Dallas Cowboys Mid-Season Mock Draft

We have reached the midpoint of the NFL season so I wanted to take a look at the direction Dallas might go this spring in the Draft.   The school of thought was we duplicate the first half of the season and go either 12-5 or 13-4 that the Cowboys free agents should be hot commodities this off-season.   

This mock was done with the following assumption:

Players to depart:  Leighton Vander EschConnor WilliamsMichael GallupBlake Jarwin (releasing him saves 4.25 million in cap space), Carlos WatkinsBrent UrbanTy NsekheMaurice Canady and Damonte Kazee.

Players to resign:  Dalton Schultz, Cedric Wilson, Randy Gregory, Keanu Neal, Malik Hooker, Noah Brown and Dorace Armstrong.

Contracts to be restructure:  Dak Prescott (drops his cap by 14 million) and Amari Cooper (drops cap by 14 million).  Additional cap space with be created depending on what the team decides to do with DeMarcus Lawrence (restructure saves 13 million, release saves 8 million on a deal done in 2024).

Round 1—Trevor Penning   OT   Northern Iowa

Outside of Dak is there a more important player on this team than Tyron Smith?  We see the team, especially the offense, take a major step back in the games Tyron has to miss.   Penning is that prospect Dallas has been waiting for to groom as the replacement for Smith.  At 6’7 Penning has the frame and attitude to excel at tackle but also the athletic ability to play guard until the left tackle spot because open.  

Round 2—Nolan Smith DE Georgia

Whether DeMarcus Lawrence comes back or his a cap casualty the Cowboys need to add another premium talent to rush the passer.    DeMarcus will start the 2022 season on the wrong side of 30 so a replacement is needed and preferably sooner than later.   Smith is play edge rusher for the top defense in college football and should push to start opposite Randy Gregory in 2022.

Round 3—Henry To’o To’   LB Alabama

With the anticipated departure of Leighton Vander Esch and the recovering of Jabril Cox, the Cowboys will need to address linebacker and a Day 2 add of To’o To’ would be a nice player to add to the mix.    The Tennessee transfer is getting his chance to show his skill on the highest stage with the Crimson Tide.  

Round 3—Austin Stogner   TE   Oklahoma

Moving on from Blake Jarwin, the Cowboys add a tight end from Oklahoma who should provide them a serious down field threat with his experience in the Lincoln Riley offense.   Stogner will be a solid number two tight end with a much bigger ceiling than Jarwin could have ever offered.

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