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January 28, 2022

2022 NFL Draft: Dallas Cowboys 7-Round Mock Draft

The Dallas Cowboys won the NFC East this season, and their offense was one of the best in recent memory. 

However, a miserable showing against the 49ers in Dallas knocked them out of the playoffs early, and their Super Bowl drought continues. 

Dallas is going to be just fine, but they need to fill some cracks through the draft. This is not a great draft in terms of overall talent, but there are a lot of interesting players that can take the Cowboys to the next level. 

With all of that being said, let's rebuild the Cowboys. 

Check out our 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft here.

Round 1, Pick 24: Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia

The Cowboys took a linebacker in the first round last season, and that turned out to be the right move. Micah Parsons was an All-Pro in his rookie season. Now, linebacker is not a top priority for Dallas, but with Leighton Vander Esch's decline, and the fact that he could be a cap casualty, drafting his replacement to bolster up an improving defense would be really smart. 

Dean won the 2021 Butkus Award and was the leader of a historic Georgia defense. He was one of the best tacklers in college football and always seems to find the ball. While he is a tad undersized and not overly athletic, his toughness, football intelligence, and nose for the ball will make Dean a great player in Dan Quinn's defense. If anything, Dean could be considered the best pure-tackler in this class. 

Round 2, Pick: 56: Kingsley Enagbare, EDGE, South Carolina

Dallas had a solid pass rusher duo in DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory last season. However, Gregory is a free agent, and Lawrence is not getting any younger. The Cowboys are not going to be in play for any of the top pass-rushers in this case, but this is a deep class at this position, and they can swoop up one of those second-tier players. 

Enagbare has been a starter for the Gamecocks since his true freshman season in 2018, and although he never took that big step while in college like many were expecting, he was one of the better pass rushers in college football. His power, speed, length, and flexibility allow him to utilize multiple pass-rush moves. While his overall football IQ needs some work, I would fully trust Dan Quinn to get the most out of him as he did with Parsons last season. 

This is a project pick, but the potential makes it worth it. 

Round 3, Pick 88: Verone McKinley III, DB, Oregon

The Cowboys needed a player like Trevon Diggs in their secondary. While he gave up the most receiving yards in the NFL, his presence and ball-hawking skills instantly changed the tone on Dallas' secondary. The additions of Damontae Kazee and Jayron Kearse provided a spark in the safeties' room, but they did not do enough to feel confident in them long-term. 

McKinley is a versatile player whose combination of speed and intelligence make him a desirable prospect. He can be inconsistent in coverage and with getting off blocks, but he is aggressive, smart, and very athletic. All of those tools can and will translate to the next level. 

Round 4, Pick 125: Cam Taylor-Britt, DB, Nebraska

Again, while Dallas improved in their secondary this past season, they still need to add some depth. Taylor-Britt is an impressive athlete who was one of the better zone-coverage corners in all of college football. His play in zone coverage is what will make him a millionaire, but man can this dude tackle. He is physical, strong, and plays with his hair on fire. 

He needs to work on his play in man coverage, but if anything, Britt-Taylor can be a great special teams player, as he was at Nebraska during his freshman season. But the potential is sky-high.

Round 5, Pick 165: Michael Woods II, WR, Oklahoma

Woods put up some decent numbers at Oklahoma this season, but like everyone else for the Sooners, he couldn't stay consistent. He has the size, speed, and overall athleticism to make him a nice prospect in this class. 

When you reach this portion of the draft, you are mostly looking for depth. With Dallas having some tough decisions to make with Amari Cooper and Cedrick Wilson, they are going to have to add some bodies to their receiving room. 

Round 5, Pick 174: Greg Dulcich, TE, UCLA

Dulcich has a solid build and is one of the more athletic tight ends in this draft. 

His separation and hands certainly make him one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the draft, and many scouts have raved about his potential as a run blocker. However, he needs to work on his speed in the open field and overall football athletism. It is nice to have good measurables, but can they translate to the field? 

Round 6, Pick 201: James Empey, IOL, BYU

While offensive tackle is a need for the Cowboys, they are still a good enough unit to where they can focus elsewhere in this draft. 

However, they just cannot walk out of the draft with no offensive line depth. Empey mostly played center for the Cougars and that has helped his hand speed as he has to go from snap to contact in a split second. 

He is slightly undersized for his position, but he has good enough quickness and strength to be a reliable option in this league.

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