3 positional needs Cowboys can fill with remaining 2022 NFL Draft prospects
Rounds 1, 2, and 3 of the 2022 NFL Draft are in the books and the Dallas Cowboys have filled three very important positional needs. In the first round, the Cowboys addressed the offensive line with Tulsa OT Tyler Smith. In Round 2, America’s Team added an edge to help fill the void of Randy Gregory in Ole Miss DE Sam Williams. In the third round, Dallas secured more wide receiver depth with South Alabama’s Jalen Tolbert.
After hearing from Jerry and Stephen Jones, all three of these players were clearly favorites for Dallas. Once again, the front office is sticking to its big board. With 105 players off the board, who is left for the Cowboys to look at? More importantly, which players are still available who can fill the remaining gaps in the roster? That’s what we will look at in this article.
Based on the best players available and the needs of the Cowboys roster, we have selected three of the remaining prospects that Dallas should consider in Rounds 4-7 tomorrow. As a reminder (assuming no trades happen), the Cowboys currently hold the 129th (Round 4), 155th (Round 5), 167th (Round 5), 176th (Round 5), 178th (Round 5), and 193rd (Round 6) picks as their final six selections for this year’s draft. Obviously, these names won’t be available for much longer, but it will be interesting to see who Dallas ends up selecting.
3 remaining 2022 NFL Draft prospects the Cowboys can select to fill positional needs
3. Perrion Winfrey, DT, Oklahoma
According to ESPN, Perrion Winfrey is the second-best available player left on the board. The Cowboys would likely need to trade up in order to secure this defensive monster. Right now, the Cowboys currently have Carlos Watkins, Trysten Hill, Osa Odhigizuwa, and Neville Gallimore as defensive tackles. While the Cowboys’ defense certainly made huge improvements last year, their line struggled with both injuries and containing the run.
Winfrey would be an upgrade over Watkins and is likely on par with Gallimore. Also, remember that Hill is a guy who is constantly battling injury. The 6-3, 303-pound prospect definitely has the right build for the position and could flourish under the guidance of defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.
In 2021, he was named a second-team All-Big 12 Conference after amassing 23 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in 12 starts. The former junior college transfer is explosive off the line and has great leverage and length, which made him the No. 1 prospect out of a JUCO by ESPN.
Another great trait of Winfrey’s is his versatility. His size and athleticism allowed him to line up in multiple positions on the defense, which could help the Cowboys if any injuries occur. In 2021, he took reps at nose tackle, 5-technique, and more. Pro Football Network believes he would fit best as a 3-technique in the NFL, but having the ability to move around is certainly a plus.
Despite a lack of time in the FBS, Winfrey proved himself at Oklahoma. He also had a great showing at the Senior Bowl and was even named the game’s MVP after posting two sacks in the contest.