169th overall: Brenton Strange, TE, Penn State
It’s no secret the Dallas Cowboys need to add another tight end after Dalton Schultz signed with the Texans. Josh Ferguson showed flashes while Peyton Hendershot and Sean McKeon provide valuable depth, but another playmaker at the position is needed.
This draft is filled with high-quality talent at the position, which will likely force someone like Brenton Strange to fly a bit under-the-radar. Strange doesn’t wow in any particular area, but he possesses sufficient athleticism and above-average receiving ability. While he’s still in need of technical development, particularly as a blocker, it’s not unrealistic to expect him to start down the road.
212th overall: Rakim Jarrett, WR, Maryland
The trade for Brandin Cooks significantly reduced the need for a wide receiver early, but doesn’t negate it completely. Finding someone to develop over the next couple of seasons should still be a priority. Rakim Jarrett may not be ready to contribute right away, his route-running skills require a lot of attention, but he’s an effective slot receiver with a good build and above-average speed & athleticism. He’ll likely be an asset on special teams early with the potential to grow into a steady contributor on offense down the road.
244th overall: Mekhi Blackmon, CB, USC
Mekhi Blackmon may not fit the usual mold that Dan Quinn loves to develop (tall, long, and ultra-athletic), but he’s an aggressive cover cornerback who displays enough physicality to be an intriguing fit. Blackmon doesn’t shy away from assignments and will ride a receiver throughout the play, but is prone to penalties and will need to focus on his development before he can make a big impact. He’ll likely make his living on special teams early.