3 positions the Cowboys should focus on in 2023 NFL Draft
The Dallas Cowboys will have six picks in the 2023 NFL Draft. They will pick once in each round, except for round six where they have no selection. Their sixth-round pick was sent to the Raiders in the Johnathan Hankins trade at the deadline.
These are the Cowboys’ selections in this year’s draft:
Round 1, Pick 26
Round 2, Pick 58
Round 3, Pick 90
Round 4, Pick 127
Round 5, Pick 159
Round 7, Pick 223
Dallas’ first pick will come at No. 26 overall and the team can go a lot of different routes. Last year, the Cowboys selected offensive lineman Tyler Smith with the 24th pick.
When the selection happened, many people thought the Cowboys reached for Smith and deemed him to be a big project. But in year one, the rookie held his own. He played multiple positions on the line (left guard, left tackle, and right tackle) and showed his NFL potential in just his first season.
Before Smith, the Cowboys selected Micah Parsons 12th overall in the 2021 NFL Draft and CeeDee Lamb 17th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Dallas has seen recent success from their first-round selections and is hoping to add another impactful starter in 2023.
The Cowboys’ season came to an end after another disappointing year, failing to reach an NFC Championship or Super Bowl. With Dan Quinn staying as the defensive coordinator, Kellen Moore gone as offensive coordinator and Mike McCarthy calling plays now, Dallas is finally hoping they can get over the hump.
The Cowboys still has plenty of team needs after coming up short yet again.
Here are the three positions Dallas should focus on in the 2023 NFL Draft.
3. Offensive Line
The Cowboys have had success drafting offensive linemen in the past, especially in the first round. They have selected Smith, Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, and Travis Frederick all in round one since 2011.
If Dallas knows how to do anything it’s drafting offensive linemen early. With both Martin and Smith at 32 years old and the latter dealing with a ton of injuries over the last couple of seasons, the Cowboys can never have too many at that position.
The team could decide to bolster up their line and take one with the No. 26 pick. Guard O’Cyrus Torrence out of Florida could be a perfect fit for the Cowboys to replace Connor McGovern if he leaves in free agency.
Terence Steele can also leave in free agency this season, but the Cowboys can match any offer for him since he is a restricted free agent. If he were to leave, Dallas would almost certainly look to replace him in the first round.
Even if the Cowboys don’t go this route in the first round, they will almost certainly take at least one with their six picks. The team has gone five straight drafts selecting an offensive lineman and in three of those drafts, Dallas selected one within the first two rounds — 2022 Tyler Smith Round 1, 2019 Connor McGovern Round 2, 2018 Connor Williams Round 2.