Now that Dallas Cowboy fans are ranting and raving about what an abysmal draft their team is having (shades of many following the Micah Parsons selection in 2021) it’s finally time for the team to take their guard.
First let’s pose a question.
How large is the gap between first round projected guards Zion Johnson and Kenyon Green from the rest of the pack? Are those two worlds better than Sean Rhyan from UCLA? Ed Ingram of LSU? The honest truth is there’s a slew of other names the Dallas Cowboys could select at guard right here in the third round.
Are those players mentioned going to be upgrades over Connor Williams and capable of fending off Connor McGovern for the starting LG spot? After seeing McGovern be inserted only to be benched just as quickly I’m willing to bet any of the options in the top 100 picks will be the Dallas Cowboys starter.
With the 88th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
Can Georgia Bulldog lineman Jamaree Salyer be better than Connor and Connor? Come on. Out of the gate, maybe, maybe not. But in development he absolutely can. Did we see 2021? It wouldn’t take a world mover to improve this offensive line.
Now for the twist.
The Dallas Cowboys front office has expressed hints of being pleased with how 2nd year OL Josh Ball and Matt Farniok are progressing, so finding the one starter may be good enough with depth already on the roster.
Until the 2021 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys have demanded the offense to shoulder too much of the load while hoping the defense can be “good enough.”
Read that last sentence again. If it bugs, it should. “Good enough” is exactly how this front office has treated the defense for years. If it wouldn’t be acceptable to treat the offense in like fashion then why is it tolerable for the defense?
Answer: It isn’t.
Many are certainly exhausted from the one of two scenarios that seem to constantly play out at season’s end:
Needing to come from behind in vital games or the defense needing to get a big stop to win. Too often, neither turns out in the Cowboys favor.
For several years the Dallas Cowboys accepted mediocrity on defense. No more.
2021 proved to be the point in which this front office can look at each other and say “let’s ride the momentum Dan Quinn has gifted us. Let’s bring back the Dooms Day Defense.”