Pick No. 229: Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech, DT
With the selection of Texas Tech's Kerry Hyder, the Cowboys would get valuable depth at both the 1- and 3-technique defensive tackle position because he can play both of them.
He had a ridiculous three-cone drill time of 7.23 seconds at the NFL combine according to NFL.com, second only to Aaron Donald among defensive tackles, per NFL.com. This shows that Hyder has the quickness and "quick twitch" the Cowboys covet.
Hyder has good size (6'2", 290 pounds) and length (33.5" arms). However, he does need to transform his body; he needs to lose some of the bad weight in his stomach area and become thicker in his lower half.
He has a great motor that allowed him to make a lot of hustle plays in college. He might get more playing time over players who are better than him because he outworks them.
Hyder has the size, length and traits to develop into a good defensive tackle in the future. At worst, he gives the Cowboys good depth along the defensive line.
Pick No. 231: Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State, CB
Northwest Missouri State's Brandon Dixon gives the Cowboys more depth at cornerback and immediately competes with B.W. Webb for the fifth cornerback position.
Dixon has good size (5'11", 203 pounds) and great length (32.5" arms). He has solid speed and quickness for a cornerback as well.
He fits into the Cowboys' trend to draft small-school players who are athletic with high upside.
He would make an immediate impact through special teams. He can cover kicks and punts immediately and make plays.
Dixon also shows some traits of a good prospect even though it was against below-average competition. He is a physical cornerback who does not shy away from contact. He is good defending the run and is not afraid to throw his body to make a play.
If Dixon can improve his hips and joint flexibility, he can become a viable starter or nickel cornerback in two or three years.
Pick No. 238: Ethan Westbrooks, West Texas A&M, DE
West Texas A&M's Ethan Westbrooks is a very raw defensive end who has the physical tools to become a great player. He has the size (6'3", 267 pounds) and length (33.25" arms) to become a force in the NFL.
Because he is so raw, he can become either a weak- or strong-side defensive end, depending on how he develops. He has a great first step but often doesn't use good technique while rushing the passer. Regularly, he won with his athleticism.
Rod Marinelli is the perfect coach to get everything out of a player like Westbrooks. Initially, he would likely just play special teams while being a light rotational defensive end. He may benefit from being on the practice squad for a year before jumping up to the roster.
Westbrooks has the traits to be a good value in the seventh round.
Pick No. 248: Howard Jones, Shepherd, OLB
Shepherd's Howard Jones was a dominant player at times in Division II. He has elite athleticism and explosiveness to go along with his slight size (6'2", 235 pounds).
He has great length (34.125" arms) to keep blockers from getting into his body. He is a bit raw when rushing the quarterback, but he won with his strength and athleticism.
If he adds a little bit more bulk, he could develop into a great "Will" linebacker in the future. He gives great effort on every play and does not quit.
He can play sideline-to-sideline and has the smarts to take good angles on the ball-carrier, which is a must for an outside linebacker in the Cowboys scheme.
Jones' length and athleticism make him an enticing possibility in the seventh round.
Pick No. 251: Kirby Van Der Kamp, Iowa State, Punter
With Chris Jones having an average season, the Cowboys may decide to bring in some competition for him. Since the Cowboys have six seventh-round picks, they may use the later ones as a way to get players they would normally target in undrafted free agency.
Kirby Van Der Kamp would be a good option for the Cowboys.
He averaged 41.6 yards per punt as a senior at Iowa State. He also has good enough athleticism just in case the Cowboys want to use any fake punts. He was 7-of-7 on fourth-down conversions in college.
Van Der Kamp gives Chris Jones some competition at punter and could potentially upgrade the position.
Pick No. 254: Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma, CB
Oklahoma's Aaron Colvin was projected to be a top-100 pick going into the Senior Bowl. However, a torn ACL during his time in Mobile, Alabama has dropped his stock.
His torn ACL puts his ability to contribute this year in jeopardy. He would likely be a candidate for the PUP list and maybe injured reserve after that.
However, he does bring a good skill set whenever he can get back on the field. He is a good zone corner who plays well in space.
He has good speed and quickness to play the slot as well. He is a great blitzer who uses angles and quickness to get to the quarterback.
He is another player who brings special teams value in both punt and kick coverage.
With Colvin likely redshirting his rookie year, he can contribute a lot in his second year.