Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft: Following the breadcrumbs (Final Edition)

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The Dallas Cowboys… Trade Back!

I firmly believe the Dallas Cowboys want to trade back early in the draft. If they can find a willing partner at 26, they’ll do it. If not, look for them to revisit the idea at Pick 58 and again at 90. The Cowboys have an excellent track record of picking up good players on Day 3 and want to add picks in a big way.

Dropping back a couple spots for an extra fourth would be seen as a big win. Starting caliber TEs and RBs will be swimming in that pool and Dallas has needs for each.

The trade with New England gets them potentially an extra starter.

Round 4, Pick 107: Brenton Strange, TE

The Dallas Cowboys don’t like jumping out of the top-100 but if it gets them an extra pick in the top of the fourth round, it could be worth it. Stephen Jones recently discussed the depth of the TE class and how rounds 3-4 could offer value for those patient enough to wait for it.

Brenton Strange isn’t just a player in which they’ve shown interest but he plays a position Dallas is hunting. Dalton Schultz is gone and the Dallas Cowboys want to start developing a new TE to mix in with Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot.

Strange, 6-foot-4, 253 pounds, isn’t the ideal size for a TE. Used mostly as a move TE at Penn State, Strange projects as an H-back in the NFL. He wasn’t a dominant player and his film wasn’t littered with highlights but when opportunities came his way he showed elite athleticism that make him a possible Day 3 steal.

Strange has soft and reliable hands, only dropping one ball in 2022. He can get open when plays break down showing a natural feel for the field and the situation. He’s a beast after the catch and can be used on designed screens to follow blocks, break tackles, and get yards.

Strange is a functional blocker who’s somewhat limited by his size. Yet that size allows him to be used on the move and even as a lead blocker adding an extra element to the Cowboys TE room.