It’s that time of year. Prospect profiles and fake drafts. Some love it, some hate it, but you have to respect it. It’s the 2022 NFL Draft season!

Today we’re going to knock out a five-round mock draft using The Draft Network‘s NFL Mock Draft Simulator. Let’s start.

Tyler Linderbaum | iowa | Center | 6’3″ 290lbs | RS Junior

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Players still available: Nakobe Dean, Zion Johnson, Garrett Wilson, Roger McCreary

It’s no secret that the Cowboys want to improve the offensive line this offseason. With Connor Williams likely starting in free agency, the Cowboys will need to add a starting-caliber left guard to compete with Connor McGovern. For the Cowboys in this mock draft, they went ahead and took the best player available at Iowa center, Tyler Linderbaum. While Tyler Biadasz hasn’t been a big deal yet, he’s not a guy you fear when it comes to leveling up. Linderbaum is arguably the best center in this draft class, and brings a physical, athletic, and mean mentality to this offense that’s sorely lacking in 2022. The only real knock on Linderbaum’s game is that he weighs less than 300 pounds , but you wouldn’t know that by watching him play. With the addition of Linderbaum, the Cowboys offensive line would be immediately upgraded from where it ended in 2021, and inside the offensive line would be very different from a pass protection perspective. and the blocking of races.

TravisJones | iDL | UConn | 6’4″ 328lbs | Junior

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Players still available: Arnold Ebiketie, Darian Kinnard, Josh Pascal, MyJai Sanders

After a big week in Mobile at Reese’s Senior Bowl, inside defensive linemen Travis Jones are getting a ton of love in the top 50. The Cowboys are lucky here and drop him just outside the top 50 and improve defensive trenches, after spending their first round pick improving offensive trenches. Travis Jones has a style of play under the tackle in the body of a nose tackle. While having the size and anchorage to be a force against the run, Jones also shows the ability to disrupt pockets and pressure quarterbacks from multiple lineups. He’s not quite the athletic freak that Vita Vea rolled out of Washington a few years ago, Jones’ style of play is along the same lines with the ability to put the focus on running opponents , while offering the possibility of giving you certain things on passing also with its speed, its power and its length.

Boye Mafe | EDGE | Minnesota | 6’4″ 265lbs | RS Senior

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Players still available: Cade Otton, Chad Muma, Kyle Philips, Kerby Joseph

The closer we get to the draft, the more we fear that Boye Mafe will be drafted higher than he lasted in this mock draft, but for today, we’re rejoicing. Mafe has all the tools to become an off-EDGE force in the NFL with his size and athletic traits. Although he is by no means a finished product, the athletic traits do soar from his time in Minnesota. He’s going to be a very good testing guy at the NFL Combine, and after a great performance at the Senior Bowl, the hype train is already starting to roll. Adding Mafe would provide Dan Quinn with an ultra-athletic, high-ceilinged passing thrower to add to a room that already has a monster in Micah Parsons and more than likely one of (hopefully both) Randy Gregory or From Marcus Lawrence.

Terrell Bernard | LB | Baylor | 6’1” 222lbs | Senior SR

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Players still available: Troy Anderson, Jake Ferguson, Coby Bryant, Josh Jobe

With Mafe’s stock likely to rise as we get closer to the draft, the same could be said for Baylor linebacker Terrel Bernard. For an undersized linebacker, Bernard rarely plays as such. Bernard is exactly what you want your linebackers to play in 2022, showing the ability to run, chase and cover from the linebacker position. Bernard would fit very well into Dan Quinn’s defense, a scheme that excels at using small linebackers or even a safety as a linebacker to play the run and tackle tight ends and fullbacks. Bernard also offers a ton of value as a blitzer with a great idea of ​​how to build pressure against opposing quarterbacks.

Thayer Munford | iOL | ohio state | 6’6″ 320lbs | Senior

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Players still available: Matt Hankins, Bryan Cook, Micah McFadden, Dameon Pierce

When you get this late in the draft, you’re normally either 1) drawing strokes or 2) need drawing positions in hopes of landing some gold. Here, the Cowboys do both of those things. Although they have several options at left guard in 2022 (McGovern, moving La’el Collins and playing Terence Steele to RT, adding an LG in free agency), they will definitely try to add a guy in this draft class to compete for position in the camp. While many will roll their eyes at a fifth-round pick from his rookie season, Munford’s streak at Ohio State is impressive. Munford started at both left guard and left tackle for Buckeye’s offense, and while he needs to develop in certain areas of his game, his size, versatility, overall playing strength and his athleticism will allow him to find a role in the NFL. .

Reggie Roberson Jr | WR | EMS | 6’0” 200lbs | Senior SR

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Players still available: Josh Thompson, Thomas Booker

Were it not for the injury issues that sidelined Roberson for part of 2019 and most of 2020, he would be seen in a very different light entering the draft. I will never forget watching Courtland Sutton, Trey Quinn and James Proche over the past few years and being impressed with Roberson’s talent on the court. While injuries are definitely something that will need to be checked, talent and ability on the pitch aren’t really a question. Having the size, athleticism and explosiveness to line up anywhere on the court, Roberson will need to be drafted understanding that his health could still be an issue, but if he stays healthy you have the chance to land a top talent at the position on day three of the draft. Roberson would add a deep threat to the Cowboys offense he could be without if Michael Gallup lands elsewhere in free agency, but he’s more than just a vertical player, showing the ability to win as a road runner and after the capture of the limit and the slot.