The Dallas Cowboys top-5 needs in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Dallas Cowboys Draft Need No. 5:

Tight End

The future is murky at the tight end position. Dalton Schultz, this year’s breakout performer, is a free agent. We know the Dallas Cowboys would like to keep the 25-year-old Stanford product, we just don’t know if they’re willing to pony up the cash to make it happen.

Schultz put himself in position to garner quite the payday this March. His future in Dallas at this point looks like a 50/50 proposition even if they cut bait with Blake Jarwin. Jarwin counts $6.25 million against the cap next season which we can all agree is too much for a TE2. It’s safe to say at least one of the two TEs has to go and there’s a chance both are playing for a different team next September.

Dallas Cowboys free agent TEs: Dalton Schultz

As you can see, in just about any scenario tight end is a need in the draft for the Dallas Cowboys.

The cupboards aren’t completely bare for the Dallas Cowboys, though. They like Sean McKeon quite a bit and have been happy with his development down the roster. A blocking specialist, McKeon could take a leap up to TE2 next season depending what happens to the two guys above him on the depth chart.

Tight end is a notoriously slow-developing position. It takes time to become a good NFL TE (see also Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz) and the Dallas Cowboys need to bring in someone today that they can lean on tomorrow.