The draft season is a never-ending 24-hour, 365-day process. While the NFL and college football have yet to truly reach the midpoint in 2022, draft season may still be here. For that reason, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep a close eye on the next draft class of 2023.

Paying attention to potential prospects the Dallas Cowboys could target in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft makes college football even more interesting. Knowing Dallas’ possible draft “needs” next year, now that we’re a few games away from the 2022 season, helps narrow down some of their potential targets.

With that in mind, we’ve taken a look around the internet to get an idea of ​​who the Dallas Cowboys’ early favorites might be and what positions they might be aiming for. After all, it’s never too early to start planning for the future, even if it seems like it’s way too early to do so. Let’s take a look at some of the first-round favorites so far for the Cowboys.

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20) Dallas Cowboys: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

It’s poetic – one of Dallas’ biggest stars joins the Dallas Cowboys. But we promise we’re not doing this just for style points. Rashee Rice is the first-round candidate that few talk about as such. He has the talent to earn a place in that conversation, and that’s especially true with the lack of production at the top of the WR class.

At 6’2″, 203 pounds, with arms over 33″, Rice has a tall build. He is also explosive, nervous and energetic as an athlete. His best trait, however, is his absolute alpha ability at the point of capture. He is one of the most instinctive point guards in the 2023 NFL Draft.

A WR in the first round? Unlikely, but we said the same about CeeDee Lamb when Dallas seemed to be deep in position. Maybe the same goes for Rashee Rice if he’s the highest ranked player on their roster.

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Verse is another defensive transfer from Florida State that goes through in the first round. He carries some serious juice at 6-foot-4 and 248 pounds, and his start matches that of Will Anderson. That has already earned him an 89.8 assist rating this season after his transfer from Albany. Putting him in front of Micah Parsons would be unfair to opposing tackles.

Dallas has doubled down in consecutive years signing EDGE rushers Sam Williams and Chauncey Gholston, however, this is a prime position that could see them pull the trigger three years in a row.

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Pierre Skoronsky OT, North-West

Connor McGovern is on an expiring contract at left guard and Dallas desperately needs to bolster its offensive line. Peter Skoronski is a versatile player who can play tackle or guard. With the Cowboys, he’ll slide inside the next Tyler Smith and fortify the left side of that front.

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27. Dallas Cowboys: Pierre SkoronskyOT/G, North-West

The Cowboys can’t keep relying on Tyron Smith because he gets injured all the time.

Peter Skoronski is an athletic tackle who has kept his quarterback clean. He can also play in the center.

Change of pick: formerly Kayshon Boutte, WR

It’s a prediction that makes a lot of sense on many levels. The Cowboys love the versatility of their offensive lineman and will likely have a gap to fill at left guard. Skoronski’s flexible position to play OL’s five positions might be too good for them to pass up.

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Round 1 – Pick 21

Michael Mayer TE, NOTRE-DAME • JR • 6’4″ / 265 LBS

Dallas has Dalton Schultz playing on a franchise tag, and his play may put the team in doubt of a long-term extension. Mayer gives the Cowboys what they want from the position in terms of blocking and receiving while also being a more profitable option moving forward.

Dalton Schultz’s future in Dallas may not extend beyond the 2022 season, but the Cowboys have two promising young TEs in Jake Ferguson and Peyton Hendershot. Because of that and TE’s positional value in the first round, this pick seems unlikely.


21. Dallas Cowboys | Illinois BC Devon Witherspoon

While many wrote off the Cowboys after Dak Prescott’s injury in Week 1, Team USA did more than just walk on water. With Cooper Rush at the helm, the five-year veteran’s efficient play and sheer dominance of that defense is turning heads for Dallas, and if that doesn’t excite you, just listen to michael irvin to excite you.

Still, looking ahead to next year’s draft, some positions of need are starting to become clear. Offense is where most of these needs reside, but we can’t completely neglect defense. We have a corner in this mock draft, and that would probably be the only defensive position Dallas would consider in the first round. Yes, Trevon Diggs is off to an incredible start to his career with 16 interceptions and 44 passes defended in his first 25 games. However, Anthony Brown is in the final year of his contract and Jourdan Lewis will be in the same boat next season.

While DaRon Bland was a pleasant surprise as a late pick, Nashon Wright’s 2021 litter was an absolute disaster (as many, including me, predicted) and the lack of development and out-of-the-box decisions Kelvin Joseph’s plot have also led to questions about his future. Yes, the offense still needs more help, but I wouldn’t advise the Cowboys to hit first-round need for a second straight year, contrary to their usual stance of targeting best value.

~Austin Smith, Principal Analyst at DraftTek

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23. Dallas Cowboys | Oregon BC Christian Gonzalez

Trevon Diggs is obviously one of the best corners in the NFL right now, but if opposing quarterbacks want to avoid him, they can find success on the other side of the field. Gonzalez is enjoying a breakout campaign following his transfer from Colorado, and has the height, length and athleticism to be the perfect pair with Diggs.


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Joey Porter Jr. CB | Penn State

6’2″, 191 pounds

Other than Trevon Diggs and possibly DaRon Bland, there is a lot of uncertainty at CB for the Cowboys after the 2022 season. Because of this, one of the three CBs mentioned above could very well end up becoming the pick. first round of Dallas in 2023.