FRISCO, Texas — The 2022 NFL Draft is complete and every Dallas Cowboys draft pick is analyzed here.
Here’s a look at how each player selected by Dallas will fit.
Round 1, No. 24 overall: Tyler SmithOT, Tulsa
My opinion : The 24th pick in the draft wasn’t going to be sexy, especially when the Cowboys said they only had a little over a dozen players with first-round ratings, so no player would have caused an uproar. great excitement for the Cowboys. Smith’s selection seems more for the future than the present with executive vice-chairman Stephen Jones saying he didn’t want to put “start now” on Smith’s plate. He could be left guard this year if he beats Connor McGovern. He could be the game day swing tackle behind Tyron Smith and Terence Steele. The last time the Cowboys used a first round on an offensive lineman this late was in 2013 when they took Travis Frederick to No. 31. They knew he was a Day 1 starter and he made five Pro Bowls before an early retirement.
Left tackle of the future? Tyron Smith has been named to the Pro Bowl eight times. He is one of the best offensive linemen in Cowboys history. He also hasn’t played a full season since 2015 and missed six games last season. He is only 31 but he has played a lot of football. If he’s not the starting left guard in 2022, Tyler Smith could be Tyron Smith’s replacement. “We think he has a lot of tread left, Tyron has some,” Jerry Jones said. Jones said the Cowboys offensive line room could be the perfect place for Tyler Smith to learn.
Remaining in place: The Cowboys never seriously considered moving up because Jerry Jones said a player they liked wasn’t low enough for them to consider a trade. They considered three trade scenarios, including one involving a team that ended up taking Tyler Smith. The Cowboys were interested in guards Kenyan Green and Sion Johnson but they went to Houston and the Los Angeles Chargers with the 15th and 17th picks, respectively. However, Jones said Smith is higher on the Cowboys draft board than either guard.
Round 2, No. 56 overall: sam williamsDE, Ole Miss
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My opinion : Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn attended Ole Miss’ pro day to see Williams, who was also a top 30 Cowboys visitor to the Star. He had 12 sacks and 16 tackles for loss last season and was a first-team All-SEC pick. He had a few issues off the pitch, including a sexual battery charge that was eventually dropped but got him suspended from the program. With Randy Gregory gone, the Cowboys can put Williams in the pass-rush mix with By Marcus Lawrence, Dorance Armstrong and Dante Fowler Jr.. as a rookie and hopefully he can play a bigger role as he gains more experience. It’s the second straight year the Cowboys have used their second-round pick on a player with off-court issues, doing so with the cornerback Kelvin Joseph one year ago.
Round 3, No. 88 overall: Jalen TolbertWR, South Alabama
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My opinion : Tolbert was under consideration at pick No. 56 when they took sam williams, so having it at #88 is a bonus. With the trade of amari cooper and the loss of Cedrick Wilsonthe Cowboys needed to add a receiver – especially with Michael Gallup from knee surgery. Tolbert had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons at South Alabama, including 1,474 yards and 82 catches with eight touchdowns in 2021. While coming from a small school, he played in seven receiving games of 100 yards last season, including 143 yards against Tennessee. He is seen as a fine road runner for a young player and he can go up to win the ball. The Cowboys veered off their Power 5 path with two non-Power 5 school picks among their first three selections.
Round 4, No. 129 overall: Jake FergusonTE, Wis.
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My opinion : The Cowboys released Blake Jarwin earlier in the offseason and have Dalton Schultz on the franchise tag, the tight end was therefore a requirement and Ferguson was an All-Big Ten pick last season. He can play down the line and has been a productive passer with 145 receptions for 1,618 yards and 13 touchdowns. The Cowboys believe in two-TE sets and now have a strong core with Schultz, Ferguson, Sean McKeon and Jeremy Sprinkle.
Round 5, No. 155 overall: Matt WaltzkoOT, North Dakota
My opinion : The Cowboys added their second offensive lineman to the draft with Waletzko in the fifth round after taking Tyler Smith first. At 6-foot-7, 312 pounds, Waletzko has started 29 of North Dakota’s 32 games at left tackle. The Cowboys said Smith will play on the left side at guard and tackle and last year’s fourth-rounder Josh Ball will play on the right side, so Waletzko is a depth pick as the team believes that ‘she can never have enough offensive linemen.
Round 5, No. 167 overall: Daron BlandBC, Fresno State
My opinion : With the 167th draft pick, the Cowboys selected Bland, who had five interceptions and 23 pass deflections during his career. He has the size (6-foot, 197 pounds) that coordinator Dan Quinn wants in his cornerbacks. Bland also forced four fumbles. The Cowboys follow the philosophy that a team can never have enough cornerbacks, and of note is last year’s second-round pick, Kelvin Josephcould be penalized this season by the NFL under the personal conduct policy.
Round 5, No. 176 overall: Damone ClarkILB, LSU
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My opinion : The Cowboys will have to wait for Clark. He underwent spinal fusion surgery after a herniated disc was discovered at the combine. If he recovers, the Cowboys could have a big steal. He had 135 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, four pass deflections and one interception in 2021. The Cowboys have been prepared to be patient with players before. Jaylon Smith comes to mind in 2016 knowing he would need a redshirt a year after a serious knee injury. But that was in the second round and the risk here is mitigated by taking it late in the fifth.
Round 5, No. 178 overall: John RidgewayDT, Arkansas
Check out the top highlights that contributed to a stellar college career for Arkansas defensive tackle John Ridgeway.
My opinion : In his freshman year at Arkansas after a four-year run at Illinois State, he showed he was ready for the leap in level play. He was credited with 39 tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks for the Razorbacks. He’s not going to give much as a pass thrower, but he’s an outstanding defender on the run. He brings a certain size that the Cowboys lacked on the inside with last year’s pick, Quinton Bohanna. And for those wondering about Jerry Jones’ love for Arkansas: this is only the second Razorback Jones has drafted since 1989. Felix Jones is the other in the first round in 2008.
Round 6, No. 193 overall: Devin HarperLB, Oklahoma State
My opinion : Knowing Damone Clark, a fifth-round pick, will miss his rookie season, the Cowboys added depth at linebacker in the sixth round. At 6 feet, 234 pounds, Harper is shorter than most Cowboys linebackers, but he can run. In his only season as a full-time starter, he had 96 tackles, six sacks, 10 tackles for loss and 15 quarterback pressures. Harper was at his best in the biggest games. He had 10 tackles against Oklahoma and Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.