Cowboys Mock Draft 2023: Secondary addressed in 7-round mock
By Randy Gurzi
Round 2: Habakkuk Baldonado, EDGE, Pitt
For the second season in a row, the Cowboys bring in a defensive end with their second pick in this scenario. This past draft, that player was Sam Williams, who should develop into the starting right defensive end of the future. Now in 2023, they add another promising young player in Habakkuk Baldonado from Pitt, who can spell DeMarcus Lawrence on the left side, and possibly replace him one day as well.
Baldonado had a big campaign in 2021 for the Panthers, recording 41 tackles and nine sacks. He’s listed at 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, making him an ideal size to play on the strong side.
The defensive end spot has been a weak point in Dallas for years — outside of Lawrence, that is. Adding even more young talent to the mix should help them stay on top of things going forward.
Round 3: Javion Cohen, IOL, Alabama
Tyler Smith is set to play left guard in 2022, but it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see him move to left tackle in his second season. Dallas has already shown they don’t have much faith in Connor McGovern at that position, so in this mock, they decide to bring in a new starter with their Round 3 pick.
In order to do this, they go back to Alabama, where they find Javion Cohen.
Listed at 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, Cohen is a powerful player who is also praised for his high football IQ. Adding him should keep the Cowboys’ front line moving along just fine.