The 2022 NFL Draft is just hours away, which means we are officially in the Christmas Eve portion of the draft season and the anticipation is simply killing us. At this point in the year, we have heard so many opinions and read so many mock drafts, but often the draft boils down to something really simple: who is the most talented player available when your team gets on the clock? The Dallas Cowboys will face that exact issue this Thursday.
The truth here is that a lot of the time the “best player available” is from the SEC conference. For years, the Southeastern Conference has been home to some of the best teams in college football in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and more. Over the last 15 years, the conference has led with most NFL draft picks every single year, and that streak is likely to continue again this draft.
In this draft, there is a chance that six of the top ten players selected will come from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Mississippi State. There are even more prospects that are expected to go later in the first, some of whom are favorites to go to the Cowboys at 24th overall. With this in mind, it is pretty clear that at some point, the Cowboys will pick an SEC player. So, why not see what happens if they pick nothing but SEC players?
Guys like Kenyon Green and Treylon Burks are often mocked to Dallas, but what about the late-round guys? I’ll examine that and more as we are going to go over all the Cowboys’ picks and all the possible SEC selections over the three days of the draft.
A Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft with all SEC players
Round 1, Pick 24: Devonte Wyatt, DT, Georgia
We have heard much talk about some other SEC options, but Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt is somebody Dallas could seriously target, especially if owner Jerry Jones has a big voice in the “war room” this year.
Wyatt is a big, strong, disruptive interior lineman with the potential to be the Cowboys best player at the position right away. At 24 years old, Wyatt is pretty old for a rookie, and that may push teams away from him, but his talent is undeniable.
His first-round ability is also paired with some off-field issues, but we know that has never backed away the Cowboys front office in the past, so maybe it is a non-issue for them. If their interviews went well, and they have some insight into Wyatt’s legal situation, they might just take a chance on the high-motor tackle from Athens.
Dallas lacks a pass-rushing presence on the inside, and the line as a whole clearly needs an influx of talent after the Randy Gregory fumble early in free agency. The Cowboys may feel good enough in the WR and OL depth to take a chance on a high-risk-high-reward guy, and if they do, it might very well be Wyatt.