The Safety and Linebacker Rooms are quite empty, the offense line needs fresh blood. The Defensive Ends and Wide Receivers in question on who Returns and who stays – and the No. 1 Tight End likely to be paid elsewhere. With a busy free agency for coming up for Dallas, I tried to go BPA as much as possible with keeping the needs in mind.
Cowboys 7 Round Mock Draft
By El Schungo
Round 1 Pick 24 Guard Kenyon Green Texas A&M
The 6’4 325 pound Aggie has played at both Guard positions and Left Tackle and offers elite strength and amazing quickness for his size. Already a dominant run blocker, his pass blocking technique needs development. His strength and anchor will help him to stand his ground. Greene has the talent to be a starting left Guard from day one and offers talent to be developed at Tackle as well.
Round 2 Pick 56 DE Drake Jackson. USC
Round 2 was the toughest pick in this mock, some good prospects were picked just before Dallas was on the clock. With Gregory and Armstrong probably departing in free agency, the best Player available at 56 could also fill a need. The 6’4 250 lbs former Trojan has long arms and a great bend and seems to fit the LEO role that Dan Quinn likes in Dallas defense scheme. The 4 year starter produced 6 sacks and 17 QB hurries in 2021. He has a great closing speed (4.5 40y time at college) and can play with his his hand in the dirt or as a standup Edge.
Round 3 Pick 88 WR Alec Pierce. Cincinnati
I have the feeling that Dallas will go after a WR on day two. In my mock draft the value was better in round three with Pierce. He offers 6’3 size with a 4.39 speed, which makes him an ideal outside receiver. He is most comfortable in deep and mid ranges, where he shows sound route running and good adjustments vs zone. For the Bearcats, he was the go to guy for QB Ridder and hauled in a lot of 50/50 balls. I believe he can start as outside WR2 or big slot from day one.
Round 4 Pick 127 Linebacker Darrian Beavers Cincinnati
The physical, hard hitting LB is an excellent run defender and as a former high school safety he is also sound dropping in zone in coverage.
Round 4 Pick 166 Tight End Jake Ferguson. Wisconsin
All Around Tight end that can block Linebacker and is a reliable Red Zone target. He often was the security blanket for the Badgers’ QBs making contested catches with soft hands and therefore moving the chains. He showed great competitiveness at Senior Bowl.
Round 5 Pick 175 Safety Verone McKinley. Oregon
Nicknamed “the General” by his Oregon teammates, this playmaking safety is a steal if he is available in round 5. His Leadership and football IQ make him a desirable pick. Despite being a hard hitter he has to clean up his angles and wrap up tackles better. His ball production in 21 turned the eyes of scouts and he could be a core special teamer from day one and see the field as a back Safety soon
Round 6 Pick WR Velus Jones Jr. Tennessee
The speedy Volunteer has great Returner Qualities and may be used in the Slot. His route tree needs some development but he brings a lot of value as a special teamer. His run after catch abilities made him a dangerous weapon in Tennessee.