It’s NFL Draft season! Everyone is talking about who the Dallas Cowboys should select with their picks. While opinions are always mixed, there are certainly a few names that remain present across the board. Players like Kenyon Green, Treylon Burks, Zion Johnson, Chris Olave, Jeremy Ruckert, and Myjai Sanders have been long linked with the Cowboys. They also all received pre-draft invites from Dallas.
But this 2022 class is loaded with talent. At the end of the day, the Cowboys have a ton of positional needs. They could use help in almost every category. But the most dire needs are on the offensive line, defensive line, and wide receiver. Dallas has certainly had some good options come in for visits, but there are other great players out there who haven’t been as heavily associated with the team.
Could these players be sleeper picks for the Cowboys? Why should the front office be looking at them? Let’s take a look.
3 potential Dallas Cowboys draft fits that nobody’s talking about
3. Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State
It’s no secret that Dallas needs offensive lineman. In most mocks, the Cowboys are getting Green, Johnson, or Tyler Linderbaum. Ohio State’s Nicholas Petit-Frere is also a great option. Several big boards have him going anywhere between the late first round and early second round, so he is certainly someone the Cowboys can look at if their favorites are off the board.
This 6-5, 315-pound tackle played both right and left tackle with the Buckeyes. For his size, he’s incredibly quick and athletic. He could start and certainly has the ability to progress into a star in the NFL.
According to Pro Football Focus, Petit-Frere allowed pressure on just 0.5% of Ohio State’s total pass attempts. That’s a pretty impressive stat that ranked him No. 1 amongst all Power 5 schools. Although it took him a bit more time to make the starting roster than most thought for a five-star recruit, the Buckeye showed quick improvement once he earned the starting job in 2020. There are certainly more talented tackles that will go ahead of him in the draft, but any NFL team can mold this big gun into a star pro player.