It's definitely too early for the Dallas Cowboys to be thinking about the 2024 NFL Draft. In all likelihood, Cowboys fans probably want nothing to do with the draft after the team's lackluster (so far) showing in last year's showcase.
That said, roster flaws have reared their ugly head amid Dallas' two-game losing skid. An offensive tackle could be No. 1 on the priority list amid Tyron Smith's continued health issues and Terence Steele's shocking decline.
If the right prospect doesn't fall to them, we could absolutely be talked into Dallas taking a wide receiver in the first. Ohio State phenom Marvin Harrison Jr. is in a class of his own and will likely be a top-three pick.
The consensus "Big Three" behind Harrison Jr. consist of LSU's Malik Nabers, Washington's Rome Odunzne and Florida State's Keon Coleman. The latter is slightly behind on most big boards than the former two, making him a realistic target.
Getting a player like Coleman would be a dream and that dream is suddenly a possibility after Coleman declared for the 2024 NFL Draft.
Dream Cowboys first round pick Keon Coleman declares for 2024 NFL Draft
The 6-foot-4 Coleman has the physical profile and play-style of a classic X receiver, which is something the Cowboys don't currently have. His height and weight rank in the 89th and 81st percentile for wide receivers, respectively, and he made some of the craziest contested catches in the FBS this season.
He struggles to create separation at times, but we're also talking about a 20-year old prospect. There's plenty of room for development with Coleman.
There will be some pushback as to whether a WR would be a "dream" first round pick for the Cowboys. Most fans might want the team to take an offensive linemen given its track record of drafting OL in round one. Tyron Smith, Zack Martin, Tyler Smith, and Travis Frederick are just some of Dallas' most recent success stories in that regard.
That said, it would be wise to invest highly in the WR position again. For starters, Michael Gallup is a prime cut candidate this offseason. While Brandin Cooks is under contract for 2024 and a fine WR2, he'll turn 31 by the start of next season. Receivers often don't hit the ground running in year one. By the time Cooks is gone, Coleman could be ready to ascend into the WR2 role behind CeeDee Lamb.
At that point, the ascending Jalen Tolbert could slot in as WR3, with 2023 seventh-round pick Jalen Brooks, whom the Cowboys seemingly are bullish on, could be WR4. That's the most ideal scenario, but the point remains: Coleman would be a dream get for Dallas, especially if none of their preferred OL prospects fall.
If Coleman falls on draft boards because of his separation percentage, the Cowboys might end up with a game-changing player falling into their laps.