With the 56th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
It’s called the Smoke and Fire Mock Draft for a reason. Because where there’s smoke, well you know the rest. There’s plenty of smoke from last week surrounding Ole Miss Defensive End Sam Williams.
When a video clip came out during Pro Day at Ole Miss of Dallas Cowboy’s Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn working hands on with Williams many felt it dropped a big hint at their desire to add an EDGE but more so, perhaps their love for the player. The one hole that can be poked in this way of thinking is this could just be Dan Quinn’s personality and way of doing things with any player. Truth be told, Quinn really can’t help himself and it’s part of why he’s beloved.
Williams brings burst off the snap plus speed. He shows promise with his power, but needs to learn the minutia of the position. The idea is Parsons’ speed on one side plus Williams speed on the other creates pressure and panic. Not bad thinking at all.
With the 88th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys Select:
This is less about any smoke and fire this off season and more about the Dallas Cowboys obsession with redemption stories. They’ll love the story and the potential of a guy like Clemson WR Justyn Ross.
As a Freshman, Ross posted 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns. He repeated with 865 yards and eight TDs as a sophomore. As a Junior Ross underwent spinal fusion surgery following an injury during spring training in 2020. It was wonderful to see him return in 2021, but he didn’t seem the same. His production dropped to 514 yards and 3 TDs and also suffered other injuries along the way. It comes down to this simple idea for the Dallas Cowboys – Push the usual risk pick back a round from the 2nd to the 3rd.
Ross is a lengthy receiver with great instincts and feel for the position. Would he have been in the discussion with the top receivers in this draft if not for his injuries? Maybe. Maybe not. But should he be healthy this would be a great value pick in the 3rd round.