3 Cowboys players in danger of losing their job after 2023 NFL Draft

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The Dallas Cowboys entered the 2023 NFL Draft with one of the league's strongest rosters. They're returning most of their starters on both sides of the ball thanks to an aggressive free agency and traded for two proven winners in Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks.

Because of that, the Cowboys pivoted from their usual best player available strategy and prioritized need with their seven picks.

First-round pick Mazi Smith and second-rounder Luke Schoonmaker will start as rookies, even if it might not be out of the gates in Week 1.

Third-round pick DeMarvion Overshown will get reps at linebacker and special teams, while Asim Richards figures to get time at guard and Deuce Vaughn could have his own package of plays out of the backfield.

Bottom line: Dallas' draft picks are going to play. The snowball effect of that, however, is others losing playing time. There will be competition at multiple positions, so let's underline some Cowboys who are suddenly in danger of losing their spot on the 53-man roster following the draft.

Cowboys Rumors: 3 players whose roster spot is in jeopardy after NFL Draft

3. Jabril Cox, LB

A preseason injury could easily assure Cox a spot on the final roster, but the former fourth-round pick got booted down the depth chart following the Cowboys' selection of Texas LB DeMarvion Overshown with the 90th pick.

It's fun to think about the role Overshown will take on in Dan Quinn's defense. He has tremendous range, flies sideline-to-sideline and has the speed and short-area quickness to spy quarterbacks and drop back in coverage against running backs and tight ends.

Overshown won't start immediately, but he's an exciting development project who should see significant snaps as a rookie.

That hurts Cox's chances of sticking on the roster for a third year. He played just 36 defensive snaps last season after a torn ACL upended his promising rookie year. Given he's now fifth in the LB pecking order behind Micah Parsons, Leighton Vander Esch, Damone Clark and Overshown, Cox might need to cement himself as a core special teamer to make the 53-man roster.