The Dallas Cowboys once again failed to win a playoff game. They go into the offseason once again trying to improve their team to get to a point where they can win multiple playoff games. With Dak signed long term they have to not only address needs for the 2022 season, but also for the next 5 years. That all starts with the draft, and using The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine I put together a draft that could improve the Cowboys for 2022 and beyond.
1st Round (24th Overall): LB Nakobe Dean, Georgia
With their first pick, Dallas gets arguably the best linebacker in the draft. The defense was much better than expected, but Dallas needs a middle linebacker that can lead the defense that can play the pass run at an above average level. Dean fits that perfectly as one of the better LBs in pass coverage in the draft and a downhill run stopper. Dean may not be super position versatile, but putting him in the middle and pairing him with Parsons could be deadly.
2nd Round (56 Overall): Edge Kingsley Enagbare, South Carolina
Whether Randy Gregory returns or not, Dallas should look to improve the talent and depth at DE. Enagbare brings versatility, experience, and room to grow. He’s a good fit with Dan Quinn’s multiple front defense as he can play as a hand in the dirt 5 tech or a wide 9. He’s still a work in progress as a run defense, but has the motor and traits to improve in that area. Enagbare, Gregory, and DeMarcus Lawrence would give the Dallas Cowboys one heck of an edge rushing group.
3rd Round (88 Overall): CB Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
I was a fan of Emerson last summer and was hoping he would make the jump to a first round player. He unfortunately did not, but he will be a good value for a team in the 3rd round. He’s tall and athletic with exceptional reaction skills. His best fit is in a zone heavy scheme where he can read in react, but he also excels in press man, giving Dan Quinn multiple possibilities with Emerson.
4th Round (127 Overall): IOL Tyrese Robinson, Oklahoma
After going defense with their first 3 picks, the Cowboys finally dip into the deep offensive line class. Robinson played RT at OU, but is better suited as a guard at the next level. He’s a tough, strong player with the ability to get a push at the line of scrimmage. He would serve as a rotational piece his rookie year, and ideally slides into the LG spot for the Dallas Cowboys in 2023.
5th Round (166 Overall): WR Romeo Doubs, Nevada
The Cowboys stay on the offensive side of the ball and grab the talented WR from Nevada. This is a bit late based on the hype Doubs has been receiving, but good players always fall and with the depth of the WR class it’s possible Doubs is available here. Doubs would make an already deadly offense even better. He’s a big play waiting to happen with his deep threat ability and explosiveness after the catch. He’s not the best route runner, but if Kellen Moore can scheme him open at any part of the field, he will make big plays.
5th Round (175 Overall): IDL Haskell Garrett, Ohio State
Going back to the defensive side of the ball the Cowboys address their problems in the trenches. The 20th ranked defense in terms of rushing yards per allowed game attempt to plug up the middle with the 6′ 2″ 300 lbs. Buckeye. He bring the strength and quickness to play the run and the hand use rush the passer. Garrett can play anywhere from the 1 tech to 5 tech, giving the Dallas defense some more versatility. He sometimes has struggles when he starts to run out of gas or gets doubles teamed, but he can serve as a solid rotational interior lineman for the Dallas Cowboys.