Cowboys 7-round mock draft: Dak Prescott traded and rebuild begins

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Cowboys round 4, pick 108: WR Brenden Rice

With CeeDee Lamb and Brandin Cooks at the top of the depth chart, the Cowboys don’t have an immediate need at WR, but in 2025 that all changes. Lamb will presumably re-sign but Cooks is expected to hit free agency.

The Cowboys will likely need a new WR2 as well as a new WR3. It’s perfectly possible third year man Jalen Tolbert steps up into the WR3 role this season but that’s wishful thinking for a 25-year-old with just 24 career receptions. Drafting a mid-round WR this year will give the Cowboys a season of grooming before they need him to be a real starter.

Rice, 6-foot-2, 208-pounds, is a big bodied prospect who comes to Dallas with 35 games of starting experience. The 22-year-old USC product has a natural feel for the game and projects at the X receiver position recently vacated by Michael Gallup. His presence will allow Lamb to work inside where he’s at his best.

Rice is a red zone weapon with sure hands and good enough speed to make plays down the sideline. Nothing is jaw-dropping with Rice but he has all the tools to be a starting WR in the NFL and should be a good complement to Lamb.