6 Cowboys Draft Targets to Watch at the NFL Combine

Which 6 players should the Dallas Cowboys be keeping an eye on during the NFL Combine in Indianapolis?

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2. Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon

Tyler Biadasz had a tough job when he was selected in 2020 — he was being asked to replace Travis Frederick. The former first-round pick, who was a star at Wisconsin just like Biadasz, found himself battling an autoimmune disease known as Guillain-Barré syndrome. He made his way back in 2019 but then retired since he didn't feel as though he could perform up to his standards.

Biadasz started just four games as a rookie but then took over full-time in 2021 and held the job for the past three seasons. Now entering free agency, the Cowboys have a tough choice. They could re-sign Biadasz, who has been decent, or they could look for an upgrade.

If they choose to let him walk, one name that suddenly makes sense in the draft is Jackson Powers-Johnson from Oregon. Standing 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, Powers-Johnson played all over the line early in his career before settling at center in 2023. He excelled in this role and is still very young, just turning 21 in January.

Powers-Johnson is the top center in this class and offers much more power than what Dallas currently has in the middle of their line. Watching him in the drills at the combine could help the Cowboys decide how they want to play things with their own free agent.