Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Rumors (smoke and fire edition)

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With the 24th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys Select:

123. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Boston College. player. Guard. Zion Johnson. 24

The Dallas Cowboys should do what is needed to cover themselves at Left Guard prior to the draft. Just as they’ve done with other positions. It’s the way they operate. Fortunately, the Cowboys immediately upgrade the position with their first round pick in Boston College’s Zion Johnson.

Boston College’s Pro Day was swarmed with NFL team representatives and there’s no question they were there to see the interior offensive linemen.

Zion Johnson should be looked at as the type of prospect who always makes us regret being so picky about a player’s size. He measures at 6’2 1/2 and 314lbs. While it’s understood “every little bit counts,” Johnson’s tape and testing results show his size is really the only thing to not love about him. Add in the idea that guard isn’t considered a highly valuable position like QB, Tackle, EDGE or CB, and that’s how he gets to the Dallas Cowboys at 24.

Johnson is incredibly compact. He plays with great athleticism and agility, which isn’t a way you hear guards described all that often. Johnson is explosive and while he may not always move his man you can count on him to be the right position to protect his quarterback or open lanes for runners.