Cowboys NFL Draft Pick Predictions & Odds | 2022 Draft Team Needs & Futures Bets
The tale of the 2021 Dallas Cowboys was one of two teams.
Out the gate, the Cowboys were outstanding. After falling in the season opener to the defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers, they went on to win six straight. But then, Dallas lost some juice offensively.
While injuries to Dak Prescott (calf) and Ezekiel Elliott (knee) played a role, the Cowboys never quite looked the same after their Week 9 home loss to the Broncos.
And although Dallas managed to win five of its final six games, four of those wins came against meager NFC East opposition. After winning the division, the Cowboys went one and done in the postseason, coming up short against the 49ers.
At one point, the Cowboys were playing like one of the best teams in the league and looked like prime candidates to make a run at Super Bowl 56. Instead, the season ended with another disappointing finish in JerryWorld.
Cowboys NFL Draft Picks 2022
- Round 1, Pick 24 (24th Overall)
- Round 2, Pick 24 (56th Overall)
- Round 3, Pick 24 (88th Overall)
- Round 4, Pick 24 (129th Overall)
- Round 5, Pick 12 (155th Overall, via CLE)
- Round 5, Pick 24 (167th Overall)
- Round 5, Pick 33 (176th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 5, Pick 35 (178th Overall) — Compensatory
- Round 6, Pick 14 (193rd Overall, via CLE)
The Cowboys’ roster has undergone some veteran turnover this offseason, with more key names departing than arriving thus far in free agency. This suggests that the Cowboys will not only find free-agent value after the initial storm calms down, but they will also attack their needs in the draft.
Dallas can fill significant voids with three picks in the top 100, but can also find depth and value in the middle of the draft as they own five picks across the fourth and fifth rounds.
Jerry Jones loves to wheel and deal on draft day. You would expect that he could package some of those mid-draft selections to either move up in the earlier rounds or acquire an additional second-round pick to fill voids at wide receiver and on the offensive line.
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Cowboys Team Needs 2022
1. Offensive Line
The Cowboys lost guard Connor Williams to the Dolphins in free agency. They also released right tackle La’el Collins to free up cap space, leaving two significant holes along their offensive front.
Left tackle Tyron Smith, 31, also isn’t getting any younger, despite the fact that he remains an elite talent when fully healthy.
Look for the Cowboys to attack the front five in the draft. While they can add veteran depth in free agency, they also need to draft and develop depth for the future.
2. Defensive Line
An unexpected hole opened up at pass-rusher after the Cowboys lost defensive end Randy Gregory to Denver in free agency. And while they managed to sign Dan Quinn‘s confidant Dante Fowler from the Falcons, he is not the long-term answer at one of the NFL’s most-critical positions.
While they need some help on the outside, there is some promise on the interior of Dallas’ defensive line. Neville Gallimore, Trysten Hill, and Osa Odighizuwa are young and developing talents, but you can never create too much pressure up front.
3. Wide Receiver
The Cowboys traded Amari Cooper to the Browns and saw Cedrick Wilson join the Dolphins in free agency, creating the need to target a wideout in free agency or the draft.
Sure, the Cowboys inked James Washington, but he isn’t exactly scaring opposing defenses.
I don’t see the Cowboys entering 2022 with CeeDee Lamb, Michael Gallup, Washington, and Noah Brown as their top four wide receivers. That would be a significant downgrade from what they started the 2021 season with.
Dallas is going to make a splash at the position somewhere. This year’s draft features a deep wide receiver class, so my guess is that the Cowboys get their guy in April.
Cowboys May Also Consider Drafting: Linebacker, Safety, Cornerback
Cowboys NFL Mock Draft Predictions 2022
- Round 1, Pick 24 (24th Overall): Kenyon Green, G/T, Texas A&M
- Round 2, Pick 24 (56th Overall): John Metchie III, WR, Alabama
- Round 3, Pick 24 (88th Overall): Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
- Round 4, Pick 24 (129th Overall): Matthew Butler, IDL, Tennessee
More Possible Cowboys Draft Targets: George Pickens, WR, Georgia; Josh Paschal, DE, Kentucky; Jesse Luketa, LB, Penn State; Otito Ogbonnia, DT, UCLA.
Cowboys NFL Draft Bets 2022
As we’re still a few weeks away from NFL Draft Day, sportsbooks haven’t yet listed team-specific NFL Draft bets.
However, when those props arrive, safe bets to look out for will include Cowboys drafting either a wide receiver or offensive lineman in the first round.