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Cowboys "Living Right" After More Value Picks


While Cowboys fans might be "seeing red" with these three picks that have been made so far in the first two days – the Cowboys themselves are seeing value.

So much value that they just can't pass on it. And the best part, is that they are still addressing needs in the process.

That continued Friday when the Cowboys drafted Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round (51st overall) and then defensive tackle Neville Gallimore (82nd) in the third round.

Gallimore joins Oklahoma teammate CeeDee Lamb as a pair of Sooners drafted in the first two rounds.

"We're living right," Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said in a virtual press conference Friday night. "It fell right to us these past two days."

Lamb was the sixth player on the Cowboys' draft board and fell to the 17th spot. According to sources, the Cowboys landed two of their top five players with second-round grades on Friday night.

To show just how fortunate the Cowboys were on Day 2, they drafted Diggs although there was consideration for Gallimore. So to get both of them was quite an accomplishment.

"If you do stay patient and stay true to your board, things will work out for you," chief operating officer Stephen Jones said. "Truthfully, to be honest, it was a tough decision for us between Diggs and Gallimore (at pick 51). They were right there. We had some in-depth discussions if you pass on Diggs there. The depth of the draft at corner vs. the depth of the draft at D-line. If you just stick (with the board), good things will happen for you."

And the Cowboys certainly believe good things have happened so far, especially the addition of Diggs, a playmaking cornerback from Alabama.

"He's so competitive as the breaking point of routes," head coach Mike McCarthy said in describing his newest cornerback. "He breaks on the routes and then turns himself into a receiver. Having the opportunity to coach quarterbacks in this league, I know you're (more) concerned with the Deion Sanders types and guys that will take the ball away. You can play with a different mindset. We think we've got a good one in Trevon."

Stephen Jones said Diggs was "a player we liked a lot," especially after his virtual interviews with the coaches, scouts and front office earlier this month.

"He was a cornerback who can be a difference maker for us in terms of coming in and competing and helping us with the loss of Byron Jones," Stephen Jones said. "He competed at a very high level playing in the SEC."

Jones also said getting Gallimore was a "huge win" in the third round and McCarthy certainly agreed.

"He's exactly what we're looking for," said McCarthy, who pointed out Gallimore's versatility to play in different schemes. "At the end of the day, it's about the more you can do."

And now, the Cowboys will see if they can do more of the same in the rest of the draft.  

Leading into Saturday's Day 3, which includes rounds 4-7, Jerry Jones said he's hoping to continue the success of getting value.

"If it can happen to you on Day 1 and Day 2," Jones said. "I'm a dreamer enough to think it can happen on Day 3."

Positions of need could be at safety and defensive end, along with possibly an interior offensive linemen and perhaps a backup quarterback to develop.

The Cowboys currently have four picks left – one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the seventh round.

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