With the 155th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft the Dallas Cowboys select:
The Dallas Cowboys will have you believe they have faith in 2nd year tackle Josh Ball. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t add a piece to provide competition and perhaps prepare for the eventual departure of Tyron Smith.
Not that Southern Utah Tackle Braxton Jones is a good enough player to replace Tyron. He’d be long gone if he were. Rather, it gives the Cowboys a chance to see if Ball has developed enough strength as a player to compete at the NFL level. If so, Dallas can also be preparing Jones as a depth piece.
Undoubtedly a measurables and traits selection by the Dallas Cowboys. Jones has outstanding length and quality feet to help him in both the run and passing game. His build is everything you’d want in an Offensive Tackle. Add in functional NFL strength and there’s plenty to work with here.
Where Jones falls down the board is with his technique. Far too consistently playing straight up. Jones has the strength but often times gives up his leverage by standing too tall. The task will be on the coaching staff to correct Jones and his sloppy ways. Despite good feet, he doesn’t always use them. You’ll find yourself at times wondering why he suddenly has quit using one of his best assets. It’s almost as if he has to be reminded at times to keep his feet going.
If the poor technique and inconsistent feet can be coached up the Cowboys may have something.