Dallas Cowboys complete 7-round mock draft 2023: Cowboys trade back!

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The Dallas Cowboys were pretty darn crafty in their wheeling and dealing this spring. They looked at free agency with the usual disinterest but attacked the trade desk with fervor. Dallas traded Day three picks to acquire players like Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks.

That’s the NFL equivalent of a rabbit out of a hat.

With Gilmore expected to take the CB2 role and Cooks expected to seize the WR2 role, the Dallas Cowboys have covered themselves ahead of the draft. With neither position a glaring need in 2023, Dallas has the ability to turn their attention to other positions.

Feeling invincible after those highly successful trades, Jerry and Stephen Jones are willing to “get cute” in the first round and trade down to maximize their capital. Getting an extra top-100 pick gives them an extra chance at a starter (top-100 picks are expected to log significant roles, if not starting roles).

Today we’ll be using FanSpeak for our mock draft simulation needs. They were one of the first simulators to hit the market and continue to do good things for the mock draft community.

Aiding us in scouting will be The Draft Network, The Athletic and Dane Brugler. Most importantly we’ll use consensus draft boards to gauge realism.

In this 2023 7-round mock draft the Dallas Cowboys trade back to acquire an extra pick in the top-100

Headlining our list of needs is OG, DL, TE, RB, CB, LB.

Based on recent statements by Jerry Jones, guard appears to the top open starting spot they’re looking to address.

Does that mean they’re going to invest another premium pick in a generally low value position? It might. The same question and answer can be posed to TE and RB (two other low surplus value positions with needs).

High value positions like CB and DL don’t have immediate needs in 2023 but significant needs in the near future. As the strongest positions in this draft class (along with TE), the Dallas Cowboys may choose to be opportunists and attack these positions early.

The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off for the Dallas Cowboys with a trade down with the Seahawks.