Fantasizing about “what could be” is nothing new for mock drafts. We envision situations where trades are made, and sleepers and steals are discovered, and teams upgrade their roster at multiple positions, offering renewed hope for the upcoming season. But what about the flip side? In this Dallas Cowboys 7-round mock draft we look at the evil side of “what if.”
What happens if the Dallas Cowboys fall into a self-inflicted nightmare scenario in the 2022 NFL Draft?
Things are just as likely to go wrong as they are to go right. That’s the nature of the beast. And if the Dallas Cowboys put themselves into an ugly situation leading up to the draft, they could really get burned on draft day if they enter desperate to fill holes.
So let’ set the stage. In this offseason scenario the Dallas Mavericks have conducted a handful of cost-cutting moves. And in response to those moves, they’ve only added a handful of bargain Band-Aids in free agency.
Dallas Cowboys key losses: WR Amari Cooper, WR Michael Gallup, DE DeMarcus Lawrence, OG Connor Williams, TE Blake Jarwin
Dallas Cowboys key retentions: TE Dalton Schultz, WR Cedrick Wilson, WR Noah Brown, DE Randy Gregory, SS Jayron Kearse
if the Dallas Cowboys put themselves into an ugly situation leading up to the draft, they could really get burned on draft day if they enter in desperate to fill holes.
2022 NFL Draft Resources: As always, I lean on Dane Brugler, Pro Football Focus, and The Draft Network for the bulk of my draft analysis and numbers. I watch film myself (about 40% done with top-200 prospects) but why take my word for it when I can refer readers to these respected draft scouts, right?
Disclaimer: This is important! Just because I pick a player for the Dallas Cowboys in this self-proclaimed “Nightmare scenario” does not mean I hate the prospect or think he will bust. I’m not trying to draft bad players, rather I’m targeting good players I think the Cowboys will like.
Nightmare means the pick was less than optimal and/or carried extra risk. Nightmare means the Cowboys drafted a player for need rather than BPA. Nightmare means the player did not upgrade a position over what it was last season
With the stage set and parameters established, let’s get started…