5 Early Cowboys Trade Targets Ahead of 2023 Deadline

Trade deadline targets that would solidify the Cowboys going all-in on a Super Bowl run.
Early trade targets for the Dallas Cowboys with the 2023 deadline only a month away.
Early trade targets for the Dallas Cowboys with the 2023 deadline only a month away. / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Ezra Cleveland

Dallas has already seen its offensive line depth tested in the early going of this season. Left guard Tyler Smith missed the first two games of the season while recovering from a hamstring injury. Just as he returned in Week 3, though, right guard Zack Martin (ankle) and center Tyler Bidasz (hamstring) were both forced to miss that contest, which played a major role in the loss to Arizona.

That's not even to mention Tyron Smith, who popped up on the injury report late this past weekend with a knee injury and ultimately didn't suit up versus the Cardinals despite being active.

Health on the O-line being a concern this early just reinforces the Cowboys' need for legitimate depth behind this talented group to remain contenders this season. That's why they could look to add a veteran at the deadline, and Minnesota Vikings guard Ezra Cleveland makes a ton of sense.

Cleveland was a highly regarded tackle prospect out of Boise State, and Minnesota quickly scooped him up in the second round of the 2020 draft. He became a near-instant starter (albeit at guard, instead of tackle) for Minnesota as a rookie and has since gone on to make 50 appearances for the team.

However, the two sides seem prepared to split after the 2023 campaign with Cleveland in the final year of his rookie deal and no extension in sight. He was also in preseason trade rumors that confirmed the Vikings were open to moving him, with his desire to play tackle instead of guard being a primary driving force.

At 6-foot-6, 312 pounds, Cleveland is a mammoth of an O-lineman who has positional flexibility. He could shore up the guard spot immediately behind Tyler Smith and Martin, but also kick out to the tackle position if happened to Tyron Smith or Terence Steele.

With the Vikings' 0-3 start, it's clear more than ever they need to embrace a complete rebuild. It'd be no surprise to see Cleveland as one of the first people moved if Minnesota does opt for a fire sale at the deadline.