Unfortunately, fans of the Dallas Cowboys are all too familiar with NFL Draft season starting during the NFL playoffs. But, after another disappointing season, and with the Senior Bowl this weekend, it is time to see what players the Cowboys might be adding to their roster in the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Cowboys have plenty of holes on their roster that they need to fill, and the draft is the best place to find young, cheap talent. In this article, we will go through five of the media’s recent mock drafts to see who they have the Cowboys selecting with their first-round 24th overall pick. Each outlet has a different player, so we will break down how that athlete will fit in on the roster.
Taking a look at who five mock drafts have the Cowboys picking in the No. 24 spot of the 2022 NFL Draft
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Roger McCreary, Cornerback, Auburn
Dallas can always use more help on the defensive side of the ball, and adding another cornerback early in the draft could be a good idea. Trevon Diggs led the league in interceptions in 2021, but being able to get back-to-back 10+ interception seasons will be very difficult.
Opposite of Diggs, the Cowboys currently have Anthony Brown and 2021 second-round pick Kelvin Joseph. Both Joseph and Brown had highlight moments, but also had times of struggle throughout the year. So, America’s Team could give the secondary an upgrade with a player like Roger McCreary.
McCreary lacks the size that the Cowboys usually like in their corners, but he is a stellar athlete. The Tiger stands at 5-11 and weighs 190lbs, but he plays much better than guys who beat him in size. McCreary excels in playing man coverage and has great play recognition ability like you can see here.
He ran that screen pass route for the receiver and took it back for a touchdown. It is hard not to laugh when you see a play like this. He also had the second-most breakups when playing press coverage (20) since 2019.
Cornerback might not be the biggest need on the Cowboys roster, but if McCreary falls to No. 24, the Cowboys would be foolish not to take a serious look at drafting him.