After what felt like a long NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys walked away with a lot of players who need development with an eye on the future. While the upside of most of the players the Cowboys grabbed is high, there is some concern about how much each will provide in 2022. That answer won’t happen for a few months, but it should not stop the Cowboys from continuing to hunt for roster improvements.
While the Cowboys did address positions of need with offensive line, wide receiver, linebacker, edge, and depth across the board, the general thought is the upside is more of the focus than immediate help. While growing pains are expected, there are still several positions that could use a veteran as a stop-gap to allow the transition to be easier in 2023. They could wait until after mini-camps, but they shouldn’t just assume each player will be an immediate impact player.
The Dallas Cowboys looked toward the future in the draft with potential, but for 2022 they may want to look for more help while players develop.
First-round pick Tyler Smith is seen as having a huge upside, but Smith will be moving positions and does have some technique issues to work on. The Cowboys could look to add a veteran at guard just in case Smith needs more development than expected. A post-June 1 cut player could be an easy answer, but the market is a little thin. Ereck Flowers is seen as the best available guard with Trey Hopkins and Billy Price being two other options. There are some others out there with the ability to play multiple positions which could help at center and tackle as well.
Another position is defensive tackle that could be addressed. With Quinton Bohanna and now rookie John Ridgeway as the two more traditional 1T tackles. The Cowboys do have several smaller defensive tackles and defensive ends that can fill spot duty, but the size to anchor against the run is really a Bohanna and Ridgeway trait. There is almost always someone available who could be a target. Bringing back Brent Urban is still a possibility if the Cowboys feel they need more experience in the position.
These might be the two top positions the Cowboys could address, but for now, they will probably wait until after rookie mini-camps. Other positions would be linebacker depth and safety depth with some more veteran experience. The team also hasn’t signed any quarterbacks for camp arms, so there is also a possibility of quarterback depth behind the top two. However, what they will do will depend on price, availability, timing, and development.