Top-2 Dallas Cowboys needs on Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft

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The Dallas Cowboys addressed a major need of theirs on Thursday when they selected Tyler Smith with the 24th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Smith isn’t an automatic star but he has star potential and as long as he can hone his technique and cut out the penalties, he could be an asset in 2023.

But with only two picks top-100 picks remaining and roughly half-a-dozen needs to address, the Cowboys will need to get selective with the use of their resources.

Here are the top-2 remaining needs for the Dallas Cowboys in the 2022 NFL Draft

The Cowboys have needs aplenty, but some standout bigger than most.

Dallas Cowboys Need No. 1: WR

With Amari Cooper gone and Michael Gallup recovering from knee surgery, the Dallas Cowboys are desperate to add WR talent to the top of their roster. Dallas was hoping they’d see a couple fall to them in the first round. As we all know, that didn’t happen.

So we look to Day Two to find that massive hole Coop left behind. Christian Watson, George Pickens, and Jalen Tolbert all remain on the board and with the 56th pick the Dallas Cowboys are sure to see at least a couple of them when they go on the clock next.

Dallas is looking for a plyer who can play outside. They aren’t interested in a slot-only pass catcher. And speed would be nice as well. Dallas traded their only starter with sub-4.5 speed. Getting a field stretcher would be nice.

Working in their favor is their grab-bag of fifth round picks. Dallas should be able to move up here and there if an object of their affection falls within their reach

Dallas Cowboys Need No. 2: DE

The Dallas Cowboys need a frontline starter at defensive edge. As much as they like Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler, those two are more Band-Aid than long-term solution.

Quite simply, the Dallas Cowboys took a step back when they lost Randy Gregory to Denver this offseason. It’s not as simple as counting sacks and tackles like Stephen Jones is trying to make everyone believe. Gregory is a special talent who is not easily replaced.

Edge players like David Ojabo, Arnold Ebiketie, Boye Mafe, and Sam Williams are on the board right now and while none of them are ready to hit the ground running, the Cowboys clearly aren’t focused on winning in 2022 (see also Tyler Smith), maybe a long-term view is just the right view to take again here on Day 2.

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Who do you think the Dallas Cowboys should target on Day 2?