The Dallas Cowboys picked Missouri Tigers defensive end prospect Kony Ealy in several mock drafts throughout the offseason, and they decided against drafting a defensive player entirely in the first round by choosing to pick offensive lineman Zack Martin. The versatile Notre Dame product should excel as a guard for the Cowboys, and he helps give the Cowboys, who have spent a first-round pick on an offensive lineman pretty frequently after realizing that they never gave Tony Romo a chance in the pocket, now have one of the strongest offensive lines in the league. Should starting right tackle Doug Free depart in the 2015 offseason, the Cowboys will have tailor-made replacement for him in Martin.
In the second round of the draft, the Cowboys are fully expected to draft an impact player on defense, and most of the focus is on pass rushing talent. The Cowboys have Henry Melton (DT), Jeremy Mincey, George Selvie, and Anthony Spencer (coming off of microfracture surgery) on their defensive line, but more help is needed. There are still a number of quality pass rushers left on the board, with Ealy being the highest-rated during the pre-draft process.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that we should watch for the possibility of the Cowboys drafting Ealy in the second, and that’s enough information to confirm that he’s squarely on their radar. After a solid first round, Ealy would be a nice pick-up in the second round. While he has holes to his game, Ealy fits best as a 4-3 DE and has plenty of upside, so he would be a good value for the Cowboys in round two.