Cowboys: Winners and losers from the 2023 NFL Draft

Dec 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA;  Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates with
Dec 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) celebrates with / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Loser: Dak Prescott

Prescott isn't a huge loser, but he is in the sense that Dallas didn't use an early selection on the offensive line or wide receiver position.

Granted, the Cowboys have a strong starting five on their offensive line, but there's a reason the entire fan base wanted to grab one of Steve Avila, O'Cyrus Torrence, Chandler Zavala or Anthony Bradford to beef up the trenches.

The lack of WR investment isn't a huge deal, but it does speak volumes that Tolbert (as of this writing) is the favorite to be the fourth option after he was non-existent as a rookie. Folks undoubtedly would feel better about Dak's 2023 prospects had Dallas not waited until the final round to add a wideout.

That said, Dallas grabbed Dalton Schultz's replacement in Luke Schoonmaker to give Prescott another security blanket, so it wasn't a total loss for QB1.

Winner: Tony Pollard

It felt like a given the Cowboys would take a running back in the third or fourth round, but the board was unforgiving in that regard.

Perhaps no gut punch was bigger than when the Bears took Roschon Johnson, a rumored Dallas target, in the fourth round. The third round wasn't kind, either, as Kendre Miller, Tyjae Spears, Devon Achane and Tank Bigsby were all drafted before the Cowboys' turn at No. 90 overall.

The Cowboys pivoted admirably by netting Deuce Vaughn in the sixth round. While Vaughn figures to make an immediate impact, Pollard is still very clearly RB1. Pollard's top competition for early-down work appears to be Ronald Jones, who hasn't had a notable season since 2020. Further, the lack of investment in the backfield puts Pollard in a great position to ink a multiyear extension.

TP is a huge winner following the draft.