The calendar has turned to March, the NFL Scouting Combine is only halfway through and the NFL Draft is less than 2 months away. Oh, and the Dallas Cowboys are about to embark on a free agency filled with sunk costs and questionable transactions. There’s nothing quite like an NFL offseason, especially with the Joneses.
However, as fans, the one thing this team will always make us pay attention to is the NFL Draft. The front office has stated on numerous occasions that they build their team through the draft. It’s a strategy that has proven successful for the team as they consistently prove to be consistent talent evaluators even if the strategy is starting to lose its luster amid poor playoff success.
With the Dallas Cowboys’ first selection coming at pick 24, there is a laundry list of candidates that fans want at that selection, the reality of the situation remains that only one prospect will hear his name called at that pick. In fact, I asked you guys which prospects you’d like the Cowboys to take at pick 24:
Often times many of the candidates are available during selection time (Leighton Vander Esch), sometimes special players inexplicably fall (CeeDee Lamb), and sometimes the team is left taking the best player available with the hope said player can potentially upgrade a defense (Micah Parsons, he says ironically)
We won’t know who the Dallas Cowboys will select on April 28th, but we can predict who they might like based on scheme fit, athletic ability, competitive prestige, and college loyalty. Fortunately, with their first pick in the 20s, the Dallas Cowboys will have about 94 percent of the talent at their disposal. Hopefully, with that margin of error, they can figure out which players do and don’t fit with their organization.
That said, today I will try to “ruin” your favorite draft prospects pointing out why the Dallas Cowboys likely won’t draft them in the first round!
Only rules for this article:
1. First Round Pick Only
2. Only picking prospects which models would reasonably expect to land at Pick 24
3. None of these positions (QB, RB, TE, CB, SAF)
4. Not picking prospects seen as reaches at 24
5. I demand you to have fun!
Disclaimer: If I say a prospect struggles with something, that doesn’t make it a liability. All these prospects are first-round prospects but they naturally will have flaws in their game. Me writing this is to point out how their flaws factor into some of the things Dallas looks for at various positions based on schematic preference.
With that out of the way, let’s start off with the talented offensive linemen!