to do. Dallas missed the playoffs in 2019 after a heartbreaking collapse down the stretch of the season. While the pieces and talent are in place for the team, they need to continue adding more talent to their core.
Looking ahead at the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft, there are quite a few prospects who could prove to be immediate impact players. Dallas has had a lot of success in the draft over the years and fans should be expecting more of the same this time around.
All of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at three early targets for the Cowboys with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Cole Kmet, Tight End, Notre Dame
One need that come come up this offseason for the Cowboys is at tight end. Jason Witten came out of retirement last offseason to help fill the need, but his future in the NFL is in question. If he does decide to retire again, there is an option for Dallas to take a look at in the first round.
Cole Kmet isn’t a prospect that has been receiving a ton of hype, but he is a quality football player and would be a great addition for the Cowboys. He caught 43 passes for 515 yards and six touchdowns for the Fighting Irish in 2019. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Kmet would be a great body at tight end and could develop into a huge part of the Dallas offense.
Tee Higgins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
There are going to be some fans who don’t agree that the Cowboys should consider a wide receiver in the first round. With talents like Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in town, the team may not choose to go with a receiver this early. However, Tee Higgins is an incredibly talented player and Dallas should not pass up on top-notch talent.
Cooper is set to hit free agency and Randall Cobb will also have an opportunity to leave town. Higgins would be a great fit in the Dallas offense and would fit well with Dak Prescott. If he is available at No. 17, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the Cowboys consider taking him.
Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU
Finally, the Cowboys have been searching for help at the safety position over the last few years. At the trade deadline in 2019, Dallas tried to swing a blockbuster deal for New York Jets star safety Jamal Adams. Instead of making a big trade, the Cowboys could find their safety of the future in LSU’s Grant Delpit.
Delpit finished the 2019 season for LSU with 65 total tackles to go along with two sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions, and seven defended passes. He has playmaking ability and is a sure tackler. If the Cowboys choose to go defense, Delpit would make a lot of sense for them.