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2023 NFL Draft: Early favorites highlight positions of need for Cowboys


Draft season is a 24 hour, 365 day never ending process. While each NFL and college football have yet to essentially reach the midway point in 2022, the draft season can still be here. Due to that, it wouldn’t be a nasty idea to maintain a detailed eye on the upcoming 2023 draft class.

Taking note of potential prospects the Dallas Cowboys could goal within the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft makes watching collegiate football much more interesting. Knowing Dallas’ possible draft “needs” next yr now that we’re a number of games into the 2022 season helps to narrow down a few of their potential targets.

With that in mind, we took a go searching the Web to get a feel for who the early favorites for the Dallas Cowboys is likely to be and what positions they could possibly be targeting. In any case, it’s never too early to start out preparing for the longer term, even when it does feel as if it’s way too early to accomplish that. Let’s take a take a look at a number of of the first-round favorites to date for the Cowboys.

Pro Football Network (Ian Cummings)

20) Dallas Cowboys: Rashee Rice, WR, SMU

It’s poetic — one among the largest stars in Dallas joining the Dallas Cowboys. But we promise we’re not only doing this for the style points. Rashee Rice is the first-round candidate that few are talking about as such. He has the talent to earn a spot in that conversation, and it’s very true with the shortage of production at the highest of the WR class.

At 6’2″, 203 kilos, with arms over 33″, Rice has great size. He’s also explosive, twitchy, and energetic as an athlete. His best trait, nonetheless, is his absolute alpha ability on the catch point. He’s one of the crucial instinctive playmakers within the 2023 NFL Draft.

A primary-round WR? Unlikely, but we said the identical thing about CeeDee Lamb when Dallas appeared to be deep on the position. Possibly the identical is true for Rashee Rice if he’s the top-ranked player on their board.

Pro Football Focus (Michael Renner)


Verse is one other Florida State defensive end transfer rising into the primary round. He carries serious juice at 6-foot-4 and 248 kilos, and his get-off is correct up there with Will Anderson’s. It’s earned him an 89.8 pass-rushing grade already this season after he transferred from Albany. Putting him across from Micah Parsons could be unfair for opposing tackles.

Dallas has double dipped in back-to-back years by drafting EDGE rushers Sam Williams and Chauncey Gholston, nonetheless, this can be a premium position that might sway them to tug the trigger three years in a row.

The Draft Network (Brentley Weissman)

19. Dallas Cowboys

Peter Skoronski OT, Northwestern

Connor McGovern is on an expiring contract at left guard and Dallas desperately must bolster their offensive line. Peter Skoronski is a player who’s a flexible guy that may play either tackle or guard. With the Cowboys, he’ll slide inside next Tyler Smith and fortify the left side of this front.


27. Dallas Cowboys: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern

The Cowboys can’t keep counting on Tyron Smith because he gets injured on a regular basis.

Peter Skoronski is an athletic tackle who has kept his quarterback clean. He can play center as well.

Pick change: previously Kayshon Boutte, WR

This can be a prediction that makes loads of sense on a variety of levels. The Cowboys love versatility of their offensive lineman and can likely have a void to fill at left guard. Skoronski’s position flex to play all five OL positions could possibly be too good for them to pass up.

CBS Sports (Josh Edwards)

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 could have the team doubting a long-term extension. Mayer gives the Cowboys what they need from the position by way of blocking and receiving while being a cheaper option moving forward.

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


21. Dallas Cowboys | Illinois CB Devon Witherspoon

While many wrote the Cowboys off following Dak Prescott’s week-one injury, America’s Team has done greater than just tread water. With Cooper Rush on the helm, efficient play from the five-year veteran and pure dominance from this defense have Dallas’ turning heads, and if that doesn’t get you excited, just hearken to Michael Irvin to get you fired up.

Still, looking forward to next yr’s draft, there are some positions of need which might be beginning to grow to be clear. The offense is where most of those needs reside, but we are able to’t completely overlook the defense. We’ve got a corner on this mock draft, and that will likely be the one defensive position Dallas would consider in the primary round. Yes, Trevon Diggs is off to an incredible begin to his profession with 16 interceptions and 44 passes defensed in his first 25 games. Nonetheless, Anthony Brown is in the ultimate yr of his contract and Jourdan Lewis can be in the identical boat next season.

While DaRon Bland has been a nice surprise as a late-round pick, the reach of Nashon Wright in 2021 has been an absolute disaster (as many including me predicted) and Kelvin Joseph’s lack of development and off-the-field decisions have led to questions on his future as well. Yes, the offense still needs more help, but I’d not advise the Cowboys to achieve on need in the primary round for a second-straight yr versus their usual stance of targeting the perfect value.

~Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst

Draftwire (Luke Easterling)

23. Dallas Cowboys | Oregon CB Christian Gonzalez

Trevon Diggs is clearly among the best playmaking corners within the NFL right away, but when opposing quarterbacks need to avoid him, they will find success on the opposite side of the sector. Gonzalez is having fun with a breakout campaign after transferring from Colorado, and has the scale, length and athleticism to be the proper pairing with Diggs.


27. Dallas Cowboys

Joey Porter Jr. CB | Penn State

6’2”, 191 lbs

Apart from Trevon Diggs and possibly DaRon Bland, there’s loads of uncertainty at CB for the Cowboys after the 2022 season. Due to that, any one among the three CBs mentioned above could thoroughly find yourself becoming Dallas’ first-round pick in 2023.

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