With the Super Bowl officially over, it is never too early to think about where the Dallas Cowboys might go with their first-round selection.
The 2023 NFL Draft will officially start on Thursday, April 27, and continue until Saturday, April 29. The Cowboys’ first pick will come 26th overall after making it to the Divisional Round and finishing with a regular season record of 12-5.
The Cowboys, as of now, will have a total of six picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, one selection in every round but in the sixth. They could also gain compensatory picks for the loss of Randy Gregory, Connor Williams, and Cedrick Wilson Jr.
Dallas will look to continue their first-round hits with the 26th selection this offseason. The Cowboys have drafted Tyler Smith, Micah Parsons, and CeeDee Lamb over the past three years in the first round and that early pick success goes back even further than that.
Since 2013, the Cowboys have drafted a Pro Bowler with seven of their past nine first-round selections — Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Byron Jones, Ezekiel Elliott, Leighton Vander Esch, Lamb, and Parsons.
Only Taco Charlton and Smith have not made a Pro Bowl in their careers, but the latter had an impressive rookie season and showed a ton of promise in his first year.
There’s no doubt that the Cowboys have had a ton of success drafting in the first round. This year, Dallas could choose to go a lot of different routes with the 26th overall pick: cornerback, wide receiver, defensive tackle, or even offensive lineman.
3 draft prospects that the Cowboys could target in first round
3. O’Cyrus Torrence, OG
For the past decade-plus, the Cowboys have placed an emphasis on bolstering their offensive line. First-round selections of Smith, Martin, Frederick, and Tyron Smith show just that.
But don’t think taking one in the first round is out of the question for the Cowboys, especially if a player like O’Cyrus Torrence is staring them in the face at 26th overall.
Torrence played three seasons at Louisiana before transferring to Florida in his final college season. At Florida, he was widely regarded as one of the best guards in the nation, especially in the run game.
According to PFF, Torrence finished the season with a 91.7 run-blocking grade. That grade ranked number one amongst all guards in Power 5 conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC, and Pac 12.
The Cowboys love taking offensive linemen early and he might perfectly fit their scheme, a team that loves to establish the run.
Even with the Cowboys changing things offensively, their new offensive linemen coach (Mike Solari) has a history of creating great run-blocking schemes for big plays. At 6-foot-5, 347 pounds, Torrence would be a great fit.
ESPN ranks Torrence as the best guard in the 2023 class.