Re-Grading the Cowboys' 2023 Draft Class After Rookie Seasons

It's that time of the year when we can finally re-grade the Dallas Cowboy's 2023 draft class. How did last year's crop of rookies fare?
Re-grading the Dallas Cowboys' 2023 NFL Draft class.
Re-grading the Dallas Cowboys' 2023 NFL Draft class. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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TE Luke Schoonmaker (R2, Pick 58): D

After Dalton Schultz joined the Houston Texans via free agency, the Cowboys were left needing another tight end to pair alongside Jake Ferguson. Instead of waiting for later on in the draft to address that hole, Dallas decided to take Luke Schoonmaker — another Wolverine — in the second round.

Even though Cowboys fans didn't expect Schoonmaker to terrorize the league out of the gate, he did little to make them feel confident about his early draft selection. Suiting up in all 17 games, the 25-year-old pass-catcher only yielded eight receptions on 15 targets (53.3%) for 65 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His trio of dropped balls didn't do much to help his case.

Time will tell if Schoonmaker's disappointing rookie year was a one-off performance. He has a solid base to become a TE2 but it's up to him to take that next step forward in Year 2. If he can't find a way to build some proper chemistry with Dak Prescott, Schoonmaker will only look more like a bust with each passing year.

LB DeMarvion Overshown (R3, Pick 90): N/A

Cowboys fans were excited to see what DeMarvion Overshown could do during his rookie campaign. The former Texas defender impressed the fanbase throughout training camp and early in the preseason, leaving many to wonder if he could be a mainstay on Mike McCarthy's defense going forward.

Unfortunately, Overshown didn't have the opportunity to help the Cowboys chase a Super Bowl in Year 1. The Tyler, TX native's rookie campaign prematurely ended when he tore his ACL in an exhibition contest against the Seattle Seahawks, leaving a gaping hole in Dallas' LB room.

While Overshown's injury was unfortunate, all signs point to his making a full recovery. He's reportedly feeling good and even put on nearly 15 more pounds, bringing his new weight to about 235 lbs. If he can make the most out of his newly added mass, the 23-year-old could be a massive headache for opposing offenses this fall.

For now, Overshown goes grade-less, however, he could look like a steal down the line depending on how he develops.