Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup 5.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 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:
SI - Hanson (3/11)
24. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa
It's likely that Linderbaum will be drafted later than where I have him ranked on my big board, but he's the best player available here. The Cowboys have bigger needs than center (or interior offensive line), but they have gone with the best player available in situations where a talented player fell further than expected (see Lamb, CeeDee).
Linderbaum's 290-pound frame may limit him to center only, but the Rimington Trophy winner is the best center prospect in not only this draft class but over the past several. He has elite athleticism and movement skills for the position.
CBS Sports - Fornelli (3/11)
24. Tyler Linderbaum, IOL, Iowa
It's a pick that makes a lot of sense for a Dallas team that could use an upgrade to the interior of its offensive line. From a perspective of a player's ability to play their position, there might not be a better player in this draft than Linderbaum. Unfortunately for him, you rarely see centers going early in drafts.
San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (3/10)
24. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
Leighton Vander Esch is an unrestricted free agent and the Cowboys need a linebacker who frees up Micah Parsons to focus primarily on rushing the passer. Murmurings about Dean's size not translating well to the next level have hurt his draft stock. It certainly didn't hurt the Butkus Award winner in the SEC, where the tape showed a dynamic blitzer who is capable of making plays all over the field.
The Draft Network - Crabbs (3/9)
24. Perrion Winfrey, IDL, Oklahoma
The Cowboys have already shown they have an affinity for Oklahoma defensive tackles when they drafted Neville Gallimore a few years back. This isn't quite that, though. Instead, Winfrey has prototypical length and I would assume he can play some odd front end, base end, and serve as a 3-tech. The Senior Bowl (and combine) showcased what Winfrey can look like when he's not playing zero-tech... and I like that projection quite a bit.
ESPN - McShay (3/9)
24. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
Dallas needs to decide where it wants to play Micah Parsons. Does it want to keep him off the edge, where he excelled with 13 sacks last season? Or does it want to return him to his true position at linebacker and let him impact the game in even more ways -- and potentially be even better than he was in his rookie year? Either way, the Cowboys could use more pass-rushing support with Randy Gregory and Dorance Armstrong going to free agency. Karlaftis has the ability to transition his quick take-off burst into power and bull rush opponents, and he'd be an immediate contributor for one of the league's best defenses.
NFL.com - Zierlein (3/8)
24. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas
There is about to be a blood-letting at the receiver position in Dallas, so fortifying that spot with a player as talented as Burks should be a no-brainer if he's available here.
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (3/8)
24. Daxton Hill, S, Michigan
With Amari Cooper looking like his days in Dallas with Cowboys are over, wide receiver could be a need at this spot for the Cowboys. But Dallas is also in the market for a safety, and they look to plug that need with Daxton Hill from Michigan.
Hill is a scheme-diverse player who can operate in single-high coverages, or in the slot. He plays well in zone coverage and can read and react well to a quarterback's movements in the pocket. His sideline-to-sideline range on film was something that he confirmed in Indianapolis.
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