3 Cowboys Draft Picks Who May Not Make the 53-Man Roster

Which rookies could struggle to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster?
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The Dallas Cowboys started the 2024 NFL Draft with a home run move. They were scheduled to pick 24th overall but traded back with the Detroit Lions, adding the 73rd pick in Round 3 in the process.

Dallas then took Tyler Guyton at No. 29, filling one of the largest holes on the roster. Not only was Guyton a solid selection, but he could have been the choice at No. 24 and that would have been a win.

The Cowboys, however, managed to land him and then used the 73rd pick on Kansas State guard Cooper Beebe. A sure-fire starter, Beebe is expected to move to center, meaning they essentially picked up two starting offensive linemen with the 24th pick.

From there, they made two surprise picks with Marshawn Kneeland in Round 2 and Marist Liufau in Round 3. Dallas then found a potential gem in Round 5 with Caelen Carson before taking a few swings to close things out.

With all the dust settled, here are three draft picks who might not make the 53-man roster this year.

3. Nathan Thomas, OT, Louisville: Round 7, Pick 233

Dallas made two early picks on the offensive line with Guyton at No. 29 and Beebe at No. 73. Both should be starters long-term but they weren't done there. At No. 233 in the final round, they took a flier on Nathan Thomas from Louisville.

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 334 pounds, Thomas played tackle for the Cajuns but could slide inside to play guard at the NFL level. Ideally, the Cowboys would like to see what he can do at tackle first since their depth inside is arguably better with Asim Richards, T.J. Bass, and Brock Hoffman all showing they can play.

At tackle, they have Chuma Edoga and Matt Waletzko. That's an easier path for him to make the team and he feels like a lock if he proves capable of playing on the edge. If he has to slide inside, things become much more muddied for the rookie.