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Sandy Vander Esch at the NFL Draft

Sandy Vander Esch at the NFL Draft

At Stanford, Schultz, a tight end, was named first-team All-Pac-12 as a senior in 2017. While the team added Allen Hurns, releasing Bryant created an even bigger hole.

Through the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, the Cowboys have drafted for need and not necessarily the "best player available".

Witten is the franchise leader in games, catches and yards receiving.

Without Witten, the Cowboys now have nine career catches from the tight ends on their roster - all by fourth-year player Geoff Swaim. He joins a crowded tight end room in Dallas that still includes Witten, Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and Rico Gathers. In his three years at Alabama, he rushed for 1,512 yards on 267 carries with 20 TDs.

The Cowboys drafted Boise State LB Leight Vander Esch with their first round pick - the 19th overall - on Thursday night. Jerry Jones likes to compare him to Rolando McClain, a key man in the middle when the Cowboys won the NFC East in 2014.

TILTED TOWARD OFFENSE: Six of the nine picks were offensive players. He started only five games last season because of a left knee injury, and missed the bowl game to prepare for the draft.

Trades (two): Sent sixth-round pick to Los Angeles Rams for WR Tavon Austin; sent WR Ryan Switzer to Oakland Raiders for DT Jihad Ward.

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