The Dallas Cowboys have kicked off the free agency period of the off-season with high emotions for fans. You can always expect the team to make their small moves, but it’s been exciting for fans to watch their team make moves rather than just building this team through the 2023 NFL Draft.
On one hand, the Dallas Cowboys front office was able to swap a fifth round compensatory pick in exchange for an All-Pro caliber cornerback in Stephon Gilmore. They also sent another fifth round pick to add WR Brandin Cooks. On the other hand, they’ve been able to keep plenty of draft capital to make further impact.
While cornerback or receiver may no longer feel like a day one option at pick 26, there are still plenty of areas where the Dallas Cowboys would like to add talent to.
AS OF NOW THE DALLAS COWBOYS NEEDS ARE: OL, DT, RB, LB, TE
One thing this front office needs to think about is life without some of their aging stars. It’s not hard to imagine players like Demarcus Lawrence and Zack Martin only have a couple to a few years left in them. Tyron Smith is certainly in the twilight of his career. The last thing you want is to lose one unexpectedly and have no answer.
Knowing this, the Dallas Cowboys learned a valuable lesson from last years draft. Perhaps the second round should be for healthy players who can contribute right away and save the risky pick for later.
So how with the team open things up in the back end of the first round? It’s time for us to find out.
WITH THE 26TH PICK IN THE 2023 NFL DRAFT THE DALLAS COWBOYS SELECT:
If other teams across the league let an absolutely freaky athlete fall to you then do yourself a favor and put your team’s logo on that player. In this case, following a run of desired pass catchers, the Dallas Cowboys beef up their team with a player who fascinates all 32 organizations across the NFL. Georgia Tight End Darnell Washington.
Standing at 6’7″ 264lbs, Washington shows tremendous athleticism both on tape and in workouts. Though, his playing weight was closer to 270lbs.
Washington ended his tenure at Georgia with 45 catches for 774 yards and three touchdowns.
What makes him an intriguing prospect is what he’s able to give now to go along with visions of what he can become in the future. As a rookie, he could be an upper tier blocking Tight End when week 1 kicks off. It’s his most dominant skill. What flashes, however, is his ability as a pass catching threat. He will be able to contribute through the air right away, but with development he has the room to grow into an elite weapon.
This pick gives the Dallas Cowboys an incredible blocking Tight End duo. Last year Jake Ferguson showed flashes in the passing game, but really earned his time on the field with his blocking.
What the Dallas Cowboys are doing for themselves is helping their passing game and running game in one move. They’ll get two years minimum of Washington, Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot and three years minimum of Washington and Ferguson. In today’s NFL where mismatches are constantly sought after the duo would give the Dallas Cowboys a dangerous edge.