Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup 6.0
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 - Kevin Hanson (4/1)
TRADE - 27. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
The Cowboys hit the jackpot with their first-round pick last year (Micah Parsons) and re-signed 2018 first-round linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to a one-year deal. Dean is a three-down linebacker who led the best defense in the country and won the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top collegiate linebacker. His football IQ, instincts and speed allow him to play fast, and he's always around the ball.
CBS Sports - Kyle Stackpole (4/1)
24. Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M
Jerry Jones said at the NFL's annual league meetings that, "Obviously, I'd like to have a young offensive lineman at the position that you could immediately come in and play." As long as Green cleans up some bad habits (grabbing that leads to holding penalties, etc.), he has the NFL-ready frame, overall skillset and versatility to contribute immediately.
Yahoo! Sports - Eric Edholm (3/31)
24. Nakobe Dean, LB, Georgia
To us this would just be theft. We gave Dallas a grade of "A" for the Micah Parsons pick, shocked he was still on the board, and we'd issue the same grade if Dean fell here. He's absolutely the perfect addition to this Dan Quinn-led defense and can do for it what Deion Jones did early in his career for Quinn's defenses in Atlanta.
ESPN - Mike Tannenbaum (3/30)
24. Derek Stingley Jr., CB, LSU
Imagine Trevon Diggs and Stingley covering up opposing receivers. There is incredible potential there. Stingley is an intriguing yet confusing prospect. At his best, he's one of the top three or four players in the entire class. But his injury history and uneven play create a lot of risk. But at No. 24 overall, Dallas could get a steal if he plays anywhere near his ceiling.
NFL.com - Bucky Brooks (3/29)
24. Boye Mafe, EDGE, Minnesota
If defensive coordinator Dan Quinn wants an energetic edge rusher to add to the rotation, Mafe might be the pick. The Minnesota standout is a Tasmanian devil off the edges, with a relentless playing style that wears down opponents.
The Draft Network - Brentley Weissman (3/28)
24. George Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue
Dallas thought they had a deal in place to retain edge defender Randy Gregory just for the Broncos to come in at the last minute and swoop. The loss of Gregory leaves a hole opposite DeMarcus Lawrence and the team must add additional help off the edge.
Purdue's George Karlaftis is a densely built and powerful edge defender who plays with a non-stop motor. He would go a long way in shoring up this defensive front.
The Athletic - Beat Writer Mock (3/28)
24. Kenyon Green, IOL, Texas A&M
Jon Machota: The offensive line needed upgrades before Connor Williams signed with the Dolphins and La'el Collins was released. Fortunately for the Cowboys, they appear to be in a good spot here to get either Green, Zion Johnson, Bernhard Raimann or Tyler Linderbaum. Drafting someone with the versatility to play multiple positions, like Green, was too intriguing to pass up.
Wide receiver and edge rusher will certainly be in play also, but the players at both positions worthy of the 24th pick were all off the board when the Cowboys went on the clock. If Jermaine Johnson had fallen to around 18, I was going to offer picks No. 24 and 88 to move up for him. It seems unlikely that any of the top edge rushers will fall this far, especially after Michigan's David Ojabo suffered a torn Achilles during his pro day. Don't rule him out for the Cowboys in the second round. They've proven to be very interested in using their second-round picks on first-round talents who have fallen because of injury or off-the-field concerns.
Brugler: The Cowboys are determined to get better on offense, making wide receiver or offensive line the clear favorites here. Green needs to iron out some inconsistent habits, but he is very skilled at staying balanced before and after contact and offers the versatility to play multiple positions on the line. The Cowboys met with Green at the combine and will soon schedule a 30 visit with him at their facility.
PFF - Austin Gayle (3/28)
24. Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
One of the biggest risers following the 2021 college football season, Raimann earned a 94.6 overall grade, 88.7 pass-blocking grade and 94.6 run-blocking grade with Central Michigan this year. He didn't earn a PFF grade above 75.1 in any season prior. Expect his 2021 campaign and a strong Senior Bowl to vault him into the first round.
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