At Pick 26, the Dallas Cowboys are on the clock
Notable players on the board for the Dallas Cowboys: RB Bijan Robinson, LB Drew Sanders, WR Jalin Hyatt, CB Emmanuel Forbes, OT Darnell Wright, OG O’Cyrus Torrence, TE Michael Mayer.
All of the above players (except Wright) sit in Dane Brugler’s top-34, so the value fits. The top-3 WRs and top-4 CBs are all off the board. If you’re looking at it like me, you see a worst case scenario unfolding right now since I desperately wanted one of those top WRs or CBs with my first pick.
It’s time to scramble.
For this exercise, I’m going to pick three players to run three different scenarios for. Based on positional value and need and using the depth of the draft as a guide, I’ll make selections hoping the board falls right in the next two rounds.
Since time is linear, I can’t look ahead and make my first round pick with knowledge of who will be there in round 2 so I’m going to gamble a bit.
Since time is linear, we can’t look ahead and make the first round pick with knowledge of who will be there in round 2 so we need to gamble based on depth of each position.
Scenario 1: Since I see receiver as a tremendous need this offseason and don’t think the Dallas Cowboys will do much to address it in free agency, I’m going to pick Jalin Hyatt from Tennessee. Hyatt is a the burner of the class (Sport DFW Profile here). He’s an instant field stretcher that will make an immediate impact on the Dallas Cowboys. Brugler has him No. 22 on his big board so smarter people than me are even calling this a steal. I’m feeling good.
Scenario 2: I’ll select Bijan Robinson. Not that I want a running back in the first round or see an immediate need (I’m assuming TP is playing on a franchise tag in 2023) but because the Dallas Cowboys value the position and frankly, Bijan is a special talent. This leaves me desperate for help at CB and WR but I’m going to roll the dice.
Scenario 3: I’ll take OG O’Cyrus Torrence. Mayer is the top ranked based on Brugler’s ratings but based on the past, I believe Dallas feels TE is a position they can hit later with a high degree of success. Torrence ranks 28 on Brugler’s list and he fits an immediate need at LG. Forbes, Cam Smith, and Kelee Ringo are still on the board at cornerback so I’m praying one falls to round 2.