NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Overwhelming favorite for Cowboys' first pick emerges

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The Dallas Cowboys can't afford to have a repeat of their 2023 draft. They got virtually zero production from their seven picks, which served as a death knell to their Super Bowl hopes despite boasting a strong roster.

Look no further than the Lions. Their incredible draft last year complemented an already-talented roster and propelled their 12-5 finish and wild card playoff win over the Buccaneers. It'd be foolish to expect the Cowboys to draft three high-level starters this year, but they need to come away with a stacked class after Jerry Jones didn't spend in free agency to fill roster holes.

With the draft just over a week away, draft experts and prognosticators are publishing mocks seemingly every other day. The Cowboys could go a variety of different ways with the No. 24 overall pick, but an overwhelming favorite has emerged as draft night approaches.

Cowboys mock draft roundup: Oklahoma OT Tyler Guyton is gaining serious steam

Mel Kiper Jr, ESPN: Oklahoma OT Tyler Guyton

Kiper's logic boils down to the Cowboys needing to replace Tyron Smith. Guyton played just 21 games at Oklahoma and all of them were at right tackle. Numerous scouts believe he has the footwork and athleticism to make a seamless transition to left tackle at the next level.

Marcus Mosher, 33rd Team: Oklahoma OT Tyler Guyton

At 6-foot-7 and 322 pounds, Guyton is a physical specimen and his athleticism pops on tape. His explosive numbers at the combine didn't jump off the page, but he still tested well enough to post a 9.73 relative athletic score. That ranked 40th out of 1,330 tackles tested from 1987 to 2024.

Kyle Stackpole, CBS Sports: Oklahoma OT Tyler Guyton

We promise we're not hand-picking mocks that have Guyton going to the Cowboys. It's been a growing trend throughout draft season. The former Sooner allowed just two sacks in 548 pass-blocking saps in college. It's worth noting that Stackpole thinks Guyton will play RT for Dallas, with Tyler Smith kicking out to left tackle to replace Tyron Smith. That analysis may be misguided but it's encouraging nonetheless that Guyton can play right tackle if the presumed LT experiment doesn't go as planned.

Sam Monson, PFF: Texas WR Adonai Mitchell

The Cowboys drafting Adonai Mitchell would be a huge, albeit pleasant, surprise. Widely regard as the fifth-best WR in this class, Mitchell has elite fluidity as a route-runner for a 6-2, 205-pound receiver. Mitchell needs to learn to attack the ball in the air better and not take snaps off, but his profile as an X receiver would be the perfect complement to CeeDee Lamb, who is weaponized all around the field. For what it's worth, Mitchell had a formal meeting with Dallas at the combine.

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