The Dallas Cowboys had two third round picks heading into the draft on Thursday night. They added a 3rd third round pick when they traded back from #10 to #12 in the first round.
Many draft “experts” feel the Cowboys reached and didn’t get the best value in this round.
With the 75th pick, the Cowboys selected defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa from UCLA.
Osa played all four years in college and started 27 out of 43 games. During that time, he accumulated 27.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks during his career.
In 2020, he made the All-Pac-12 team. In 7 games, he 6 tackles for loss and 4 sacks.
The drafting of Osa and Quinton Bohanna made the decision to release Antwaun Woods an easy decision.
With the 84th pick, the Cowboys selected defensive end Chauncey Golston from the University of Iowa.
Golston is another 4 year college player. After only playing in two games his freshmen season, Golston played 34 games his final three years in college.
In 2020, Chauncey made 45 tackles, 8.5 for loss and had 5.5 sacks in 8 games. That was good enough to make first team All-Big Ten.
This is the first head scratching pick the Cowboys made according to some draft experts. Most had him projected to be drafted in the 6-7 round range so to see him be drafted in the third was surprising.
My expectation for him is to come in and compete for a rotational role from day 1.
Cornerback Nashon Wright was taken with the 99th pick in the NFL Draft.
Wright played receiver and cornerback while also lettering in basketball and track in high school.
He started his college career in 2018 by attending Laney College. In 12 games there, he caught 4 interceptions and 3 passes defended.
For his sophomore season, Wright transferred to Oregon State. In two seasons there, he caught 5 interceptions in 16 games.
Wright is a “Long, angular cornerback with good length.” Those traits landed him with the Cowboys in third round despite being projected to go in the 7th round or possibly undrafted.
In his first interview after being drafted, Wright compared himself to All-Pro Richard Sherman. ”I kinda look at myself as a more athletic and agile Richard Sherman,” Wright said. That quote made it to Sherman and Sherman said that he loves the kids confidence but it did give him a little chuckle.
I don’t expect Wright to have much of an impact early in his career at cornerback. But I do have hope that he can come in and contribute on special teams.
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