With a month and a half until the 2023 NFL Draft, let’s take a look at some possible first round moves for the Dallas Cowboys.
Clark Phillips III, CB Utah
This pick makes the most sense given most mock drafts have Phillips still available for the Dallas Cowboys to pick at 26. He would be a good fit for a zone system and is an immediate need for Dallas filling a hole at corner, especially if they move on from Anthony Brown. A downside for Phillips is his inconsistency in man coverage.
Deonte Banks, CB Maryland
If the Dallas Cowboys really want to go with a corner in the first round, Banks is sure to be available at 26.
Although some mock drafts have him falling to the second round, this would be a solid pick if other corners were already taken. Banks is great in route recognition and tracks the ball well but he’s inconsistent in zone and is susceptible to double moves.
The Dallas Cowboys have plenty of needs and luckily they may have plenty of options in the 2023 NFL Draft
Siaki Ika, DT Baylor
Another probable day two pick, Siaki Ika is an option for the Dallas Cowboys if they want to secure the interior D-line. Dallas could probably get away with trading back into the second round if they wanted to get Ika.
He grades well as a defender with aggressive hands and a high motor. Something he will need to work on is his fundamentals and technique.
Jaymyr Gibbs, RB Alabama
Now that the franchise tag has been placed on Tony Pollard, the Dallas Cowboys have a decision to make on RB Ezekiel Elliott. Assuming they move on, a good replacement for Elliot could be Jaymyr Gibbs who has shown he is capable of being a power back and a change-of-pace from Pollard.
Bijan Robinson, RB Texas
More of a pipe dream if the Dallas Cowboys want to go RB with their first pick, most mock drafts don’t have Bijan Robinson on the board by the time Dallas picks at 26. Still Robinson would be a great replacement for Elliott if he isn’t in a Cowboys’ uniform next season.
Hendon Hooker, QB Tennessee
Thinking a little out-of-the-box, Hendon Hooker has been linked to the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. It all depends on what the Cowboys have planned for QB Dak Prescott.
More than likely Dallas won’t move Prescott this year. However, given his contract, there is an opportunity to move on from their QB next season with less of a cap hit. Hooker, who is coming off an ACL injury, may benefit from sitting a year behind Prescott.
Most mock drafts have Hooker going in the second round, another opportunity for the Cowboys to move back in the draft and stock picks.