3 Cowboys players who got extremely lucky with 2022 draft results

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Dec 12, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Tyler Biadasz (63) at the line of scrimmage against the Washington Football Team during the first half at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

1. Tyler Biadasz, C

If anyone got the luckiest with the Cowboys’ draft decisions, it’s center Tyler Biadasz. On paper, the second-year center did improve in 2021. He went from starting four games to 17. However, Biadasz was far from a reliable center. The Wisconsin product had 11 penalties, was inconsistent with snaps, gave up 17 QB hurries, and graded at a meager 64.8 PFF for 2021. That PFF grade is shockingly twelve points higher than his 2020 score.

Despite uncertainty at the position, the Cowboys chose to not add any centers in the draft. Moreover, Dallas chose to pass upon Tyler Linderbaum in the first round, who was arguably the draft’s best center. Although the team did select an offensive lineman (which was needed), Tyler Smith has no experience or snaps at center. Fifth-round OT Matt Waletzko doesn’t have center flex either. During rookie minicamp, the Cowboys had Smith taking snaps at left guard (a position need) even though he hadn’t played the position since high school.

Although the Cowboys did add undrafted free agent Alec Lindstrom out of Boston College, it’s likely that Biadasz will earn the starting job based on experience. Matt Farniok is technically an option as well, but again, Biadasz is technically the top dog. Because of the draft decisions, Biadasz will likely get the starting job back, despite his talent and efficacy, simply because he’s currently the best choice available.

Farniok will give Biadasz a bit of meaningful competition, but at the end of the day, the starting center lucked out in this draft.

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