The Dallas Cowboys have made quite a few head-scratching moves this offseason with the trade of Amari Cooper, the release of La’al Collins, and botched negotiations with defensive end Randy Gregory. Dallas has made moves to bring in external people to help with the loss of players, but they haven’t filled all of the gaps. This team still has some big holes to fill especially on the offensive side of the football.
Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn seems to have had the ear of the Cowboys front office so far this offseason as he’s been able to bring back people he likes such as Jayron Kearse or sign players that he has worked with in the past like Dante Fowler Jr. What’s odd right now is it seems like the offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and head coach Mike McCarthy don’t seem to be lobbying for anyone on offense and are instead getting rid of talent. Even special teams coordinator John Fassel was able to bring back his punter Bryan Anger and make him the third highest-paid punter in the NFL at $3 million a year on a three-year deal.
With free agency well underway and more and more names being taken off the board by other teams, the 2022 NFL Draft becomes increasingly important for Dallas. With so many gaps to fill, it’s hard to know what exactly they’ll prioritize. For now, let’s take a look at what the Cowboys’ biggest needs are heading into the 2022 NFL Draft.
5 biggest positional needs for the Dallas Cowboys for the 2022 NFL Draft
1. Offensive Guard
If there is one position this team must fill with either the first or second pick in the upcoming draft it is the left guard position. After the departure of starting left guard Connor Williams (whose services weren’t going to be retained even if he were still on the market), Dallas has a glaring need at that position after trying out guard/center Connor McGovern. After Williams got benched mid-season for penalty issues, McGovern taking his position only proved that McGovern wasn’t as good as Williams.
This prospect list has quite a few talented guards in this class, but if the Cowboys are looking for players that have position flex, they will most likely need to take one in the first round. The front office may even need to trade up to get a player they’ve targeted.
Potential First Round Candidates
Kenyon Green, Guard, Texas A&M
Zion Johnson, Guard, Boston College
Potential Second Round Candidates
Darian Kinnard, Guard, Kentucky
Sean Rhyan, Guard, UCLA
Dylan Parham, Guard, Memphis