Predicting 3 possible round 1 surprises for the Cowboys

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2. Selecting a WR at 26 

Since the Cooks trade to Dallas, the talks of the Cowboys using a first-round pick on a wide receiver have quieted down. And for good reason.

With Cooks, the Cowboys have a solid trio for Dak Prescott in the passing game. CeeDee Lamb proved himself as a wide receiver one last year, Michael Gallup is expected to have a bigger role in the offense in 2023 and of course, Cooks has six 1,000-yard seasons in his nine-year career. If sophomore Jalen Tolbert can also break onto the scene, that will be great news for Dallas.

But, we've seen the Cowboys draft a wide receiver in the draft when it wasn't a necessary need. Heading into the 2020 NFL Draft, Dallas had Amari Cooper and Gallup coming off strong receiving campaigns -- both putting up over 1,100 yards and 14 combined touchdowns.

Dallas had big-time weapons for Prescott already, though, Jerry Jones decided to add Lamb with the 17th overall pick.

So, even despite having Lamb, Gallup, and Cooks, the Cowboys can easily surprise everyone and take one of the best wide receivers in this draft class. They've had top-30 visits with six wide receivers: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Quentin Johnston, Zay Flowers, Jalin Hyatt, Josh Downs, and Johnathan Mingo.

If the opportunity presents itself, the Cowboys would likely have a hard time passing up on wideouts like Smith-Njigba, Flowers, or even Johnston. It would not only give Prescott another receiver option, but another playmaker for Dallas to spread the field with.

The wide receiver position might be the least of the Cowboys' concerns in this draft. But with no glaring need, Dallas might shock everyone and continue to surround Prescott with weapons.