Dallas Cowboys: 2017 NFL Draft pick-by-pick analysis

Oct 29, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33) rushes the passer against the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; East Lansing, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines defensive end Taco Charlton (33) rushes the passer against the Michigan State Spartans during the second half at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 19, 2016; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes defensive end Jordan Carrell (92) in the first half against the Washington State Cougars at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes defensive end Jordan Carrell (92) in the first half against the Washington State Cougars at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 7: Jordan Carrell, DT — Colorado (246)

The final choice made by the Cowboys in the 2017 NFL Draft, Jordan Carrell has 26 games of collegiate experience the past two seasons. He totaled 89 tackles (54 solo) with six sacks, two fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

Carrell also totaled 13.5 tackles for a loss in two seasons at Colorado, and this past season his highest total tackle game came against USC with seven tackles and one fumble recovery. He had five games with one sack each, and against Oregon he had two tackles for a loss.

Mark Dulgerlan of NFL.com describes Carrell as a “project,” as he can make his way through an offensive line. This was a nice pick for the Cowboys who with a late draft choice in the seventh round has more upside than risk.

What’s to Like: “Potential” is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Carrell. He can make a difference for the Cowboys interior defensive line if he’s able to polish up his overall skill set while working with the Cowboys this offseason.

What’s to Dislike: There isn’t not a lot to dislike with this seventh-round pick. One thing that comes to mind is just two years of collegiate experience at Colorado. But again, this pick has more potential positives than anything else.

Next: Early 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Who do Cowboys take?

Final Thoughts: It won’t be easy by any means, but Carrell can make his way onto the roster. Having five sacks this past season and a 40-yard dash time of 4.98 at his Pro Day, I can’t wait to see Carrell compete for a spot on the roster. If nothing else, Carrell will push others on the defensive line to also become better players, or he can take their spot on the roster as he progresses in his NFL play.