We’re only a few days away from the 2022 NFL Draft, one of the biggest events in the NFL offseason. Gives NFL fans a reason to wear their team’s jersey, gather around with friends and wait for what draft prospect will be on their team. The Cowboys have certain positions that can be addressed in the draft. Having said that, let’s get into this Dallas Cowboys full mock draft.
Round One (24th): Jordan Davis, DT, 6’6”, 341lbs, Georgia
It’s been over 30 years since the Cowboys have drafted a defensive tackle in the first round. His name was Russell Maryland out of Miami and he played nine seasons and is a three-time Super Bowl champion. All three of his rings are with the Cowboys. It’s time for the Cowboys to take serious consideration and finally draft a dominant 1-tech.
That’s what Jordan Davis is, a true space eater. Davis can take on double teams which free up space for edge rushers to be free or one-on-one to pursue the ball carrier. Just imagine how dominant a Micah Parsons could be on the team with Jordan Davis in the trenches. He is also great at shedding blockers due to his power and reactive quickness to stop the ball carrier himself. Overall, having Davis on the team would definitely bring great value in the run game and as well freeing up space for linebackers/edge rushers to make plays.
Round Two (56th): Jalen Tolbert, WR, 6’1″, 194lbs, South Alabama
Tolbert is a long, lanky receiver who utilizes shiftiness and quickness to separate from corners. His route tree is limited but Tolbert has the ability to glide and make sharp cuts effortlessly. Jalen’s baseball background shows the way he tracks, leaps, and catches the ball in traffic so naturally. Together with all those traits, Tolbert brings versatility to play inside and outside as a receiver.
Round Three (88th): Ed Ingram, G, 6’5”, 302lbs, LSU
Ingram is a very agile guard for his size. He moves with ease to get to the second level and plays with power. He can generate a good pop on a defender. Ingram needs to work on his hand placement and anchoring against bigger defensive tackles. Overall, he’s a good value guard that has the potential to start year one.
Round Four (129th): Jelani Woods, TE, 6’7”, 259lbs, Virginia
Jelani is a tight end who has a large catch radius due to his size and length. Woods is a potential mismatch due to his physical nature. His long length to come down with the ball, and his versatility to play in-line or in the slot make him dangerous. Another plus to his game, he’s a willing run blocker and will continue to improve.
Round Five (155th): Joshua Ezeudu, T, 6’4”, 308lbs, North Carolina
With the loss of La’el Collins in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys announced that Terrence Steele will be the starting right tackle next season. That move now opens a spot at swing tackle and the former North Carolina tackle Josh Ezeudu could potentially fill that need. Ezeudu was a guard but played some tackle at UNC. He possesses the traits you want in a tackle such as length and athleticism.
Much like Ed Ingram, he’s an offensive lineman that is dominant on the move and gets to the second level. He needs to improve his hand placement in his block but with the proper coaching that could be minimized. Having Ezeudu on the team will help the Cowboys improve at a key reserve spot on the offensive line.
Round Five (167th): Brandon Smith, LB, 6’3”, 250lbs, Penn State
Smith is the true definition of a linebacker with size, speed, and ability to cover downfield. All traits you look for in today’s linebacker. Smith also has the skills to be a sideline-to-sideline to pursue the ball carrier. All those traits are the making of day one and two linebackers.
The faults that put him in day three talk is the technique to shed blockers due to slow hands and tackling. Instead of wrapping up the ball carrier to make the tackle, Smith settles to make the big hit which is 50/50. With the proper coaching, those tendencies can be worked on. Those improvements could elevate Smith into a solid depth piece or potential starting linebacker.
Round Five (176th): Charleston Rambo, WR, 6’1”, 177lbs, Miami
Rambo is a slender, competitive wideout that plays with physicality but lacks explosiveness. He may lack in that category, but does not lack in being a crisp route runner to make the catch. His route running helped him have big games. Rambo had over ninety-plus receiving yards in every ACC game except for one. The biggest concern in Rambo’s game is that he struggles against bigger corners in the press due to his size. But he could still be a valuable depth piece as a slot receiver.
Round Five (178th): Marquese Bell, S, 6’3”, 205lbs, Florida A&M
Bell is a safety that fits what Dan Quinn and the Dallas Cowboys want in a safety which is size, range, and length. What really stands out in his game is what he does in run support. The ability to work through trash to pursue the ball carrier. His long stride helps him get sideline to sideline. His stiff hips limit him in coverage and his height causes him to stand upright when backpedaling. Bell could definitely bring value to the special teams unit and as a depth piece as a strong safety.
Round Six (193rd): Cameron Dicker, K, 6’1”, 220lbs, Texas
Dicker, a four-year kicker out of Texas, also played a season as a punter. He played quite well as a punter, showing dual-role value when needed. As a kicker, he’s made multiple field goals of 50 yards at Texas. However, Dicker needs to work on his accuracy.
He only had one season with a make rate of more than 80 percent. Lastly in the return game, he’s a capable tackler that will pursue the returner. Overall, he’s a good value player in the sixth round. The Dallas Cowboys drafting a kicker is something that does not happen often.
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