While the Dallas Cowboys met some of their key needs in the 2022 NFL Draft, but as Stephen Jones, executive vice president stated, it is not possible to win the Super Bowl during the offseason. Todd Archer , a Cowboys insider who is also an ESPN reporter, explained why he thinks Dallas needs to have more existing players than new ones.
Archer stated that the Cowboys were the favorite in the NFC East because of the differences in quarterback play. The goal is to be more than just better than the Giants and Commanders. It’s to be amongst the best in the NFC. Although the Cowboys have lost a lot from their 12-5 team, and haven’t signed any major free agents, they feel they received great value in the draft, even if they picked late in the rounds. The Cowboys must have the picks they want, but they also need to keep the existing players on the roster in order to improve their game.
Many fans were critical of the Cowboys’ leadership after they lost Amari Cooper and Randy Gregory stars.
The Cowboys drafted Tulsa offensive lineman Tyler Smith at No. 24 overall – This gives them someone who can step in and block for quarterback Dak Prescott.
The Cowboys also took Ole Miss defensive ending Sam Williams (No. 56), South Alabama wide receiver Jalen Tolbert (No. 88, Wisconsin tight end Jake Ferguson (No. 129), North Dakota offensive line tackle Matt Waletzko, Fresno State cornerback DaRon bland (No. 167), LSU linebacker Damone Clark (No. 176), Arkansas defensive tackle John Ridgeway (No. 178) and Oklahoma Statelinebacker Devin Harper (No. 193).
NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter released his draft grades following the 2022 NFL Draft. He gave the Dallas Cowboys an overall grade B.
Reuter wrote. Smith could be a dominant blocker if his technique and patience improves. Although Williams is a pass rush talent, there are issues off the field. Tolbert could be a downfield threat. The Cowboys have good value for Tolbert.
“Trading Amari Cooper only netted a fifth-rounder from Cleveland, which is a cheap price relative to the cost for other talented receivers this offseason. The Cowboys did add needed tackle help in Waletzko, who could be a valued backup or better if he gets stronger on the edge. Ferguson separates better than his timed speed indicates, and he has strong hands and solid blocking skills. I love that the Cowboys took Clark in the fifth round even though he’s unlikely to play in 2022. He could prove to be well worth the investment once healthy.”