The worst pick the Dallas Cowboys can make (2023 draft staff picks)

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Cassidy’s Pick: Dallas Cowboys select a TE, any of ’em

The easy answer here is Bijan Johnson, plain and simple! The running back draft class is exceptionally deep through rounds 3-4 and the Dallas Cowboys just franchise-tagged Tony Pollard for a whopping $10 million against the cap in 2023.

In attempts to be more original, I won’t pick Bijan as my biggest fear and have narrowed it down to the tight end position. I am not talking about just any one player in particular; I am talking about each tight end in the 2023 draft class. They all have flags and are all a reach in my opinion with the 26th overall selection.

First, let’s look at every tight end selected in the first round since 2010.

·       Kyle Pitts, Falcons (2021)

·       T.J. Hockenson, Lions (2019)

·       Noah Fant, Broncos (2019)

·       Hayden Hurst, Ravens (2018)

·       O.J. Howard, Buccaneers (2017)

·       Evan Engram, Giants (2017)

·       David Njoku, Browns (2017)

·       Eric Ebron, Lions (2014)

·       Tyler Eifert, Bengals (2013)

·       Jermaine Gresham, Bengals (2010)

Of the players on this list, only 1 or 2 have lived up to the value of being a first-round pick. This is not to say that they aren’t good players, but I want my first-round pick to be a home run hitter or a consistent difference-maker.

When looking at this year’s tight end class, I see a lot of players with the potential and traits of a great athlete, but so did most of the tight ends selected over the last 13-15 years.

Once you get past the history of first-round tight end selections, you then must look at the Cowboys’ current roster. Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot showed flashes of a dynamic duo with the potential to dominate the league.

Yes, the sample size is smaller than I would like but with the addition of Brandin Cooks, I want to see what the young guns have through the 2023 season.