How will the Dallas Cowboys attack the 2024 NFL Draft after their disappointing playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers? Well, as fascinating as that's going to be, we might be in wait-and-see mode regarding the Cowboys and their coaching situation.
Even though we don't know if either head coach Mike McCarthy or defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be back in 2024, we know some areas the Dallas Cowboys are going to have to address in the 2024 offseason. And frankly, they have no shortage of areas of need.
The Cowboys weren't exactly "all in" on the 2023 season, but they have a lot of pending free agents for 2024 and big names on both sides of the ball. And that doesn't even include the fork in the road the team is at with starting quarterback Dak Prescott and his contract.
With all of that in mind, there are some clear areas of strength in this year's draft class and some clear directions the Cowboys could go based on projected departures. Let's take a look at a 2024 Dallas Cowboys mock draft scenario now that the season is sadly over.
1. First round: Graham Barton, OL, Duke
There are question marks all over the left side of the Dallas Cowboys offensive line heading into this offseason.
Left tackle Tyron Smith is a free agent and his availability over the last handful of years has led to a question of whether the Cowboys will invest in his return, or let someone else take the risk and give him a bunch of money.
If Smith leaves in free agency, that leaves former first-round pick Tyler Smith to potentially make a position switch from guard to tackle, which was expected/planned when he was originally drafted a couple of years ago anyway.
Starting center Tyler Biadasz is also a projected free agent right now, and Dallas isn't going to be able to keep everyone. That's where Graham Barton out of Duke comes into play. Barton looks like he could be a strong starter at the next level at a variety of positions, and the positional flexibility could allow the Cowboys to potentially keep their options wide open.