2023 draft picks Cowboys already regret making (and who they should’ve picked)

If the Dallas Cowboys had a re-do on the 2023 NFL Draft, they might have decided to switch out three of their picks for these rookie standouts
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams
Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams / Harry How/GettyImages
3 of 3

Cowboys should have taken Puka Nacua over Viliami Fehoko, Jr.

One thing Dallas has plenty of is defensive ends. They currently have DeMarcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong, Dante Fowler, and Sam Williams. As if that wasn't enough, they also have been putting Micah Parsons on the edge more often.

That's why it was a bit of a head-scratcher when they used their fourth-round pick (No. 129 overall) on Viliami Fehoko, Jr. from San Jose State. Dallas does want to use him inside as a three-technique but even so, Chancey Golston already operates incredibly well in this role behind starter Osa Odighizuwa Again, this wasn't a bad pick but it felt as though they were adding depth where it wasn't a major need.

They did, however, have a need at wide receiver.

CeeDee Lamb is clearly their No. 1 wideout and Brandin Cooks finally broke through in Week 6. But outside of that, there's a lot to be desired in the receiving corps.

Michael Gallup no longer looks like the player we saw prior to his knee injury in 2021 and has caught just 18 of the 32 targets Dak Prescott has forced his way. This past week, he even had several drops including one that would have gone for a touchdown. Jalen Tolbert has been better this year than in 2022 but he's still only caught seven passes for 71 yards.

Meanwhile, Puka Nacua from Stanford has already surpassed the output Gallup has had over his past 20 games. With Cooper Kupp injured, the L.A. Rams turned to the rookie (who they landed at No. 177 overall in the fifth round) and he didn't disappoint. Nakua had 10 receptions for 119 yards in his debut hame then 15 for 147 in Week 2.

Overall, he entered Week 7 with 50 receptions (tied for the league lead) for 598 yards and two touchdowns. He's also a big target at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds which is something this offense needs.

Dallas has the 19th highest passingoffense this season third highest defense when it comes to stopping the pass. Their offense is clearly holding them back which is why it would have made more sense to aim for a diamond in the rough such as Nacua on Day 3 rather than Fehoko.

More Dallas Cowboys news and analysis