2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Dallas Cowboys draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: Dallas Cowboys Draft Analysis
2022 NFL Draft Analysis
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Dallas Cowboys Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (24) OT Tyler Smith, Tulsa
2 (56) EDGE Sam Williams, Ole Miss
3 (88) WR Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama
4 (129) TE Jake Ferguson, Wisconsin
5 (155) OT Matt Waletzo, North Dakota
5 (167) CB DaRon Bland, Fresno State
5 (176) LB Damone Clark, LSU
5 (178) DT John Ridgeway, Arkansas
6 (193) LB Devin Harper, Oklahoma State
Dallas Cowboys Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– It wasn’t awful, but is this really the draft class that can put the Cowboys over the top? There’s no real beef with Tyler Smith at the 24, but Tyler Linderbaum – even though center isn’t a big concern – went with the pick right after.
Smith is an attitude blocker, and again, he’s a solid pick, but Dallas missed out on the star prospects for the O line other than Linderbaum.
– Overall the picks were fine. The Cowboys needed an edge rusher, and Sam Williams was a decent one late in the second round. Jalen Tolbert was a decent receiver get in the third, and there were some decent fliers with four fifth round picks. However, it always seemed like they missed out on the guys who could make a splash.
– Damone Clark was a great call. The franchise has been willing to take a shot at injured players or question marks in past drafts, and Clark is a shot at the stars at the 176. If he can be fine in a year or so after his spinal fusion surgery, he’s a steal.
Dallas Cowboys Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 5 (176) LB Damone Clark, LSU
Biggest Reach: 1 (24) OT Tyler Smith, Tulsa
Late Flier That Might Work: 7 (232) CB Faion Hicks, Wisconsin
Dallas Cowboys Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– Dog Dallas all you want when it comes to gagging in the playoffs and seemingly doing the least with the most at times, but this franchise can draft.
It was lousy in 2019, but it’s been strong in three of the last four years and is still reaping the benefits of a fantastic 2017 – Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott, Jaylon Smith, Maliek Collins.
– Few teams can hang with Dallas when it comes to bragging rights after two rounds – at least lately. Last year it took the gift of Micah Parsons at 12 and crushed the CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs picks in 2020. So the 24 and 56 mean something here considering the recent track record.
– It also helps that the 24 is the exact right spot for a few great prospects. The 56 isn’t bad, either, but considering a guard would do wonders, and more receiving help and pass rushers are in the mix …
– So who’ll be there in the first round for Dallas? Texas A&M OG Kenyon Green, or Boston College OG Zion Johnson. Dallas needs an interior blocker, and two very, very good ones will be right there for the taking at the 24.
They can wait for the pass rusher at 54 – USC’s Drake Jackson and San Diego State’s Cam Thomas should be around.
Dallas Cowboys 2021 Draft Picks
1 (12) LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
2 (44) CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
3 (75) DT Osa Odighizuwa, UCLA
3 (84) DE Chauncey Golston, Iowa
3 (99) CB Nashon Wright, Oregon State
4 (115) LB Jabril Cox, LSU
4 (138) OT Josh Ball, Marshall
5 (179) WR Simi Fehoko, Stanford
6 (192) DT Quinton Bohanna, Kentucky
6 (227) CB Israel Mukuamu, South Carolina
7 (238) OG Matt Farniok, Nebraska
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