With the 166th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select …
Chigoziem Okonkwo, Tight End – Maryland
Height: 6’3″ Weight: 250lbs
Career Stats: 77 receptions, 717 receiving yards, 9.3 yards per catch, 8 receiving touchdowns, 2 rushing touchdowns
Dalton Schultz is going to have a lot of money thrown at him this offseason and there’s a very good chance he could leave in free agency. Blake Jarwin lost his starting spot to Schultz due to his injuries and production, so it’s hard to see the Cowboys going back to Jarwin. The options are to sign a free agent or draft a tight end. The latter is, of course, the cheaper option. Just like the safeties in this draft, there are enough tight ends to find help later in the draft.
Okonkwo is a tough, in-line blocking tight end who is still developing as a pass-catcher. Don’t let that fool you, though. His speed and break-away ability were constantly on display during his time in Maryland. The Cowboys would be able to develop him while still keeping him on the field on running plays. Win-win.
Previous Pick: Greg Dulcich, Tight End – UCLA
NFL Draft Comparison: David Njoku
With the 175th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select …
Otito Ogbonnia, Defensive Tackle – UCLA
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 320lbs
Career Stats: 76 total tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 6 passes defended
The Cowboys need another monster in the middle of their defense that can handle double teams in the running game. Ogbonnia could be that monster to play alongside last year’s draft pick Quinton Bohanna on early rushing downs. Ogbonnia is quick off the ball and does a very good job of using his size and strength to hold his blocks, allowing linebackers to make plays in the running game if he’s unable to. He’s also shown that he can get to the quarterback on occasion or push the pocket enough to collapse it.
The Cowboys did a good job of bringing in bodies to help in the running game but they need to continue to build up that defensive line in order to have a good rotation of players that can keep them from giving us big plays on the ground.
Previous Pick: Nick Cross, Safety – Maryland
NFL Draft Comparison: Michael Pierce