Dallas Cowboys 3 biggest needs remaining after the draft

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There’s no question the Dallas Cowboys scratched a number of needs off their list in the 2023 NFL draft. They addressed the biggest remaining defensive need when they selected Mazi Smith with their first pick. He’s a dominant presence in the middle that should be able to make an impact in both phases of the game (albeit, the pass rush is developmental).

Dallas picked TE, DL, and an LB who we believe to be an EDGE conversion. They did a lot with the picks they had. While many of them were controversial (all top-100 were over drafted), the players themselves look like safe picks.

There are three areas of concerns remaining on the Dallas Cowboys after the draft.

The Dallas Cowboys were clearly executing a plan in the draft. They didn’t appear to be very interested in seizing opportunities and opted for their targets rather than adapting to the situation. This meant many of their top objectives were met…but not all…

Dallas Cowboys: Left Guard

The Dallas Cowboys toyed with the idea of adding an offensive lineman but ultimately felt they had greater needs elsewhere. Assuming they stick to the plan of developing Tyler Smith at LT (a wise strategy from a long-term developmental perspective), they don’t have a clear solution at LG.

The way the roster stands today, it’s up to Matt Farniok, Chuma Edoga or Josh Ball to win the starting gig. Not an inspiring cast of characters.

While it’s perfectly possible one steps up into the role, LG is still a need until proven otherwise.