Yesterday was the first round of the 2018 NFL draft and the Dallas Cowboys chose to beef up their defense by selecting a linebacker.

Leighton Vander Esch out of Boise State University was the 19th pick in the first round, a choice that surprised some people who thought the team would go after a wide receiver since Dez Bryant was released recently.

Vander Esch is a 6'4" 255 pounder who was the Mountain West Player of the Year and was ranked 5th in the nation in tackles with 3 interceptions and 4 sacks last season at BSU.

As far as receiver needs, the Cowboys picked up 2 veterans in free agency, and some are predicting they'll look for a wide receiver in the 2nd or 3rd rounds of the draft.