3 biggest needs for cowboys entering the draft

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The Dallas Cowboys fell short of the team’s roster in 2021.

This roster had a lot of depth and talent, and it commanded a huge chunk of the salary cap.

Yet he failed and couldn’t even win a playoff game.

Since then, this team has gone through many changes, some because of the salary cap issues and some for inexplicable reasons.

The NFL Draft will be one area where the Cowboys will be looking to fill some holes.

Currently, the Cowboys have nine picks in the draft as follows:

  • Round 1 (Choose 24)
  • Round 2 (choice 56)
  • Round 3 (Choose 88)
  • Round 4 (choice 129)
  • Round 5 (Choose 155 of Browns)
  • Round 5 (choice 167)
  • Round 5 (Choose 176*)
  • Round 5 (Choose 178*)
  • Round 6 (Pick 193 of Browns)

There are holes everywhere, offensive, defensive and special teams, and more than three of them.

However, we will look at the three most important needs in ascending order.

3. Offensive Lineman

Guard Connor Williams is now with the Miami Dolphins.

During his four seasons with the Cowboys, he played in 60 total games (including regular season and playoff appearances).

Although he committed a lot of penalties, he was still a work in progress.

The fact that Williams has remained relatively healthy for all four seasons means he will be hard to follow, and the Cowboys are likely scouring college tapes and NFL Combine results to find one who could fill Willams’ spot. .

2. Kicker

The Cowboys released Greg Zuerlein, and he’s now with the New York Jets.

“Greg the Leg,” as he was called in his heyday, was inconsistent in 2021.

Remaining on the list is Chris Naggar who is also inconsistent.

He never found a place to settle; previously he was with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns.

If there is a second-generation Evan McPherson in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Cowboys need to select him ASAP.

Kicking is often underestimated and forgotten, but McPherson was a big reason the Cincinnati Bengals made it to the Super Bowl.

1. Wide Receiver

Amari Cooper is now a Cleveland Brown.

It’s still hard to believe the Cowboys couldn’t get a deal to keep him.

They chose to sign Michael Gallup to a long-term contract, and he just recovered from a torn ACL.

Meanwhile, a healthy and productive Cooper has left the building and someone must account for his productivity.

CeeDee Lamb is good, but the Cowboys need depth, and under these circumstances, it may take more than one receiver to replace Cooper’s leadership and accomplishments.


As mentioned above, there are more than three gaping holes in this list.

Arguments could be made for the Cowboys to also find a center, safety, linebacker or defensive tackle in the next draft.

Money is tight in part because of big contracts with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, so the Cowboys need to find NFL-ready players in the draft who can step in and play as rookies right away.

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