6 Cowboys on Thin ice Following the NFL Draft

Which returning Cowboys might struggle to make the team following the 2024 NFL Draft?
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5. Dakoda Shepley, C

This isn't exactly a shocking name but it feels as though Dakoda Shepley has lost any chance of making the 53-man roster — barring an injury. Dallas didn't want to get into a bidding war to retain Tyler Biadasz, who signed a three-year deal worth just under $30 million to join the Washington Commanders. That meant they went into the draft with Brock Hoffman as the No. 1 option on the depth chart and Dakoda Shepley at No. 2.

While they didn't technically draft a center, the Cowboys added Kansas State guard Cooper Beebe with the 73rd selection — which was the pick they obtained when they traded down from No. 24 to No. 29 before taking Tyler Guyton.

Dallas isn't hurting for guards with Tyler Smith and Zack Martin but the plan isn't for Beebe to stay at his natural position. According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, head coach Mike McCarthy said Beebe will "definitely will be part of the center competition....He is someone we are very, very excited about." Beebe said the Cowboys spoke to him about this during the pre-draft process and is up to the challenge.

It's hard to see a scenario where he doesn't win this battle, which pushes Hoffman back to his reserve role. For Shepley, that could lead to a short tenure in Big D. He does have a career in acting to fall back on since he played Omega Red in Deadpool 2. So that helps.