Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup 6.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Dallas Cowboys from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Cowboys:

CBS Sports - Chris Trapasso (3/9)

26. Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

The Cowboys could be extremely multiple with Sanders on the defense next to Micah Parsons. Sanders is a long, athletic off-ball/edge hybrid.

ESPN - Todd McShay (3/7)

26. Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

This is a value pick, but tight end Dalton Schultz is also a free agent and might be gone. With the top receivers all off the board -- I'd love to get another one opposite CeeDee Lamb -- Dallas can look to Kincaid as another pass-catcher for quarterback Dak Prescott. We didn't see Kincaid work out at the combine, but he has enough speed to make plays down the seam and can go up and get 50-50 balls. He is coming off a 70-catch, 890-yard, eight-TD campaign with the Utes and has the versatility to move around the formation.

NFL.com - Lance Zierlein (3/7)

26. Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

I'm sorry, did you say he played for Arkansas, looks like Leighton Vander Esch on the field and is a linebacker who can rush the passer? Feels like an automatic selection for Jerry Jones.

The Athletic - Dane Brugler (3/7)

26. Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah

The last time the Cowboys drafted a tight end in the first round (David LaFleur in 1997), Barry Switzer was still head coach. But the current Cowboys are looking for playmakers on offense and Kincaid offers a unique profile. He could give Dak Prescott quick wins, like the aforementioned Schultz, while also providing more explosive potential with his seam and run-after-catch skills.

USA Today - Nate Davis (3/7)

26. Quentin Johnston, WR, TCU

An athletic, plus-sized (6-3, 208) target would nicely rectify last year's mistake of trading Amari Cooper — and especially since Johnston should feast on single coverage opposite Pro Bowler CeeDee Lamb. Johnston averaged 19 yards per catch in college, and the Cowboys had ample opportunity to scout a guy in their backyard.

The 33rd Team (3/7)

26. Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

The Cowboys will love what they will be getting from Darnell Washington. His combination of size, athleticism and ability to block in the run game is a great fit for the Cowboys' offense. The 6-foot-7 Washington ran sub 4.65 at 264 pounds at the combine.

Bleacher Report (3/7)

26. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame

Basically, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the time to meet with the media in Indianapolis and blamed Dak Prescott's fair market contract as the reason why it's more difficult today to build the team's roster.

Despite the owner not taking the blame for how he's allocated money at other positions, the reality is Dallas will likely be forced to move on from talented options for financial reasons. They already did so a year ago with Amari Cooper.

Ezekiel Elliott could very well be on the chopping block thanks to this year's $16.7 million salary-cap charge. Tight end Dalton Schultz is also a free agent after playing under the franchise tag last season.

Schultz may be the most damaging loss since he averaged 96.5 targets over the last two seasons. With the addition of Notre Dame's Michael Mayer, the Cowboys can get cheaper, younger and even more athletic at a key position.

"Mayer is a great addition for a Dallas offense that needs stability at tight end," Klassen said. "Schultz offered flashes of explosive play, but Mayer is a floor-raiser.

"B/R's Scouting Department grades Mayer as a top-10 talent because he is a strong, fluid athlete who thrives working from 10 to 20 yards. Mayer is exceptionally comfortable sifting through traffic, boxing defenders away from the ball and making difficult catches. Combine those traits with his chops as a blocker, Dallas gets a perfect fit for its run-centric offense and someone who will complement Prescott quite well."

Touchdown Wire - Doug Farrar (3/6)

26. Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has long been a master of optimizing the multi-gap defensive lineman for success in his schemes, and even with that, Dallas' interior defensive line was a bit slapdash in 2022. Micah Parsons can shade a lot of sins, but even he can only do so much. Bresee would provide a ton of value and improvement as a fierce, attack lineman who's more about penetrating in one-gap stuff than as a pure-run-stopper, but he can also line up all over the formation with bad intentions. Injuries have limited Bresee's on-field efforts at times, but when he does take to the turf, he's the kind of problem Quinn would love to have.

Los Angeles Times - Sam Farmer (3/4)

26. Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

The Cowboys need to find some help for CeeDee Lamb, and they currently don't have a clear No. 2 receiver.

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