Last season many around the league thought that the Dallas Cowboys were going to try and reunite two former college teammates from Alabama by drafting Patrick Surtain II to play with Trevon Diggs. Luckily for the Cowboys, Surtain was taken ahead of them and the Cowboys got Micah Parsons.
Some people, who are now biting their tongue, even complained about Parsons and said he was a bad pick. Clearly, that wasn’t the case. Could the Cowboys look to try and reunite former teammates again this season by bringing in players at positions of need to play with their former college teammate? If they decide to, there are quite a few players that could come in and help this team.
This series is going to start highlighting some players who are currently on the Cowboys roster that could be excited to see a familiar face or two drafted by the Cowboys in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. We will get to see most of these players in the 2022 NFL Combine later this month.
So, let’s kick this series off by starting with the Cowboys’ former first-round pick in Micah Parsons. Here are a few Penn State draft hopefuls that could join Parsons in Dallas.
4 Penn State prospects with ties to Micah Parsons that the Cowboys should consider
4. Brandon Smith, Linebacker
Height 6’3, Weight 239lbs
Draft Projection: Day 2
Career Stats: 132 total tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 6 passes defended, 1 forced fumble
Out of this entire group, Smith could be someone the Cowboys would have to target early if they wanted to secure his services. Smith is seen by many as an early day two draft pick. Thanks to his athletic ability, he can play sideline-to-sideline and be effective in the running game. He also has the ability to drop back and cover in space.
Targeting Smith would really put a smile on Parsons’ face. If Dallas still wants to move Parsons all over the field, having someone next to him that can stop the run and drop back into coverage (just like Parsons) would make the game even more fun for him.
Smith does have one issue to his game and that’s his inability to disengage from offensive linemen who are able to get their hands on him. He does a good job of using his speed to beat linemen and blockers to their spots. But with slower hands, he isn’t able to always battle effectively.