As free agency slows, we’re starting to look a little more intensely at the next NFL Draft. The Cowboys have the No. 24 pick in the first round, which leads to a lot of uncertainty when they’re mocked at the pick due to all the variations of who might still be on the board. We looked at eight recent sims to get a sense of what people think of the Cowboys.
The most common choice was EDGE George Karlaftis.
24. Dallas Cowboys | Purdue EDGE George Karlaftis
The Cowboys managed to let Randy Gregory off the hook, and while Dante Fowler Jr. may still have something in the tank, he’s not a long-term solution against DeMarcus Lawrence. Karlaftis is one of the most complete deep-class defenders this year, and would be a fantastic mix of need and value here.
George Karlaftis EDGE PURDUE • JR • 6’4″ / 266 LBS
Dallas signed Dante Fowler Jr. to counter the loss of Randy Gregory, but Atlanta and Los Angeles have already shaken that tree and there’s little fruit left to bear. They need a long term plan and Karlaftis is a player who deserves to be taken higher in my opinion. He gives them another young piece to that defensive front.
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24. Cowboys George Karlaftis EDGE, Purdue
Dallas thought they had a deal in place to keep edge defenseman Randy Gregory just for the Broncos to come in last minute and charge in. The loss of Gregory leaves a hole in front of DeMarcus Lawrence and the team needs to add some extra help on the edge.
Purdue’s George Karlaftis is a densely built and powerful point defender who plays with a nonstop engine. It would go a long way to strengthening that defensive front.
It’s hard for me to buy. Why? Because Jerry Jones has already hinted very heavily at the Cowboys’ plans, and one thing Jerry rarely does is lie on camera. In fact, it usually gives too much information. So we should buy what he says about the offensive line.
Will the Cowboys pick an offensive lineman at the start of next month’s draft? Team owner Jerry Jones: “Famous last words: we’ll have one unless Lamb or Parsons are there. pic.twitter.com/BKNZM1NNM0
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) March 28, 2022
I don’t think anyone considers Karlaftis a (CeeDee) Lamb or a (Micah) Parsons. He’s a good player and definitely an option here, but combine Jerry Jones’ words with the fact that they’ve re-signed Dorance Armstrong and brought in Dante Fowler, and that doesn’t seem like the way they’d go here unless that a real EDGE stud somehow fell that far.
It’s not that the Cowboys couldn’t use another pass thrower, they still can. It just seems like they don’t think it’s as big of an issue as these scoffers.
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Boye Mafe – Minnesota Edge Senior (RS)
If defensive coordinator Dan Quinn wants an energetic rusher to add to the rotation, Mafe could be the choice. The Minnesota standout is a Tasmanian devil around the edges, with a relentless style of play that wears down opponents.
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24. Dallas Cowboys — Tyler Linderbaum, C, Iowa
Dropping La’el Collins and letting Connor Williams walk reinforced that Dallas’ offensive line has taken a serious setback. While Linderbaum’s addition wouldn’t fill any of the voids created by the offseason loss, the selection would represent a return to the approach that allowed the Cowboys to succeed when they selected Tyron Smith, Tyler Frederick and Zack Martin. with three of their first four. round picks from 2011 to 2014.
This is the general area where Dallas will likely go. They will try to rebuild their offensive line. The path of free agency so far seems to indicate that there are no real signings in the area and the loss of two starters.
It’s just a matter of where they want to go on the line. And if Linderbaum, the consensus top center on the board is still available, they may not be able to pass this up.
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24. Dallas Cowboys: Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M
Jerry Jones didn’t exactly hide his intentions at league meetings this week when he told reporters how important it would be to add offensive line help throughout the draft. In this slot, the Cowboys catch Green to play guard and hit him to tackle in the pinch when needed.
Now we come to the patch for a real hole. They can play Terence Steele in place of La’el Collins, and they have Tyler Biadasz at center, but they probably don’t want to start Connor McGovern at guard given his tough performance for part of last year. Green would be responsible for filling that hole.
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24) Dallas Cowboys: Zion Johnson, G, Boston College
Jerry Jones practically telegraphed the Cowboys’ first-round pick. Things fell into place here in this mock 2022 NFL Draft. They’re going to fix the offensive line if that’s the last thing they do.
Zion Johnson has the ability to go much higher in the draft, but position value and a perceived lack of inside need for most teams make this selection a realistic possibility. Dallas could also be looking for a receiver here.
Or maybe you prefer Johnson to Green. Either way, the Cowboys are having the same problem.
24. DALLAS COWBOYS: OT BERNHARD RAIMANN, CENTRAL MICHIGAN
Grand tableau rank: 13
Profile: 6’6”, 303 | Age: 24 (September 23, 1997)
One of the biggest lifters after the 2021 college football season, Raimann earned a 94.6 overall rating, an 88.7 pass blocking rating, and a 94.6 rush blocking rating with Central Michigan. This year. He has not earned a PFF rating above 75.1 in any previous season. Expect his 2021 campaign and a solid Senior Bowl to propel him into the first round.
If there is an attacking tackle available that they believe could be a cornerstone for the future, they could go that route with Tyron Smith’s career ending and Steele still trying to prove himself.
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