After a disappointing end to the Dallas Cowboys season, it is clear they need to upgrade their roster at certain positions. The Cowboys hold the 24th overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft, and they need to select a sure-fire starter with that pick.
As we saw in the playoffs the Cowboys had plenty of trouble keeping Dak Prescott upright in the pocket (allowed 5 sacks) and the offensive line committed too many penalties. Also, the defense had a hard time stopping the run. The glaring holes on this roster need to be replaced during the draft.
Without further ado, here are the Cowboys’ 3 biggest position draft needs for the 2022 NFL Draft.
3. Left Tackle/Guard
Tyron Smith and Connor Williams started at left tackle and left guard for Dallas in the Wild Card round. I think it is time the Cowboys look for future replacements at those positions.
Tyron Smith is still a really good player when he can play. But, that is the issue with Smith. He gets injured far too often. Smith has not played a full season since 2015, and he missed 14 games in 2020 and six games this year.
You cannot count on a player at such an important position like left tackle that cannot stay on the field. Smith has been a great Cowboy for the duration of his career, but it is time for Dallas to look towards the future.
For Connor Williams, he is a penalty machine. Williams committed 11 holding penalties this season, which led the NFL. These penalties derailed several Cowboys drives, and it cost them once again in the Wild Card round.
The Cowboys must raise the standard amongst the players and not allow someone who commits that many penalties to be a starter. Luckily for Dallas, Williams is a free agent, so getting rid of him could save them money and help them sign someone in another position. Plus, Dallas tends to draft well for offensive linemen.