The Cowboys draft Vander Esch to shore up their linebacker core Video

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After Georgia's Roquan Smith and Virginia Tech's Tremaine Edmunds, Vander Esch was the third linebacker selected in the first round this year. On Thursday, Dallas continued that trend with the selection of Vander Esch.

The Dallas Cowboys are feeling more confident that they might have replaced Dez Bryant in free agency, so another day of the National Football League draft could come and go without them taking a receiver.

Wilson was highly productive at Boise State, catching 83 passes for 1,511 yards past year.

"My personality and the type of person that I am, the type of player that I am", Scarbrough said about his strengths. They used a first-round pick (19th overall) on Boise State's Leighton Vander Esch.

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The Cowboys now do not have a true Middle linebacker as Anthony Hitchens left in free agency to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs. In case your brain blocked that painful memory and you need a refresher, Tyron Smith was out with injury and the left side of the Cowboys line was left in shambles. Over the last several seasons, it has been no mystery who the leader of the Cowboys defense has been - Sean Lee.

Vander Esch joins a Cowboys team well known for its love of Boise State players. "He's a sleeper starter who, at worst, is a great backup".

"I see Connor Williams as more likely to move inside to guard, so that means [La'el] Collins should stick at tackle".

Where do we go from here?

"I think this young man's got some upside".

In doing so, Williams heard his name called with the No. 50 pick, and thus, becomes the first Longhorns offensive lineman drafted since Tony Hills in 2008.