Finally, the time has come. The 2022 NFL Draft is upon us and the Dallas Cowboys are hoping to bring in a crop of talent to immediately impact the team, just as last season’s rookie class did.
Dallas, however, may be hoping for a draft that resembled 2020 more than 2021.
Of course, all of Cowboys Nation would like the same hit rate we saw last year with even 6th and 7th round picks getting in on the action! When you get the kind of snaps last year’s rookies gave the Dallas Cowboys, then you know you’ve drafted efficiently.
However, in 2021 the Dallas Cowboys “settled” for Micah Parsons (at the time) after their desired cornerbacks were taken off the board. Whereas in 2020, two key impact players slid to the Cowboys at pick 17 (CeeDee Lamb) and 51 (Trevon Diggs).
The Dallas Cowboys are hoping the risers and fallers of this year’s draft find themselves on the board in the exact right situation. Much like they did in 2020. Because here’s the thing about the 2022 draft for Dallas…
A LOT needs to go their way if they want to be a 12-5 team again.
Dallas Cowboys VP says the team still isn’t done in Free Agency, which could be true. On Monday at 5pm CT teams can continue signing Free Agents without the signings negating the compensatory pick formula.
In this final 2022 mock draft, the Dallas Cowboys deal with risers and fallers
In other words, the Dallas Cowboys may be changing strategy in a minor way. Rather than filling the gaps pre draft as they tend to do, in 2022 we may see them draft and fill holes they weren’t able to properly address. And do so without losing comp picks they are set to receive in exchange for the departure of Randy Gregory and Cedrick Wilson.
So today, the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to draft the best player available early, while staying true to their board when addressing needs in the middle and late rounds.